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Alan Skirton RIP

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Alan Skirton has passed away, aged 80, another one of my boyhood hero’s is no more. Alan played for us 68-71, born in Bath he was a tricky fast winger. RIP Alan.  

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Sad news. 

The first time I remember seeing him play was around 1968 against us for Blackpool at AG - a game they won (I think) 2-4. He tore us apart that day, playing on the lest wing even though he was predominantly right footed. Unusually for those days, that game was recorded for TV. I was amazed and delighted when we signed him the following season. 

He was fast and strong although I’d never describe him as “tricky” but he was a good signing for us. He’d made a name for himself playing for Arsenal so he had a good pedigree and had a swagger in the way he played. 

He formed a key part of one of my most memorable and favourite City teams 

Rest peacefully Alan. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. 

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Best remembered for his goal against Spurs in the first leg of the 1970 league cup semi final.

Rest in Peace and sincerest condolences to family and friends.

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RIP Alan.

For you young 'uns we first noticed him when he was a Blackpool player. They came to AG, the game was MOTD, Blackpool won 4-2 with Alan scoring twice.

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1 hour ago, Rudolf Hucker said:

Sad news. 

The first time I remember seeing him play was around 1968 against us for Blackpool at AG - a game they won (I think) 2-4. He tore us apart that day, playing on the lest wing even though he was predominantly right footed. Unusually for those days, that game was recorded for TV. I was amazed and delighted when we signed him the following season. 

He was fast and strong although I’d never describe him as “tricky” but he was a good signing for us. He’d made a name for himself playing for Arsenal so he had a good pedigree and had a swagger in the way he played. 

He formed a key part of one of my most memorable and favourite City teams 

Rest peacefully Alan. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. 

With that defeat we went bottom of the second division. Jantzen Derrick scored our second in injury time after we were 1-4 down.  Green un headline that evening was "City are rocked and go bottom". RIP Alan. 

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Sad news. I would have watched Alan many times as an 8 yr old when I first started watching City at the start of the 70 / 71 season.

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1 hour ago, Rudolf Hucker said:

Sad news. 

The first time I remember seeing him play was around 1968 against us for Blackpool at AG - a game they won (I think) 2-4. He tore us apart that day, playing on the lest wing even though he was predominantly right footed. Unusually for those days, that game was recorded for TV. I was amazed and delighted when we signed him the following season. 

He was fast and strong although I’d never describe him as “tricky” but he was a good signing for us. He’d made a name for himself playing for Arsenal so he had a good pedigree and had a swagger in the way he played. 

He formed a key part of one of my most memorable and favourite City teams 

Rest peacefully Alan. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. 

I, too, saw that game and remember his speed and strength, but what struck me (as a young boy) was that Blackpool, the famous Tangerines with their equally famous players (The great Stanleys Mathews and Mortenson, Jimmy Armfield, Alan Ball), played in white shirts! 

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If I hear the name Alan Skirton I always get a mental image of AG pre-Dolman stand and a game going on with those flats looming large on the far side of the pitch.

Just a bit before i started going he was

but RIP BCFC hero , Alan

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2 hours ago, Rudolf Hucker said:

Sad news. 

The first time I remember seeing him play was around 1968 against us for Blackpool at AG - a game they won (I think) 2-4. He tore us apart that day, playing on the lest wing even though he was predominantly right footed. Unusually for those days, that game was recorded for TV. I was amazed and delighted when we signed him the following season. 

He was fast and strong although I’d never describe him as “tricky” but he was a good signing for us. He’d made a name for himself playing for Arsenal so he had a good pedigree and had a swagger in the way he played. 

He formed a key part of one of my most memorable and favourite City teams 

Rest peacefully Alan. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. 

Nice summary of guy who was one of our stalwarts of the Dicks team he built before the young promotion winning team (Gow Ritchie Cheese etc ) came through. He signed for £15,000 as I recall! .....I, along with many of you, was at the televised Blackpool MOTD game which was , I think , the first time we had been on MOTD.....very unusual for a 2nd div game to be shown back then..

