A qualified teacher, Alan Spence remained a part time professional throughout his whole playing career.
First attracting the attention of Southport manager Lem Newcomb in the opening game of the 1961-62 season during which he notched two goals for Darlington against Southport, he became arguably Southport’s greatest free transfer forward signing Alan when he joined the Sandgrounders the following summer. He scored a record 98 League goals for Southport, his first coming on 25th September 1962.
Alan was a teacher for a number of years at Meols Cop High School, a real treat for young Sandgrounders to be taught by one of their heroes.
After finishing his playing career, he returned to Haig Avenue as second team coach and is still a regular visitor to this day, along with good friends Colin Alty and fellow 2019 inductee Alex Russell.
Alan was the first player to take part in this season’s Legend in the Lounge series.
In total, Alan scored 108 goals in 254 games for Southport*.
*statistics cover FA Cup , Football League Cup & League matches