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John Mackie




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After an unsuccessful trial with Manchester United, Mackie started his footballing career by joining West Ham on an apprenticeship.

On completing the two years he was released, working for a short time in a fruit and veg shop before being picked up by Southern Premier League side Crawley in 1998.  

Alan Pardew snapped up the English defender for Reading in 1999, and immediately shifted him out on loan to Sutton United so he could gain some valuable first team experience.

He made his Madejski Stadium debut in a League Cup defeat to Leyton Orient the following year – ironically the team he would join after leaving Reading in 2004.

One of his most memorable games as a Royal probably would have been playing against Chelsea in the League Cup, that night he was up against a strike force consisting of some big names as Hernan Crespo and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink visited the Madejski. 

On moving to the O’s, Mackie captained the side to their first promotion in 36 years in the 2005/06 season. After his heroics, Orient released him the following season and the defender pursued a move to Brentford, signing a two-year contract.

He captained the Bees for 14 appearances before leaving the club by mutual consent. He retired from the game in 2008, going back to running a fruit and veg stall, at the same time he still keeps in touch with the game, having signed a semi-professional contract with non-league side Hertford Town F.C.