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Paul Brayson




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Brayson started his career on Tyneside as a trainee with Newcastle in August 1995.

He initially tasted first team football whilst on loan to Swansea during the 1996/97 season, starting 11 times up-front he scored five goals – his first ever professional goal coming on his Swans debut against Cambridge United.    

Mid-way through the 1997/98 season, Brayson joined the Royals for a fee of £100,000 under our newly appointed manager Tommy Burns.

His debut for the club came away to Ipswich Town in March, being introduced in the 77th minute for Jim McIntyre as Reading ended the game with nine men on that bizarre occasion.

His Madejski Stadium bow accorded with a visit from Middlesbrough in April and just five days later, Brayson’s name found its way on the scoresheet as he notched his first Royals goal away to Wolves at Molineux.

The following season, the Newcastle-born forward played 32 games across the league and cup fixtures but unfortunately wasn’t able to find the net on any of those occasions.

The 1999/00 season started off in Reading colours, but by the turn of the century, Brayson had joined Cardiff City on a loan, a deal that would be made permanent in the summer transfer window.

Managing to unearth his goal scoring boots during his time as a Bluebird, Brayson notched 15 times in his debut season and four throughout the next before moving to Cheltenham Town in July 2002.

From there on he went to have a successful spell with Conference side Northwich, where he scored 29 times in 68(+10) appearances before ending his playing days at various non-league clubs including Newcastle Blue Star, Blyth Spartans and finally Bedlington Terriers in 2012, aged 35.