Age 35 (11 March, 1983) Height 6ft 3ins (1.91M)
Previous Club: Bromley Born: Ashford, Kent
Alan joined BTFC in February 2017 after leaving National league side, Bromley. In a career of over 450 appearances, largely spent at League Two and National League level, Alan offers experience in a key position. He has an international cap and clean sheet at U-21 level for Northern Ireland, earnt in August 2004.
An agile shot-stopper, and commanding presence, Alan offers security at the back. In a League campaign that saw BTFC dominant in matches, Alan kept high levels of concentration and pulled off exceptional saves when called upon.
Alan started his career at Brentford and made his full debut for the club v Plymouth Argyle in November 2002. However, he found first team opportunities at the Beeslimited in Division Two, making 16 League appearancesin three years. In Feb 2005, he signed for his first stint at National League side Stevenage. Over three-and-a-half years, he made 141 League appearances in the top tier of Non-League. Alan played in the 2004-05 Conference play-off final defeat v Carlisle, was voted 2005-06 Supporters Player of the Year, and, won the FA Trophy v Kidderminster Harriers at Wembley in May 2007.
In May 2008, aged 25, Alan took an opportunity to play higher up the pyramid at League Two, Gillingham. In an eventful three years, Alan made 73 League appearancesexperiencing promotion to League One in his first season followed by a subsequent relegation in 2009-10. After a creditable season, which ended just outside the play-off places, Alan was released by the Gills in June 2011. He returned to (now) League One, Stevenage, for his second spell, but, during 2011-12, only made 4 appearances. A move to National League, Newport County followed in July 2012. However, Alan’s time at the club was hampered by an injury in his first appearance and he appeared 12 times for the club in 2012-13.
In July 2013, Alan returned to Kent, joining National league side, Dartford. Although voted Player of the Season, he could not stop the club being relegated although a very late August reprieve secured the club’s status in the top tier. Via a short stay at Sutton United, in February 2015, Alan subsequently joined National league, Bromley, where he would make 88 appearances over 2 years.
A firm fan favourite at Bromley, Alan attracted the attention of BTFC and, in February 2017, left the Ravens to sign for the Blues.
2016-17: League 15; Cup 1 start
2017-18: League 48; Cup 17