An England Centre-half International, Malcolm Barrass who had trials for the club during the hostilities joined Bolton Wanderers a professional. He could play as either a forward or a defender and in fact netted 22 goals for Bolton during the 1944/45 season and in November 1948 netted a four-timer at home to Manchester City. But it was as a Centre-half that he got recognition at International level. He in fact gained three caps for England with last of these in 1953 coming just two weeks before he captained the ‘Trotters’ against his hometown club Blackpool in the ‘Matthews’ FA Cup Final. Barrass stayed at Bolton for twelve years and amassed 429 appearances and netted 57 goals. He then had a season at Sheffield United in which he made 21 appearances. He later became player manager of Wigan Athletic and then spent a couple of seasons with Nuneaton Borough before retiring to the Bury area. He was also as a trainer with Pwllheli and Hyde as well as working as a sales representative. He father ‘Matt’ played for Blackpool, Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester City whilst his grandson also named ‘Matt’ played for Bury. Barrass was born in Blackpool on 13 December 1924
Football League Appearances: 347 Goals: 25.