Once a bear, always a bear.

Following an illustrious 18 year professional playing career with the Bears, Derbyshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire, 'Richo' returned to Edgbaston in 2014 to pass on on his knowledge and expertise as bowling coach.

As one of the leading bowlers in county cricket for a time, Alan earned a place on an England A tour to India and received the accolade as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year at the age of 36.

Following a lengthy playing career in the game he provides a wealth of experience and insight around the first team and academy. When he's not in the nets, Richo can often be heard telling everyone how great his beloved Stoke City FC are!