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Malcolm Musgrove. (1933-2007)


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Malcolm Musgrove. (1933-2007)

West Ham United was saddened to hear of the death of former winger Malcolm Musgrove, who passed away today, aged 74.

Malcolm joined West Ham United in December 1953, signed by then West Ham manager Ted Fenton from Lynemouth Colliery.

A left-winger, Malcolm made his debut in 1954 against Brentford and soon established himself in the side and gained a reputation for being a "direct, goalscoring" midfielder.

He went on to make 301 league and cup appearances for the Hammers and in that time, racked up 89 goals.

Malcolm was a member of the Second Division Championship team of 1958 and overall enjoyed 10 seasons at Upton Park.

He played alongside the likes of Vic Keeble, Malcolm Allison, John Bond, Ken Brown and Frank O'Farrell, establishing himself a successful record at Upton Park.

He left West Ham in 1962 for Leyton Orient and later became a coach at Brisbane Road. Also that same year, he took up the post of PFA (Professional Footballers Association) chairman which he served for four years.

After leaving Orient in 1968, Malcolm went on to coach at Aston Villa and then to Leicester City, where he was assistant manager to former team-mate O'Farrell.

He and Farrell moved to Manchester United in 1971, but Malcolm left a year later to take the manager's job at Torquay United.

Malcolm enjoyed several other coaching roles over the years, including teaming up with former West Ham boss Ron Greenwood in the USA.

After returning from America, Malcolm spent a short spell out of the game before coming back as a physiotherapist.

He spent time at various clubs in this role as well as being, for a time, reserve team manager at Plymouth Argyle.

His last role was at Shrewsbury Town before he stepped out of the game to live in retirement in Torquay, Devon.

R.I.P Fella :(

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