Club historian David Bull remembers Angus Moffat, a teenage Saints of 50 seasons ago who has died in Ontario, aged 66
Club historian David Bull remembers Angus Moffatt, a teenage Saint of 50 seasons ago, who has died in Ontario, aged 66
THOMAS ANGUS MOFFAT
15th May 1948 – 11th February 2015
When Lanarkshire-born Angus Moffat signed amateur forms for Southampton in May 1964, the month of his 16th birthday, he was effectively becoming third in line for the Saints’ No.7 shirt. Terry Paine – who was in the Americas, that month, winning his eighth and ninth caps for England – was firmly in possession and would be ever-present for Southampton in the upcoming 1964/65 season, while 20 year-old David Chadwick was similarly established at outside-right for the Reserves.
Even so, the teenager so far from home was made to feel that he belonged. Terry and Carol Paine took him into their home – Terry recalls “a lovely lad, with a very broad Scottish accent” – and Angus was given prime position, with the match-ball at his feet, when the squad assembled for the pre-season photo.
And come November, when Chadwick was switched to the left wing for three games, Angus took over his No.7 shirt for the first two of them, making way, for the third match, for Mike Judd, an apprentice five weeks his junior. Then, in January, with Chadwick briefly in the first-team reckoning on the left, Judd and Moffat would get a Reserves game each on the right.
The versatile Judd would kick-off from there, the next season, but Angus’s flirtation with English football was over. He would return to his roots and play in the Scottish top-flight for Motherwell, for whom one of his six goals ranks as the first scored in Scottish senior football by a player coming off the bench. Subsequent spells at Falkirk and Dumbarton yielded only one first-team appearance, after which Angus had ten years in North American football, notably with Toronto Metros and Detroit Express. His last three games were with the Washington Diplomats in 1981, the season when Trevor Hebberd and Malcolm Waldron played for the Dips, on loan from Southampton.
Angus settled, with four generations of his family, in Windsor, Ontario – just across the border from Detroit – where he coached the local AC Roma in the 1980s.