Alan Little

Alan Little was born in 1955 and spent 20 years as a professional footballer with seven different clubs.

He began as a trainee at Aston Villa and moved on to Southend United, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Torquay United, Halifax Town and Hartlepool United over a career that lasted two decades and took in 410 appearances in total.

At Halifax, Alan played 68 matches over a two-season spell at the Shay in the mid-1980s shortly before turning his attention to coaching and management.

He went on to spend six seasons as the manager of York City and also managed Southend United.

While at Bootham Crescent, Alan helped York finish close to play-off positions in the first three seasons of his tenure but as time wore on, the league campaigns got more difficult and he stepped down just over six years to the day after he had taken over.

Alan was appointed as Southend manager barely a month later with the club struggling in Division Three having suffered relegation the previous season, but he was unable to help them make a serious challenge for promotion back to Division Two.

His tenure was relatively short-lived at Roots Hall and he was not really given the time needed to turn the club around as he was dismissed in September 2000 after less than a year-and-a-half in the post.

He was working as the chief scout for Hull City, the club managed by his elder brother Brian, when the opportunity arose to resume his managerial career with Halifax Town.

Alan was appointed on Friday 12 October 2001 and replaced caretaker manager Neil Redfearn who had filled the breach left by Paul Bracewell's departure but reverted to his role as player-coach at the Shay following Alan's arrival.

Halifax were bottom of the Third Division facing the prospect of relegation from the Football League when Alan took over, and unfortunately it was a prospect that became a reality when The Shaymen were returned to the Conference after four years of struggle back in the league.

It was a disappointing end to Alan's tenure at The Shay as he was dismissed from his post following the club's relegation and shortly after his brother Brian's dismissal from Hull City.

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