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7: Alex Rodman 2013/2014

Alex Rodman: 2012/2013 Biography & Statistics

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Alex is a left-footed, attack-minded player, who mainly plays as a central midfielder, but he can also be utilised on either wing or as a forward.

He played schoolboy football at Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers and at youth level with Arden Forest and Coleshill Town, whilst also playing rugby at county level rugby and attending England under-18 trials in said sport. He moved to Midland Alliance League side Leamington in the summer of 2005, where he was part of the side that achieved a club-best progression to the FA Cup first round, where a six division gap resulted in a 9-1 defeat to League 1 side Colchester United. The aforementioned cup run did yield some personal glory for the 18-year-old Alex, though, as his two late goals in the third qualifying round against Woodford United secured a 2-0 victory and earned him the 'Player of the Round' award.

Having put in several eye-catching performances for Leamington, Alex played for the British Universities Futsal side at the World Student Games in Poland in 2006 before stepping up to the Northern Premier League Premier Division with Grantham Town; he also played five times for the FA England Futsal side in 2006-07.

He continued to perform well at club level and, following a brief spell at Lincoln United, moved up to play with Conference North sides Alfreton Town (trial), Gainsborough Trinity (scored 2 goals) and Nuneaton Borough (scored twice). The latter side went into liquidation in the summer of 2008, but Alex remained in the division by joining Tamworth and it took him just three games to open his goal-scoring account for his new club as he scored a brace against Burscough on the second Saturday of the 2008-09 campaign.

By the end of the campaign, he had scored 12 goals in all competitions as the Lambs claimed the Conference North title; he also attained a degree in business studies from Nottingham Trent University and, as well as playing for his university team, played for the English Universities representative side.

Alex continued to perform well at the Lamb Ground the following season and was rewarded with his first England 'C' call-up in August 2009, but a hamstring injury eventually led to him pulling out of the squad for the game against Hungary; he eventually won his first 'C' cap the following May against the Republic of Ireland.

Alex was the subject of reported interest from League 1 new boys Notts County in the summer of 2010, but elected to stay at Tamworth, where he continued to garner praise. His second appearance for England 'C' in the September yielded his first international goal and that was followed two months later by him scoring the opening goal in the Lambs' 2-1 victory over League 2 Crewe Alexandra in the FA Cup first round.

In January 2011, having netted 10 times in all competitions for the Staffordshire side, Alex's continued good form was eventually rewarded when he achieved his dream of becoming a Football League player, when an undisclosed fee took him to Aldershot Town on a two-and-a-half year deal. Ironically, newly-appointed Shots boss Dean Holdsworth's last game as manager of Newport County (two weeks previously) was a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Tamworth, with Alex scoring all three goals for the victors!

Alex made his Football League debut as a substitute against Gillingham three days after joining the Shots, marking the occasion with a superb long-range goal in the final minute of the game. He scored again at Morecambe 10 days later (just minutes after coming off the bench) before missing a handful of games in the February and March due to a calf injury.

Alex continued to improve game-by-game and was quickly given the nickname 'A-Rod' by the Shots fans, the nickname having also been given to other talented sportsmen such as American baseball legend Alex Rodriguez and fellow countryman Andy Roddick (tennis).

Having scored two glorious long-range goals to claim a share of the points in an ill-tempered encounter at Stevenage in mid-April, he missed the final two games of the season through injury.

Alex played in the giant-killing defeat of Championship side West Ham United in the League Cup first round at Upton Park in late August 2011 (the club's first-ever victory in the competition) and was also part of the team that beat League 1 sides Carlisle United and Rochdale before losing to FA Premier League superpowers Manchester United at a packed-out EBB Stadium in round 4 (the furthest the club had ever gone in the competition). Ujnfortunately, he was diagnosed as suffering with a pulmonary embolism in January 2012 and missed the rest of the season.

Career Stats:

Leamington - 23 + 18 appearances, 5 goals; Grantham Town - 27 + 6 appearances, 2 goals; Lincoln United - 15 + 5 appearances, 5 goals; Gainsborough Trinity - 8 + 4 appearances, 2 goals; Nuneaton Borough - 7 + 2 appearances, 2 goals; Tamworth - 88 + 3 appearances, 24 goals

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Alex Rodman's Details
Squad No: 7
Position: Midfielder/Winger
Weight: 12st 8lbs (80Kg)
Height: 6' 2"
Date of Birth: 15/02/1987
Place of Birth: Sutton Coldfield
Former Clubs: Arden Forest (youth), Coleshill Town (youth), Leamington, Grantham Town, Lincoln United, Gainsborough Trinity, Nuneaton Borough, Tamworth
Debut Match: As substitute v Gillingham (A), League 2, 29.1.11
Joined Club: 26.1.11
Transfer Fee (Bought): Undisclosed
Alex's Club Stats: This Season Club Total
Appearances: 9 40
Sub Appearances: 4 13
Goals: - 7
Penalties: - -
Own Goals: - -
Total Apps/Goals: 13/0 53/7