As a schoolboy, Alistair played for Wycombe Wanderers F.C. While being lucky enough to have a private education, he was then approached by scouts from Q.P.R. He went on to be signed by the club and developed well, playing in the youth and reserves from the age of 17. He had a loan spell with Oldham Athletic (as QPR went into Administration), starting well there but for a torn cruciate ligament halting his progress.

After an 11 month recovery he went on to play in Holland in the Dutch 1st Division but quickly decided to return home and pursued a career in Quantity Surveying while playing semi professionally in what was then the conference South with Bishops Stortford.

After playing for a few semi professional sides, his career was ended in 2006 while playing at Wingate and Finchley. He was involved in a serious crash when he was a passenger in a car with his best friend at the time. Both were sent through the windscreen and sadly Alistair's friend died.  After two months in a coma and being told he may not walk again, he thought football would be something he had lost forever.

After not playing football for four years, he was contacted by the FA who told him of disability football, specifically CP football (for Cerebral Palsy or brain injury sufferers). He had always kept himself fit and reluctantly started playing again.

Since then Alistair has played in the CPISRA World Championships for England, scoring on his debut. He recently went on to represent Paralympics GB at London 2012  and scored in the play-off game against Argentina.  Alistair has now retired from competitive sport

Giving Back to Sport

Alistair is  currently the Ambassador for the Durham FA and the Every Player Counts campaign, which encourages all disabilities into team building and football.

He has fulfilled his ambitions of working with the PFA and Premier League to educate young players on the importance of wellbeing, fulfilling potential and that no matter how bad things can be, the door to sport and football is not always closed.  He hopes to continue in this role. Recently he was awarded a position within the anti-discrimination group Kick it out!

Alistair is an active member of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s GiveBack Team through the Sporting Champions and Sport for Change programmes. After being on the Jaguar Academy of Sport programme as a rising star this year, he was made a mentor on the programme.

Competitive record

Q.P.R U17s 18 goals in 25 matches

U19s 9 in 22 matches Reserves 3 in 4

Oldham Athletic U19s 3 in 3 Reserves 4 in 6

England: 2 goals from 2 starts (4 appearances)

GBR: 3 goals from 6 starts (14 appearances)