Alan Dickens first became involved with rugby whilst playing for Stourbridge RFC and Manchester Rugby Club. He graduated from University College Worcester before teaching at Chellaston Foundation School and Technology College.
Alan signed his first professional contract in 2001 with Sale Sharks, for whom he played for one season. Ahead of the 2002/03 season Alan signed for Leeds Tykes where he quickly made an impression, becoming the first choice scrum half during his second and third seasons with the club. Alan helped Leeds to win the Powergen Cup at Twickenham by beating Bath in the final during his last season with the Yorkshire club.
Having left Leeds, Alan signed for Saracens for the 2005/6 season, and he soon returned to Twickenham, making his debut for club in the London Double Header game against London Wasps in September 2005.
Alan’s affiliation with the Saints began in 2008 when he signed for the club in the April of that year. Having joined the Saints, Alan found himself working alongside young scrum halves Ben Foden and Lee Dickson, whilst also honing his coaching skills at Derby RFC. Alan retired as a player in 2010 to take up the role of Academy manager at the club.
In November 2012, Alan was promoted into the first team coaching squad where he is responsible for ensuring that the Saints’ defence is the tightest in the country! Under his leadership, the Saints have played some of their best rugby in recent memory, reaching the Aviva Premiership final for the first time in 2013.
Alan also coaches the Wanderers, who have reached the Aviva ‘A’ League final twice in the last three years (2014 and 2016). During the summer of 2016, Alan went on tour to South Africa with the England Saxons as defence coach alongside fellow Saints Kieran Brookes and James Craig. The Saxons won both of their matches against South Africa ‘A’.