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Malcolm Finlayson

27 November 2014

Sad passing of a Lions legend


It's with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of legendary ex-Millwall goalkeeper Malcolm Finlayson.
Malcolm, who was 84 years of age, was suddenly taken ill and passed away yesterday afternoon in Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, in the West Midlands.

The Millwall Hall of Fame inductee is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the club's history, and by many as an all-time great.

Malcolm served at Millwall from 1947 to 1956, making his professional debut at the age of 17. The young Scotsman went on to play 250 games in total for The Lions, leaving a lasting impression on those who saw him in action.

Known for his bravery, in November 1948, during a League match away at Walsall, Malcolm was stretchered off 18 minutes into the game. After a visit to hospital Malcolm resumed his post 18 minutes into the second half. His return inspired his team mates and a 3-1 deficit was swiftly turned into 6-5 victory.

Sadly for his legion of fans, Malcolm's Millwall career was cut short by national service and he left the club in 1956. Having attracted the attention of a number of top level clubs he later signed for Wolves, for whom he would go on to make 203 appearances.

In later life, Malcolm became a successful businessman in his own right as Director of R&F Steel Stockholders and had a brief spell as Wolves' Vice-Chairman in the early eighties. His accolades with the Wanderers include two Football League Championship medals and an FA Cup Winner's medal.

Malcolm was delighted to receive such a warm welcome from Lions fans when he returned to The Den, most recently for the 125 celebration dinner and Dockers' Day.
Our deepest condolences go to Malcolm's partner Angela, his daughter Sandra and her husband Mel, and all his family and friends.


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