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Alan Tate
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Personal information
Full name Alan Tate
Date of birth (1982-09-02) 2 September 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Easington, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Swansea City
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Manchester United 0 (0)
2001–2002 Royal Antwerp (loan) 7 (0)
2002–2003 Swansea City (loan) 27 (0)
2003 Swansea City (loan) 9 (0)
2004– Swansea City 257 (5)
2012–2013 Leeds United (loan) 10 (0)
2013 Yeovil Town (loan) 4 (0)
2014 Aberdeen (loan) 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21,00, 3 May 2014 (UTC)[1].
† Appearances (Goals).

Alan Tate (born 2 September 1982) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Swansea City.

Early career[edit]

Born in Easington, County Durham, Tate began his career as a trainee at Manchester United earning himself a professional contract. Although he went on to captain United's reserve team, which included such players as Quinton Fortune, Luke Chadwick and Chris Eagles, he failed to break into the first team. Tate went on loan to Royal Antwerp, Manchester United's feeder club, in 2002, making seven appearances in the Belgian First Division.[2] He did not score for Royal Antwerp in the two months he was there, but he did score an own goal against Gent on 17 February 2002, the first goal in a 3–3 draw.[3]

Swansea City[edit]

Tate spent two loan periods at Swansea City. He played a major role in the club's battle against relegation from the Football League in the 2002–03 season, before joining the club on a permanent basis on 6 February 2004.

Initially a centre-back, Tate made a successful transition to the right-back slot. He further showed his versatility by playing several games in the centre of midfield during an injury crisis at the club during the 2005–06 season, which saw him named as the club's Player of the Year. Tate was in the Swansea City team which won the Football League Trophy final against Carlisle United on 2 April 2006. After the final whistle, he and Lee Trundle were photographed holding a Welsh flag bearing the words "Fuck off Cardiff" which had been handed to them by Swansea supporters.[4] The pair claimed to have been unaware of the message written on the flag. On 24 June 2006, both players were fined a week's wages and warned as to their future conduct by the Football Association of Wales, having already received police cautions for public order offences.[5]

Swansea City reached the League One play-off final against Barnsley on 27 May 2006. The match finished at 2–2 after extra time, and went to a penalty shootout. With Swansea trailing 4–3, Tate missed the decisive fifth penalty, sealing Barnsley's promotion.[6]

He continued mainly playing at right-back under Kenny Jackett and occasionally midfield to cover for injuries in the 2006–07 season. When former Swansea captain Roberto Martínez took over as the new manager by the 2007–08 season, Tate had lost his place at right-back to new arrival Angel Rangel.

During the 2008–09 season, Tate covered all positions in defence, including goalkeeper against Queens Park Rangers.[7] After injuries to Marcos Painter and Federico Bessone, Tate played at left-back for the rest of the 2008–09 season. Tate had a superb 2009–10 season as he played most of his games in his favourite position at centre-back due to Garry Monk's injury-laden season, as well as captaining the side for most of the season. For the 2010–11 season, under new manager Brendan Rodgers, he resumed his position at left-back, although he has played centre-back ever since Garry Monk got injured in an FA Cup tie against Colchester United on 8 January 2011.

On 28 August 2011, Tate broke his leg in a golf buggy accident, managing to lodge his leg between the buggy and a tree. The injury was estimated to rule him out for up to six months. Despite this, Tate signed a new contract with Swansea on 14 September 2011, keeping him at the club until June 2015.[8] Tate made his comeback as a late substitute for Swansea in their penultimate game of the 2011–12 season at Old Trafford appearing against his former club, Manchester United.[9]

A testimonial for Tate against Manchester United was granted by Swansea in the summer of 2013.[10] However, it was postponed because Swansea were scheduled to play Manchester United in their first Premier League fixture of the 2013–14 season.[11]

As of 30 August 2013, Tate has made 340 appearances for Swansea scoring 5 goals in all competitions. This excludes the FAW Premier Cup, which Swansea competed in from 1997 to 2008.

