Malcolm Musgrove (8 July 1933 − 14 September 2007) was an
English professional football player and manager.
Malcolm Musgrove played for his local side Lynemouth Colliery
before being called up for national service, which he served in the
Royal Air Force
. He played for a Forces
team and also for Scottish junior side
Sunnybank while in the RAF and joined West Ham United in December
At West Ham he soon established himself as a left-winger, making
his league debut in 1954 against Brentford
. He went on to make 301 league and
cup appearances for the Hammers before joining Leyton Orient
as player-coach in December
1962. He became chairman of the PFA
in 1962 and
remained in post until his retirement as a player in 1966.
He left Orient in November 1968 to coach Aston Villa
, from where he moved to
manager under former West Ham teammate Frank O'Farrell
. When O'Farrell moved to
Musgrove followed, again taking an assistant manager's position.
O'Farrell left United in December 1972 and Musgrove left the
following month, taking the manager's job at Torquay United
, a post O'Farrell had
held himself 5 years earlier.
little success at Torquay, with a highest league finish of 9th
place in 1975-76 in his time at Plainmoor.
He left Torquay in November 1976, to be
replaced by O'Farrell, and the following year coached NASL
side Connecticut Bicentennials
In 1978 he
coached another NASL side, Chicago
Sting and on his return to England was coach at
He coached Exeter City
and 1984 and was later physiotherapist at Plymouth Argyle
Meadow and joined up with John Bond and Fred Davies at
Shrewsbury Town in the early 90s and
became part of the management team that won the Football League
Division Three in 1994.
Musgrove died on 14 September 2007, after a long battle with
- Ex-Hammers.com: Malcolm Musgrove obituary. Accessed