Club News

Wilf Allsop

7th January 2014

Club saddened at passing of former player who spent four years at Tynecastle.

It is with great regret that the club has to advise of the death of former player Wilfred Allsop at the age of 82.

A creative inside-left and a regular goal-scorer, Wilf was born on 23 January 1931 and developed his football skills in his home-town with Arbroath High School and Arbroath Youth Club. The 5'10" attacker then stepped-up into the Junior grade in September 1948 with Lochee Harp and while with the Dundee-based club Wilf also showed good potential at left-half.

He was subsequently recruited by Hearts on a provisional contract in December 1948 but remained in the Lochee Harp side until Wilf was called-up by manager David McLean in November 1949.

Every day, Wilf travelled from Arbroath to Edinburgh, except in term time, because he also attended Edinburgh University where he graduated in 1951 and then went on to take an honours degree in English.

In due course, Wilf achieved a major ambition when he became a teacher.

Although he was a stalwart in the Hearts reserve team, Wilf did not make any appearances in the senior side before leaving Tynecastle on 30 April 1953. However, the sprightly forward did help the second string to win the King Cup, the East of Scotland League, the Second XI Cup and the C Division.

Wilf signed for Stirling Albion in May 1953 and then moved to Second Division, Forfar Athletic, in December that year. He was a regular for three seasons at Station Park and made a very welcome return to Tynecastle on 4 February 1956, when Hearts beat Forfar Athletic by 3-0 in the Scottish Cup. Wilf rounded off his senior career with Arbroath.

His funeral was held today in Glenrothes and the club extends its sincerest condolences to his family at this sad time.

On HeartsTV today, action from Sunday's clash with Partick Thistle plus post-match reaction from manager Gary Locke.