Andrew McCulloch (footballer)

Infobox Football biography
playername = Andy McCulloch


fullname = Andrew McCulloch
nickname =
height = height|ft=6|in=2
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1950|1|3|df=y
cityofbirth = Northampton
countryofbirth = England
dateofdeath =
cityofdeath =
countryofdeath =
currentclub =
position = Striker
youthyears = 19??–19??
19??–1970
youthclubs = Fleet Town
Walton & Hersham
years = 1970–1972
1972–1974
1974-1976
1976-1979
1978
1979-1983
1983-1984
1984-1985
Total
clubs = Q.P.R.
Cardiff City
Oxford United
Brentford
Oakland Stompers (loan)
Sheffield Wednesday
Crystal Palace
Aldershot
caps(goals) = 041 0(10)
058 0(24)
041 00(9)
127 0(48)
018 00(3)
125 0(44)
025 00(3)
016 00(2)
433 (140)
nationalyears =
nationalteam =
nationalcaps(goals) =
manageryears = 19??-2008
managerclubs = Esher United

Andrew “Andy” McCulloch is a former English professional footballer who played for Q.P.R., Cardiff City, Oxford United, Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace and Aldershot. He played a total of 475 games in all competitions for his seven league clubs, scoring 153 goals in a career which lasted from 1970 until 1985. McCulloch was a Centre Forward in the “Target Man” mould, being 6ft 2in (1.88 m) tall, he was good in the air, using his strong physique to hold off defenders and lay the ball off to team mates. He made one appearance for the Scotland national under 23 team. [http://allfootballers.com/ http://allfootballers.com/.] Gives statistics for career and details on Adam McCulloch.]

McCulloch was born in Northampton on January 3 1950, he was the son of Adam McCulloch who played over 200 league games for Northampton Town, Shrewsbury Town and Aldershot. [http://allfootballers.com/ http://allfootballers.com/.] Gives statistics for career and details on Adam McCulloch.] Andy was brought up in Hampshire, the family moving there when his father signed for Aldershot in 1953. On leaving school he attended university and obtained a Civil engineering degree before playing full time football.

Playing career

Andy McCulloch first made a name for himself as a teenager playing for Fleet Town in the Hampshire League and was subsequently invited for a trial at Tottenham Hotspur. However nothing came of the Tottenham connection and he signed for non-league Walton & Hersham being part of the team which won the Athenian League title in the 1968-69 season. [http://www.rsssf.com/tablese/engathenianchamp.html www.rsssf.com.] States Walton & Hersham as champions of Athenian League in 1968-69.] McCulloch was spotted by Queens Park Rangers manager Les Allen and he signed for Rangers in October 1970.

Queens Park Rangers

The 20 year old McCulloch made his Ranger’s debut immediately, replacing Frank Saul in the team, playing in a 5-2 home win over Birmingham City on 17 October 1970 and scoring the fifth goal. [http://qprreport.blogspot.com/2007/01/birthday-ex-qpr-andy-mcculloch.html qprreport.blogspot.com.] Gives details of QPR debut.] He did not actually get paid for that debut match as he was still registered as an amateur, his professional registration coming through a few days later. [http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/bob.dunning/thirty6.htm Football at Yahoo! Clubs sixtiesandseventiessoccer.] Says he was still an amateur when he made his QPR debut.] McCulloch was never a regular member of the Rangers team over the next two years, making 30 starts in League matches. His days at Rangers were numbered when they bolstered their forward line by signing Stan Bowles and Don Givens for the start of the 1972-73 season and he was sold to Cardiff City for a fee of £45,000 in October 1972.

Cardiff City and Oxford United

In his two years at Cardiff the team had a fairly mediocre time finishing near the bottom of Division Two in both seasons. McCulloch however had good form, top scoring in both seasons, notching 30 goals in 68 matches in all competitions. It was at this time that he was called up for his only cap for the Scottish under 23 team, his Scottish parentage making him eligible even though he was born in England. Cardiff won the Welsh Cup in both seasons that McCulloch played there, [http://www.fchd.btinternet.co.uk/cups/welshcupsummary.htm www.fchd.btinternet.co.uk.] States that Cardiff won Welsh Cup in 1972-73 & 1973-74.] qualifying them for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and in September 1973 McCulloch played against Sporting Clube de Portugal in the two-legged first round tie of the cup which Cardiff lost 2-1 on aggregate to give him his only experience of European football in his career. In July 1974 he moved to another Second Division side, Oxford United in a £70,000 deal, he had a fairly disappointing time at Oxford with the team relegated in his second season (1975-76) and McCulloch making only 12 League appearances.

