The family of Alan Skirton have issued their own statement with respect to his recent death. The former Yeovil Town Commercial Manager passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 80 years old, and has been the subject of many tributes from his former clubs, including Arsenal, Blackpool, Bath City and Weymouth, as well as Yeovil themselves.
Signed by Jane Skirton, Alan's wife, the family statement sees them pay tribute to his role within the extended family, as well as highlighting his career at Arsenal that saw him play 153 times, scoring 53 goals. Their tribute to Alan reads as follows:
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our deeply beloved Alan. He was a huge personality that touched so many and he will be sorely missed by his wife Jane , sons Andrew , Paul and Simon and daughter Debbie. He meant so much to his brothers Mick, Colin and Gordon and their families, his grandchildren and their families and his great grandchild Tobias who was recently welcomed into the Skirton family.
"As well as his family his true love was Arsenal Football Club for whom he was so proud to represent in over 150 games scoring in excess of 50 goals. In the 1961-62 season was Arsenal's top scorer with 19 League Division 1 goals in 38 appearances.
"He holds the admirable distinction for being the first Arsenal player to score a European goal at Highbury and quirkily in 1965 was the first Arsenal substitute to be called upon in a competitive fixture! To be referred to as an "Arsenal Legend" and member of their prestigious 100 Club gave him immense pride as did his nickname "The Highbury Express".
"Alan enjoyed a wonderful League career and cherished his time at Blackpool, Bristol City, Torquay, Weymouth and Bath City. We will all miss him terribly but are so relieved that he is at peace and without further pain and suffering. For all his wonderful achievements he will be remembered most fondly by those who knew him as A True Gentleman.
"Funeral Arrangements will be announced shortly for those wishing to pay their respects."
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