Loan spells[edit]

On 22 November 2012, Tate joined Leeds United on loan until January 2013. Tate represented the first signing by Leeds after the takeover by GFH Capital the previous day.[12] Tate made his debut for Leeds against Crystal Palace on 24 November and he was handed the squad number 15.[13] Tate received praise for his performance's against Crystal Palace and Leicester City, helping Leeds earn two wins in his first two games.[14]

After the takeover of Leeds by GFH Capital on 21 December, New Leeds director Salem Patel revealed Leeds were in negotiations with Swansea City to sign Tate on a permanent deal.[15] On 1 January, Tate extended his loan spell at Leeds until the 26 January.[16]

On 23 July 2013, Tate joined Championship side Yeovil Town on loan until 2 January 2014.[17] Upon joining the club, the club made the announcement of the signing by producing a mocked-up picture of an easel outside Huish Park following the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son the day before.[18] Tate made his Yeovil debut in their 1–0 victory over Millwall, on 3 August 2013.[19] Tate made six appearances for Yeovil before returning to Swansea City early on 5 September due to a hamstring injury.[20]

On 3 January 2014, Tate joined Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season.[21] He made his Aberdeen debut on 10 January, in a 1–0 home win against Hibernian.[22]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Swansea City
Aberdeen

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 31 December 2013.
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[nb 1] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2000–01 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Royal Antwerp (loan)[23] 2001–02 7 0 7 0
Swansea City (loan) 2002–03 27 0 0 0 27 0
Swansea City (loan) 2003–04 9 0 1 0 10 0
Swansea City 2003–04 17 1 1 0 18 1
2004–05 23 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 28 0
2005–06 43 0 1 0 1 0 8 0 53 0
2006–07 38 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 44 1
2007–08 21 1 4 0 1 0 3 0 29 1
2008–09 25 1 4 0 2 0 31 1
2009–10 39 1 1 0 2 0 42 1
2010–11 40 0 1 0 4 0 3 0 48 0
2011–12 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
2012–13 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 293 5 19 0 13 0 15 0 340 5
Leeds United (loan) 2012–13 10 0 1 0 11 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2013–14 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
Total 314 5 20 0 15 0 0 0 15 0 364 5
  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, Football League Trophy and Football League play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soccerbase: Alan Tate". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Alan Tate". rafc.be (in Dutch). Royal Antwerp FC. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Belgium round-up: Brugge leave it late". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 18 February 2002. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Richards, Huw (June 2006). "Local difficulties". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 14 September 2011. "Striker Lee Trundle and defender Alan Tate ... [received] public-order charges for brandishing a Welsh flag with the words "Fuck off Cardiff" scrawled on the front[.] ... Trundle ... [wore] a T-shirt picturing somebody urinating on a Cardiff shirt. Both had been handed to them from the crowd." 
  5. ^ "Swans pair handed one-match bans". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 June 2006. Retrieved 1 July 2006. 
  6. ^ "Swansea 2–2 Barnsley (aet)". BBC Sport. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Tate dons the gloves against QPR". Swansea City FC Official Website. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Swansea City reward Alan Tate with improved deal". BBC Sport (BBC). 14 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Man Utd 2–0 Swansea". BBC Sport (BBC). 6 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Swansea City give Manchester United testimonial to Alan Tate". BBC Sport (BBC). 31 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tate testimonial postponed". manutd.com (Manchester United). 20 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "PREMIER LEAGUE DEFENDER JOINS UP". Leeds United AFC. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Leeds Vs Crystal Palace". Leeds United AFC. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "BOSS HAILS ANOTHER FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE". Leeds United AFC. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Leeds United: New director Patel keen to keep hold of ‘key’ loan duo". Yorkshire Evening Post. 22 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "Leeds United: Swansea City defender extends loan with Whites". Yorkshire Evening Post. 2 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Alan Tate: Swansea defender joins Yeovil Town on loan". BBC Sport (BBC). 23 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Royal baby-style easel for Yeovil Town Alan Tate signing". BBC News. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Millwall 0–1 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Alan Tate: Swansea defender's loan at Yeovil ended by injury". BBC Sport. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Dons sign Alan Tate from Swansea City on loan deal". eveningexpress.co.uk. Evening Express. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Aberdeen 1-0 Hibernian". BBC Sport (BBC). 10 January 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  23. ^ "Spelersprofiel" [Player profile]. rafcmuseum.be. Royal Antwerp FC. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 

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