20.10.14

Frank Barson

Imagine Nobby Stiles, Bryan Robson and Roy Keane rolled into one and the hardness multiplied by 10. That's the image that history tends to portray of the 6 foot tall half back Frank Barson.
Whether or not he actually carried a  gun into a negotiation over pay,it is often claimed that  Barson was one of the hardest characters to grace the English game. As such he also became something of a target for referees, Famously Jack Howcroft approached Barson before the 1920 Cup Final and warned  him that he would send him off as soon as he stepped out of line.
If we consider the hard evidence though- in 394 League, FA Cup and international matches he was only sent off 3 times! So either his reputation has been enhanced by romanticism or referees were far more tolerant back then.
Barson's Villa career had suffered as a result of his refusal to move to Birmingham from Sheffield, where he had business interests. He was capped by England on 1 occasion, playing in a 2-1 defeat against Wales in 1921.
On one occasion Barson, then with Watford, was suspended for 6 months for an assault that seems to have occurred only in the mind of the referee.
At Manchester United he was celebrated for his leadership skills, but when the club presented him with a pub, he promptly gave it away...

Club career:



League
FA Cup
Goals
1911-19
Barnsley
91
3

1919-22
Aston Villa
92
16
10
1922-28
Manchester United
140
12
4
1928-29
Watford
10

1
1929-30
Hartlepools United
9

2
1930-31
Wigan Borough
19
1


Total:
361
32
17

Dismissals:
Date
For
Against
09.01.15
Barnsley
Everton
29.09.28
Watford
Fulham
26.12.30
Wigan Borough
Accrington Stanley

19.10.14

The Maley Brothers

Thomas Maley was an Irishman who served in the Royal Highland Fusiliers for 22 years. He was a veteran of the Crimea and had traveled the world. He had 4 sons. One,Charles,became a priest, the other 3 were involved in football.

Tom (1864 –1935)

Tom was born in Portsmouth. He was an all round athlete, particularly successful at the 100 yards. Unsurprisingly he played on the wing, as outside left. Known as Handsome Tom, he played football as an amateur, being a qualified school master. 
Tom played in Celtic's first ever match , and when his playing days were over he became a director of the club (1897).
In 1902 Tom took over as manager of Manchester City. Maley's time at City got off to a tragic start. Welsh star Di Jones died as the result of an injury sustained in an exhibition match. Tom Maley was influential though in creating a strong bond between his players. They won promotion back to the First Division  in his first season in charge, and the following season (1903–04) they won the FA Cup and finished 2nd in the League. 1904–05 saw City finishing in 3rd place and 1905-06 5th. Maley was transforming City into a major force.
Manchester City's record under Maley:

P
W
D
L
F
A
Win %
150
89
22
39
322
178
59.33

However in the summer of 1906 an FA investigation into the payment of bonuses had a catastrophic impact on the club. 17 players were fined and suspended from football until January 1907 . City had to sell many players and Maley received a life ban from the game.
He returned to Glasgow and worked as a teacher, When his life ban was revoked in 1910 he returned to football management. 

As a player:
1881
Cathcart
1882
London Caledonian
1883
Partick Thistle
1884
Third Lanark Rifle Volunteers
1885
Hibernian
1886
Third Lanark Rifle Volunteers
1887
Clydesdale Harriers
1888- 1891
Celtic
1891
St Mirren  (loan)
1892-93
Preston North End


As manager:
1902
Manchester City
1911
Bradford Park Avenue
1925
Southport
1931
Celtic (assistant)




Willie (1868 –1958)

 Willie was born in Newry in Ireland. Like Tom, he developed into an all round athlete. His incredible association with Celtic began by chance. Brother Walfrid and Mr Glass were calling on Tom Maley in Cathcart to ask him to join the club they were forming. Tom was out, Willie was at home. They suggested that if Tom decided to take up the offer that Willie should come along as well. 
Consequently Willie played alongside Tom in Celtic's first ever fixture. 
Playing at half-back Willie was at Celtic for 9 seasons as a player, winning 3 Scottish League Championships (1892-93, 1893-94, 1895-96) and the Scottish FA Cup (1892). He made 2 international appearances for Scotland in 1893.
Maley had his first taste of football administration when he took on the role of Player-Secretary in May 1894. Maley became full-time manager of Celtic at the end of the 1897 season. He remained in post for 43 years, during which time he led the club to 30  trophy wins.

As a player:
1886
Cathcart Hazlebank
1887
Third Lanark Rifle Volunteers
1888-97
Celtic
1889
Ardwick  (loan)
1893
Scotland (2 internationals)
1895-96
Manchester City  (loan)
1896-97
Everton  (loan)


As manager:
1897- 1940
Celtic


League
Cup
1897–98
Champions

1898–99

Winners
1899–1900

Winners
1900-01


1901-02


1902-03


1903–04

Winners
1904–05
Champions

1905–06
Champions

1906–07
Champions
Winners
1907–08
Champions
Winners
1908–09
Champions

1909–10
Champions

1910–11

Winners
1911–12

Winners
1912-13


1913–14
Champions
Winners
1914–15
Champions

1915–16
Champions

1916–17
Champions

1917-18


1918–19
Champions

1919-20


1920-21


1921–22
Champions

1922–23

Winners
1923-24


1924-25

Winners
1925-26
Champions

1926-27

Winners
1927-28


1928-29


1929-30


1930-31

Winners
1931-32


1932-33

Winners
1933-34


1934-35


1935-36
Champions

1936-37

Winners
1937–38
Champions


Celtic's record under Maley:

P
W
D
L
Win %
1,611
1,039
314
258
64.49


One of the only pics I've seen of Willie Maley sans hat- in a hat advertisement.

Alex (1874 – 1949)


Youngest brother Alex never played at a high level, but followed his brothers into management. He was, incidentally, the only one born in Scotland. He also worked as a journalist. 
He led teams to the Scottish FA Cup final on 4 occasions, but was on the losing side every time (1910 and 1912 with Clyde, 1923 and 1924 with Hibernian).

As manager:
1909–1912
Clyde
????–1921
Clydebank
1921–1925
Hibernian
1925–1927
Crystal Palace