February 26, 1918
Private Alexander McAllister, Northumberland Fusiliers, is officially reported to have died in France through illness. McAllister, who joined up over three years ago will doubtless be recalled as one of Sunderland’s most prominent players for fully ten seasons.
A native of Kilmarnock, he joined Sunderland in the summer of 1896, and had a fine League record, figuring in 99 consecutive League matches, only missing the hundred through injury in the 99th game.
On scoring his first goal for Sunderland against Grimsby on March 22, 1902, a local firm presented him with a piano, and some friends also gave him a gold watch.
(The Athletic News / Sporting Chronicles: February 26, 1918)