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Keith McPherson




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McPherson started his career at West Ham’s Academy, joining as an apprentice in 1980. In 1981 he was part of the side that won the FA Youth Cup, beating Tottenham 2-1 over two legs in the Final.

His only senior appearance for West ham came in the last game of the 1984/85 season against Liverpool.

In January the following year he signed for Northampton Town for a £15,000, a move that would introduce the Greenwich-born defender to regular first team football.

Just over four years spent as a Cobbler, McPherson notched up 216 starts and scored nine goals from centre-back. Such form led to the Royals cashing in for the defenders services in August 1990.

Joining the club for the Elm Park era, McPherson was instrumental as captain in our title winning season of 1993/94, gaining promotion to Division One as Champions with 89 points.

The following season he was close to achieving back-to-back promotions, the feat denied when Bolton Wanderers left the victors of a 4-3 score line in the play-off final.

Nine Years as a Royal, McPherson had reached 306(+10) appearances, staying long enough to make his Madejski stadium debut against Colchester in September 1998.

Following relegation and a new stadium, he made 18 appearances in a hoped shirt before moving to Brighton that March, ending his affair with the Royals just short of the testimonial mark.

He played 39 times for the Seagulls before a move to Slough Town ended his playing career. He then moved back to Berkshire to spend some time as a coach.