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Born: 12 June 1934

Came from: Leicester City   Went to: Wolverhampton Wanderers

First game: 10 September 1960   Last game: 19 December 1964

Appearances: 145 (145/0)   Goals: 0

MacLaren began his career with Auchterarder in his hometown, before joining Dundee. He made only one first-team appearance at Dens Park before heading south to join Leicester City in 1957. He immediately became the first-choice 'keeper for his new club and helped them win promotion to Division One in his first season. After losing his place to a young Gordon Banks two years later, he moved to Home Park in June 1960. Following a spell as back-up to Geoff Barnsley he became an automatic choice for Argyle over the next three seasons. In January 1965 his former manager at Home Park, Andy Beattie, signed him for Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he spent 18 months before ending his career with a single season at Southampton. He went on to play for Worcester City and coached in Malaysia and Australia.


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APPEARANCE DETAILS  [reselect competitions]

The details below reflect appearances in the following selected competitions: Southern & Western Leagues, Football League, FA Cup, League Cup, Minor Cups

Excluded: Football League (1939), War Leagues

We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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