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On this page you can read opinions of Alec from fellow professionals. We hope to update this section throughout the coming months, so please do check back soon.

You can also read articles about Alec written by Watford fans.

Bobby RobsonSir Bobby backing for "outstanding" Alec


Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson has paid tribute to Alec Chamberlain's "wonderful career" in football ...


Oli PhillipsAn excellent signing, a great 'keeper, and a shining example - By Oli Phillips


Alec Chamberlain's arrival at Vicarage Road for £40,000 was viewed as significant by Watford fans. It was 1996 and Watford had just ...


Gavin MahonAlec broke my heart - but I've forgiven him, says Watford skipper Mahon


Watford's new captain Gavin Mahon says goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain once broke his heart! ...


Nick WrightWembley hero Nick says he'll always be indebted to "immense" Alec


Nick Wright, the Wembley goalscoring hero against Bolton six years ago, says he will always be indebted to ...


Dean KielyCharlton's Dean Kiely gives glowing praise to his fellow "Number One"


Charlton goalkeeper Dean Kiely has said he is delighted he will be honouring a fellow 'keeper when he runs out for Charlton ...


Nigel GibbsBorn Again Alec is a top man and a domestic gem, according to Hornets legend Nigel Gibbs


According to Watford coach and former player Nigel Gibbs, Watford goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain is Born Again. A Born Again Hornet! ...


Ian WalkerThe Walkers are united in their praise of "outstanding" Alec


Former England goalkeeper Ian Walker says Alec Chamberlain is a role model, and an "outstanding servant" to English football ...


Kevin BallFormer Sunderland skipper holds Alec in the "highest esteem" - even though he did cost him a £100 fine!


A row during a game when he was playing for Sunderland cost Alec Chamberlain a £100 fine - but earned him the total and continued respect of his team captain! ...


Luther BlissettLuther says Watford are United in their debt to a "fantastic" player!


Watford legend Luther Blissett has compared Alec Chamberlain with one of the world's greatest goalkeepers! "Quite simply, he's Watford's Peter Schmeichel," said Luther ...


Cyril’s proud to have given Alec his big opportunity


The manager who gave Alec Chamberlain his big break in professional football says it is no surprise whatsoever that he is still holding his own in the Championship at 41 ...


Polite, co-operative and a pleasure to work with, says Hornet's former media chief Andrew French


Let's be honest, getting a player to see out an entire contract is hard work these days. So, to stay at one club long enough to be considered for a testimonial is an achievement ...


Sean Dyche"Great guy" Alec commands total respect from his club captain - and also saves him money!


When Sean Dyche arrived at Watford three years ago, he was expecting Alec Chamberlain to be "a bit barmy". How wrong he was proved to be ...


Graham TaylorA credit to his profession and an outstanding servant to Watford, says former boss Taylor


Former Watford manager Graham Taylor says the £40,000 he invested in Alec Chamberlain back in 1996 almost certainly ranks as his best ever value ...


Ray LewingtonThe "Mr Reliable" who Ray Lewington tried to sign for Fulham 19 years ago!


When Ray Lewington took over as Watford's manager from Gianluca Vialli back in 2002, he had no problem with Alec Chamberlain as his goalkeeper ...


Richard LeeGoalkeeping "rival" Richard is backing Watford fans to support loyal Alec's testimonial year


Richard Lee has established himself as Watford's first choice goalkeeper thanks to a string of outstanding performances this season - and he gives much of the credit to the man ...


Bob WilsonAlec's a credit to football and to Watford, says Bob Wilson


Arsenal legend Bob Wilson has given his full support to Alec Chamberlain's testimonial year, and described him as one of the most respected goalkeepers of the past 20 years ...


Terry ButcherAlec was a top class signing, says former boss Butcher


Former England centre half Terry Butcher first met Alec when the two of them were at Ipswich Town together ...


Ian CransonPlenty of Jam and the love of being a footballer have inspired Alec over the years, says former team-mate Ian.


Football almost lost Alec Chamberlain to cricket, according to Ian Cranson, the former Ipswich, Stoke, Sheffield Wednesday and England under 21 international ...


Keith BowenHonest Alec's a Top Man, says his Best Man!


When Keith Bowen arrived at Colchester United in 1983 he'd already heard a whisper that Alec Chamberlain, his new club's young goalkeeper, was one to watch for the future ...



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