In our new weekly feature we shall take a look at an ex Red who unfortunately is no longer with us and go over the life and career of that player, next up is Alan A’Court.
Born on 30th September 1934 in Rainhill, Lancashire, Alan A’Court was a tricky winger who spent his entire playing career in Merseyside.
Alan started his career with Prescot Cables before Liverpool manager Don Welsh snapped up the then 18-year old for just £10 and took him to Anfield in 1952.
Unfortunately for A’Court by the time he had broken into the first team the club was on the way down and he was part of the team that were relegated in 1954 to the old second division where they would stay for the next 7 years.
Even though he was a second division player A’Court still managed to be selected for England’s 1958 World Cup squad where he played 3 of the 4 games.
The great Bill Shankly arrived at the club in 1959 and within a couple of years Liverpool found themselves back in the first division where Alan A’Court would be an ever present in the side that were promoted in 1961/62.
After 7 years waiting for his chance to play in the first division when it finally arrived it was ruined by niggling injuries which would keep him out for the majority of the season and the arrival of Peter Thompson was essentially the nail in the coffin for A’Court’s Anfield career.
He would leave Liverpool in 1964 but only moved a couple of miles down the road to Tranmere Rovers, speaking to lfchistory.net before his passing A’Court said of his time at Liverpool
“I played just under 400 games for the club and I was happy at Liverpool. Arsenal were interested and offered £12,000. I didn’t want to move house, I was happy at home and I had good mates in Liverpool.”
After two successful seasons with Tranmere where he would score 11 times in 50 games, A’Court would move to Norwich City as a player/coach but he would concentrate on the coaching side of things and did not play any games.
His coaching would take him all over the world from Zambia to New Zealand and back to the UK where he would be assistant manager at both Stoke & Crewe.
After his retirement Alan A’Court would open a newsagent in Birkendhead , he would pass away on the 14th December 2009 aged 75 years.