Alan learned his trade as an Old Trafford trainee, a stint which included two loan spells at Swansea, during which time he made nearly 40 appearances.
That was enough to convince the club to sign the promising defender on a permanent deal in February 2004.
He has been a first-team regular ever since, playing as a right-back, centre-half, or even as an accomplished midfielder.
The fans' favourite has also played as a goalkeeper on two occasions, the first time at Hartlepool in 2003 following an injury to Roger Freestone and again in October 2008 when he replaced Dorus de Vries against QPR.
In the absence of captain Garry Monk he has also skippered the club on numerous occasions, especially during the latter stages of the 2008/09 Championship season and early part of 2009/10.
Recently signed a new long-term deal and is currently the club's vice-captain. Picked up the Player of the Year award at the end of the 2009-10 season.
Tatey made 43 Championship appearances and set up two of the goals in the Wembley play-off victory over Reading that secured the Swans promotion to the Premier League.
He is one of only three current players -Leon Britton and Garry Monk the other two - who will have played in all four divisions with the club after playing in the famous victory over Hull City at the Vetch Field that secured the Swans their Football League status at the end of the 2002-03 season.
Captained the team in the club’s first Premier League fixture – a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City – before a bizarre golf buggy accident left him with a broken tibia and sidelined him for six months.
But Tatey, who signed a new four-year contract in September 2011, made his return and featured as a substitute four times in the top flight.
The defender started the 2012/13 season in the first-team squad, making four appearances, before joining Championship side Leeds on loan in November 2012.
He went on to make 11 appearances for the Yorkshire club before returning to the Swans in what will be his testimonial year at the Liberty Stadium.