Adam Le Fondre
Date of birth
The former Stockport County, Rochdale and Rotherham strike star has been prolific everywhere he has played.
Snapped up by Brian McDermott in the summer transfer window of 2011, Le Fondre took no time in opening his Royals account, bagging his first for the club in a 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers at Madejski Stadium.
He top scored in our title-winning season, earning a reputation for notching from the bench under McDermott, and famously scoring twice at St. Mary’s in April that season to earn Reading a crucial 3-1 win over promotion contenders Southampton.
The swift rise from League Two to Premier League football didn’t daunt the instinctive goal-getter, topping our scoring charts again in that top flight season with a total of 14 goals, eight of which scored from the substitutes’ bench - a new Premier League ‘super sub’ record.
The talismanic striker was voted by Royals fans as the Player of the Season in 2012/13, after scoring twice to earn a point against Chelsea that January and signing off with a goal against West Ham at Upton Park on the final day of the season.
Of course, having scored Reading’s first top flight goal upon our return to the Premier League, he scored the first back in the Championship too, stabbing past Ipswich Town’s Scott Loach in a 2-1 win that got the season off to a great start. And he scored his 150th career goal in the dying stages of a home match against McDermott’s Leeds United that September, the winner in a 1-0 score line.
Later the same season, Le Fondre became the first Reading player since Kevin Doyle in 2008 to notch hat-tricks in consecutive home games – the first came against Bolton in January, Alfie completing the treble in 33 minutes as part of a 7-1 thumping of the Trotters. Fans were then treated to another goal-fest against Blackpool ten days later, a brace after 17 minutes was turned into three not long after half-time. The Stockport man dinking it past Matt Gilks to make it 4-1 on the night, a late goal from Robson-Kanu made it 12 goals for the Royals in the last two home matches.
After missing out on a play-off place, Le Fondre parted with Reading at the end of that season following the clubs financial troubles, joining up with fellow league side Cardiff in August 2014. The first half of the season meant first team football for the striker, scoring just the three goals. Come the winter transfer window, he took on a loan move to Bolton and seems to have un-earthed his goal scoring boots yet again, and he made the move to the Macron permanent soon after.