Alan Foggon Profile
Manchester United Factsbook Feature: Alan Foggon, born West Pelton, England, February 23, 1950. Alan Foggon kick started his football career at First Division team Newcastle United in 1967 before he moved on to Second Division side Cardiff City in 1971. A much travelled player, he later appeared for several clubs, including Middlesbrough, Rochester Lancers, Manchester United, and Whitley Bay.
Born and growing up in the semi rural village of West Pelton in Country Durham, Alan Foggon was handed his First Division debut for local side Newcastle United by Joe Harvey in a goalless draw against Arsenal at Highbury on the 9th of February 1968. Arguably, the highlight of his footballing life arrived when he scored the winner for Newcastle in a 3-2 victory over Hungarian giants Ujpest Dozsa at the Megyeri Ut Stadium in the second leg of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final to secure a 6-2 aggregate win for The Magpies on the 11th of June 1969. After contributing 14 League Division One goals during 61 appearances for Newcastle, Foggon left the St James´ Park club to play for Jimmy Scoular´s Cardiff City side where he accumulated 17 Second Division appearances for The Bluebirds between 1971 and 1973. Midway through the 1972-73 season, the strong running perfomer was brought to fellow Second Division outfit Middlesbrough by shrewd manager Stan Anderson who paid a fee of £10,000 for him plus Ayresome Park inside forward Johnny Vincent and he instantaneously became a huge favourite with the home supporters. At Middlesbrough, Foggon would appear alongside such talented players as David Armstong, Stuart Boam, John Craggs, David Mills, Bobby Murdoch, Graeme Souness, and Frank Spraggon, and was a member of the promotion winning Boro team which outclassed Sheffield Wednesday by an impressive 8-0 score at Ayresome Park on the final day of the 1973-74 campaign. Already crowned Second Division Champions Middlesbrough, who were now managed by former Leeds United and England defender Jack Charlton, were three up at the break through goals from John Hickton, David Mills, and Bobby Murdoch, and in the second half Graeme Souness hit a treble while Foggon netted a brace.
Back in the First Division, Middlesbrough kicked off the 1974-75 season with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Birmingham City at St Andrew’s, with Alan Foggon producing a double and John Hikcton scoring a single. Foggon continued to deliver excellent performances as the campaign progressed and he hit yet another brace in a 2-0 FA Cup Fifth Round Replay win over Peterborough United at Ayresome Park on the 18th of February 1975. And although The Smoggies lost 1-0 to Birmingham City at St Andrew’s in the FA Cup Quarter Finals, they finished in a respectable seventh place in the top flight table, just three points short of qualifying for the UEFA Cup. Following a creditable 45 goals in 115 League matches for Middlesbrough under managers Stan Anderson and Jack Charlton, he had a brief spell in the United States where he played for North American Soccer League teams Hartford Bicentennials and Rochester Lancers before he was invited to join forces with ambitious Manchester United at the beginning of the 1976-77 term. He was granted his competitive debut for The Reds by Tommy Docherty when he came off the substitutes´ bench to replace Gerry Daly in a 2-2 Division One draw against Birmingham City at Old Trafford on the opening day of the 1976-77 campaign, but failed to establish himself at the club and left for newly promoted First Division team Sunderland in the autumn of 1976. He then answered the call of Division Four side Southend United where he made 22 League appearances for The Shrimpers during a two-year stay at Roots Hall. As a Southend player, he also had a loan spell with Hartlepools United for whom he registered two goals in 18 Fourth Division outings. Foggon later appeared for Consett AFC before he decided to end his playing days at Whitley Bay in 1980, at the relatively young age of 30. Alan Foggon Career: Newcastle United, Cardiff City, Middlesbrough, Hartford Bicentennials, Rochester Lancers, Manchester United, Southend United, Hartlepools United, Consett AFC, Whitley Bay. Playing Honours: UEFA European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1969, English Football League Second Division 1974.
Alan Foggon Quickfacts
Originally a winger, Alan Foggon was converted into an attacking midfielder by Middlesbrough gaffer Jack Charlton in 1973. Excelling in his new role behind forwards David Mills and John Hickton, Foggon amassed 19 goals in 41 Second Division games for the Ayresome Park side in the 1973-74 season.
Manchester United 2 Birmingham City 2
Newcastle United 2 Manchester United 2
Manchester United 2 Middlesbrough 0
Total Appearances: 3