The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Neil Fissler

MAL­COLM MACDON­ALD was still very much a Foot­ball League rookie when he made the switch to Lu­ton Town in July 1969.

Su­per Mac had started his ca­reer as a full-back be­fore be­ing switched to cen­tre­for­ward and would be­come one of the most pro­lific goalscor­ers of the 1970s.

He ar­rived at Lu­ton af­ter be­ing off­loaded by Bill Dod­gin fol­low­ing just a sea­son on the banks of the Thames with Ful­ham, de­spite scor­ing five times in 13 ap­pear­ances.

Af­ter fail­ing to net in his first two games, he opened his ac­count against Bournemouth to start a run of scor­ing in seven con­sec­u­tive games on his way to a sea­sonal tally of 28.

Alan Slough missed only one game, the open­ing match with Bar­row, through sus­pen­sion af­ter be­ing sent off in the last game of the pre­vi­ous sea­son against Wat­ford.


“I used to stay be­hind af­ter train­ing on a Fri­day and do ten-yard sprints with Mal­colm, which was the dis­tance I could stay with him for,” he said.

“Af­ter that, he would just blast past me. He was such a pow­er­ful run­ner, but he was a goalscorer, full stop. I think they paid £18,000 for him. It was mag­nif­i­cent busi­ness.

“I re­mem­ber one Sun­day morn­ing early in the sea­son. I was out in the gar­den and my neigh­bour asked ‘How did that Mal­colm Macdon­ald do?’

“I said it was a flash in the pan,” he laughs as he re­mem­bers the con­ver­sa­tion “But, to be hon­est, he didn’t re­ally look back af­ter that run.”

That pro­mo­tion-win­ning campaign was Alec Stock’s first full sea­son in charge at Ke­nil­worth Road af­ter com­ing in for Al­lan Brown the pre­vi­ous De­cem­ber.

Stock and Lu­ton served no­tice that they were to be taken se­ri­ously af­ter los­ing just three of the re­main­ing 26 games that sea­son to fin­ish third.

And the Hat­ters claimed their sec­ond pro­mo­tion in three sea­sons, fin­ish­ing two points be­hind cham­pi­ons Ori­ent and four clear of Bris­tol Rovers, who missed out with only two go­ing up.

“We had a very, very good man­ager in Alec,” said Slough. “He knew his play­ers. He would look at a player and would in­stantly say ‘He is good, we’ll have him’.

“Once he got a side, he kept it. I re­mem­ber go­ing to him that sea­son and say­ing I couldn’t play be­cause I’d twisted my an­kle.

“He con­vinced me that I’d be all right. We played at Doncaster and lost 2-0. I made a mis­take that led to a goal, but he told me af­ter­wards that it wasn’t my fault.

“He al­ways stuck up for me. He was a great man­ager, aa won­der­ful man.

“When he went to Ful­ham from Lu­ton he called me up and I signed for him.”

1. Max Dougan: Scot­tish ama­teur in­ter­na­tional cen­tre-half, now re­tired and liv­ing in Bath­gate in his na­tive West Loth­ian af­ter work­ing on North Sea oil rigs.

2. Matt Tees: For­ward who helped Grimsby Town win a Di­vi­sion Four ti­tle in 1971-72. A former car­pet fac­tory ma­chin­ist, he later worked for ship­ping com­pany DFDS un­til re­tir­ing.

3. Keith Allen: In­side-for­ward who won two pro­mo­tions with Lu­ton. He be­came a sec­ond-hand car dealer in Plymouth and then re­tired to his na­tive Isle of Wight. 4. Tony Read: Goal­keeper who also won two pro­mo­tions with the Hat­ters. He ran a used car busi­ness for many years and is now liv­ing in Ders­ing­ham, Nor­folk in re­tire­ment. 5. Mal­colm Macdon­ald: Eng­land striker and an FA Cup fi­nal­ist with New­cas­tle and Ar­se­nal. He man­aged Ful­ham and has been a ra­dio host in the North-East. 6. Terry Branston: Cen­tre-half who helped Northamp­ton Town win three pro­mo­tions. He ran his own driv­ing school and man­aged VS Rugby but died from brain can­cer in De­cem­ber 2010. 7. Brian Lewis: Mid­fielder who helped Colch­ester shock Leeds in the FA Cup. He worked as a fur­ni­ture sales­man in Bournemouth un­til his death from can­cer in De­cem­ber 1998, aged 55. 8. Alan Slough: Mid­fielder who was an FA Cup fi­nal­ist with Ful­ham. He be­came a win­dow cleaner in Paign­ton be­fore run­ning his own soc­cer school for more than 30 years. 9. Lau­rie Sh­effield: For­ward who won a Di­vi­sion Four ti­tle with Doncaster where he set­tled, be­com­ing a car dealer and then a mort­gage ad­viser. 10. Mike Keen: Mid­fielder who helped QPR win the League Cup and went on to man­age Wat­ford, Northamp­ton and Wy­combe, where he ran sports shops. He died in April 2009, aged 69. 11. Gra­ham French: Winger who played for South­port un­der the name Gra­ham Lafite af­ter a spell in prison fol­low­ing a shoot­ing in­ci­dent. Ran a drink­ing establishment in the Mid­lands. 12. Jack Ban­nis­ter: Left-back who won two pro­mo­tions with Lu­ton and now lives in Houghton Regis, Dun­sta­ble. He was an HGV driver for Boots, a panel beater and then a ma­chin­ist. 13. John Collins: A for­ward who coached at Wat­ford and Ful­ham af­ter end­ing his ca­reer with a pro­mo­tion at Cam­bridge, then worked for a build­ing firm in west Lon­don. NOT PIC­TURED Sandy Davie: A Scot­tish-born New Zealand in­ter­na­tional goal­keeper, he coached in Aus­tralia, the United States and his adopted coun­try. He lives in Tuarango. Fred Jar­dine: Winger who set­tled in Lu­ton af­ter help­ing the club win two pro­mo­tions. Worked for John Pope’s gents out­fit­ters for many years un­til re­tir­ing. Mike Har­ri­son: An Eng­land Un­der-23 winger who set­tled in Plymouth, where he was an in­sur­ance sales­man and was also a rep for a med­i­cal firm be­fore re­tir­ing. John Moore: A de­fender who joined the coach­ing staff un­der David Pleat and served one sea­son as man­ager, re­tir­ing in 2009. He then coached at Bed­ford Mod­ern School. Viv Busby: Striker and an FA Cup fi­nal­ist with Ful­ham. He went into coach­ing, most no­tably at York City, and man­aged Hartlepool. He is now re­tired on the Costa Del Sol in Spain. Chris Ni­choll: Cen­tral de­fender who en­joyed suc­cess at Aston Villa and man­aged Southamp­ton, where he also coached for a num­ber of years. Peter Phillips: An Eng­land ama­teur for­ward and Cam­bridge blue, who be­came a char­tered ac­coun­tant and was a part­ner in the ac­coun­tancy firm, MacIn­tyre Hud­son. John Ryan: Full-back who ran a trans­port busi­ness in Kent. He man­aged Sit­ting­bourne, Dover Ath­letic and Dul­wich Ham­let and was then di­rec­tor of youth de­vel­op­ment for the Thai­land FA. Alan Star­ling: Goal­keeper who won pro­mo­tions with Northamp­ton and Hud­der­s­field, where he set­tled, work­ing as a sales­man then an ac­count man­ager for a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany.

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