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Mathieu Manset




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Born in Metz, France, Manset began his career with Ligue 2 side Le Havre AC in 2007, playing for their reserve side in the fourth tier of French football.

He was released by the side in the summer of 2009 and moved to England to sign for League Two’s Hereford United off the back of a successful trial.

Manset made his debut in English football in the second round of the Football League Trophy, being introduced in the 77th minute of a fixture against Aldershot he went on to score his first professional goal to take the tie into extra-time and then penalties where his spot kick proved to be decisive en route to victory.

Five goals ending that season and then a run at the start of the next which saw the Frenchman net 13 times in 16 appearances led to a number of Championship clubs showing their interest in the striker.

And on 21st January 2011, the Royals where the winning bidders, Manset signing a two-and-a-half year deal with the club for an undisclosed fee.

He made his debut in blue and white hoops the very next day in our home fixture against Hull, replacing Simon Church in the 62nd minute.

10 days later he scored his first of five goals for Reading, a last minute strike against Cardiff which looked to be the winner, but seconds later a free-kick from Craig Bellamy meant that honours were kept even that night.

Perhaps his most notable Reading contribution came in our opening fixture of the 2011/12 season. 2-0 down to Millwall at Madejski Stadium with five minutes to go, Manset ran rampant and two late goals earned the Royals a point towards our Championship winning 89 come the end of that season

He also scored in the 90th minute away to Bristol City that year providing three more valuable points that proved the difference between first and third in the table.

Manset’s career after Reading took him to Switzerland with FC Sion, and then to Belgium with Royal Antwerp, before making the journey back to the UK to join Walsall and then Cheltenham.