Malcolm Allison facts for kids
Allison in Manchester City colours during the 1970s
|Full name||Malcolm Alexander Allison|
|Date of birth||5 September 1927|
|Place of birth||Dartford, England|
|Date of death||14 October 2010(aged 83)|
|Place of death||Trafford, England|
|Playing position||Centre half|
|–1945||Erith & Belvedere|
|1951–1957||West Ham United||238||(10)|
|1965–1972||Manchester City (assistant)|
|1986–1988||Vitória de Setúbal|
Malcolm Alexander Allison (5 September 1927 – 14 October 2010) was an English football player and manager. Nicknamed "Big Mal", he was one of English football's most flamboyant and intriguing characters because of his panache, fedora and cigar, controversies off the pitch and outspoken nature.
Allison's managerial potential become apparent while in his youth at West Ham United, where he became a reliable defender and acted as a mentor to the younger players including future England World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore. His playing career was cut short in 1958 when he had to have a lung removed because of tuberculosis.
As a coach, he is remembered for assisting manager Joe Mercer in the transformation of the team he supported as a young boy – Manchester City. During the 1960s and early 1970s, Allison won six major trophies in seven years with Mercer. After Mercer left, he managed the club on two occasions whilst offering his managerial services for a third time in 1989. He also managed several more English clubs including Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough, as well as three in Portugal and the Kuwait national team.
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