Malcolm Lindsay 1940-2022
All connected with Cambridge United were sad to learn of the death, at the age of 81, of striker Malcolm Lindsay, who helped the U’s win the Southern League and gain election to the Football League in 1970.
Malcolm, who had been battling cancer since last year, played 35 times and scored 16 goals for the U’s, although he was better known for an astonishing career with King’s Lynn – his 321 goals for the Linnets in 749 games is a club record.
United knew all about him long before Bill Leivers signed him in February 1970 to bolster the attack as they strove for their second successive Southern League title. The bustling Northumberland-born striker had scored five times against United, and he had also been on the receiving end of a headbutt from U’s goalkeeper Keith Barker during a 5-1 Linnets win.
Leivers was on the look-out for a proven goalscorer when the on-loan Paul Gilchrist departed, and Malcolm, already a legend at The Walks who had been top goalscorer for several seasons, fitted the bill perfectly. The United manager paid £750 for the all-action centre forward, and immediately picked him for an Eastern Professional Floodlit League derby against Cambridge City. Malcolm repaid some of the fee with both goals in a 2-0 United win.
He quickly developed an understanding with fellow striker Bill Cassidy, and both scored in a 2-0 Southern League win over Telford in March. By then he was usually operating as part of a three-man strike force with Cassidy and George Harris in away games, while at home the U’s would switch to 4-2-4 with winger Peter Leggett joining the front line.
Malcolm continued to contribute goals as the season ended in triumph and United were elected to the League. United’s first game in English football’s top 92 – a 1-1 draw against Lincoln City on Saturday, 15 August 1970 – also saw his Football League debut.
As the 1970/71 season wore on, however, he found himself playing more in reserve competitions than in the League, and his season’s tally of first-team games was at seven, with one goal scored, when he was allowed to leave for Boston United on a free transfer in December.
Before his move into full-time professional football, Malcolm had begun his working career at Woodhorn Colliery and served his time as an apprentice fitter at Ashington Colliery. He married local girl Patricia in 1962, and after the ceremony his new wife and guests watched him play for Ashington against Workington Reserves. He then played for Berwick Rangers and Queen of the South before moving south to King’s Lynn.
After his time at the Abbey Stadium and his spell at Boston, Malcolm returned to complete his record-breaking career at King’s Lynn. He finished his career with Wisbech Town in the 1977/78 season. He and Patricia, who died 15 years ago, subsequently ran the Bentinck pub in Loke Road, King’s Lynn.
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