Andrew Paton (2 January 1923 – 8 February 2014)[3] was a Scottish football player and manager.

Andy Paton
Personal information
Full name Andrew Paton
Date of birth 2 January 1923
Place of birth Dreghorn, Scotland[1]
Date of death 8 February 2014(2014-02-08) (aged 91)
Place of death Markinch, Scotland[1]
Position(s) Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Irvine Meadow
Kello Rovers
1942–1958 Motherwell 302 (0)
1958–1960 Hamilton Academical 34 (0)
Total 336 (0)
National team
1945–1946[2] Scotland (wartime) 2 (0)
1946–1952 Scotland 3 (0)
Teams managed
1959–1968 Hamilton Academical
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

A Centre half, Paton played primarily for Motherwell, with a short spell at Hamilton Academical late in his career, and he then managed Hamilton for nine years.[4][5] He won the Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and Scottish Division Two with Motherwell – having joined as a teenager from the Junior level during World War II – and in 2006 was voted the club's 'greatest ever player'.[1] On 10 November 2020, it was announced that Paton was to be inducted into the Motherwell F.C. Hall of Fame.[6]

He appeared three times for Scotland;[1] his debut came in January 1946 against Belgium (considered official by the national associations, unlike two other fixtures he played in the same immediate post-war period) and his second and third appearances were made on a summer 1952 tour of Scandinavia.[1] At the time of his death in 2014 (aged 91), he was the oldest surviving Scotland international.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Vallance, Matt (13 February 2014). "Obituary: Andrew Paton, footballer and manager". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  2. ^ "[Scotland player, including unofficial] Andrew Paton". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Andy Paton: 1923 to 2014". Motherwell. 8 February 2014. Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  4. ^ Andy Paton, MotherWELLnet
  5. ^ Andy Paton at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  6. ^ "Andy Paton inducted to Hall of Fame". Retrieved 10 November 2020.

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