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Nicky Shorey




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Shorey started his career as an apprentice with Leyton Orient in 1998. He broke in to the first team at Orient, playing a handful of games during the 1999 and 2001 seasons.

Reading moved for the full-back's signature in 2001 - and he would go on to make history with the Royals.

Seven years, two promotions, almost 300 appearances and two full England caps later, Shorey forged his name as one of the Royals' best ever defenders.

The combination of his attacking intent, wicked set-piece taking and defensive ability made Shorey into a prized asset for the Royals. Such was the clamour to see him wearing the Three Lions, Reading fans were regularly heard chanting "Shorey for England" from the stands at Madejski Stadium.

Their wish was granted after Shorey played a successful England 'B' international. He also had the honour of starting for England in the very first game at the new Wembley Stadium in 2007, in what was also his first senior England cap.

After a move to Aston Villa that limited his appearances, Shorey regained regular football at West Bromwich Albion before a return to the Royals after our promotion to the Premier League in 2012.

He shared left-back duties with Ian Harte as the Royals tried to stay in the top tier, before moving down the leagues towards the end of his career. 

A true club legend, in every sense.