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In Memory of Alan Woan

19 February 2021

Norwich City were saddened to learn of the passing of former player Alan Woan last Saturday, following a short illness.

Alan, born in Liverpool in 1931, started making his way in football playing for Anfield Road School, Bootle and New Brighton before joining Norwich City in December 1953.

He scored three minutes into his Norwich City debut in a 4-1 victory against Northampton, a side he would later join.

He also netted on his Cobblers debut, which was the first goal to be scored in the Fourth Division, and went on to play for Crystal Palace and Aldershot Town.

In total he netted more than 100 times in 289 Football League games.

He played for Norwich between 1953 and 1956 and found the back of the net seven times in 21 appearances. He also had an impressive scoring record for Norwich City reserves where he hit the back of the net 43 times in 77 matches.

Alan comes from a footballing family as his brother Don also played (for Liverpool, Leyton Orient, Bradford City and Tranmere Rovers), and his son, Ian played more than 200 games for Nottingham Forest in the 1990s.

Ian is currently assistant manager to Sean Dyche at Burnley and the manager dedicated their recent 3-0 win over Crystal Palace to Alan.

The thoughts of everyone at Norwich City are with Alan’s family and friends at this sad time.

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