Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

John McAlle - Wolverhampton Wanderers FC - League Appearances.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 31 March 1979

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      Central Defender
      Tuesday, 31 January 1950
      Liverpool, England

John McALLE - Wolverhampton Wanderers FC - League Appearances.

John McAlle is pictured above playing for Wolves during the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal

in the semi-final of the F.A. Cup.


Wolves:   1967-1968     Played   0     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1968-1969     Played   14     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1969-1970     Played   11     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1970-1971     Played   37     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1971-1972     Played   42     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1972-1973     Played   41     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1973-1974     Played   39     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1974-1975     Played   38     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1975-1976     Played   41     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1976-1977     Played   39     Scored   0   goals   (Division 2)
     1977-1978     Played   40     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1978-1979     Played   37     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1979-1980     Played   8     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1980-1981     Played   17     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
Transferred to Sheffield Utd. in August 1981
1981–1982    Sheffield United    18    (0)
1982–1984    Derby County    58    (1)


John McAlle the long serving Wolverhampton Wanders defender is  pictured above during the 2-0 win

against Coventry City  in December 1974. Photo by G Herringshaw  ©.


John McAlle joined Wolves as an apprentice in July 1965, turning professional in February 1967. After a period playing in the reserve league, he made his first team debut on 29 April 1968, in a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea. He only appeared sporadically (mostly as a substitute) in the following years, but became a first-team regular in the 1970–71 season.


Known to his team-mates as Scouse, McAlle was the club's first-choice centre-back throughout most of the 1970s. During this period he played in the 1972 UEFA Cup final and won the League Cup in 1974. He was also part of the side that won the Second Division championship in 1976–77, to immediately return Wolves to the top flight.

His position at Molineux was weakened by the arrival of Emlyn Hughes in 1979, after which he was largely used as a substitute. His career took a further downturn when he broke his leg coming on as a sub playing against Watford in February 1980, which kept him out for 11 months. He returned for the second half of the 1980–81 season and managed to retain his place in the starting line-up.


The defender's long association with Wolves finally ended in August 1981, when he joined Sheffield United for £10,000 after he was not offered a contract extension. In total McAlle played 508 games for the Midlanders, making him the fifth highest-serving player in their history.


After a brief spell at Bramall Lane, where he won the Fourth Division title, he moved to Derby County, where he finished his league career in the second tier. John's last ever professional match came for Derby against Barnsley in March 1984 wearing the number 10 shirt. He finished his playing career at non-league Harrisons FC, based in Wolverhampton.


McAlle moved into landscape gardening after football then retired and lived in Brewood, South Staffordshire.


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