Crunchie to be hailed at Falkirk tribute dinner

26-05-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Season tickets 0-0 promotion with Kevin McAllister Crunchie.
26-05-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Season tickets 0-0 promotion with Kevin McAllister Crunchie.
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When Kevin McAllister looks back on his career he “feels very privileged.”
Six years at Chelsea and a few at Hibs don’t rank anywhere near what he feels he achieved playing for his boyhood heroes, Falkirk.
The club will look back over those times in a special ‘This is your Football Life’ event tomorrow evening (Friday).

“When I look back I feel very pleased and privileged. I enjoyed my career - it wasn’t easy starting out at Camelon and I didn’t go full-time until I was 22, even though I signed at Falkirk when I was 20.

“It was probably the best way for me, coming through the juniors, because you appreciate it more.

“I had a good career, I played with some good players and great characters. Hopefully there are team-mates and managers who have played a part in it and can get a wee bit of credit. I hope to see some of them, it should be good.”

One though arrived a bit early for dinner. Former team-mate Peter Houston returned to the Bairns last week, another player of that era with the club very much in his heart. Like him, McAllister was always keen to ‘return home’.

“The fact I was a supporter who got the opportunity to play for the club was a dream come true,” he told The Falkirk Herald

“I managed to sign four times in the spaces of two decades, and I always seemed to come back home.”

Houston is back to lead the charge in the Championship next season, one that includes Crunchie’s old club Hibs.

And though he looks forward to those games, he feels sorry for the Easter Road faithful.

“I’ve been relegated before with Chelsea - it’s not a nice feeling. But I did manage to play at Wembley twice - and that, like playing for Falkirk was what I dreamed of.

“It’s a shame for Hibs supporters but if you don’t do it on the pitch that’s what happens.

“It’ll be a tough league next year and everyone can’t get promoted. I’d like to think Falkirk will get stronger. You don’t know about Hearts or Rangers and what route will Hibs go down? It should be competitive.