Millwall Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of former player Alan Garner.
A local lad, Alan grew up in Walworth and was a product of Millwall's youth system. He signed professional terms for The Lions on 7th February 1968 - five days after his 17th birthday.
But, as a central defender, Alan found that breaking into the first-team was going to be chore, with the likes of Barry Kitchener, Alan Dorney and Dennis Burnett keeping a firm grip on the three half-back positions.
This became the main reason why Alan made just two appearances in Millwall's League side, with his debut coming in a 2-0 success over Blackburn Rovers in October 1970 at The Den. It came as no surprise when Alan departed in the summer of 1971 to sign for Luton Town, where he made 88 League starts before a move to The Hatters' biggest rivals - Watford - occurred four years later.
Alan would become well-established at Vicarage Road, chalking up around 200 League appearances and scoring 15 goals.
He finished his full-time career with Portsmouth, whom he joined around his 29th birthday in 1980 for a fee of £80,000. During the course of the 1970/71 season, Alan, the possessor of a prodigious throw-in, finished as runner-up in BBC's 'Long Throw' contest.
The thoughts of everyone at Millwall Football Club are with the family and friends of Alan at this time.