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Ivar Ingimarsson




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A natural born leader, Ingimarsson dipped his toes into English football with a fleeting loan stint at Torquay in 1999 and then made a permanent move to these shores by signing for Brentford that same year.

It was at Griffin Park that he first met Coppell, who took him on loan at Brighton and then made the reliable centre back his first signing as Reading boss when he lured him away from Wolves in October 2003.

140 Madejski Stadium starts later, Ingimarsson’s Royal impact cannot be argued. The mild-mannered Iceland international kept three clean sheets in his first three home appearances and he scored his first Madejski Stadium goal in a 4-0 win over Crewe almost exactly a year into his Reading career.

He forged an impenetrable partnership on and off the pitch with Ibrahima Sonko that season which was to be a cornerstone in Reading’s promotion to the Premier League in 2006 and, in only Madejski Stadium’s second Premier League game, Ivar scored a top flight goal – but he was unable to celebrate the winner against Manchester City because the brave diving header that typified our fearless centre-back’s performances had left him somewhat concussed!

Whoever was going to be named Player of the Season at the climax of Reading Football Club’s greatest ever campaign in its history, would always retain a special place in Royals fans’ hearts and the club’s chronicles.

The Icelander would have his name etched into those record books after a top flight campaign that saw Steve Coppell’s newcomers almost achieve European qualification and end up in an incredible eighth-place finish in 2006/07.

Later, Brendan Rodgers recognised his valiant nature by making him skipper in 2009 and he continued to churn out consistent displays under Brian McDermott before ending his playing days with six months at Ipswich in 2011.

A Reading legend, he left the game after 17 years, aged 34.