David Steele Allan was born by Irvine in Ayrshire, probably at Irvine, possibly at Drybridge, the son of the local station-master, who soon changed profession completely, becoming a game-dealer. The year was 1863. He learned his football at the round-ball hotbed that was and would continue to be the Academy in Ayr, to where the family had moved. But work as a stock-broker's clerk that began aged no older than seventeen still in the county town would soon take him to Glasgow. There he joined Queen's Park, quickly making his debut just before his eighteenth birthday. Moreover, it was in the 1881 Cup Final, albeit the replay, where he replaced the injured Moses McNeil. And once in the team he became the regular on the left side of the forward-line for the next six seasons.
Allan would go on the win four Scottish Cup medals in all. He would, still in his early twenties, take part in both Queen's Park's FA Cup Final defeats. In 1885/86 he would be awarded three caps, including against England in the former. Probably as a result and clearly seen as "the right stuff" he would in England appear for The Corinthians. And he would continue to play until hanging-up his boots , if aged only twenty-eight, in 1891.
At that time Allan was living in Balmoral Crescent overlooking the Queen's Park itself and working still as a clerk, presumably a stock-broker's clerk as before. Certainly that was what in 1896 he described himself on marriage. His bride was Margaret Waddell, the sister of Queen's Park player and Scotland International, Tom Waddell. Together Margaret and David were to have five children, the youngest born in 1916. Meantime Allan had earned his full stockbroking stripes and would continue in the profession until his death. It came at the age of sixty-seven in 1930 at the long-term, family-home in Pollokshields and as a comparatively wealthy man. He is buried In Cathcart Cemetery with Margaret, who would outlive him by sixteen years, and other family members.
1863 - The Railway Station, Parish of Dundonald (Probably Drybridge), Ayrshire
1881 - Ayr
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