Allen Tankard Soccer Defender
Allen John Tankard (born 21 March 1969) is an English former footballer who played as a left-back. He played 519 league games in a 16 year career in the Football League. He began his career with Southampton in 1987, before moving on to Wigan Athletic the following year. He spent five years with the "Latics", being voted the club's player of the year in 1992–93, before making a £87,500 move to Port Vale in July 1993. He spent the next eight years at Vale Park, helping the club to win promotion out of the Third Division in 1993–94, and to reach the final of the Football League Trophy in 2001. He retired from the professional game after helping Mansfield Town to win promotion out of the Third Division in 2001–02. Tankard started his football career with Southampton, however after only five First Division appearances under Chris Nicholl in 1987–88 it was apparent he had no future at The Dell, and so he signed with Wigan Athletic in July 1988. The "Latics" finished 17th in the Third Division in 1988–89 under Ray Mathias's stewardship, just four places and two points above relegated Southend United.