Maurice Malpas - Player Profile


Full Name:Maurice Daniel Robert Malpas
Born:August 3rd, 1962 (Dunfermline)
Height:5' 8
Position:Left Back / Centre Half
Signed:August 14th, 1979
First Manager:Jim McLean
Left Club:May 22nd, 2000
Career Stats: 830 appearances, 26 goals
Full Debut: November 21st, 1981 - Dundee United 4 - 0 Airdrieonians (League - Premier Division)
First Goal: August 18th, 1982 - Falkirk 0 - 4 Dundee United (League Cup - Group Stage - Section 4)

 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 2000/01  SPL 0 0 0 - 0 0 - - -
 1999/00  SPL 11 (6) 0 1 0.06 0 0 29.4% 17.6% 52.9%
 1998/99  SPL 37 0 9 0.24 6 0 24.3% 29.7% 45.9%
 1997/98  Premier Division 44 1 10 0.23 9 2 36.4% 31.8% 31.8%
 1996/97  Premier Division 32 1 15 0.47 2 0 59.4% 28.1% 12.5%
 1995/96  First Division 36 2 14 0.39 6 0 55.6% 27.8% 16.7%
 1994/95  Premier Division 38 3 7 0.18 5 0 28.9% 23.7% 47.4%
 1993/94  Premier Division 45 0 16 0.36 4 0 31.1% 42.2% 26.7%
 1992/93  Premier Division 42 0 14 0.33 0 0 45.2% 21.4% 33.3%
 1991/92  Premier Division 49 4 14 0.29 3 0 44.9% 26.5% 28.6%
 1990/91  Premier Division 50 1 17 0.34 2 0 50.0% 18.0% 32.0%
 1989/90  Premier Division 40 2 15 0.38 1 0 37.5% 32.5% 30.0%
 1988/89  Premier Division 50 1 20 0.40 2 0 44.0% 34.0% 22.0%
 1987/88  Premier Division 59 2 26 0.44 2 1 40.7% 32.2% 27.1%
 1986/87  Premier Division 57 1 27 0.47 3 0 56.1% 24.6% 19.3%
 1985/86  Premier Division 52 2 20 0.38 4 0 51.9% 26.9% 21.2%
 1984/85  Premier Division 52 2 21 0.40 6 0 57.7% 17.3% 25.0%
 1983/84  Premier Division 52 (2) 2 22 0.41 - - 53.7% 25.9% 20.4%
 1982/83  Premier Division 45 (6) 2 23 0.45 - - 66.7% 21.6% 11.8%
 1981/82  Premier Division 21 (4) 0 8 0.32 - - 44.0% 24.0% 32.0%
 1980/81  Premier Division 0 0 0 - - - - - -
 1979/80  Premier Division 0 0 0 - - - - - -
812 (18) 26 299 0.36

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 May 21st, 2000 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 0 - 2
 Apr 29th, 2000 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 0 - 1
 Apr 22nd, 2000 League  (A)  vs. Heart of Midlothian 2 - 1
 Apr 19th, 2000 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 1
 Apr 15th, 2000 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 0 - 2
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Apr 7th, 1998 League  (H)  vs. Dunfermline Athletic 2 - 2
 Jan 4th, 1997 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 2 - 0
 Nov 25th, 1995 League  (A)  vs. Airdrieonians 1 - 1
 Nov 18th, 1995 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 2 - 3
 Mar 18th, 1995 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 2

Malpas played youth football for Leven Royals and signed for Jim McLean at Dundee United on an 'S' form in 1978, where he would remain for the rest of his career. Initially he combined his football career with studying for an electrical engineering degree, and only became a full time professional following the completion of his studies in 1984. Despite this, Malpas made his full debut for the club November 1981, aged just 19, and went on to make the left-back position his own, eventually taking over from legendary defender Frank Kopel.

Maurice missed only two matches throughout the 1982/83 season, as Jim McLean's great United side claimed the Scottish Premier Division Title for the first time in the club's long history. Maurice showed maturity beyond his years as he handled the pressure of United's nail-biting climax to the season at Dens Park, where only a win would secure the title, like an experienced pro and put in a solid display as the Terrors won 2-1 in the Dundee Derby to be crowned Champions of Scotland.

The following season saw United embark on their first European Cup adventure, with Malpas impressing with every match as the team made their way through to the semi-finals, where they narrowly lost out over two legs against Italians Roma. Unsurprisingly, following his impressive performances in both domestic and European competition, he received his first full international Scotland cap in June 1984. Over the next few years Maurice established himself as a regular first team starter in the Scotland team - see 'International' tab.

