Experienced defender Malcolm Shotton joined Stan Ternent’s Tigers in February 1990 with the club struggling in the bottom four of the Division Two table. He slotted straight into the back four ahead of Steve Terry and his combative style seemed to steady the ship – in Shotton’s first five starts City conceded only three goals and lost just once. Six wins and a draw in April 1990 saw City ease into mid-table and Shotton opened his goalscoring account with strikes in a 3-3 draw against Plymouth and a 4-3 win over Ipswich.
Shotton was absent from the first team at the start of the 1990/91 season with new signing David Mail filling his place, though Shotton returned for eight games in October and November that yielded five defeats including thumpings at the hands of Brighton and Plymouth. With Ternent’s new squad failing to show the necessary guile and commitment to succeed, City again slid down the table and into the relegation zone. When Ternent was dismissed in January 1991 interim manager Tom Wilson bought Shotton back into the fold and new boss Terry Dolan retained him. However the City slide was inexorable and the Tigers were relegated in April 1991, finishing in rock bottom 24th place.
Shotton missed the opening two months of the 1991/92 season as City competed in the Third Division for the first time since 1985, but Malcolm returned to the first team in mid-October. Results were again wildly variable – seven wins in ten games were followed by ten defeats in twelve games, and while Shotton continued to give his all, the opposition goals kept flowing. Malcolm dropped out of the City first team in early February 1992 but continued his role as youth team coach and mentor until he left the club three months later.
Malcolm Shotton was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne but was an apprentice footballer at Leicester City in the mid-1970s. He was released by the Foxes in 1975 at the age of 18 and dropped into the Midlands non-league scene, spending four seasons at Southern League side Atherstone Town. When Atherstone folded in 1979 Shotton joined Nuneaton Borough, who had just been promoted to Conference National level (then called the Alliance Premier League). He was an first team regular for Nuneaton and his imressive form attracted the attention of Third Division Oxford United, who signed Shotton in May 1980.
In seven seasons at Oxford Shotton was a lynch pin of the side as the rose from Third Division to First Division after successive championships and promotions in 1983/84 and 1984/85 – Malcolm was club captain and a near ever present in both seasons. In 1983/84 Oxford also embarked on a marathon run in the League Cup, playing eleven ties as they beat Newcastle United, Leeds United and Manchester United before losing to Everton in a Fifth Round replay. Shotton’s Oxford side improved further in 1985/86 when after a season of top flight football the U’s powered to victory in the League Cup Final, beating Queens Park Rangers 3-0 and providing Malcolm with the privilege of a Wembley trophy lift. He spent two more seasons in the top flight with Oxford but missed much football due to injury. When the U’s were relegated in 1988 Shotton switched to First Division rivals Portsmouth, but that move was not a success and after only ten times for Pompey Malcolm moved to Division Two strugglers Huddersfield Town in February 1988. The Terriers were themselves relegated three months later and after starting the 1988/89 season at Leeds Road he moved to Division Two side Barnsley in September 1988. He had two successful seasons in the Tykes’ first team prior to his moved to Hull City at the end of February 1990.
Shotton spent the early weeks of 1992/93 season with Frickley Athletic before joining Ayr United in September 1992. The veteran spent two seasons playing regularly in the Scottish First Division before returning to Barnsley in the 1994 close season. His final senior match came in League Division 1 against Sunderland in October 1996 – despite not making his League debut until 1980 at the age of 23, Shotton’s senior career in England and Scotland saw him make 603 appearances and score 28 goals.
Shotton then entered the football coaching ranks and in January 1998 he was appointed first team manager at Oxford United. He steered the U’s away from relegation in the remainder of the 1997/98 season but despite the goals of ex-Tiger Dean Windass Shotton could not avoid relegation to League Division 2 during 1998/99 season. After a poor start to the 1999/00 season Malcolm was dismissed by Oxford in October 1999. Between June and November 2000 Shotton served as assistant manager to Chris Hutchings at Bradford City, then later worked for Leeds United’s academy and was a football coach at Loughborough University and Barnsley College. After football he worked as an executive car salesman in Huddersfield.
Date/Place of Birth: 16 February 1957, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Hull City First Game: 3 March 1990, Oxford United H (Division Two), 33 years, 15 days old
Hull City Final Game: 1 February 1992, Hartlepool United H (Division Three), 34 years, 350 days old
Leicester City (1973-1975), Atherstone Town (1975-1979), Nuneaton Borough (1979-1980), Oxford United (1980-1987), Portsmouth (1987-1988), Huddersfield Town (1988), Barnsley (1988-1990), Hull City (1990-1992), Frickley Athletic (1992), Ayr United (1992-1994), Barnsley (1994-1996)
Hull City Record
Career: 67 apps, 2 goalsMalcolm Shotton
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