McCa11: Andrew (Andy)
Born: Hamilton, Lanarkshire: 15-03-1925
Debut: v Huddersfield Town (a): 23-08-1952
5’6” 9st 6lb (1954)
A pupil of Woodside School Hamilton, McCall played for Bent Royal Oak PSA in the Hamilton
and District League, before joining the Royal Navy as a seventeen-year-old. He enlisted with
the Army at twenty and served with the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. On return to civilian
life, he joined Blantyre Celtic and won a Scottish Junior cap against Ireland. Blackpool
signed him in April 1947 and he played at inside forward between Matthews and Mortensen or
sometimes in the famous five M’s forward line of Matthews-Mortensen-McIntosh-McCall-Munro.
He scored fifteen goals in eighty-seven League appearances at Bloomfield Road before an
£8,500 transfer took him to West Bromwich Albion in January 1951. He scored three goals and
made thirty-one League appearances at the Hawthorns before he joined Leeds in August 1952
for £2,000. His first League game for Leeds was at inside left, but he and Ray Iggleden
swapped positions. However, Don Mills was then restored to the team and, although Mills left
United that Christmas, McCall had to give way to the newly signed Albert Nightingale. McCall
regained a spot in the United line-up at outside-right as George Meek moved to the left wing.
1953-54 saw McCall start once more on the sidelines as Harold Williams came back from injury
to reclaim his right-wing spot, but he was drafted in at inside left for five games in place
of the injured Ray Iggleden. For the last dozen matches he was preferred to left-winger
Arthur Tyrer and took the right wing spot with Harold Williams reverting to the left. In
1954-55 he was on the left-wing for all but one of his thirty games in that season as United
came fourth and narrowly missed promotion, in what was probably McCall’s best season.
Unfortunately, he lost his position to the returning George Meek in March 1955 and that was
the end of his first team involvement at Leeds. He left Leeds for Lovell’s Athletic at the
end of that season before returning to Yorkshire in July 1956 to finish his career with
Halifax Town. He spent four years before retiring, making one hundred and thirty-nine League
appearances and scoring fifteen goals. His son Stuart, even though born in Leeds, played for
Scotland, Bradford City, Rangers, Everton and Sheffield United before going into coaching
and football management. It was while watching his son that he was amongst those who
received treatment for burns as a result of the Valley Parade fire disaster in May 1986.