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Glen Little




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Little was a trainee with Crystal Palace, but got his first break across the Irish Sea with Derry and then Glentoran – scoring a memorable goal which helped his side win the Irish Cup in 2006.

He returned to England with a £100,000 move to Burnley later that year and under Stan Ternent his game flourished at Turf Moor.

Promotion to the Premier League had eluded him until a brief loan spell at Bolton, but it was a loan stint at Madejski Stadium in 2003 that would eventually hand him a more permanent crack at the top flight.

In truth, Glen Little perhaps never cut the same shape as the physique now associated with a modern day footballer – but as the trickiest of wingers, Wimbledon-born Little became a loveable and much-admired midfielder during his four or five years as a Royal.

Steve Coppell snapped up the right-sided midfielder the following summer and Little’s impact in our record-breaking title win in 2005/06 should never be forgotten.

Chipping in with goals at Brighton, Preston, Plymouth and both home and away to Hull, he picked up 15 assists in a remarkable season and ‘Blakey’ became a cult hero in Reading.

After relegation, Little left to join top flight Portsmouth, but injuries were taking their toll and after a loan spell back at Reading and short stints with Sheffield United, Aldershot and Wrexham, Little now plays his football at Conference Premier side Welling United.