Malcolm Barrass (1924-2013)

  • August 05, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton Wanderers and England footballer Malcolm Barrass has passed away at the age of 88.

Barrass, who could play in either defence or midfield, was born in Blackpool and signed professional forms with Wanderers in 1944. He would go on to play 357 times for the Burnden Park club, scoring 27 goals, during a 12-year spell with the Trotters.

He received an FA Cup runners-up medal in 1953, when Wanderers were beaten 4-3 by Blackpool in a game nicknamed 'The Matthews Final'. Barrass left Bolton in 1956, joining Sheffield United, before taking up a player/manager role at Wigan Athletic in 1958. His career came to an end with short spells at Nuneaton Borough and Pwllheli, respectively.

Capped three times by England, Barrass represented the Three Lions in games against Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland - all of which were between October 1951 and April 1953.

Everybody at Burnden Aces, as well as all those associated with Bolton Wanderers, offer their condolences to his family.

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