Phil Alexander is
quite unique in that of Norwich's ex-players, he is the only one
to have a successful career in American grid-iron football. Originally
with Reading as a youth player, Phil gained England Under 18 and
England Under 19 caps before being released as Reading had a full
quota of trainees. He joined amateur side Wokingham Town from whom
Norwich signed him in April 1981 for the sum of £2000. However
he played just 19 minutes for the Canaries in a league match against
West Bromwich Albion.
In 1984 he moved to New Zealand where he played for Gisborne City
and Mirimar. Returning to England, he began participating in American
Football as a place kicker for the Farnham Knights. He later had
trials with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears before
joining the London Monarchs.
A return to the 11-a-side game with amateur sides Kingstonian and
Bracknell Town finished his playing career. His success at the latter
club in securing a lucrative sponsorship deal led to a post as Marketing
Controller for Swindon Town. He later moved to fulfill the same
position for Crystal Palace according to Mike Davage's article "Canaries
Winging It Everywhere" in the 1997/98 Norwich City handbook.
In June 1998, Phil was appointed Managing Director / Chief Executive
of Crystal Palace following Mark Goldberg's purchase of the club
and the appointment of Terry Venables as manager