Diminutive left winger Alan Shaw was born in Preston and as a teenager was involved with the youth setups at Burnley and Bolton Wanderers before signing apprentice terms at Preston North End. Standing at only five feet one and a half inches, his modest stature was compensated by his pace and skill. When Preston manager Cliff Britton took over the reins at Hull City in the summer of 1961 he quickly secured the signing of Shaw to follow him.
Having signed his first professional contract, Shaw had to wait patiently for first team opportunities to arise as he competed for the outside left shirt with the more experienced Charlie Crickmore and John McSeveney – the latter was another of Britton’s early signings. Shaw started two consecutive games in late January 1962 but then had to wait another eight months for another chance to usurp the consistent McSeveney, an October 1962 away match at Queens Park Rangers notable for the fact that this was one of a handful of games played at the White City Stadium, an experimental move that was quickly adandoned by the Rs. Another six months passed before he got another first team chance in an April 1963 2-0 win over Halifax Town, which Shaw celebrated by scoring his first Hull City goal.
In November and December 1963 Shaw finally got an elongated chance to impress, starting 11 games at outside left and contributing to six wins and four draws as Chris Chilton and Billy Wilkinson hit top goalscoring form. Shaw himself chipped in with a goal in 2-2 FA Cup draw against Crewe Alexandra, but when City drew First Division Everton in the Third Round of Cup in the first fixture of 1964, McSeveney was restored at outside left and Shaw’s first team career with the Tigers was over.
In the 1964 close season Shaw joined Goole Town, a club he served for four seasons before ending his career in his mid-20s at Ashby Institute.
Date/Place of Birth: 9 October 1943, Preston
Hull City First Game: 27 January 1962, Southend United H (Division Three), 18 years, 110 days old
Hull City Final Game: 28 December 1963, Mansfield Town A (Division Three), 20 years, 80 days old
Preston North End (1960-1961), Hull City (1961-1964), Goole Town (1964-1968), Ashby Institute (1968-1969)
Hull City Record
Career: 18 apps, 2 goalsAlan Shaw