The club is sad to announce the death of former player and member of Lawrie McMenemy's famous fourth-division Championship-winning side, Allan Gauden.
Born in the north east Allan joined Sunderland, first as a part-time professional, but soon converted to full-time in March 1962, whilst still only 17. He became the first-ever substitute used by the Roker Park club, when coming on in their victory against Aston Villa. Later he joined Darlington before being snapped up by fellow north-easterner McMenemy for a bargain £2,000. As Town closed in on the title, Allan made 17 appearances, including one from the bench, usually on the left wing, though on a couple of occasions from the opposite side. He scored his first goal for Town in his third game - ironically against his former club, Darlington, and then more goals in the next two games. By the time Town were storming the table, he scored the winner at Peterborough in the penultimate game, and of course was in the side as more than 22,000 squashed into Blundell Park for the epic final game against Exeter which Town won 3-0!
The following season, he was almost an ever present, missing just 6 games in all competitions as Town sought to establish themselves as a force in Division 3, threatening a second successive promotion, but eventually ending the season in 9th spot. Town that season had a good FA Cup run of six games. Allan scored the only goal in the Third Round replay at Preston, to set up the match at Coventry which many Town fans will remember, including the late and hotly disputed penalty that put paid to a replay at Blundell Park. Allan had scored 8 league goals and 2 more in the FA Cup during the season. At the end of the season, Allan moved back to his native north-east to play for Hartlepool, for a handsome transfer fee of £5,000, scoring on his debut, and a little over a year later scored on his debut for new club Gillingham, too! Later he again moved back to the North East playing for Blyth Spartans, Gateshead and Willington - a club he later managed, and finally in football, managed Durham City.
Being one of McMenemy's title-winning side, along with the likes of Wainman, Worthington, Rathbone, Brace, Tees, and Boylen, among others, Allan's membership of Blundell Park legends is assured forever!
Picture: Allan is second from right in the seated row. McMenemy - Lewis - Gauden - Brace.
Allan Gauden 1944-2020.