Date of birth
McAnuff began his career at Wimbledon, making his professional debut at the start of the 2001/02 season.
He became a regular that year, totting up 40 appearances and scoring three goals on the clubs way to a ninth-place finish. The first of those three goals – his debut senior goal came in October, during a 3-2 defeat to Rotherham.
The following season he doubled his goal tally, and the season after that he signed for fellow Division One side West Ham. That spell didn’t last long, after the Hammers were knocked out of the Play-offs by Ipswich, McAnuff moved onto Cardiff for a season before joining Crystal Palace in May 2005.
His performances under Palace caught the eye of several clubs during the transfer windows, scoring eight goals in 47 appearances in his first season – McAnuff was one to watch.
Six goals in the following season prompted Watford to make a bid for the winger’s services, linking up with the Hornets in June 2007 for a £1.75 million fee. He had to endure a rough patch with the London club, scoring only two goals and losing to Hull in yet more play-off misery.
McAnuff then moved to Reading for a chance to bring his career back to life, and no-one can begin to argue with the success he has had during his five years as a Royal – the Jamaican international wing wizard stands eighth in Madejski Stadium’s all-time appearance makers behind the likes of Graeme Murty, Nicky Shorey, James Harper and Ivar Ingimarsson.
Other fond memories include his Semi-final strike at Cardiff that sealed the Royals’ route to Wembley in 2011, and the subsequent year where he became one of only two players in the club’s history to guide the Royals into top flight competition.
The former Wimbledon, West Ham, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Watford winger had laid roots down at Reading like never before in his career and earned himself a spot in the Royal history books without doubt.
In July 2014, he parted company with the club, signing a two-year deal with League One side Leyton Orient where he notched three goals in 25(+9) league appearances.