13 Facts About Alan A'Court


Alan A'Court was an English footballer who mostly played for Liverpool.


Alan A'Court gained five caps for England and represented the nation at the 1958 FIFA World Cup.


Alan A'Court, who followed Rugby league, signed from Prescot as an 18-year-old in September 1952, spurning the advances of Everton and Bolton Wanderers to become an Anfield apprentice, a decision that paid off as just six months after joining he made his first team debut.


Alan A'Court remained consistent as Liverpool failed to regain their top flight status.


Alan A'Court was selected 23 times during Liverpool's first season back amongst football's elite teams; he helped Liverpool to an eighth-place finish in the First Division.


Whilst still in Division 2 Alan A'Court's skill alerted England manager Walter Winterbottom, who was looking for a player to replace an injured Tom Finney; Winterbottom handed the left winger the first of his 5 caps on 6 November 1957 in a British Championship match against Northern Ireland at Wembley.


Alan A'Court did this despite playing for a club in the Second Division.


Alan A'Court's final outing in a Red shirt was in a historic match: Liverpool's first ever European match at Anfield, the game was a European Cup preliminary round 2nd leg match on 14 September 1964.


Alan A'Court later became player-coach at Norwich City before taking on various coaching jobs, including posts in Zambia and New Zealand, he became assistant manager at Stoke City when Tony Waddington called upon his services in 1969.


In January 1978 George Eastham was sacked and Alan A'Court was put in caretaker charge.


Once new manager Alan Durban was appointed A'Court moved to Crewe Alexandra as an assistant manager.


Alan A'Court then went to join the sport staff at North Staffordshire Polytechnic.


Alan A'Court managed Nantwich Town from September 1983 to April 1984.