Do you have any interesting, happy, or humorous memories of Alan?
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In our local newspapers in Ipswich - to fill the sports pages in the summer when there is no football to report - a former reporter on the East Anglian Daily Times and Evening Star ran an article on Bill McGarry, Town's former manager. In 1966 Southport recorded a famous away win in the FA Cup against Ipswich 2-3.
Alan Spence scored two of the goals and was involved in the winner. It was a shock result against a team that the next season were champions of Division 2. A great night for Southport. Bill McGarry later managed Wolves and Newcastle.
Ipswich spent many years in Division One including 9 seasons in European competition, winning the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981.
Southport were relegated from the Football League soon after their win at Portman Road; is it too much to hope that on day they will regain their former status?
30-07-23 Colin Mayes
I have signature of the team Darlington 1962 to 1963 A.F.C. - just curious if collectors would be interested?
28-02-22 Karyn Webber
Alan is in a nursing home in Chorley.
24-02-22 Barry mcanulty
England Youth international.
Made his debut for Sunderland at age of 17 in old First Division while still at Durham Johnston Grammar school. Headteacher made him play for school team on the morning of match days when he played in the First Division !! Played in goal sometimes to conserve energy.
03-05-21 John Graham
Me Spence was our PE teacher at Wellfield High School and he was linked to Chorley FC. He run our school football team.
29-01-21 Frederick Eden
My old form master at meols cop, great bloke, lads loved him, scored the best goal ive ever seen, flying header, he was horizontal. For to good for the teams he played for, but teaching was his trade. I would love to see him again sometime.
Last time I saw him I think he was at Chorley.
23-01-21 Cliff Parry