Andy McLaren (footballer, born 1922)

Tom Finney

Andy McLaren
Personal information
Full name Andrew McLaren[1]
Date of birth (1922-01-24)24 January 1922
Place of birth Larkhall, Scotland
Date of death 14 December 1996(1996-12-14) (aged 74)
Place of death Chorley England
Position(s) Inside forward
Youth career
Larkhall Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1948 Preston North End 69 (29)
1948–1949 Burnley 3 (1)
1949–1951 Sheffield United 31 (4)
1951–1954 Barrow 155 (52)
1954–1955 Bradford Park Avenue 18 (7)
1955 Southport 4 (1)
1955–1957 Rochdale 44 (12)
Fleetwood ? (?)
National team
1947 Scotland 4 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Andrew McLaren (24 January 1922 – 14 December 1996) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as an inside forward. He was on the books of a number of teams in The Football League.[2] He started as a youth player at Deepdale in 1937, serving on the ground staff with Tom Finney and playing with him in the B team.[3] He played for Preston in the wartime cup in 1940–41 when they won the league and cup. He served in the army during the war, with some service in Egypt.[3] In 1947 he played in four international matches for Scotland, scoring four goals. He was tragically found dead alone at his home in Chorley. Police believed that he had been dead for some days before his body was discovered. He was estranged from his wife at the time of his death.[3]

International goalsEdit

Scotland score first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 April 1947 Wembley Stadium, London   England 1–0 1–1 British Home Championship
2 24 May 1947 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg   Luxembourg 4–0 6–0 Friendly
3 24 May 1947 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg   Luxembourg 6–0 6–0 Friendly
4 12 November 1947 Hampden Park, Glasgow   Wales 1–0 1–2 British Home Championship

Medals sold at auctionEdit

A collection of McLaren's medals and a team photograph were featured on the ITV antiques-based television programme Dickinson's Real Deal in 2018 after being found during a property renovation. They were subsequently sold at auction for £1000.[4]


  1. ^ "Andy McLaren". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  2. ^ McLaren, Andy (1942), Hamilton Academical Memory Bank
  3. ^ a b c "Retro - Preston North End soccer star dies alone in his Chorley flat". Lancashire Evening Post. 30 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Medals belonging to ex-Barrow AFC player feature on Dickinson's Real Deal". The Mail. Barrow-in-Furness. 3 August 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.

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