11 Facts About Alan Durban


William Alan Durban was born on 7 July 1941 and is a Welsh former international footballer and manager, whose career was at its peak between the 1970s and 1990s.


Alan Durban played in the Football League for Cardiff City, Derby County and was player-manager of Shrewsbury Town.


Alan Durban managed Stoke City, Sunderland and Cardiff City.


Alan Durban left Derby in 1973 after agreeing to become player-assistant manager of Shrewsbury Town after making 404 appearances for the "Rams" scoring 110 goals.


Alan Durban was appointed manager on 4 December 1973 following the dismissal of Maurice Evans, the man who had signed him three months earlier.


Alan Durban retired from playing once he was made manager of Stoke City in February 1978.


Alan Durban began his managerial career at Shrewsbury Town in February 1974; managing them until 1978 when he joined Stoke City, having won promotion from the Fourth Division and the Welsh Cup in 1977.

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Alan Durban attempted to build a youthful team that would mature, introducing Ally McCoist, Nick Pickering, Barry Venison, and Colin West into the first team.


Six months after leaving Sunderland, he joined Cardiff City, but his two-year spell in charge at Ninian Park turned into a disaster as they suffered consecutive relegations, falling from the Second Division to Fourth Division, and Alan Durban was replaced by Frank Burrows.


Several years later, Alan Durban returned to Sunderland to become chief scout under Peter Reid.


In July 2011 Alan Durban re-joined Stoke City on a part-time basis as a mentor for young academy players needing guidance off the pitch.