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Alan Tate
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Personal information
Full name Alan Tate
Date of birth 2 September 1982 (1982-09-02) (age 27)
Place of birth    Easington, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Swansea City
Number 5
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2000–2004
2001–2002
2002–2003
2003
2004–
Manchester United
Royal Antwerp (loan)
Swansea City (loan)
Swansea City (loan)
Swansea City
000 (0)
007 (1)
027 (0)
009 (0)
173 (5)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 16:42, 8 September 2009 (UTC)[1].
* Appearances (Goals)

Alan Tate (born 2 September 1982) is an English professional footballer, currently playing for Swansea City in the Football League Championship.

Career

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 enjoyed a loan spell at Royal Antwerp before spending 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 fellow player Lee Trundle were photographed holding Welsh flag bearing the words "Fuck Off Cardiff" which was apparently thrown onto the pitch. The pair claimed not to know that it bore insulting words. 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.

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