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November 02, 2011

47 - The All-Round Dilema Of The All-Rounder

Top-line cricketer and footballer Malcolm Scott muses on the choices he made during his sporting career.

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October 26, 2011

46 - They Will Always Be Remembered

...These social work experiences made me appreciate my own childhood in spite of the austere and difficult post war years. The youths and children I encountered were much unhappier and more discontented than the young people of the 1940s and 50s....

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott continues his autobiography.

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October 19, 2011

45 - The Unofficial Network

Sporting all-rounder Malcolm Scott gets a job at a residential school for boys with family and behavioural problems.

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October 12, 2011

44 - Cricket With Walsall

All-rounder Malcolm Scott continues his sporting autobiography.

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October 05, 2011

43 - After County Cricket

"In September 19691 walked out of the County Ground at Northampton for the last time. Equipped with my P45 and after saying farewell to my colleagues, I asked myself, "What am I going to do now?" writes Malcolm Scott, continuing his autobiography.

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September 28, 2011

42 - The Burnopfield Basher

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott tells of his final season playing county cricket.

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September 21, 2011

41 - Man On The Moon

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott's wedding plans changed at the last minute when his best man was summoned to bat for England.

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September 14, 2011

40 - Very Strong Words

...My first ball was a beautiful flighted delivery, spinning through the air to test the great man. He responded by not even having the courtesy of having a good look at my first ball as most batsman do. Gary stepped down the wicket and hit it on the half volley with the velocity of a 303 bullet. It passed my head by inches and with me blocking his view put big Ron flat on his back. The ball hit the sightscreen still going up!...

Sporting all-rounder Malcolm Scott tells of bowling against one of the greatest batsmen of all time.

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September 07, 2011

39 - Suspicious Action

Continuing his autobiography, professional footballer and cricketer Malcom Scott tells of being banned because of his "suspicious'' bowling action.

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August 31, 2011

38 - Divided Beaches

Continuing his autobiography, Malcolm Scott brings more stories from his cricket coaching days in South Africa.

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August 10, 2011

37 - Keen As Mustard

"The boys at Queens were as keen as mustard on their cricket. They absorbed everything I said and practised with enthusiasm. It was a privilege and a pleasure to coach them.''

Malcolm Scott tells of his cricket-coaching days in South Africa.

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August 03, 2011

36 - "Wherever ye gan, yer sure to find a Geordie"

...It was here one of the coincidences of a lifetime happened. I was having a stroll down one of the main streets when I spotted someone I thought I knew from my young days in South Shields. It was in fact Ken Smith, a Cleadon Juniors footballer who was on Sunderland's books for some time as a centre-forward...

Malcolm Scott encountered a fellow Geordie in Captetown, South Africa.

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July 27, 2011

35 - Nearly Champions

...At the end of the summer when the touring side for Australia was announced I got a major ego boost when experienced Test cricketer Brian Close wrote in the Sunday Mirror:-
"I cannot understand why the tour selectors have left themselves without a left-arm spinner in the party. I would have thought Malcom Scott of Northants or Don Wilson of Yorkshire should have been taken along."...

Malcolm Scott continues his sporting autobiography.

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July 20, 2011

34 - Part-Time For Rugby Town

...Back at Northampton, 1965 was a hectic and exciting season. Early in May we gave Yorkshire a shock at our county ground. They batted first and made a respectable 302, we replied with a modest 191. With the headline "Scott Shatters Bold Close Plan," the local paper takes up the story...

Malcolm Scott continues his sporting autobiography.

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July 13, 2011

33 - Not Agressive Enough

...The Aussies were here again in 1964 but unlike 1961, they gave us a good hammering. They made 436 and then bowled us out for 235 and 212 to win by 10 wickets. I continued my habit of doing well against them with a 29 and 48 and taking 4 for 95 in 35 overs. As somebody in Shields said "not bad for an ex-shipyard fitter."...

Malcolm Scott continues his account of a sporting life.

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July 06, 2011

32 - Stay Or Go

...He left his foot in late on a couple of occasions and twice gave me a back heeler when the referee wasn't looking and the ball was well away.

My adrenalin must have been sky high as I responded by giving him a good whacking and down he went...

Malcolm Scott continues his account of his sporting career.

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June 22, 2011

31 - Playing Against The Australians

"Perhaps the highlight of the season was when we nearly beat the Australian touring side. We needed one run off the last ball of the game to win with myself as the unfortunate batsman.''

Malcolm Scott continues his account of a sporting career.

