TRIBUTE | Alan Prole 1928-2019

TRIBUTE | Alan Prole 1928-2019

As a club, we have been deeply saddened by the death of Alan Prole, the former Southport Visiter sports editor, who passed away on Sunday, aged 91.

Alan will always have a very special place at Southport FC, having reported on many of the key moments in the club’s history during more than 40 years of covering our games.

Alan was a fantastic person, warm and humorous, who was loved and respected by everyone around the club, particularly those who worked alongside him in the press box.

Having followed his father into journalism, Alan first covered the club’s matches while working for the Lancashire Evening Post. He reported on Southport during our Football League days, including the FA Cup tie against Everton in 1968, before continuing to cover the club for the Visiter as reporter and latterly the sports editor.

While working for the Visiter, Alan also charted the loss of the club’s League status and the impact it had on the town. He reported for the Visiter until his retirement in 1993, following which he continued to cover games for the Press Association and the Liverpool Daily Post.

In 2005, Alan was seriously injured when reporting on our Boxing Day game against Morecambe, but he returned to his place in the press box and was still a regular at home games until recent years.

Alan was admired for the way he reported, in particular the detail and style of his match reports. He was a unique person and we will miss his greatly.

Alan’s funeral will take place at 10am on Wednesday 9 October at Southport Crematorium.

Our sympathies are with Alan’s wife, Sylvia, and all of his family and friends at this sad time.

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