Alan Barrell joined Wivenhoe Rangers in the summer of 1969 from Clacton Town for whom he played wing half. In late January 1970 he was shifted to temporary centre forward where he became a goal scoring sensation, netting 45 times as Wivenhoe won the Colchester & East Essex League First Division Title. Another 23 goals followed the next season helping the Club to runners-up spot in the Premier Division which enabled them to move up from junior fooball to intermediate level.
Alan played in the Clubs first ever Essex & Suffolk Border League fixture, a 5-1 Second Division victory over St Johns on 1st September 1971. Unfortunately he was forced to retire due to injury at the beginning of October the same year, a cruel blow to a player who had only missed three matches during his first two seasons. He did however continue his association with Rangers on the Clubs committee.
Cuttings from 1969-70 Season.