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June 15, 2011

30 - A Serious Injury

...Joe Richardson, our long serving trainer, came on with the magic sponge, gave my leg a wipe and in the age before substitutes said "Get out on the wing and do your best". I could hardly stand never mind kick a football. Later a ruptured achilles tendon was diagnosed...

Malcolm Scott continues his account of his sporting life.

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June 08, 2011

29 - Colin Milburn

...Some people said Colin was just a glorified slogger. They could not have been more wrong. He really could bat. With eyes like a hawk, arms like 'Popeye', he could cut and hook like the best of them. A good medium pace bowler and an exceptional close to the wicket fielder, Colin was a true cricketer, who became a good friend...

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott writes about his cricketing team mate, the great Colin Milburn.

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June 01, 2011

28 - Full-Time Professional Footballer

In the 1959/60 season Malcolm Scott played 26 games for Newcastle United, appearing in five different positions.

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May 25, 2011

27 - Cricket With Northampton

...I became known as the "Geordie All-rounder" and there were so many different dialects in the squad somebody suggested it we got any more 'Geordies' I could get another year's contract just to translate for our colleagues from abroad...

Malcolm Scott tells of his first season as a professional with Northampton County Cricket Club,

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May 18, 2011

26 - Absent Without Leave

Continuing his autobiography, Geordie all-round sportsman Malcolm Scott tells of playing in a testimonial game with the great football star Jackie Milburn.

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May 11, 2011

25 - £6 A Game

"I started the 1958/9 season with three consecutive games at centre half for the first team, then another one in November before a game at left half. The same pattern repeated itself in the New Year with six games at centre half before one at left half. United's new utility player then finished the season with two games at outside left and two at left back. Has any other United player occupied four different positions in sixteen appearances?'' asks former Newcastle United player Malcolm Scott, continuing his autobiography.

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May 04, 2011

24 - Marking Brian Clough

...The RAF also provided me with the privilege of playing my first game at Lords. We met the Navy and dismissed the Senior Service for 65 and 178 to win by nine wickets. I didn't even get a bowl. Our RAF team consisted mostly of junior rank National Servicemen. The team spirit was good and we enjoyed ourselves. With few National Servicemen in the Navy, their
team consisted mostly of officers and the different culture was very apparent...

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott played representative cricket and football during his National Service in the RAF.

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April 27, 2011

23 - National Service

...The sergeant and the corporal conferred and then the little man came up to me, looked up and promised if I didn't get this right he would "back flight" me so far that Pontius would be my pilot officer. I couldn' t help smiling, so that was another night of scrubbing and polishing the billet floor...

Sportsman Malcolm Scott is called up to do national service.

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April 20, 2011

22 - A Memorial To A Cricketing Legend

Continuing his life story Malcolm Scott pays tribute to Foster Coulson, a legend in South Shield cricketing history.

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April 13, 2011

21 - A Cricketing Stalwart

...He showed his pleasure when we were doing well. If not, he said 'nowt', I guess I knew I was in favour when he invited me onto the Pavilion balcony—which was his domain—for a drink and chat...

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott, continuing his autobiography, tells of a man who had a great influence on his cricketing career.

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April 06, 2011

20 - Marking Tommy Taylor

...Most of the players were very good at supporting a young newcomer to the side, especially 'Wor" Jackie. It was amazing. Here was a man, a great match winner, whom I had watched from the terraces during United's successful cup runs, now talking to and advising me. I didn't sleep much that night!...

Malcolm Scott tells of his debut game for Newcastle United.

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March 30, 2011

19 - First Team Debut

Malcolm Scott arrived home from work in a shipyard one Friday evening to find a car waiting to whisk him off to join the Newcastle United team in Manchester.

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March 23, 2011

18 - Happy Days At Wood Terrace

...I got a letter from Newcastle United inviting me to sign part-time professional forms for the forthcoming season. Unlike the previous offer to be a cricket professional, which I was still considering, there was no hesitation this time. I was up at St James Park as quickly as possible to sign the necessary forms...

Malcolm Scott's sporting career continues to flourish.

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March 16, 2011

17 - The Anchor Held

...Most sensible people would have had a gentle row around the Groyne and pier and then returned the boat. Not Ken, he wanted to go down near the end of the piers. So off we went getting there in no time due to the fast ebbing tide....

Continuing his engaging autobiography all-round sportsman Malcolm Scott tells of a Bank Holiday scare.

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March 09, 2011

16 - A County Cap

Continuing his life story Malcolm Scott tells of signing to play county cricket for Northamptonshire.

