Alex Meechan | First team coach

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Plymouth

29.1.1980

5ft 10"

@Meeks_alex

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Highly experienced former non-league player with management experience at higher levels, who joined the Pitmen as first-team coach alongside new manager Andy Morrell in August 2020

Plymouth-born Meechan started as a junior at Norwich City before joining Swindon Town in 1997, where he made one substitute appearance for the Robins before being released in the summer of 1998. He returned to the south-west of England and joined Bristol City in August 1998, making seven starts for City and scoring four goals before joining Nationwide Conference side Yeovil Town in August 2000 on a month's loan. This was subsequently extended to four months until December 2000

Meechan's loan was ended in December 2000 as Bristol City agreed to sell the striker to Nationwide Conference side Forest Green Rovers. This proved to the break Meechan needed as he plundered goals for the Nailsworth side in the next two and a half seasons at the Lawn

His reputation as one of non-league's up-and-coming hitmen saw him in high demand, with fellow Conference side Dagenham & Redbridge moving to sign the player in June 2003 at the end of his Forest Green deal. His spell in Essex was a short and forgetful one as he only grabbed two goals for the Daggers before electing to return to Forest Green in November

The summer of 2004 saw Meechan relocate to the North-West and joined another Nationwide Conference side in the form of Leigh RMI. An unsuccessful four month spell at Hilton Park saw Meechan depart in November 2004 to join league strugglers Halifax Town on a deal until the end of the season

A third spell at Forest Green was in the offing for 'Meeks' in July 2005, where he spent the next two years and was a virtual ever-present as Rovers moved to their new ground up the hill in the summer of 2006 and continued to move up the Conference table

A return to the North-West saw Meechan make a long-overdue move back to the Football League with a transfer to Chester City. It was a frustrating season for the player, who only played a handful of games before leaving in July 2007 to join Conference side York City

Another short spell at Bootham Crescent saw Meechan make only a handful of appearances before joining Altrincham; it another fragmented spell for the player with only two goals in seven starts at Moss Lane before he elected to join Conference North side Stalybridge Celtic in November 2007. He was in fine form at Bower Fold, scoring eleven times for Celtic finished in third place in the final standings in his first seaosn before following this up with a sixth-place finish in 2008-2008

A move across town to ambitious Blue Square North side Droylsden followed for the player in July 2009, chipping in as Dave Pace's side finished in fifth place in the table and a place in the play-offs, where they were beaten by Fleetwood Town

The new decade saw Meechan making his now-annual summer move as he joined league rivals AFC Telford United. It was a superb season for the Bucks, who finished second in the table and won promotion back to step one after beating Guiseley in the play-off final in May 2011

After agreeing to a new deal with the Bucks for the forthcoming 2011-2012 season, Meechan struggled to get into the side and was loaned out to Blue Square North side Harrogate Town, initially for a month. He impressed whilst at Wetherby Road and had his loan extended by Harrogate until February 2012. Once the loan ended, Meechan agreed to join Harrogate on a permanent deal

Meechan moved south to join Blue Square North side Worcester City in October 2012 after falling down the pecking order at Harrogate. A two-month loan spell at St. George's Lane ended in December 2012 after budget contraints saw him depart to join Evo-Stik Premier League side Witton Albion

January 2013 saw Meechan on the move and a return to step two with a transfer to Colwyn Bay, where he had a two-month spell before returning to Telford on a deal until the end of the season which saw him become the club's player/assistant manager

 

Meechan moved to league rivals Barrow as player/coach in May 2013 after the Bucks did not offer him a new deal for the forthcoming Skrill North season. He played a handful of games for the Cumbria side before taking the managerial reigns as caretaker manager in November 2013 following the departure of manager Dave Bayliss. Despite remaining unbeaten throughout his term as caretaker, he was not offered the job on a permanent basis and returned to his previous role as player/coach

A short spell as Bradford (Park Avenue)'s academy manager followed before he was handed the role of a manager in June 2016 after a summer of turmoil at the Horsfall Stadium. He failed to win any of the eleven games in charge and was relieved of his duties in September 2016 with Avenue bottom of the National League North table

He returned to Stalybridge Celtic as assistant manager to Hednesford great Steve Burr in February 2017 until the end of the season and followed Burr to Stafford Rangers in the summer of 2018 after Burr had agreed to join his former club as their new manager for the 2018-2019 season. Boro's form was patchy in the opening stages of the season and Burr departed the club in November 2018, which saw Meechan take over as caretaker manager. Under Meechan and co-manager Andy Fearn, Rangers improved hugely, including a 4-1 hammering of Hednesford in December 2018, which saw the duo handed the job until the end of the season

After agreeing to extend their stay at Marston Road in the summer of 2019, Meechan and Fearn found the going tough in their first full season in charge as Stafford slumped to the foot of the BetVictor Northern Premier League table for much of the season. The coronavirus pandemic came to Rangers' rescue, however, as the season was voided in April 2020 which saw the club avoiding almost-certain relegation back to step four. Meechan elected to leave the club at this point, with Fearn remaining as the club's director of football

In July 2020, Meechan arrived at the PRG Stadium @ Keys Park as new manager Andy Morrell's new first-team coach after the former Wrexham manager had been on the lookout for an experienced coach to work alongside him on the sidelines

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