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Clubs played for: Arsenal, Blackpool, Bristol City, Torquay United. (1960-1971).

Biography: Worked as assistant commercial manager at Weymouth before becoming commercial manager at Bath City and Yeovil Town until his retirement in 2002.

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SKIRTON, Alan Alan is my grandad's cousin, never met him, but would love to meet him one day. Can't believe my relative played for Arsenal back in the day.


SKIRTON, Alan I have the pleasure of knowing Alan Skirton . Alan and his wife are my partner's good friends. The first time I met him was out for a meal. All round gent and can talk for hours about his past. Loved every min of it as I am a mighty Gooner.

SKIRTON, Alan I have been an Arsenal Supporter since 1954 and remember well Alan's arrival at Highbury. He was plagued with illness shortly after joining for some considerable time but once recovered what a revelation he was, Fast and direct with a tremendous shot he soon became a favourite of mine and many others. I wrote to him and within a short time received a reply and I still have the letter. He was at times erratic in his play but in the same vein as Danny Clapton when on fire tremendous to watch. Never selected for England unlike Danny but an absolute joy to behold and so many great memories as well. Would love to meet up with him one day and here's hoping he is in good shape. Regards, Robert 72 next week x

SKIRTON, Alan I to was at the above Arsenal match against Spurs 23rd Dec 1961 Mackay scored for Spurs then Mel Charles equalised and Alan Skirton scored the greatest goal that forever stays with me !!

SKIRTON, Alan I never had the pleasure of seeing Alan play in the flesh but have just been on a cruise and Alan and is lovely wife were on the Braemar at the same time. I was wearing my Arsenal polo shirt and he came onto me and explained who is was. No bragging or boasting - just a very interesting and super man who was also a very good player. On coming home I have found out some more about him and I can also say a very modest man also because he achieved so much but didn't let on. A privilege to have met him and his wife.

SKIRTON, Alan My fondest memory of Alan was when he scored a cracking goal against Tottenham just before christmas 1962. It was Jimmy Greaves second match for Tottenham and he was on 99 goals. All the papers were saying he would easily get at least 2. But he didn't and we won 2-1. A very Happy Xmas.

SKIRTON, Alan Somerset Cricket League Div 1, ball is re-cycled to me at cover/mid-off Skirt tells me to hold on to the ball and 'walk his way' to his mark. Eventually he asks for the ball but walks another 20 yds to the boundary, 10 yds from the sight-screen! Spectators, umps and players are wondering what the hell is going on! At tea skirt reveals to me that he had his transistor radio hidden behind the sight-screen and he was listening/waiting for a 3:30 race result...I swear this is the truth. What a character and good mate.

SKIRTON, Alan Remember Alan playing for Arsenal in a friendly against Moscow Dynamo. He barged the fullback onto the track alongside the pitch. Alan could really shift and being big for a winger he took some stopping when at full throttle. Think the fullback went off in the end. Saw him score some great goals during his Arsenal days.

SKIRTON, Alan I mentioned above that I met Alan on Fred Olson Braemar last summer. Went to see the Arsenal hammer Liverpool today - Sat April 4th, 2015 and not only did I see 4 great Arsenal goals but also a great ex - Arsenal legend being our half time guest of honour who spoke about is Arsenal playing high lights.David Drew from Wales.

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