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Elroy Kromheer




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The Amsterdam-born centre-half had spent most of his career in his homeland, playing for Volendam and PEC Zwolle.

He had a brief spell in the Scottish Premier League with Motherwell, appearing 12 times in his only season. He moved back to Volendam before transferring to The Football League, signing for Berkshire side Reading FC.

Kromheer was one of a string of signings brought to the club by Tommy Burns in the very busy summer of 1998, the Dutch defender started at the back in Madejski Stadium’s very first match.

He had been lured back to Britain for a fee of £150,000 and despite shipping eight goals in his first three games as a Royal (all away from home), he started in defence for the visit of Luton Town on Saturday 22nd August 1998.

And the Dutchman kept a clean sheet, something he repeated in a 1-0 home win over York City in his next appearance in November.

But after a flurry of games during the Christmas period, which included a 6-0 home defeat to Bristol Rovers, the centre-back left the Royals for Germany and Nurnberg. He then retired from football in 2000, aged 40.