Alan Starling

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Alan Starling
Personal information
Full name Alan William Starling[1]
Date of birth (1951-04-02) 2 April 1951 (age 66)
Place of birth Dagenham,[1] England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Luton Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1971 Luton Town 7 (0)
1970–1971 Torquay United (loan) 1 (0)
1971–1976 Northampton Town 258 (1)
1976–1980 Huddersfield Town 112 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:26, 27 October 2008 (UTC).

Alan William Starling (born 2 April 1951 in Dagenham) was a professional footballer, who played as a goalkeeper for Luton Town, Torquay United, Northampton Town & Huddersfield Town.

Starling began his career as an apprentice with Luton Town, turning professional in April 1969 and making his league debut the following season. He joined Torquay United on loan in February 1971, playing just once, in a 4-0 defeat at home to Reading in place of regular keeper Andy Donnelly,[2] before returning to Luton.

He moved to Northampton Town in June 1971 and went on to make over 200 appearances for the Cobblers. In April 1976 he scored a penalty in the penultimate game of the season, against Hartlepool United, ensuring that every regular player for Northampton that season has scored at least once.[3] He also holds the record of the most minutes without conceding a goal for Northampton Town when he went 595 minutes unbeaten between 25 October and 29 November 1975.[4] In March 1977 he joined Huddersfield Town.


  1. ^ a b Barry J. Hugman. The PFA Premier and Football League Players' Records 1946-1998. Queen Anne Press. p. 516. ISBN 1-85291-585-4. 
  2. ^ Leigh Edwards. The definitive Torquay United F.C. The Association of Football Statisticians. p. 73. ISBN 1-899468-09-9. 
  3. ^ "The History of Northampton Town Football Club". Northampton Town F.C. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  4. ^ Clean Sheets; The Definitive Record 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-01-26.