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Player Details : Alan Suddick
Demographic Information
Name Alan Suddick
Date of Birth02/05/1944
Place of BirthChester-le-Street, County Durham, England
PositionMidfield/Forward
Newcastle Statistics
Years 1961 - 1966
Debut:07/10/1961 - Charlton Athletic [H] --- (W 4-1)
Appearances:151   
Goals:43
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Alan came through the Juniors at Newcastle and became their youngest-ever player when he played against Charlton in October 1961 at 17yrs 158 days (an honour now held by Steve Watson). With Newcastle getting big wins in his first three games (4-1, 7-2 and 5-0) Alan was soon marked down as a star of the near future. He was capped at England-Under 23 level but unfortunately a lack of consistency meant he never quite hit the highest heights. Despite this he was certainly prominent in assisting Newcastle to their 1964-65 Second Division Championship success. His move to Blackpool was most certainly a controversial one, as the vast majority of the St James's Park faithful were amazed he was allowed to go.

He certainly had his work cut out for him at Blackpool as he was signed to replace another Alan - none other than World Cup winner Alan Ball. This was of course a massive burden but he carried it well and went on to run their midfield for 7 seasons. He went on to record almost 350 games for the Tangerines, scoring 76 times. Such was the esteem he was held in that in 2005 Alan was voted Blackpool's all-time cult hero by BBC Football Focus viewers. The following is abstracted from a quote from one of the voters:

"The greatest player never to play for England... Noted for his bending free-kicks, when only the Brazilians were deemed capable of producing such gems. Recognised by the terraces as the driving force of the team and christened by the fans 'The King Of Bloomfield Road'."
John Hays

Undoutedly one the the greatest moments of his career was his masterminding of the 2-1 victory over Bologna in the Anglo-Italian Cup final. Alan moved on to first Stoke, then Southport and Bury. On retiring he moved back to Blackpool, very near Bloomfield Road, and became involved in a decorating business.

In April 2008, Alan, now a grandfather of six, suffered kidney failure and further tests showed that he had Myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow. After a year of fighting for his life, which included chemotherapy, dialysis and stem-cell transplant he had a period of brief remission. However he was to take a turn for the worse and after having to undergo a tracheotomy and losing both his legs below the knee due to an infection that turned gangrenous he sadly lost his battle on March 16th 2009 when he died in his sleep with his family in attendance.

 

Notable Transfers
Date From To Fee
December 1966 Newcastle United Blackpool £63,000
December 1976 Blackpool Stoke City  
29/08/1977 Stoke City Southport Loan
References

BBC, 2005, Blackpool's cult heroes, BBC Sport : Football Focus, http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/football_focus/4226635.stm, [Accessed: 27/07/2009],

Hutchinson, L., 2009, Former Toon ace Alan Suddick fights for his life, Evening Chronicle, Thompson Press, Newcastle, England,

Hyde, N., 2009, Pool legend loses cancer battle, Blackpool Gazette, http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/blackpoolnews/Pool-legend-loses-cancer-battle.5074214.jp, [Accessed: 27/07/0209],

NUFC, 1964, Official Programme 24/08/1964, G.F. Laybourne & Co. Ltd., Newcastle, England,

Scott, K.H, 2015, Newcastle United Day by Day, KayLynM Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, ISBN: 978-0-9934201-0-8,