Alex Meechan was an Associate Schoolboy at Norwich in the 1994/95
season. He moved to Swindon where he made his league debut against
Wolves in the autumn of 1997.
Alex then moved on to Bristol City where his impressive form for
their Under 21 team led to a four-year contract. However he made
just 13 appearances, scoring 4 goals by the end of the 1999/2000
season and moved in the summer of 2000 on loan to Football Conference
side Forest Green Rovers. Rovers were keen to sign Alex but he
opted to return to Ashton Gate in October 2000 and fight for a
first team place. This apparently was not likely as Alex was to
be found a few days later playing on trial with Plymouth reserves
in a 2-1 win over Swansea. Alex also had a trial in November with
Notts County but did not impress their manager Jocky Scott.
After a brief loan period with Yeovil, Alex signed permanently
for Forest Green in the last days of 2000. He was Forest Green's
leading scorer for the following two seasons.
In June 2003, Alex turned down the offer of a new deal with Forest
Green and on 10th June 2003, signed a two year deal with Conference
giants Dagenham & Redbridge for a nominal fee. However Alex
found it hard to settle, and scored just twice in 15 appearances.
He was placed on the transfer list on 30th October 2003. Forest
Green manager Colin Addision has already expressed an interest
in bringing Alex back to Forest Green. This materialised on 25th
November 2003 when Alex signed a three month loan deal with Rovers.
This was later made permanent.
Alex spent most of the 2004 pre-season with Luton but towards
the end of July 2004, he trialled with Barnet, scoring twice against
St Albans City in a pre-season friendly. Although offered a contract
by the Bees, this was not viable as he was living up north. He
joined Leigh RMI on 12th August 2004 but his stay didn't last
long as RMI released him on 6th November 2004. Within a week though,
he had signed for Halifax on a short-term contract. Released at
the end of the 2004/5 season, he was linked with a move to Barrow
towards the end of June 2005. He later trialled with Forest Green
Rovers in mid-July 2005 and was rewarded with a one year contract.
Seeking a move closer to his Liverpool home Alex joined Chester
City at the end of January 2007 but was released in May 2007.
He joined York City on 11th July 2007. He was loaned to Stalybridge
Celtic on 9th November 2007.
He returned to the Conference National after joining Altrincham
in July 2008. On 27th March 2009, Meechan had his contract canceled
by mutual consent and immediatally rejoined former club Stalybridge
Celtic later that day. On 9th July, Meechan joined Tameside rivals
Droylsden. At the end of the season Meechan moved to fellow Conference
North side AFC Telford United. After earning promotion to the
Conference National through the play-offs, Meechan agreed a new
one-year deal with the club for the 201112 season. In the
201112 season he went on a 1 month loan spell at Harrogate
Town where he scored on his debut. He then joined Harrogate permanently.
Meechan was offered a new contract with the Conference North club
for the 2012-13 season in May 2012.
In October 2012, Meechan left Harrogate Town to join Conference
North rivals Worcester City. In December 2012 he was however released
by Worcester because of budget constraints. He then joined Witton
Albion in December 2012 before signing for their rival Colwyn
Bay at the beginning of January 2013.
He returned to AFC Telford in March 2013 before joining Barrow
as their Assistant Manager on 20th May 2013. When manager Dave
Baylis vacated his role on 5th November 2013, Meechan was appointed
caretaker manager. AFC chairman Brian Keen has not set any timescale
for appointing Baylisss replacement, with Meechan having
verbally outlined his interest in succeeding the man who brought
him to the club during the summer. And he says the clubs
board are happy to grant the 33-year-old player/coachs wish
for an interview in which Meechan would target his first permanent
number one assignment.
Keen said: He (Meechan) is a young fella who more or
less said to us, look, I'll help the club out and I'll certainly
look after things on a professional basis. Hes obviously
interested in the job and he wants an interview. The door is open
to anybody. Its very early days, but Alex has been bubbly,
hes been cooperative, professional and hes recommended
some players who are with us now and you cant say no
to him. You've got to give him the opportunity to put his points
across, youve got to give him the chance to say why he wants
the job or if he wants it. He wants to talk.