Date of birth
Shaun Cummings, born in Hammersmith, began his career when he joined Chelsea’s Academy as a 12 year-old in 2002.
He became the Blue’s leading appearance maker for the reserve team in the 2007/08 season playing 18 games and scoring once.
The following season he completed a year-long loan with League One’s MK Dons, in a fairly quiet term he made 31(+4) appearances before returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
He was again handed out, this time to West Brom in August before signing for Reading on a three-year contract two weeks later.
He was reunited with his Academy manager at Chelsea Brendan Rodgers, although it wasn’t to last as Brian McDermott took his place from 17th December.
At first Cummings was widely used as injury cover, however he broke into the starting XI during the 2011/12 season following an injury to first choice right-back Andy Griffin.
He made a total of 36 appearances in a watertight back-four that would go on to be the spine of a promotion push. 17 wins out of 23 games in the second half of the season saw the club once again promoted to the Premiership as champions, ensuring the best defence of the league in the process.
The signing of Chris Gunter in July 2012 hampered the Londoner’s quest for starts, making a handful of appearances in the first half of the season before the arrival of Stephan Kelly in January plunged him further down in the pecking order.
He made his last appearance for Reading in December 2014 in a 2-2 draw against Brighton before a rather surprising move saw the defender sign for Millwall on a two-year deal in January 2015.