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Remembering Allan Sliman

Allan Sliman was a defender who played for Bristol City between 1928-1932, and is believed to be the only player associated with the club who was killed on active service in the Second World War.

Sliman was born in Busby, Scotland on February27th 1906.  He began his footballing career with Scottish Second Division Arthurlie as a centre-half.

Bristol City manager Alex Raisbeck paid a £280 fee to bring him to Ashton Gate in September 1928 and he was to make 136 league appearances for City before joining Second Division club Chesterfield for a £1,738 fee on March 4th 1932.

He remained at Saltergate until October 1938 then moved to Southern League club Chelmsford City during the 1938–39 season as player-manager, where he ended his footballing career.

During the Second World War (1939-1945), Sliman joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and became a flight engineer with No 75 Squadron (pictured below).

 

No 75 Squadron

He was mortally wounded on his first bombing mission and died in hospital in Ely on April 14th 1945, less than a month before VE Day. He was 39 years old.

He is buried in Chelmsford Cemetery.

It is documented that City saw seven players signed up to the war effort and all returned to the club - 21 in total were retained - once football resumed after the conclusion of the war. City returned to action for the 1946/47 season.

Following the conflict, the club signed a former German prisoner of war – Alous ‘Alec’ Eisentrager from Trowbrdge Town in 1949. The popular, skilful winger went on to score 47 times in 229 league outings for the club.

Alous ‘Alec’ Eisentrager

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