Former Walsall, Grimsby & Imp Legend Alan Buckley Sheds some light
A Walsall FC and Grimsby Town legend, Alan Buckley would play over 400 games for the Saddlers, become record goal scorer with 205 strikes and manage them for over 300 matches. His tenure at Grimsby Town heralded a decade that saw Mariners fans experience some incredible highs as well as lows. He would also be a help in the Imps survival quest during the dark days of administration.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
‘Pass and Move – My Story’ tells of Mr Buckley’s forty-five years in the people’s game, from his formative years as a player at Nottingham Forest to his record-breaking feats at Walsall. It also covers his managerial tenures at West Bromwich Albion, Lincoln and Rochdale, where he is credited with transforming the Mariners’ fortunes. Alan, is one of just over a dozen managers to reach the 1000 matches mark and the only one never to have managed in the top flight. His full playing and managerial stats can be found at the end of the article.
Alan Buckley spent a short but turbulent 14 month period at Lincoln, ultimately losing his job due to the clubs financial plight in the 2001/2 season. Despite the club finishing 22nd a club statement at the time said the decision had been made following advice from administrators Begbies Traynor, The Imps were attempting to raise the funds needed to facilitate their survival after being placed in administration due to the collapse of ITV Digital. Mr Buckley was very reasonable to the club at the time taking payment in shares which he gave to the Trust along with the huge number gifted by Chairman John Reames (those are the ones that have gone into Lincoln City Holdings without fans even getting to vote!).
But we do not want to ruin what could potentially be a very interesting ‘darkest before the dawn’ chapter for Imps and well worth a read. The Imps did survive as Keith Alexander took temporary charge before being given the job permanently the following season. That 2002/3 season will be covered match by match in a book about the life of Richard Butcher that is also going through the publishing process at the moment and will be due out in mid November.
Pass and Move – My Story is published by Troubador and released on November 11. You can get a copy before that by attending the Mariners Trust launch event on Friday in McMenemy’s bar at Blundell Park or by ordering from www.alanbuckleybook.com
GMAC Cup winner: 1987
Division 4, runners up & promoted: 1990
Division 3, 3rd place & promoted: 1991
Auto Windscreens Shield winners: 1998
Division 2 Play-off winners: 1998
Johnstones Paint Trophy runners up: 2008
|Walsall||27 June 1979||1 July 1981||93||36||24||33||38.70|
|Walsall||1 July 1981||1 January 1982||18||9||4||5||50.00|
|Walsall||1 July 1982||1 August 1986||201||87||66||48||43.28|
|Grimsby Town||6 June 1988||20 October 1994||327||130||109||88||39.75|
|West Bromwich Albion||20 October 1994||22 January 1997||118||39||45||34||33.05|
|Grimsby Town||21 May 1997||22 August 2000||175||67||63||45||38.28|
|Lincoln City||28 February 2001||25 April 2002||69||16||29||24||23.18|
|Rochdale||1 June 2003||30 December 2003||28||8||15||5||28.57|
|Grimsby Town||9 November 2006||15 September 2008||97||33||41||23||34.02|
|Full name||Alan Peter Buckley|
|Date of birth||20 April 1951 (age 62)|
|Place of birth||Mansfield, England, UK|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Current gig in the game|
|Grimsby Town||Youth Development (U17s)|