Allan, third boy from the left on the back row, played for the school team for four years from 1953 to ‘57, first as a half back and then as goalkeeper – and hasn’t played since!
One of the lads, Barry Crabtree (front, left) was a good player who captained Halifax Schoolboys and played for Halifax Town Reserves. “He was by far the best player on our team – streets ahead,” said Allan. “He lived the game.”
But, apart from one brief meeting with Barry, he has not met any of the players since 1957. “It would be nice to know what happened to the other guys,” he said.
After leaving school Allan apprenticed as a TV engineer and then moved into manament with TV rental companies, ending his career as a coach driver for Wallace Arnold.
He and his wife, Lorraine, have a son, Richard, a farmer in Canada, and a daughter, Janice, who lives in Greetland. Allan and Lorraine live at 18 Moorlands Drive, Wheatley, Halifax (tel: 01422 257270).