Alan Foggon

Intro Former English footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From United Kingdom
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 23 February 1950, Pelton, United Kingdom
Star sign Pisces

Alan Foggon (born 23 February 1950) is an English former professional footballer. His regular position was as a forward.

Career

Foggon was born in West Pelton, County Durham before moving to nearby Craghead where his father had taken up a job as a miner. While playing for his school, Foggon was spotted by Newcastle United who invited him to train twice a week with the club's youth side before signing as an apprentice in 1967 under manager Joe Harvey. Having graduated from the junior and reserve sides at the club, he made his first-team debut just days before his 18th birthday, in a 0–0 draw at Arsenal. A schoolboy sprint champion, Foggon's moment of glory came in the second leg of the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final in Budapest when his shot was pushed onto the crossbar by the Ujpest 'keeper, but the United man followed up to lash the ball into the net and make it 3–2 on the night, 6–2 on aggregate. He moved on to Cardiff City in August 1971 after falling out of favour following the signing of Malcolm Macdonald. However, after struggling to establish himself in the first-team and growing disillusioned with the standard of football in the reserve leagues at the club, he began to feel homesick and was unfit. The club received an offer for Foggon from Middlesbrough and Cardiff manager Jimmy Scoular gave him the option of accepting the offer which Foggon did. The fee for the transfer was £10,000 and the deal also saw Johnny Vincent move to Cardiff. Foggon became a favourite of the Ayresome Park crowd and helped the Teessiders to promotion from Division Two in 1974. After brief stints with Rochester Lancers and Hartford Bicentennials in the United States, Foggon moved to Manchester United in 1976. That proved to be something of a disaster though and after just three league outings at Old Trafford he switched to Sunderland. Later moves took him to Southend United, Hartlepool United (loan), Consett. and Whitley Bay. He finished his career as one of only a few players who have played for all three of the North East's big three clubs. Remaining on South Tyneside, Foggon then worked in the security business and the pub trade, in Spennymoor and South Shields.

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