Dave MacLaren

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Dave MacLaren
Personal information
Full name David MacLaren
Date of birth (1934-06-12)12 June 1934
Place of birth Auchterarder, Scotland
Date of death 6 December 2016(2016-12-06) (aged 82)
Place of death Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1957 Dundee 1 (0)
1957–1960 Leicester City 85 (0)
1960–1965 Plymouth Argyle 131 (0)
1965–1966 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 (0)
1966–1967 Southampton 22 (0)
Total 283 (0)
Teams managed
1970–1971 Malaysia
1972–1976 Sydney City
1977–1979 South Melbourne Hellas
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David MacLaren (12 June 1934 – 6 December 2016) was a Scottish football player and manager.

Playing career[edit]

MacLaren began his career at local club Auchterarder before being signed to Dundee, he managed only one first team appearance for the team though, before heading to England in January 1957, where he would spend the rest of his playing career.[1]

He joined Leicester City and immediately won promotion to the First Division as he became first choice, but he lost his place to the emerging Gordon Banks during the 1959–60 season. McLaren took this as his cue to depart and joined Second Division Plymouth Argyle at the end of the season.[2]

The goalkeeper made more appearances for Plymouth than any of his other league clubs (131 league games) over five seasons in the second tier, before being signed by Wolves in early 1965, he spent only one full season at Molineux as the club attempted to regain their top flight status at the first attempt in 1965–66, but fell short.

MacLaren got a chance to return to the First Division though when newly promoted Southampton signed him soon into the following season. Ironically, McLaren had been in goal for Wolves when Southampton had scored nine against them in the previous season (in a 9–3 victory).

He lasted just a single season at The Dell, making 22 league appearances, before losing his place to Eric Martin. After leaving Southampton he joined non-league Worcester City.

MacLaren died in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia on 6 December 2016 after a long illness.[3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from playing, he took on a new challenge in Australia as manager of South Melbourne Hellas.[5]


  1. ^ "Dave MacLaren". Neil Brown. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Dave MacLaren". Greens on Screen. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Remembering Dave MacLaren". Plymouth Argyle FC. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Dave Maclaren RIP". SaintsWeb. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 August 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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