Maurice was an integral part of the side that reached the UEFA Cup Final during the 1986/87 season, missing only two of the ten matches of that famous run. Having missed the Away leg against Hajduk Split in the previous round, Malpas played a vital role in the two victories over Barcelona in the quarter finals. He missed the second leg of the semi-final against Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany due to a foot injury, but recovered in time for the two legged final against Gothenburg, as United ran out of steam after a long hard season.

Becoming Club Captain and Player Coach in the early 1990s, Maurice was voted the Scottish Football Writers Association Player of the Year for his performances during the 1990/91 season, and was rewarded with a testimonial in 1991 for his continued commitment to the Club.

After collecting six runners-up medals in all competitions since that League Championship win in 1983, Maurice made history by becoming the first Dundee United captain to lift the Scottish Cup in May 1994. Given little chance against treble-chasing Rangers in the final at Hampden, United ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Craig Brewster’s solitary goal, and Malpas climbed the Hampden steps to lift a trophy that had caused so much heartache over the previous ten years.

However the long overdue cup victory merely covered up the cracks that were now appearing in the United side and the club reached an a all-time low the following season as they were relegated from the top flight. Malpas remained a regular in the United side throughout the late 90s, captaining the club to promotion via the play-offs in 1996 and to a 3rd place top flight finish in their first season back in the big time. In November 1997 he collected another runners-up medal after the League Cup final against Celtic at Ibrox Stadium.

Possibly the last of his kind at Tannadice, a one club player, Maurice retired from professional football in the year 2000, after a career spanning two decades and five United managers. His loyal service to the Club was rewarded with a second testimonial, with an emotional match against Everton at Tannadice signalling the end of his playing career. He remained a coach at United until 2003, and took up the assistant managers position at Motherwell under Terry Butcher. He would later step in to management briefly with both Motherwell and Swindon town before rejoining Butcher at both Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hibernian.

He was one of the first former players to be inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in 2008.

 Goals Scored
Aug 18th, 1982 League Cup  (A)  vs. Falkirk 4 - 0 (47')
Sep 4th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 0 (18')
Feb 11th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 0 (49')
Apr 2nd, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 5 - 2 (24')
Nov 17th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Morton 7 - 0 (53')
Mar 16th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 1 - 0 (73')
Oct 5th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 2 (28')
Oct 5th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 2 (58')
Mar 14th, 1987 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 2 - 2 (43')
Aug 25th, 1987 League Cup  (A)  vs. Raith Rovers 2 - 1 (69')
Jan 30th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Arbroath 7 - 0 (30')
Mar 11th, 1989 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 1 - 4 (23')
Aug 19th, 1989 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 3 - 4 (22')
Oct 4th, 1989 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 0 (54')
Nov 24th, 1990 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 3 (39') p
Sep 28th, 1991 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 2 - 2 (21') p
Dec 28th, 1991 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 3 (74')
Jan 26th, 1992 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Berwick 6 - 0 (10')
Apr 18th, 1992 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 2 - 0 (22')
Feb 18th, 1995 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Huntly 3 - 1 (32')
Feb 21st, 1995 League  (H)  vs. Falkirk 1 - 0 (32')
Mar 18th, 1995 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 2 (-)
Nov 18th, 1995 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 2 - 3 (68')
Nov 25th, 1995 League  (A)  vs. Airdrie 1 - 1 (56')
Jan 4th, 1997 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 2 - 0 (59')
Apr 7th, 1998 League  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 2 - 2 (70')

 Hat-Tricks

Shoot
Dec 1983

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Jan 1989

Shoot
May 1990

Representing Scotland

International Caps: 55
International Goals: 0

International Debut:
June 1st, 1984 vs. France

Malpas was 21 years-old when he won his first International cap, in a 2-0 defeat to France in Paris in June 1984, and over the next two seasons he became a regular in the Scotland starting eleven. Malpas was one of five United players who travelled to Mexico for the 1986 World Cup, where he appeared against Denmark and West Germany. He went on to make the left-back position his own, playing in all of Scotland's matches in the 1990 World Cup Finals, becoming United's most capped player when he over took Dave Narey's total of 35. He also played during Scotland's first appearance in the European Championship Finals in 1992, and went on to win a total of 55 caps.