Friday, 7 December 2007

Player Profile : Alan Reeves

Currently playing for Swindon Town, Birkenhead born Alan Reeves begun his topsy turvy football career with wirral side, Heswall. Under impressive form, the centre back was quickly snapped up by Norwich City in 1987. Opportunities were few and far between at Norwich and with Reeves missing life closer to home, he quickly opted for a move back over in the North West with Chester City.

However, his spell at Sealand Road was short lived. Still unsettled, the six foot defender was placed on the transfer list all season after experiencing an unhappy time at Sealand Road, but moved on in the following summer to Rochdale with the aim of revitalising his career. Outstanding performances for the Dale in his natural central defensive position resulted in a £300,000 move to Wimbledon in 1994.

Signed under the Bosman ruling from Wimbledon, Alan only become a first-team regular during the 1999/2000 season, under Jimmy Quinn. Alan left the 'Crazy Gang' for Swindon in search of regular football and up to then, Reeves hadn't really produced any form at the club. One of new manager Colin Todd's first actions was to tell Reeves that he could leave on a free transfer.

However, Reeves impressed during the next pre-season campaign, and was taken off the transfer list. He was given a second chance by Andy King when he was installed as manager and his displays at the heart of the Swindon defence earned him the captaincy. Alan signed a new contract at the end of the 2000/2001 season and early into 2002 he even scored a vital goal against our close rivals Wrexham (thanks Alan!!) that may go some way towards pushing the struggling Racecourse side closer to relegation.

A good professional 'Reevesy' also has the ability to score goals. He's a good team leader and an excellent motivator who had the potential to go even further in his career, had he so desired to do so.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love you Alan, please get in contact