Malcolm Barrass

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Malcolm Barrass
Personal information
Full name Malcolm Williamson Barrass
Date of birth (1924-12-15)15 December 1924
Place of birth Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Date of death 4 August 2013(2013-08-04) (aged 88)
Place of death Tottington, Greater Manchester, England, UK
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder/Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1944–1956 Bolton Wanderers 291 (25)
1956–1958 Sheffield United 18 (0)
1958–1959 Wigan Athletic 20 (5)
Nuneaton Borough ? (?)
Pwllheli ? (?)
National team
1951–1953 England 3 (0)
Teams managed
1958–1959 Wigan Athletic (player/manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Malcolm Williamson Barrass (15 December 1924 – 4 August 2013)[1] was an English professional footballer.

His father,[2] Matthew, was also a professional footballer. Malcolm W. Barrass was born in Blackpool during his father's spell with the town's club. Malcolm's grandson - also named Matt (born 1980) - was also a professional player.[3]


Barrass started his professional career with Bolton Wanderers in 1944. He won his first England cap on 20 October 1951 when England fought out a 1-1 draw against Wales. His career included an appearance in the now-legendary "Matthews FA Cup Final".[citation needed]

He became Wigan Athletic's player-manager on 1 August 1958, replacing Trevor Hitchen. He made 20 Lancashire Combination League appearances for the Latics and scored five league goals before resigning on New Year's Day 1959.[4] Jimmy Shirley took over the managerial reins. By 1963 Barrass was trainer at Hyde United.

Personal life

Barrass married his wife, Joyce, on 7 June 1947. The couple had 2 children, Lynne and Robert, and celebrated their diamond anniversary in 2007.[5]

On 5 August 2013, Bolton Wanderers confirmed that Barrass had died at the age of 88.[6]


  1. ^ "Malcolm Barrass: Robust stalwart of postwar Bolton". The Independent. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. ^ Ward, Andrew (1984). The Manchester City Story. Derby: Breedon. ISBN 0-907969-05-4. p. 41
  3. ^ "End of the road for unlucky Matt". Bolton Evening News. 13 May 2005. Retrieved 26 March 2009. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Hayes, Dean (1996). The Latics: The Official History of Wigan Athletic F.C. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-91-7.
  5. ^ "Match made in heaven",; accessed 17 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Club Statement: Malcolm Barrass",; accessed 17 February 2015.

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