October 24, 1904
Being English by birth Mr. William Maley has the suavity of that race, a Scot by adoption, he has the caution proverbial of that nationality, and an Irishman by association and sympathy, he has the fiery enthusiasm of the true Hibernian – all constituting a combination of qualities admirably suited for the profession he has chosen to follow.
The son of an army instructor, who was widely respected in Glasgow volunteer circles, Mr. Maley has inherited to some extent the discipline of the father, and this be exercises with a stern will, and applies relentlessly when his team has a cup-tie or an important League engagement to face.
Having been an athlete himself. Mr. Maley knows the value of systematic training, and insists upon every member of the team doing so much exercise every day. A half-back of no mean order, Mr. Maley did good service to the Celtic in the opening years of its history, and he can show more than one representative honour.
He had a great ambition to figure in an international match, just as every player has. It was much difficult to get “caps” in Maley’s day than it is now, as the players then were of a higher grade than the players now while the methods of selection were less susceptible to outside influence. In 1893 Mr. Maley played against England and Ireland, and though Scotland were defeated by our friends across the border on that occasion, the Celtic half was by no means a failure.
Possessed of great speed, Mr. Maley was an excellent “recover,” and, generally speaking, he was a sound all-round player. Before the Celtic Club was formed he played for Third Lanark and Partick Thistle, and it was while a member of the latter that he scored several successes on the pedestrian track, though in this department of sport he was scarcely so versatile as his brother Tom, who is now associated with the management of the Manchester City Club.
Mr. Maley is great as an athletic organizer, and has more than once been a committee member of the Scottish Amateur Athletic Association, in which he might have occupied high office long ere this had he been in a position to devote more time to its work. The Celtic carnivals have a world-wide fame. Getting a free hand, he makes the most of it, with the result that there is scarcely an athlete of note who has not, in the heyday of his greatness, been the guest of the Celtic club.
Mr. Maley, in fact, prides himself on his athletic carnivals, and there is only one other gentleman in Scotland who claims to have done so much, if not more, for athletics, and that is his warm friend, Mr. Gavin Stevenson, of Ayr. Personally, I am inclined to divide honours equally between these two gentlemen, and neither the one nor the other should feel it derogatory to be coupled together in a cause so interesting.
Mr. Maley has the undivided confidence of his directors, among whom are several of the most astute gentlemen connected with Scottish football. He is, therefore, well fortified in the matter of advice, and by relying on those above him. Mr. Maley rarely finds himself in a position compromising to himself or the Celtic club.
Trained, too, in one of the first legal firms in Glasgow, Mr. Maley may be said to have been schooled in secretarial procedure, while his insight into law, with all its intricacies, has more than once enabled him to keep clear of litigation.
In private, Mr. Maley is a delightful conversationalist, and he has a store of anecdotes connected with football and athletics which, were he to give to the public, would be as entertaining as it would be sensational. Scottish official life would be dull without Mr. Maley.
(Source: Athletic News: October 24, 1904)