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March 02, 2011

15 - Training With Newcastle United

...The Magpies had won the F. A. Cup in 1951 and 1952 and many people fancied them to do it again in l955. So it was with a mixture of pride and nervousness for the first time I entered St. James' Park as a player...

Continuing his account of a sporting life Malcolm Scott tells how his footballing career took a giant forward step.

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February 23, 2011

14 - An Exciting Season

Malcolm Scott, continuing his sporting autobiography, tells of success at both football and cricket.

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February 16, 2011

13 - The Magic Of Nayadu

...A report in The Gazette read: "Scott maintained a nagging length, flighted the ball well and spun the ball consistently to return the remarkable figures of nine overs, four maidens, six runs and five wickets"...

Malcolm Scott continues the story of his illustrious sporting career.

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February 02, 2011

11 - How Much Do You Get Paid?

...Another problem occurred during the later stages of my apprenticeship when I requested time off periods of 2-3 days at a time to play cricket for County Durham. The firm co-operated but not before I was asked to see Mr Hall - one of the senior managers. He suggested I should decide what I wanted to do with my life. "Play cricket or serve you apprenticeship."...

Malcolm Scott, continuing his life story, tells of the problems of combining sport with an engineering career.

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January 26, 2011

10 - A Dangerous Place To Work

...I soon found out that a shipyard is a very dangerous place to work. In an age before Health and Safety regulations, accidents were common and no protective headgear was provided...

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott recalls his days in Redhead's shipyard.

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January 19, 2011

9 - Serving My Time

...I remember the nearer I got to the Dock Gates the more crowded the roads became as hundreds of hob-nailed booted workers rushed to get in the' Gates' before the starting buzzer sounded. Later, I learnt latecomers weren't admitted for 30 minutes after the buzzer stopped, with appropriate loss of pay...

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott remembers going to work as an apprentice at the famous Readheads shipyard.

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January 12, 2011

8 - Eleven Cigarettes

...Most teenagers smoked during the 1950s and when we went to the pictures we had to view the film through a thick cloud of smoke. It was even rumoured that the main job a football trainer had during these years was to have eleven cigarettes lit and ready for when the players came off at half-time....

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott continues his autobiography.

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January 05, 2011

7 - The Mortimer Road Gang

...Over and above cricket and football the gang enjoyed themselves. We used to listen to' Dick Barton Special Agent' at 6:45pm on the radio, (no TV in those days) and occasionally meet up straight after to go to the Chichester Picture House. Swapping comics was a popular pastime. The Hotspur, Rover, Adventure and Wizard were all circulated - with 'Roy of the Rovers' in the Rover perhaps the most favoured....

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott recalls his early days.

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December 29, 2010

6 - Cricket Was My First Love

...Also, after the annual School's Swimming Gala I got another mention in the Green Sports Gazette which read - "One of the evening's successes was Mortimer Road's Malcolm Scott who won the breast stroke event. I am told this boy is a brilliant sportsman. He has represented Shields schoolboys at left-back and is a proficient batsman and bowler for his school cricket XI; with such boys as Malcolm in our schools the future of sport in South Shields looks secure."...

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott continues his life story.

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December 22, 2010

5 - First Mention In The Sporting Press

...When in the last year at school, much to my surprise, I was chosen to play in a trial for the town schoolboy team. Perhaps this was the first indication of any above average ability I might have had. After a number of trial games I was selected at left-back to represent South Shields against Newcastle Boys in the English Shield competition...

Malcolm Scott tells of an early sporting achievement.

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December 15, 2010

4 - A Significant Date

Malcolm Scott tells of the effects of World War Two on his home town, South Shields.

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December 08, 2010

3 - Happy Early Days

Geordie all-rounder Malcolm Scott remembers being evacuated from his South Shield home during World War Two.

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December 01, 2010

2 - I Must Have Brought Them Luck

...Ernie - as he was known - had something else to celebrate a week later, when his wife Minnie gave birth to what was to be their only child. I was born on Friday 8th May 1936 at 21 Eccleston Road, South Shields and named Malcolm Ernest Scott. "Another Sunderland supporter" my dad commented. I must have brought them luck because they won the FA Cup the following year...

Geordie all-rounder Malcolm Scott tells of his early years.

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November 24, 2010

1 - Introduction

Today we begin the serialisation of the autobiography of first-class all-round South Shields sportsman Malcolm Scott.

Malcolm played county cricket and first class football.

Here's an introduction to his book A Geordie All-Rounder by his old friend Robert Owen who assisted in the writing.

Watch out for further episodes on forthcoming Wednesdays.

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