As a teenager, Alan loved football. In 1953, he enjoyed the FA Cup final between Blackpool FC and Bolton Wanderers a great deal, punching the air when Bill Perry scored the winning goal for Blackpool. He joked that Perry had wings on his feet, which was why he was called a winger.
On 18 December of that year, he was devastated when his father disappeared, having been sent through the Rift. John bought him a football annual for Christmas but he was unable to give it to him as a result of his disappearance.
As an adult, Alan worked as a fireman, as his father had done during World War II. He married a woman named Sally but they had no children. His wife died prior to December 2007. He eventually began to suffer from Alzheimer's disease and was admitted to a nursing home.
In 2007, John returned to him and he remembered some snippets of his childhood, but did not realise who John was. His father later committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning as he saw no point to life without his family. (TV: Out of Time)