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Dean Gordon




Date of birth




The former England under-21 international played the vast majority of his career at Crystal Palace, joining them as a trainee and turning professional in July 1991.

He made over 200 appearances for Palace, with a portion of them coming under future Royals manager Steve Coppell.

He made a name for himself at Selhurst Park, his heavy-duty attitude towards tackles and menace going forwards won the crowds over – especially when he would lash one goal bound from the edge of the box.

20 goals were scored under the name Dean Gordon before the left-back moved to Middlesbrough in July 1998.

He played in every game in his first season at Riverside, however in 2001 he moved on loan to Cardiff City and was later released by Boro at the end of that season.

The same story was to unfold at Coventry City, this time though he was called upon by his former Palace boss Steve Coppell to join Reading on loan towards the end of the 2003/04 campaign.

Gordon made three appearances for the Royals, each from the bench – he replaced Ricky Newman in a 2-1 defeat at Bradford before emerging from Madejski Stadium’s dugout to take the place of Andy Hughes against Norwich and John Salako in a 1-0 win over West Brom that May.

A season with Grimsby Town followed before the Croydon man ended his career with a flurry of non-league sides as well as brief stints abroad in Greece and New Zealand.