Sword, Alan

Birth Date

5th July 1934





Biographical Text

Alan Sword scored four times in nine games for Exeter City in the mid-1950s having signed from Newcastle United where he never made the first-team. He later played for Bridgwater, Bideford and Heavitree.

Previously a junior player with Newcastle United, Alan signed professional forms in September 1951 but failed to make a first-team appearance with the Magpies before moving to Exeter City in September 1953.

Mainly a reserve player, Alan did not feature for the first-team until the game at Queen’s Park Rangers in February 1956. Subsequently appearing in the next eight matches, Alan scored four times including a hat-trick in the 6-1 home win over Crystal Palace on 17 March 1956. Not figuring for the first-team beyond that late-season run, he signed for Bridgwater in 1957 and later played for Bideford and Heavitree.

Alan died in Sheffield in 1988.







Nick Sword

Hi there. I just wanted to say that i really like what you have done with this website, tons of great information.

I do want to point out that the close up image you have used here for Alan Sword is incorrect. When you open the image up you will see a player heading the ball on the left side of the image. Thats Alan Sword.

I do have a few other images for you of him if your interested including a team picture from 1955.

Im just not too sure how to go about attaching them here as there doesnt seem to be an option. Please advise and Ill gladly forward them. I also have a number of match programs that I can scan to PDF from 55-56 both reserve games and league if you like.

Best regards.

Nick Sword

John knill


Is Alan Sword still alive? He was our maths teacher at Dawlish secondary school. I remember him as a nice guy. Don't think he ever said much about his playing days to us.

John Knill 

Steve Parrott

I looked up Alan Sword on here because he was a teacher at Dawlish and what a great bloke he was. He loved assisting Graham Bruce with our football team and other out of school sports like basketball etc. 

alans wife Pat used to do my mums hair when  we lived in exminster.

I went on from school to join Exeter City as  a junior and stayed there until they scrapped their teams as part of cost cutting in about 66 I think. 

my brother in law George Ley was there at the time too before his transfer to Portsmouth.

he now in in Exmouth but in a bad way

any news and updates greatly appreciated

steve parrott

Paul Farley


Can you contact us via e-mail. At the club!