RIP Alan Slough: One of the great Peterborough United midfielders
High-class former Peterborough United midfielder passed away today (March 22) after a long battle against Parkinson’s disease, aged 73.
Slough joined Posh in July, 1977, moving from Fulham for a fee of £25,000.
He went on to make 128 appearances for Posh, scoring 16 goals, many of them penalties.
Slough was a key man in the 1977-78 Posh side that came within goal difference of reaching the top two divisions of English football for the first time in the club’s history.
Slough is remembered for scoring a hat-trick of penalties in the penultimate Division Three match of that season, a 4-3 defeat at Chester.
Injuries sidelined him for most of the following season when Posh were relegated.
When he returned to fitness he played for Posh mostly as a centre-back before leaving the club for a brief spell at Millwall in 1981.
Slough played for Luton before he joined Fulham. He was part of a famous Fulham side that also included George Best, Bobby Moore and Rodney Marsh, and he played in the 1975 2-0 FA Cup Final defeat at the hands of West Ham.
Alan’s son Andy revealed Alan’s passing today. He said: “Dad has been battling with Parkinson’s for eight years and the last two years have been particularly difficult. It brings great relief to our family to know he is no longer suffering.
“He was a family man who loved his wife, sons, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law - in fact he loved everyone.
“His love for football was clear for everyone to see. He had so many amazing stories including playing alongside some of the greatest footballers of all time, and of course playing in the 1975 FA Cup Final.
“It goes without saying we are absolutely devastated to lose such an amazing man.
“I would also like to mention my mum who was his rock through 50+ years of marriage. She cared for him night and day nonstop over the last eight years.”