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Player Profile 2: Craig Alcock

Captain Craig

By Alex O'Loughlin
October 26 2010

This week sees Craig Alcock become the second Yeovil player to be profiled by Glover Lover. 

Craig Alcock is currently one of only three home grown players in the Yeovil Town squad, after breaking through into the first team squad in the 2005-06 season. 

The 22-year-old came up through the Glovers youth system under Stuart Housley's management and was rewarded with a senior contract along with Jake Smeeton and Tom Clarke. 

Alcock didn't make a first team appearance throughout the 2005-06 season, but due to being overage to play in the youth side, Alcock spent periods out on-loan during the 2006-07 season at Weston-Super-Mare, Taunton Town and Tiverton Town racking up a total of 19 appearances all together.

After his loan spells, Alcock made his Yeovil Town debut on the final day of the 2006-07 season away at Gillingham coming on as a substitute.

A memory which Alcock will hope to forget about is his performance in Yeovil's 4-1 defeat to Torquay United away in the FA Cup, where he made a terrible error to gift the Gulls a goal. Marking his lowest ebb in the green and white of Yeovil Town. 

The 2008-09 season saw Alcock go on to play 25 times for the Green and Whites with a further five appearances coming from the substitutes bench. Lee Peltier occupied Alcock's preferred right-back for a time before picking up injuries and suspensions as well as having to move to centre back due to injuries, allowing Alcock the chance to establish himself at right-back.

One of the defenders greatest qualities is his ability to play anywhere across the back four, making him a useful utility man.

The Truro born defender will have fond memories of the 2008-09 season, as he also scored his first goal for Yeovil away at Swindon Town.

During the off-season approaching the 2009-10 season Alcock signed a new two-year deal at the club. That season saw Alcock progress as he went on to make 39 appearances and also gain the captain's armband due to injury and poor-form involving regular captain Stefan Stam.

The added responsibility didn't falter the right-backs progression, as he retained the captaincy into the current 2010-11 season.

Before Alcock becomes 23 in December he should have reached the milestone of 100 games for the Glovers, as he currently lies in the 90's.

Full name: Craig Alcock

Date of Birth: December 8, 1987 (aged 22)

Birthplace: Truro, England 

Height: 5 ft. 8 in (1.73m)

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