Former St Johnstone player turned police officer in Dundee
Alan Salisbury, a former policeman, St Johnstone and East Fife player and all-around sportsman, has died aged 65.
He excelled in all sports throughout his school years and adult life and later devoted his time to the Forfarshire Cricket Club.
Alan, who spent 30 years with Dundee Police, had played for Jeanfield Swifts and then East Fife before signing for St Johnstone in 1977, fulfilling a childhood dream of playing for the team he supported.
He remained with the club until 1981 and was a teammate of future Rangers star Ally McCoist.
Alan overcame cartilage problems to resume his playing career with junior side Jeanfield Swifts where he had been man of the match in their 1976/77 Drybrough Cup win over Dundee North End.
After joining the police in 1982 he went to the Tayside Police side.
Despite his sporting successes, Alan remained a gentle, modest man who never boasted, said his wife, Diane.
Alan Salisbury was born in Perth, the son of Harry Salisbury and his wife Margaret (Taylor).
His father was an administrative officer at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, and he has an older sister, Lyn.
Alan was educated at Letham Primary School in Perth and later at Perth Academy.
His school years were marked by sporting exploits. He was chosen for Perth Select at primary level and went on to play for the Scottish Schoolboys team during his time at the academy.
Alan was a prefect and captain of the house, a table tennis and badminton champion, an exceptional golfer and hockey player.
When he left school he went to study at Jordanhill College in Glasgow and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Physical Education and Human Movement in 1980.
After a stint as a substitute teacher at area schools, including Perth Academy, Alan joined Tayside Police in 1982.
He had met his future wife, Diane, while at the Academy in Perth. He was in sixth grade and she was in fifth grade.
They dated for seven years before getting married in Craigie Church, Perth, in 1982.
Their son, David, who has also become an accomplished sportsman, was born in February 1992.
Although he joined the police in Perth, Alan spent his 30-year career in Dundee, where the couple moved in 1982 and where Diane taught science and guidance at Rockwell High School, Baldragon Academy and Morgan Academy .
During his time as a constable, Alan served in uniform and had periods with CID, the Fraud and Drug Squad, was a community officer for Stobswell and recently worked in the offender management.
In retirement, Alan devoted time to Forfarshire Cricket Club where his son David had played.
He had been a junior committee member and umpire and had used his retirement time to paint, refurbish and maintain the Forthill facilities.
Alan retired from policing in 2012 and together with Diane have cruised extensively to destinations including the Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea.
When St Johnstone posted his tribute to Alan, there were nearly 1,000 reactions of condolence.
A comment, by former police colleague Fraser Matheson, read: ‘Such a nice person who was always a pleasure to be with.
“I was also lucky enough to have played on the Tayside Police football team with Alan, watching his skills between the posts.
“He stood out from us, simple amateurs. Everyone will have fond memories of Alan.
Many tributes after Alan’s death have mentioned his sense of humor and how fun it was to be around him.
Alan is survived by Diane, his son David and his partner Jenna and granddaughter Olive.
Already subscribed? Login
[Former St Johnstone player who became police officer in Dundee]