Alphonse LE GALL
|Born||Oct 6, 1931|
|Dead||Aug 13, 2016 (84 years old)|
Alphonse Le Gall was born in the Finistère region of Brittany, and he began his playing journey with Lesneven, before starting his professional career with Stade Rennais in 1951. He was an agile and pacy left-winger, and would soon become a key member of the Rennes attack. On 10th February 1952, he achieved the amazing feat of netting a brace of goals in just 80 seconds during the first two minutes of a 5-1 win over RC Paris. He spent three seasons in a Red and Black shirt, and was even top scorer at the club for the 1952/1953 season. Overall, he had the creditable record of 32 goals in 89 appearances for Rennes. In 1954, he signed for Olympique de Marseille, where he was a regular member of the starting line-up. Less-used in his second season, however, after a change in manager, the player - nicknamed "Fonfon" by the locals - would only stay for the first half of the season, and he left Marseille in November 1955. He would subsequently sign for SCO Angers, where he would be part of a golden age at the club, and he stayed there until 1963. In his first season in Angers, he scored 17 goals in 18 games, helping his team to obtain promotion to the First Division. He ended his career there, making 232 appearances in total. In parallel to his football career, he studied to become a physiotherapist, which would become his profession after hanging up his boots. Note that his sons Christophe and Franck were also active in football. The former would play for Angers, whilst the latter would be club doctor for Lille, Marseille, and he even worked as team doctor for the French national team.