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Dick Malone

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Full nameRichard Malone
Playing positionDefender

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Richard "Dick" Malone (born Carfin, 22 August 1947) is a Scottish former professional footballer. A defender, he appeared for Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup Final winning team.

After playing for junior side Shotts Bon Accord, Malone started his senior career with Ayr United, for whom he had played 163 league matches and scored five goals.

Malone joined Sunderland in October 1970 and was a Scotland Under 23 international (match against France).

In the FA Cup Final victory, Second Division Sunderland beat Leeds United 1-0. Malone played 235 (+1) league matches for Sunderland, scoring two goals.

Malone left Sunderland to join Hartlepool United in July 1977. After playing 36 league matches and scoring two goals for the club, he was transferred to Blackpool in November 1978, playing 49 matches for them scoring one goal. The goal came in a 5 2 victory over Swindon Town at Bloomfield Road on 15 May 1979. His contract with Blackpool was cancelled in May 1980 by Alan Ball.

In season 1980 81, Malone returned to Scotland to play for Queen of the South. With the Dumfries club, Malone won promotion from the Scottish Second Division. Alongside Malone at Queen of the South was a player with a name that would have sounded familiar to Malone, Queens' long serving goalkeeper Allan Ball. QoS left winger Jimmy Robertson later said when asked who the best players were that he played beside at Queens, 'Dick Malone, you could tell he had played at a higher level than most of us'.

After leaving Queens he returned to non league football by joining Gateshead F.C.

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