Legend has it that the job application process then could be traumatic.
Brimelow is said to have had a habit of throwing a book on the ground just as potential applicants entered the office to see what their reaction was.
Barrass started his professional career with Bolton Wanderers in 1944.
But the origins of the paper stretch way back to 1834 when John Tillotson was apprenticed to printer Robert Marsden Holden, who had premises in Mealhouse Lane, Bolton.
Tillotson eventually married his boss's daughter and took over the business in 1850.
Malcolm's grandson - also named Matt (born 1980) - was also a professional player.
Barrass was born in Blackpool during his father's spell with the town's club.
Published each morning from Monday to Saturday and online every day, it is part of the Newsquest media group, a subsidiary of the U. On 11 September 2006 the Bolton Evening News became The Bolton News, which saw the newspaper being sold from the morning onwards.