Brentford

With his career stalling McCulloch was forced to drop down to Division Four in his next move when he joined Brentford in March 1976 for £25,000. His move to The Bees rejuvenated his career although it was not until his second full season (1977-78) that things really started to happen when Brentford achieved promotion with McCulloch scoring 22 goals in 45 League appearances and forming a fine striking partnership with Steve Phillips who contributed an excellent 32 goals. In the Summer of 1978 McCulloch was loaned out to Oakland Stompers of the North American Soccer League where he made 18 appearances, scoring three goals with one assist. [http://www.nasljerseys.com/Rosters/Stompers_Rosters.htm www.nasljerseys.com.] Gives details of Oakland Stompers career.] Back at Brentford for the 1978-79 campaign, the team consolidated their position in Division Three with McCulloch contributing 13 goals.

heffield Wednesday

McCulloch’s time as a Brentford player came to an end in May 1979 when he was persuaded to join Third Division Sheffield Wednesday. Wednesday manager Jack Charlton was looking for a target man to partner Terry Curran in The Owls forward line and saw McCulloch as the ideal man. Charlton was working as a pundit for ITV on the 1979 FA Cup Final and met McCulloch on the Wembley gantry and agreed a deal which went through officially the following month."Jack Charlton: The Autobiography", Jack Charlton & Peter Byrne ISBN 1852252561 Says that McCulloch agreed to sign for Wednesday on Wembley gantry.] Jack Charlton, who had a tendency to get mixed up over his player’s names often referred to McCulloch as “Ian”, confusing him with Notts County’s Scottish winger Iain McCulloch. The McCulloch-Curran partnership contributed 34 goals in the following 1979-80 season as Wednesday were promoted. [http://www.adrianbullock.com/swfc/stats/play0388.htm Stuart Jackson‘s SWFC Archive.] Gives statistics for Sheffield Wednesday career.]

1980-81 saw McCulloch as Wednesday’s top scorer in their return to Division Two. In his final two years at Hillsborough he acted as a foil for Gary Bannister in the Wednesday attack, with Bannister scoring most of the goals and taking much of the glory, however Andy contributed seven goals in both campaigns. McCulloch played in the 1983 FA Cup semi final at Highbury when Wednesday were defeated by Brighton. In August 1983 McCulloch was sold to Crystal Palace for a fee of £20,000 as new manager Howard Wilkinson brought in Imre Varadi to partner Bannister."The Wednesday Boys", Jason Dickinson & John Brodie, ISBN 0 9547264 9 9 Page 196 Gives biographical information.] "The Men Who Made Sheffield Wednesday Football Club", Tony Matthews, ISBN 978 0 7524 4156 6 Gives details of Sheffield Wednesday career and biographical information.]

Latter career and retirement

At the end of his contract at Sheffield Wednesday McCulloch returned to the south of England to play for Crystal Palace for a season. In April 1984 he returned to Hillsborough to play for Crystal Palace in a League match and received a standing ovation from the supporters, McCulloch has said this is one of his fondest memories of his playing days. [http://sheffieldwednesday.rivals.net/features/pgarticle.aspx?artid=13593_3470288&id=72 Owlsonline.] Interview mentions standing ovation on return and other information.] He played the 1984-85 season with Aldershot but picked up a bad knee injury and this forced him to end his playing career at the age of 35. On retiring Andy worked for a company that cleaned household upholstery and hotel rooms, in 1989 he opened his own cleaning business, Cardinal Cleaning in Molesey, Surrey doing the same line of work. The firm is still flourishing today having contracts to clean many big London hotels as well as individual customers. Andy is still involved in football being the manager of part time Esher United of the Kingston District League. [http://www.prochem.co.uk/pdf%20graphics/Cleaning%20Specialist%20Issue%2017%20Summer%202006.pdf www.prochem.co.uk.] Interview details retirement activities.]

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