Following the departures of Craig Bellamy
and Tony Cottee and the long term injury
to Gaetano Giallanza, Norwich manager
Bryan Hamilton was forced into the
transfer market. Although his initial target was Manchester United's
Northern Irish striker David Healy, Hamilton turned his attentions
to Alex Notman when told Healy was unavailable. The 21 year old
Scottish under 21 international signed for Norwich on 28th November
2000 for a fee of £250,000. Notman had an impressive record for
United's youths and reserves but found first team opportunities
limited by the form of Yorke, Cole, Sherringham and Solksjaer.
Making just one full appearance for United, Alex was keen to move
for first team football, something he had experienced on loan
to Aberdeen (2 apps, 0 goals) and Sheffield United (10 apps, 3
goals). Alex made his debut for Norwich in the 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth
on 2nd December 2000.
Although Alex didn't hit the target regularly for Norwich, the
statistics are misleading as 26 of his 35 appearances in 2001/02
were as substitute. He worked hard and assisted with goals through
his determination and inspired passing. Notman found himself the
occupant of the right midfield position following injury to Mark
Rivers. However damaged ankle ligaments sustained in the 1-1
draw at Ipswich saw him ruled out injured for most of the 2002/03
An attempt at a comeback in the autumn of 2003 failed after just
one game. In late November 2003, Alex was forced to retire from
the professional game.
In January 2004, he signed, along with former Lincoln City player
Mark Camm, for ambitious local non-leaguers Kings Lynn who are
competing for promotion from the Dr Martens Eastern Division.
Unfortunately Alex had to place his comeback on hold after one
game as he found he wasn't fit enough for competitive action yet.
Alex eventually returned to Lynn on 10th August 2006
Notman left the Linnets at the end of March 2007 frustrated at
the recent lack of first-team opportunities. Although he had made
28 appearances for Kings Lynn, only six of these had occurred
since the New Year.
Alex signed for Wroxham on 19th October 2007 making his debut
against Leiston the following day and scoring his first goal the
following Tuesday in a 2-2 draw with Downham Town in the Eastern
Counties League Cup which Wroxham won 4-3 on penalties. However
the following weekend, he signed for Conference North side Boston
United managed by Notman's former boss at Kings' Lynn - Tommy
By early December 2007, Notman had returned to Wroxham after
injuries caught up with him at Boston limiting him to just three
In 2010, Alex joined Scottish amateur side Formartine United