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Tony Thorpe




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Thorpe began his youth career with his hometown club Leicester City before being transferred to Luton Town in 1992, aged 18.

During the 1996/97 season, having made the switch from midfield to striker, Thorpe proved an instant hit, scoring 28 times in the league and aiding the Hatters in a Play-off place come May.

Despite losing out to Crewe in the semis, the following campaign started off in the same goalscoring fashion.

19 was the strikers tally when the winter transfer window came along, with Fulham completing an £800,000 move for the talisman late that February.

Thorpe’s time at Craven Cottage was short-lived however, and just four months after putting pen to paper on a contract, Bristol City brought him to Ashton Gate for a £1 million transfer fee in the summer.

Midway through the 1998/99 season and the Royals made the deal to sign the forward on a short-term loan, bringing him to Madejski Stadium that February.

His Reading debut came at home against Watford and he scored his only goal for the club in our ensuing home fixture against Preston North End – Converting a 90th minute penalty after Darren Caskey’s opener to ensure a 2-1 victory for the Royals.

Following three more loan spells back to Luton, Thorpe then signed for QPR after City suffered major financial troubles, leaving a legacy of 122(+29) games and 62 goals behind him.

In his inaugural season at Loftus Road, 11 goals in 35 appearances helped Rangers in clinching promotion to Division One with a runners-up spot, seven points behind champions Plymouth Argyle.

From there on Thorpe’s career took him to Rotherham, Swindon, and Colchester – where he achieved another promotion to the Championship as a runner-up.

Then Stevenage, Grimsby, and finally Woking, before delving even deeper into non-league football with the likes of Leicester Senior League side Thurmaston Town.