|Allan Bishop by Dave Dooley: |
A scrum-half like his elder brother Tommy, Allan began his professional career at Knowsley Road. He progressed through the ranks before his transfer to Blackpool Borough for £2500 in 1970. He later served Widnes and Huyton with distinction. This lively scrum half signed for the Saints whilst his brother Tommy was one of the leading lights at Knowsley Road. His playing characteristics were easily recognisable as he had a good pair of hands, nippy footwork and the ability to support play and score tries. He made his debut for the club after coming on as a substitute in the 11 points to 10 home league victory over Huyton on the 20th of September, 1968. He made an impact as the Saints were surprisingly losing by 10 points to 5 at half time. His first start came in the home league game against Hull KR on November 11th the same year, a match that Saints won by 21 points to 5. In all his starts for the Saints he wore the number seven jersey replacing his brother.
The following league game Allan played in a tight tussle against Salford that ended 9 points apiece and then remained on the bench in the away 20 points to 5 victory over Warrington. On December 4th 1968 Saints entertained Blackpool Borough at Knowsley Road and won by 13 points to 5 with Allan scoring his first ever try for the first team. He did not feature on the team-sheet again until late March 1969 when Allan came on as a substitute to score a try in the 19 points to 4 home league victory. Allan featured in the next two Easter fixtures and scored in both matches. In front of 22 202 spectators at Central Park on Good Friday, Saints crashed by 34 points to 10. Easter Monday brought better fortunes for Allan and his team-mates as Swinton were put to the sword by 40 points to 5.
Allan`s last appearance for the first team was in the 8 points to 5 home loss to Workington Town on the 12th. of April, 1969. This put paid to Saints ambition`s regarding finishing top of the league that season. As the campaign ended Saints were in second place just four points behind Leeds and having lost just 5 league games all season. Their home defeat to Castleford in the Championship semi-final was a great disappointment to the players and supporters alike. Allan was transferred to Blackpool Borough at the end of the campaign.
Allan`s daughter Lindsey informs us that, "He signed for the Saints from Parr Labour for the fee of Â£1000 on his 16th birthday in Jan 1965. He was 5"4` and weighed in at 9st 13lbs. He`s put a bit of weight on now! In his first match against Blackpool, Stan Owen hit him with a belter. Dad played 7 while Uncle Tom played 6. After his Blackpool Borough days Dad signed for Widnes. He broke his collar bone and couldn`t play at Wembley against the Saints, that was in 1976."
Allan formerly owned the Globe Hotel in Stanley Street, behind the Town Hall, where he had many superb rugby league images on display.
Thanks to Lindsey and Allan for their contributions.
Allan can also be seen in action in the film Another Bloody Sunday, when he played for Huyton, with Geoff Fletcher as Player-Coach.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|9th Aug 1968||W||14||Swinton*||Fr Gallie Cup||1968~69||H||13||9||VIEW|
|20th Sep 1968||W||14||Huyton||L||1968~69||H||11||10||VIEW|
|11th Nov 1968||W||7||Hull K.R.||L||1968~69||H||21||5||VIEW|
|16th Nov 1968||D||7||Salford||L||1968~69||H||9||9||VIEW|
|23rd Nov 1968||W||14||Warrington||L||1968~69||A||20||5||Y||VIEW|
|4th Dec 1968||W||7||Blackpool Borough||L||1968~69||H||13||10||1||VIEW|
|28th Mar 1969||W||14||Oldham||L||1968~69||H||19||4||1||VIEW|
|4th Apr 1969||L||7||Wigan||L||1968~69||A||10||34||1||VIEW|
|7th Apr 1969||W||7||Swinton||L||1968~69||H||40||5||1||VIEW|
|12th Apr 1969||L||7||Workington Town||L||1968~69||H||5||8||VIEW|
|9th Aug 1969||W||14||Swinton*||Fr Gallie Cup||1969~70||A||32||4||VIEW|
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|