His career was split (1972–84) between playing as a striker (albeit often coming from deep) and in midfield.
He scored 102 goals for The Rokerites in all competitions, surpassing the previous record post-war goalscorer, Len Shackleton, who had scored 101 goals.
In fact if there was concrete evidence that Allan had then that would be the silver bullet needed to clear the whole matter up.
He previously spent seven years covering Sunderland's games on Metro Radio and Magic 1152.
In 2005, he was voted Sunderland's all-time cult hero on the television programme Football Focus, whilst in 2006, Sunderland fanzine A Love Supreme voted him their Best Player of the 1980s.
Sunderland manager Len Ashurst forced Rowell out of Roker Park as part of a huge rebuilding plan in 1984, part of the slide which would ultimately take them to the third tier of English football for the only time in the club's history.
Rowell moved to Norwich City, but never recreated his goalscoring exploits because of a knee injury he picked up on his first pre season tour with the Canaries.
These school yard 'kick arounds' surely took place before the club was set up.