Date of birth
Nicknamed Stretch, Armstrong started his career at Bury and then Oldham before starring at Sheffield United in the Premier League. Even though he struggled with knee problems, Chris racked up 105 appearances for the Blades scoring six goals.
In 2006 he was named as the Capital One Young Player of the Year, after also receiving the fans’ Player of the Month Award in March.
Having been a regular in the team during the 2006/07 season, his chances after that became limited as he continued to suffer from multiple injuries.
After returning to fitness, he then looked to the Royals. Arriving from Bramall Lane in 2008 his impact was instant – he was named the club’s Player of the Season in his first year as a Royal, receiving an impressive 80% of the votes.
His battle-hard attitude towards games meant that he was an important first team regular, his debut came in our 4-2 home win to Crystal Palace in August 2008. He scored his first goal for the club against Watford on 9th January 2009 in an emphatic 4-0 drubbing of the London side.
He may not have scored hat-tricks, held trophies aloft or made hundreds of appearances in blue and white hoops, but the name ARMSTRONG was to be printed on the back of supporters’ shirts for many a season to come.
Tragically, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in December 2009, a disease which was to see him announce his retirement from the game in 2011, but not before he had courageously battled against his illness to feature in Brian McDermott’s midfield as the Royals went on to reach the play-off final that season.
Bravery personified, and a player who will remain an inspiration to so many at Reading Football Club.