Alan Kimble

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Alan Kimble
Personal information
Full name Alan Frank Kimble[1]
Date of birth (1966-08-06) 6 August 1966 (age 50)[1]
Place of birth Dagenham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
000?–1984 Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Charlton Athletic 6 (0)
1985 Exeter City (loan) 1 (0)
1986–1993 Cambridge United 299 (24)
1993–2002 Wimbledon 215 (0)
2002 Peterborough United (loan) 3 (0)
2002–2003 Luton Town 12 (0)
2003–2004 Dagenham & Redbridge 22 (0)
2004–2005 Heybridge Swifts 22 (0)
Total 580 (24)
Teams managed
2010 Aveley
2011–2012 Hemel Hempstead Town (assistant)
2012–2013 Eastbourne Borough (assistant)
2014–2015 Maldon & Tiptree
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alan Kimble (born 6 August 1966) is an English former professional footballer.

Playing career[edit]


Left back Kimble started his career at Charlton Athletic alongside his twin brother, Garry Kimble. They both progressed through the youth ranks to make brief appearances in the Charlton first team before the pair of them joined Exeter City on loan and then Cambridge United on free transfers in July 1986.

Cambridge United[edit]

Alan Kimble went on to play 299 games for United, scoring 24 goals, most of which came from the penalty spot. He played a pivotal part in the club's amazing success in climbing the lower leagues in the early 1990s but left following relegation from (old) Division Two in 1993 after seven years with the club.


Kimble moved to Premier League side Wimbledon for a fee of £175,000 and he went on to be a mainstay in their side for nine years, making 215 league appearances. While in the Wimbledon side, Kimble was known to get to the byline and lump the ball upfield to the strikers. He failed to score a league goal for the club but did net once for them against Huddersfield Town in one of his 25 League Cup games for the club.[2]

Luton Town and non-League[edit]

After playing at the highest level he left Wimbledon at the end of the 2001–02 season following a brief loan spell at Peterborough United and joined ex-Wimbledon manager Joe Kinnear at Luton Town. He managed only 12 games for Luton before dropping into the Conference National to play for Dagenham & Redbridge where he played a further 22 games to leave him with a total of more than 550 games in his top class career.

He had a brief spell with Heybridge Swifts before he was invited by ex-Cambridge team-mate Liam Daish to become assistant manager of Gravesend & Northfleet in March 2005.

In the close season of 2009, due to financial difficulties at the club, Kimble was released from Ebbsfleet United.

Managerial career[edit]

After leaving Ebbsfleet United, Kimble became manager of Isthmian League Premier Division club Aveley in May 2010, with his twin brother Garry as his assistant.[3] After five months in the job, he left Aveley in November due to personal reasons before being replaced by Carl Griffiths.[4] Kimble was assistant manager at Hemel Hempstead Town, before moving on to Eastbourne Borough to take on the same role in February 2012.[5]

In 2014 he became manager of Maldon & Tiptree.[6] He left the club at the end of the 2014–15 season.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 244. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ Hodgson, Guy (30 November 1999). "Dons' fire rewarded by Euell". London: The Independent. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Kimble appointed at Aveley". Non-League News 24. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Carl Griffiths replaces Alan Kimble as Aveley manager". BBC Sport. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Widdrington: I want to be part of another successful era with Eastbourne Borough". Eastbourne Herald. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kimble twins Alan and Garry face each other in Essex derby". BBC Sport. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Former Colchester United and Spurs man Kevin Watson is new Maldon & Tiptree boss Essex Chronicle, 19 May 2015

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