North Shields Amateur Cup winner Driver dies

Alan Driver.
Alan Driver.

North Shields Football Club have been saddened by news of the death of Alan Driver, the Robins’ right back in their victorious 1969 FA Amateur Cup side.

Driver signed for Shields from Ashington at the start of the 1967-68 season, the ex-Middlesbrough junior making his debut in a 5-0 win at West Auckland.

Making the number two shirt how own, Driver was a Robins regular for nine seasons, making a total of 362 appearances for the club.

The highlight of his career was the Wembley triumph as one of Frank Brennan’s braves, the side going on to complete a glorious treble that campaign.

Driver was also a member of a successful Robins side who later lifted the Northern League Cup by 2-1 over Spennymoor in 1972 with a Northumberland Senior Cup winners medal following a 1-0 verdict over Blyth Spartans.

Driver scored in the first round of the Amateur Cup against Spennymoor and also netted in league matches against Whitley Bay as well as another strike against Bay in a Vaux floodlight fixture.