Alan Foggon Profile

Alan Foggon

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.


1976-77 Sea­son:

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Birm­ing­ham City 2
New­castle Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Middles­brough 0

Total Ap­pear­ances: 3

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