Peter van der Kwaak
Date of birth
The Dutch born Keeper began his career in his home country, playing for FC Dordrecht in the Eredivisie. It was from there that he moved to England in the 1998/99 season to join Reading on a free transfer.
Admittedly, Van Der Kwaak will probably not be remembered as one of the Madejski Stadium greats, but the Dutch stopper played an historic part in the stadium’s history.
Making his debut in an opening day trip to Wrexham, the former Ajax youngster floundered in conceding three goals in a comprehensive defeat, two of which were errors on the debutant’s part.
He was, however, the first man to stand between Reading’s posts here at Madejski Stadium and, consequently, the first keeper to keep a clean sheet at the new stadium – the last line of Tommy Burns’ defence in the 3-0 win over Luton Town back in 1998.
That was to be Peter’s last appearances for the Royals and his footballing career didn’t go much further, retiring from the game in 2004 aged 36.