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John Salako




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Still regularly seen at Madejski Stadium, primarily as a reporter for Sky Sports, former England international winger John Salako started his career under Steve Coppell at Crystal Palace, playing more than 250 games for the Eagles including a replayed FA Cup final against Manchester United in 1990.

£1.5million took him to Coventry City in 1995 before a spell at Kevin Keegan’s Fulham and then two years at Charlton, from whom the Royals secured his signature with money earned by the Club's official website under the internet rights agreement with Premium TV.

He opened his Royals account in his second Madejski Stadium game, scoring the third in a 3-2 win over Bristol City at the start of an initial loan spell from the Addicks before the move became permanent in the transfer window.

Salako found himself a regular under Alan Pardew, overall going on to make 101 starts in hoops, scoring 14 times before a switch to Brentford in 2004.

Salako made more than 500 appearances during a career which was, at times, hampered by injury, before moving into the world of media upon retiring from the game - aged 46 he is now a match day correspondent for Sky Sports.