Hooker, Alan

Birth Date

23rd June 1956


Exeter, Devon



Biographical Text

Exeter-born Alan Hooker made fifty league appearances for Exeter City in the mid-1970s including thirteen of the first eighteen games when the club won promotion in 1977. He later played for Bideford and the successful Exmouth team of the 1980s.

From Budleigh Salterton, Alan joined Exeter City as an apprentice prior to becoming a full professional in July 1974 and going on to make his league debut for the Grecians in a 2-0 defeat at Brentford in December 1974. Featuring in nine league games during his first season, he was in the team at the start of 1975/76 when he added a further 28 league games to his tally. Starting again as first-choice left-back, he played in the first four games of the 1976/77 promotion campaign and - after missing the next five games - enjoyed a run of nine consecutive appearances between mid-October and the start of December. But, with John Hore switching to left-back, the game against Doncaster Rovers on 4 December 1976 proved to be Alan’s final league game for the Grecians.

After leaving the club in the summer of 1977, Alan signed for Bideford and was later to play a major part in the success of Exmouth Town in the 1980s before playing for Weston-super-Mare and Bridgwater Town in the early 1990s. Having worked at Clarks shoes in Exmouth, he later transferred to the company’s factory in Street and continued to live in the Somerset town for many years as he moved into football management Bridgwater Town and later Street. 



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