Today is the birthday of a “Baggies Stalwart” who made over 700 appearances for the Albion and more than 100 for our local rivals The Wolves. He is one of a very select band who played for both clubs and commanded the respect from both sets of supporters.

Born this day (9th September) in 1952 in the Scottish “village” of Phillipstoun, Ally joined the Albion as an apprentice n 1968 making his debut against Manchester United in October 1969. He formed a formidable partnership with John Wile alongside two of the Albion’s finest full backs – Brendon Batson & Derek Statham. He spent 18 years at the Albion, respected by all the Managers and his fellow professionals he played under or with. Strangely never won an International cap nor unfortunately any medals during his time at The Hawthorns. Any honours came when he moved to the Molyneux where he won 4th & 3rd Division Championship medals and a Sherpa Van Trophy Winner at Wembley in 1988.


Throughout his career he was in demand and still today he is successful in his business life. He has since finishing football been employed within the Motor Industry as a Business Manager for numerous BMW franchises. He is currently based in Shrewsbury with Rybrook BMW.
Away from work Ally is married to Julie, a keen gardener and dog lover, he can be seen walking Heike early mornings and evenings. He has never though lost his enthusiasm for the football club he started with and the friendships he made during his time in the Midlands.