Danny Malloy, legendary Cardiff City captain from Longcroft, dies aged 84

Cardiff City captain Danny Malloy (centre) is mobbed by fans after the club clinched promotion in 1960

Cardiff City captain Danny Malloy (centre) is mobbed by fans after the club clinched promotion in 1960

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A Longcroft-born footballer who achieved fame as the promotion-winning captain of Cardiff City has died aged 84.

Danny Malloy was a tough-tackling centre half and the backbone of the Bluebirds side that won promotion to the English top flight in 1959-60, an achievement no Cardiff team would match until 2013.

Danny Malloy, former Cardiff City captain, originally from Longcroft. Memoirs of a Hard Man, The Danny Malloy Story. Lawrue Reilly.

Danny Malloy, former Cardiff City captain, originally from Longcroft. Memoirs of a Hard Man, The Danny Malloy Story. Lawrue Reilly.

He is still spoken about in reverential terms by older fans in South Wales and his career was recently reassessed thanks to a biography written by his son Andy.

Malloy was born near Bonnybridge in 1930 and began his career at Camelon Juniors before turning professional at Dundee.

He made 72 appearences for the Dens Park, which at the time was dominated by the presence of Billy Steel, then the world’s record signing, and a man who was born just along the road from Malloy in Dunipace.

Danny would make his own mark in football when he was signed for £17,000 by Cardiff City in 1955. He would go on to play 225 times for the Welsh club, and would still encounter some old Bonnybridge faces.

“I heard familiar shouts from the terracing at Stamford Bridge one December afternoon,” he wrote in his biography. “‘Durty Bonnybrig! Durty Bonnybrig!’ It was a familiar saying back home among the locals. Bonnybridge was very much an industrial town. When I heard the shouts, I turned around to see Will Ritchie, an old friend I’d forgotten was working in London.”

Malloy had a reputation as being scared of no one, and in one notorious incident during a game against Middlesbrough in 1958 he flattened Brian Clough in an off-the-ball incident after the pair had exchanged some choice words.

Malloy left for Doncaster Rovers in 1961 following a pay dispute with the Cardiff board, a decision he would later regret.

He returned north of the border to live in Denny in later life, and made his first trip back to Cardiff in 50 years when he was invited to attend a game by the club. He was thrilled when they finally managed to achieve promotion back to the top flight.

His wife Margaret predeceased him in 1993. He is survived by Andy and daughter Linda and seven grandchildren.

His funeral takes place on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Falkirk Crematorium.