Biography of George Allan


Saturday, October 21 – 1899
George Allan’s death is looked upon by Liverpudlians as another of those misfortunes of which the Anfield-road team seems to be just now peculiarly the victims, although it had been evidently for a long time past that Allan would never be able to play football again.

His work for Liverpool is his best monument.

A native of Linlithgow Bridge, a little place a few miles out of Edinburgh, he learnt his football with a local junior team; afterwards he joined Leith Athletic, and in the season of 1895-96 he came to Liverpool as centre forward of the team.

In the 1897 season he returned to Scotland, and played for the Celtic, and it was that year he gained his international cap against England.

He was back at the beginning of the 1898-99 season, and he played steadily for Liverpool until the end of April last, when he went home for the summer holidays.

While at home in Elie, Fifeshire, he became ill.

His complaint was consumption, and he gradually sank, and died on Tuesday last, at his mother’s house, at the early age of 24.

Allan was a typical Scotch youth – tall, spare, with sandy hair, high cheek bones, slightly freckled, “canny,” and with a broad accent.

His height was 5ft. 11in.

As a footballer he was brilliant: he had fair speed, complete command of the ball, and he was a born general.
(Lancashire Evening Post, 21-10-1899)

1899 George Allan

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