Beer, Alan

Birth Date

11th March 1950

Birthplace

Swansea

Occupation

Forward

Biographical Text

Had it not been for a knee injury, then the career of Alan Beer could have been very different to what it was.

The injury ended his playing days, just as he was on the verge of a £70,000 move to then First Division, Leicester City, and the winning of a full international cap for Wales.

A former Wales amateur international, Beer had played in local football in the Swansea area for Tower United and West End, before he signed professional forms for Swansea City in February 1971. He scored 3 goals in 15 league appearances for the Swans.

He dropped out of the Football League though when signing for Weymouth in August 1972, where his goal scoring ability was noted by Exeter City who duly paid a fee of £5,000 for him in November 1974.

Beer made his Grecians debut at Rochdale the same month and scored in the 1-1 draw, the first of many goals for City.

He was the club’s top scorer in 1975-76 with 20 league goals in 46 appearances, and the following season played a prominent part, alongside Tony Kellow, in scoring the goals that took Exeter to promotion to the Third Division (21 goals in 38 league outings).

Beer was picked as one of the 24 players in the Welsh squad for the home internationals in the summer of 1977, but didn’t get a call up into the team.

A knee injury sustained in only the third league match of the 1977-78 season at Shrewsbury Town, having already scored two goals that season, ended his playing days. On medical advice he eventually retired from playing in August 1978.

In December 1978 Beer had a testimonial match played on his behalf between Exeter City and West Bromwich Albion.

He returned to the Swansea area and later worked for Bassetts Honda. Beer was living in Swansea in 2010.

Appearances

114

Goals

52

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