Alex signed in 1956 and is still in Town!

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A SURPRISE party was held to mark the 80th birthday of long-time Halifax Town player Alex South.

Old friends gathered at the Brown Cow, Highroad Well, Halifax, to wish him well and reminisce.

Mr South, a centre-half, made 302 league appearances for Halifax Town in teh 1950s and ‘60s, and has stayed here ever since.

He lives at Warley with his wife, Peggy.

The all-round sportsman was also active in local cricket and golfing circles and friends from all sports joined his celebration.

“I never go out any more apart from when Halifax Town are playing at home. It was great to see mates from the past I had not seen for 20 or so years,” he said.

Mr South played for his hometown club Brighton before being transferred to Liverpool where he made seven appearances.

The highlight at Anfield was one game when the team came back from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with Mr South scoring the equaliser into the Kop end.

“I can still remember the crowd rolling back and forward like they did in those days,” he said.

He was transfered to Halifax, aged 25, and remembers another fightback when Town were losing 3-0 with about 15 minutes left but fought back to win 4-3.

“I played 10 years at Halifax and we had good times but also some pretty rough times.

“I think the current team are certainties for promption this time and it was nice to receive an autographed shirt.”

The party was organised by his neighbour Christopher Baume. “He had a good night and loved it, there was a lot of reminiscing going on,” he said.

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Inset picture: Alex South with friends and his shirt presented by Pete Stajic (right) of FC Halifax Town