Saturday, 9 January 2010

Allen Batsford - A Real Football Man

I was saddened to see that non-league football giant Allen Batsford had died. A football man to the end he died on his way home from a football match. He was the man who managed first Walton and Hersham and then Wimbledon to FA Cup giant killing successes in the 1970s.

I watched many of the players he developed at Millwall where he was Youth Team manager.
Allen played for and managed many other teams. When his aspirations to play for Arsenal failed to be realised he reshaped his playing career in East Kent with Folkestone (1955-58), Ramsgate (1958/59) and Margate (1959/60).

At a time when many modern footballers seem to achieve MBEs or more for relatively little his achievements over decades are rightly being acknowledged in his obituaries. Thank you Allen for making some fantastic football history.

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