ALEC CHAM­BER­LAIN FACT­FILE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

Born: March, Cam­bridgeshire, 1964 (Age 50)

1981-87

Signed by Ip­swich at 16,Cham­ber­lain was re­leased with­out mak­ing an ap­pear­ance and joined Colch­ester. He played 188 times for the U’s and reached the Di­vi­sion Four play-off fi­nal in 1987.

1987-93

Signed by Ever­ton for £80,000 in 1987,Cham­ber­lain was un­able to dis­lodge Neville Southall and, af­ter 15 games on loan at Tran­mere, joined First Di­vi­sion Lu­ton in 1988.First choice for the next four sea­sons, he played 188 games and in 1992 –fol­low­ing Lu­ton’s rel­e­ga­tion – spent time on loan at Chelsea as un­der­study to Dave Beas­ant.

1993-96

Signed by Sun­der­land in 1993, Cham­ber­lain made 90 ap­pear­ances in three years at Roker Park, win­ning his first-ever pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League in 1995-96. He also had a loan spell with Liver­pool in 1995.

1996-2007

In 1996, a £40,000 deal saw Cham­ber­lain join Wat­ford, the club that would be­come his home for the next decade. First-choice as the Hor­nets won back-to-back pro­mo­tions to reach the Pre­mier League un­der Gra­ham Tay­lor, he was also named player of the sea­son twice in five years. Cham­ber­lain was also part of the squad that reached the top flight un­der Aidy Boothroyd in 2006. He re­tired in 2007 hav­ing made al­most 300 ap­pear­ances for the Hor­nets.

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