Alan Howard was a member of a well-known cricketing family in Leicester with his father Arthur playing for the East Midlands county during 1921 and his younger brother Jack also appearing for Leicestershire between 1946 and 1948.
Alan had impressed as a schoolboy batsman in local cricket in his native Leicestershire during the mid-1920s and had joined the Glamorgan staff in 1928 with the county’s officials hoping that the left-handed batsman could fill the void left by the departure of Cyril Walters. However, in six seasons with the Welsh county, he failed to establish a regular place in the side, and whilst making a series of assertive cameos he did not regularly produce an innings of real substance, and only reached fifty three times in his 59 matches for the Welsh county.
After leaving the county`s staff in 1933, Alan remained in South Wales, and he continued to be a heavy scorer in club cricket for St. Fagans and the Hill`s Plymouth club in Merthyr. Like so many other aspiring cricketers, the step from club up to county cricket had been too great.
HOWARD, Alan Raymond
Born – Clarendon Park, Leicester, 11th December 1909.
Died – Hounslow, March 1993.
Best performance for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 63 v Derbyshire at Swansea, 1930.