George Allan (footballer)

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George Allan
Personal information
Full name George Horsburgh Allan
Date of birth 23 August 1875
Place of birth Linlithgow, Scotland
Date of death 17 October 1899(1899-10-17) (aged 24)
Place of death Elie, Fife, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1891–1893 Broxburn Shamrock
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1893–1894 Bo'ness
1894–1895 Leith Athletic
1895–1897 Liverpool 49 (41)
1897–1898 Celtic 17 (15)
1898–1899 Liverpool 30 (8)
National team
1897 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George Allan (23 August 1875 – 17 October 1899) was a Scottish international footballer who played for Liverpool in the late 19th century.

Life and playing career[edit]

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.

He made his only Scotland appearance on 3 April 1897, in a 2-1 victory against England at Crystal Palace.[1]

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.

Career details[edit]

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


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