Them and us – Angus McLean (Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers)

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The thought of such a game between two of his former clubs must never have even been conceived by the subject of this weekend’s ‘Them and us’, Angus McLean.

Angus was a full back born in Hawarden, Queensferry on 20th September 1925.  He started his career at Aberystwyth Town and Hilton Main FC before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers as an amateur in  1939.  He turned professional for the club in 1942 and went on to make 144 appearances, scoring twice for the Molineux outfit before moving on to former club Aberystwyth Town as player manager.

Then after a short spell as a player  at Bromsgrove Rovers he found himself back in the Football League, plying his trade at Bury as  player coach in May 1953.  His stay at Gigg Lane yielded 12 appearances and no goals before signing for Crewe Alexandra as a player in June 1954.

Seventeen League appearances and no goals later he arrived at Springfield Park, signed by former Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers star and future Chelsea manager Ron Suart.

In November 1956 he was made caretaker manager following the dismissal of Billy Cooke from the Springfield Park hot seat and he stayed in situ until the arrival of former England and Manchester City left back Sam Barkas, remaining at Springfield Park as team captain until the winter of 1957.  He made 47 Northern Premier League appearances for Latics during which he scored 6 goals before embarking on a career in coaching.

The trail than grows cold although it is known that he spent some time as a coach at Hull City.  He later became manager of Hartlepool United following the sacking of Brian Clough in May 1967.  He then proceeded to win promotion to the old Third Division for Hartlepool in his first full season in charge, before being sacked at the end of April 1970 with the dreaded vote for relection to the Football League looming.

He then returned to another of his former clubs, Bromsgrove Rovers as manager for two seasons from 1973 until 1975 before becoming a scout for the Southern League club until his death in 1979.

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