Paying tribute to a Buxton legend

Terry Allen, pictured in 1953. Photo contributed.
Terry Allen, pictured in 1953. Photo contributed.

BUXTON Football Club has this week been mourning the passing of one of its greatest-ever servants with the death last Friday of Terry Allen.

Following trials with Liverpool FC, Terry signed for his home town club in the summer of 1953 and he was in his 13th Silverlands season when he left to play for New Mills in November 1965.

The Buxton Advertiser of the time wrote of Terry’s “splendid service” to the club and that Buxton Football Club had “never had a better ‘clubman’”.

He made a total of 461 appearances for the Bucks, scoring eight goals, with only David Bainbridge and goalkeeper Mick Davis playing more times for the club in the post-war period.

Not the tallest of centre-halves, Terry’s achievement was in seeing off the challenge of a succession of taller, former Football League players signed by a string of Buxton managers to replace him.

Accordingly, he wore the number five shirt with distinction in the 1962/63 season when Buxton were Cheshire League runners-up and reached the FA Cup First Round Proper.

In more recent times, he was often to be seen at both home and away Buxton fixtures in the company of his friends, Elsie and Norman Bradley and Doreen and the late John Bainbridge, until ill-health overcame him.

Chairman Tony Tomlinson said: “Terry was one of the outstanding local players and his loyalty to the club was remarkable. We will miss him.

“Those of us who watched Silverlands soccer in Terry’s era will long remember that stalwart half-back line of Colin Harris, Terry Allen and Ken Shirley.”