Cowdenbeath, Fife born right back Jimmy Allan began his football career with Glasgow Ashfield from where he joined Scottish League Airdrieonians in 1921. He wasn’t part of Airdrie’s victorious 1924 Scottish Cup winning team and left the club to join First Division Leeds United in June 1925. He made his Football League debut at Bolton Wanderers that September and missed only 7 matches in his debut season, featuring in more that half Leeds’ matches in their relegation season of 1926-27.
Allan only made 13 appearances as they won promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking, finishing as Second Division runners up at the end of the 1927-28, and after 74 matches for Leeds United he returned to Scottish League football, joining Third Lanark in July 1928. He returned to England to join Coventry City in 1929 but never made a first team appearance for the Midlands club, and his remaining football career is unknown.
NB This photograph features Airdrieonians, winners of the 1924 Scottish Cup in a 2-0 victory over Hibernian:
Back Row – G Carrol (Trainer), William Neil, Bob McPhail, Jock McDougall, Jock Ewart, T Preston, D Gordon, Jimmy Allan, John Murdoch, W Reid (Assist Trainer)
Front Row – J Somerville, James Reid, Willie Russell, Hughie Gallacher, G McQueen (Capt), Andrew Dick, Bob Bennie, Jimmy Howieson.