Alan Reeves had the chance to return to Carrow Road in the early
part of 1997 when he was offered by Wimbledon as part-exchange
for Norwich's Darren Eadie. Mike Walker dismissed this offer and Alan lost a second
chance to play for the Norwich first team.
Alan is one of many former Norwich apprentices who never made
the grade at Carrow Road but found relative success elsewhere.
After a loan spell with Gillingham for whom 18 league appearances
were made, Norwich sold Alan to Chester City. He made 40 appearances
for the Cheshire side before joining Rochdale. 121 league games
later, Alan made the step up from Division 3 to the Premiership
when he was signed by Wimbledon. He has had only limited opportunities
for the Dons making 24 appearances in the 1995-96 season. In addition
to the aforementioned move to Norwich, Alan had been linked with
Preston North End.
According to Yahoo's Teamtalk Wimbledon manager
Joe Kinnear was trying to get Reeves to sign a new contract rather
than lose him under the Bosman ruling. However his efforts were
fruitless and Reeves joined Swindon on June 15th 1998. Supposedly
QPR, Burnley and Tranmere were also interested in securing his
Alan was released by Swindon's new manager Colin Todd in May 2000
following their relegation to Division Two. Teamtalk speculated
in June 2000 that Steve McMahon might attempt to sign Reeves for
Blackpool as he had been responsible for bringing Reeves to the
County Ground. Instead Alan re-signed for Swindon making 44 appearances
in 2000/01, scoring three times. Alan signed a new one year contract
with Swindon in May 2003 that will see him take on coaching duties
with their reserves
In January 2006, Alan announced his retirement from playing,
having made more than 500 league appearances over 18 years. A
broken leg sustained in August 2005 against Wycombe was the catalyst
which saw Alan decide to concentrate on his coaching career.
Alan stayed as Swindon's reserve team coach until May 2006 when
manager iffy Onuora was sacked and replaced by Dennis Wise and
Gus Poyet. In October 2006, he registered with Conference South
side Sutton United.
He was later Assistant Manager at Brentford