ALEC CHAMBERLAIN FACTFILE
Born: March, Cambridgeshire, 1964 (Age 50)
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.
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.
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.
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.