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41 minutes ago, CodeRed said:

, I think , the first time we had been on MOTD.....very unusual for a 2nd div game to be shown back then..

No, the first time was 65-66 v Man City (1-1)  but it was only shown on BBC2 them days .

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One of my childhood favourites. Wore no.7 and with genuine pace, often put in quality crosses for John Galley. Great player👍

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Sad news, Always liked him.  He tended to play much better on the right attacking the East End, in those days there was no terracing ,or anything on the opposite side due to the very lengthy demolition/erection of the Dolman.   He told me once that he used to hate playing on the right attacking the Park End as there was no atmosphere !

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Very saddened  to hear this news.. Skirton was one of my early City heroes up there with the best of 'em. 

A great traditional winger with a turn of speed and a devastating crosser of the ball... 

Thanks for the memories Alan RIP .  

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4 hours ago, Southstandoriginal said:

Just looked up his stats.  99 goals in 338 career  league appearances.   That's pretty damn impressive for a winger.  RIP Alan.

Yes, he had a powerful shot and could head a ball too. When I think of him what comes to mind is successive home wins over Norwich and Fulham when we won 4-0 and 6-0. I think Alan scored in both.

What also trips off the tongue is my favourite City attack of Skirton -Garland -Galley -Kellard -Sharpe.

Thanks for the memories Alan.

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Provided much excitement at many, many games for me, still have his name scrawled on my toolbox in black marker, with the likes of Galley, Garland, Gow, Gibson etc. A great player for this club at a great time.

R.I.P Alan, thanks for great days at the football :clap::city:

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57 minutes ago, chinapig said:

Yes, he had a powerful shot and could head a ball too. When I think of him what comes to mind is successive home wins over Norwich and Fulham when we won 4-0 and 6-0. I think Alan scored in both.

What also trips off the tongue is my favourite City attack of Skirton -Garland -Galley -Kellard -Sharpe.

Thanks for the memories Alan.

Remember those results and that strike force, as if it was yesterday, those were the days :city:

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He was a strong, quite aggresive winger which was unusual in those days. Remember watching him when he came to City in the late 60's and then meeting him when I signed for Bath City youths in the mid 70's, If my memory serves me right he was the Commercial Manager there. RIP Alan.

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2 hours ago, Bri Stool City said:

those were the days :city:

They certainly were....we had a pretty good home record in those days. AG was an intimidating fortress all be it only 3 sided for a while during the Dolman construction!!

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2 hours ago, cidered abroad said:

Strong willed, strong runner and strong in tackles against defenders who played it hard. Thanks Alan.

In my mind Skirton used to run through defenders!

My recollection is of his knocking the ball past the full back and getting to the byeline and hitting a cross on the 6 yard line for Galley to collect - usually along with the keeper!

Happy days.

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6 hours ago, chinapig said:

Yes, he had a powerful shot and could head a ball too. When I think of him what comes to mind is successive home wins over Norwich and Fulham when we won 4-0 and 6-0. I think Alan scored in both.

What also trips off the tongue is my favourite City attack of Skirton -Garland -Galley -Kellard -Sharpe.

Thanks for the memories Alan.

Left and right wing, inside right and inside left and a centre forward.

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Was first to score a European goal at Highbury in a home leg European Inter Cities Fair Cup match in 1963.

Great player, loved to see him flying down the wing.

RIP and condolences to family and friends.

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3 hours ago, downendcity said:

In my mind Skirton used to run through defenders!

My recollection is of his knocking the ball past the full back and getting to the byeline and hitting a cross on the 6 yard line for Galley to collect - usually along with the keeper!

Happy days.

Yes, exactly! Would hit the ball into the open space behind the defender, beat him for speed, and whip over a cross. No frills, but very exciting and effective.

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Biggest bloke I've ever seen on the wing but he could shift and defenders just slid off him. Powerful bloke. Very rarely didn't get to the byeline and put a cross over.

