Millwall Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of former player Alan Welsh, aged 73.
Edinburgh-born Alan joined Millwall in in the summer of 1965 from Scottish junior club Bonnyrigg Rose, the same place which provided Millwall with Alan's future brother-in-law and established Lion, Billy Neil.
Alan was a talented inside-forward and a typical ball-playing Scot, however, as much talent as he displayed, Alan - who was prolific in reserve team football - found it difficult to break into a fast-improving Millwall first-team. With just five starts to his name and his way to progress at The Den barred, he left to sign for Torquay United in November 1967.
It was at Plainmoor where Alan flourished, and in just under five years he would make 146 League appearances, finding the net on 45 occasions for the Devon club. His form, consistency and goalscoring attributes brought him to the attention of Torquay's local rivals Plymouth Argyle in July 1972, and Home Park was the ideal place to showcase his progress at an higher level. Despite appearing in 66 League games and gaining a goal tally of 14, Alan was transferred to AFC Bournemouth in February 1974 for a fee of around £30,000.
Alan ended his journey along England's south coast when he rejoined The Lions in August 1975. It was hoped Alan's second coming at Millwall under manager Gordon Jago would be a rejuvenated one, but sadly, it never materialised, adding only another nine games to his Millwall total in the League. After his departure in 1976, a brief spell occurred at Maidstone United, which was followed by a trial in his home city with Heart of Midlothian.
Having no luck in finding a club in the UK, Alan would spend some nine years or so in South African football before settling back in London. At one time he assisted Billy Neil in the Pools Office at The Den.
Alan was an affable lad who, once you met, he never forgot you.
The thoughts of everyone at Millwall Football Club are with Alan's family and friends at this sad time.