George Allan (footballer)
|Full name||George Horsburgh Allan|
|Date of birth||23 August 1875|
|Place of birth||Linlithgow, Scotland|
|Date of death||17 October 1899(aged 24)|
|Place of death||Elie, Fife, Scotland|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Life and playing career
Born in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, the Centre-forward played for Vale of Avon, Linlithgow Athletic, Broxburn Shamrock and Leith Athletic before being signed by Liverpool manager John McKenna and William Barclay in September 1895. The 20-year-old Allan made quite an impact for Liverpool after making his debut in a Football League Second Division match a 5-1 home thumping of Newcastle on 14 September 1895, he scored his first goal for the club 7 days later on 21 September against Loughborough Town at the Athletic Ground. This sparked an impressive goals per game run for the rest of the 1885/96 promotion season, he bagged an amazing 25 league goals from just 20 appearances, averaging 1.25 goals per games, Allan scored a further 3 goals in the promotion Test matches (the equivalent of today's play-offs) helping the Anfield club regain their spot back in the top flight of English football.
Allan moved to Celtic in May 1897 where he carried on his goalscoring exploits hitting 15 goals in 17 games, helping the club win the Scottish league. He returned to Anfield a year later when new manager Tom Watson re-signed him in April 1898. Allan scored 58 goals in only 96 appearances during his 2 spells at Liverpool, an average of a goal every 1.65 games.
Allan was a prolific goalscorer who could have gone on to be one of the all-time greats, but his life was cut short when he contracted tuberculosis in 1899 during his second spell at Liverpool; he was forced to give up playing and died of the condition on 17 October.
As a player:
- Liverpool FC (1895 - 1897 & 1898 - 1899): 96 appearances, 58 goals - Football League Second Division winner's medal (1896)
- Scotland (1897): 1 appearance