R.I.P Mr Skirton

 

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46 minutes ago, Final 3 Star said:

Yes, exactly! Would hit the ball into the open space behind the defender, beat him for speed, and whip over a cross. No frills, but very exciting and effective.

Direct style of wing play I think would best describe it.

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RIP Alan brought back fond memories of that time in my life..

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Very sad news. Terrific winger who always impressed this yung 'un when he first started going. And boy, what a haircut......

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19 hours ago, Rudolf Hucker said:

Sad news. 

The first time I remember seeing him play was around 1968 against us for Blackpool at AG - a game they won (I think) 2-4. He tore us apart that day, playing on the lest wing even though he was predominantly right footed. Unusually for those days, that game was recorded for TV. I was amazed and delighted when we signed him the following season. 

He was fast and strong although I’d never describe him as “tricky” but he was a good signing for us. He’d made a name for himself playing for Arsenal so he had a good pedigree and had a swagger in the way he played. 

He formed a key part of one of my most memorable and favourite City teams 

Rest peacefully Alan. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. 

After the game a group of us sprogs watched the large angry crowd gathered outside the old Grandstand belting out "Sack the Board !" and "Ford must go !"

You're right, Skirton played a blinder and, I think, got two of Blackpool's goals.

I think this was the game that inspired the board to get him on our books.

Scored for us against Tottenham in the League Cup semi final at Ashton Gate.

RIP Alan.

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1 hour ago, Bazooka Joe said:

After the game a group of us sprogs watched the large angry crowd gathered outside the old Grandstand belting out "Sack the Board !" and "Ford must go !"

You're right, Skirton played a blinder and, I think, got two of Blackpool's goals.

I think this was the game that inspired the board to get him on our books.

Scored for us against Tottenham in the League Cup semi final at Ashton Gate.

RIP Alan.

I well remember the angry mob behind the Grandstand and the "Ford must Go" chants - now that you've reminded about it!

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32 minutes ago, Rudolf Hucker said:

I well remember the angry mob behind the Grandstand and the "Ford must Go" chants - now that you've reminded about it!

Bet you got more excited a few years later, when the chant was “Dicks out” 🤨

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7 hours ago, Final 3 Star said:

Yes, exactly! Would hit the ball into the open space behind the defender, beat him for speed, and whip over a cross. No frills, but very exciting and effective.

 

7 hours ago, southvillekiddy said:

Biggest bloke I've ever seen on the wing but he could shift and defenders just slid off him. Powerful bloke. Very rarely didn't get to the byeline and put a cross over.

R.I.P Mr Skirton

 

Yep both the above my memory too. My dad used to take me in the East End, I can vividly see Alan Skirton marauding down the right wing towards us and whipping a cross over.

RIP great player. 

 

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Here is the link to the City v Blackpool match, played on 16 September 1967, to which I referred earlier in this thread. It's 42 minutes of highlights back before the world had any colour in it and fifty shades of grey was all you could see on your TV. As I remembered, Skirton had a great game, scoring two (16 and 37 minutes in the recording) and 'assisting' in another.

Watching it is good fun! See how many men turned up on the terraces wearing ties! I didn't see any women in the crowd - even though I, of course, looked very closely. The ball must have been red hot back then because neither goalkeeper kept it in their hands for more than a couple of seconds before kicking or throwing it out. Players really needed to stab an opponent to warrant being booked. Kicking the ball away would cause the referee to have a 'quiet word' with the offender whereas pushing an opponent intentionally and angrily to the floor (a straight red card offence today) would prompt the ref to have a 'strong word'.

Some take aways. Hugh McIlmoyle was as ordinary as I remember him - particularly on the floor; Jimmy Armfield was indeed a very good full back; Gordon Milne, whom Blackpool signed from Liverpool, was different class; the number 11 on the back of Lou Peters' shirt was every bit as widely spaced as ever I recalled  and I've no idea why; and the crowd noise was not as constant as us old timers would have you believe! And finally, Alan Skirton - the subject of this thread - was a top, top player and I am privileged to have seen him play for Bristol City.

 

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