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We salute Andy Alleyne in #BlackHistoryMonth

Our first black player made his Royals debut 46 years ago today...

21 October 2018

October has been Black History Month in the UK since it was first celebrated 1987 and in the same month, 15 years earlier, Reading Football Club was represented by its first black player in the league.

Born in Springtown, Barbados, full-back Andy Alleyne made his Royals debut on 21st October 1972.

A regular in the youth team in the late Sixties, Alleyne turned professional under caretaker manager Jimmy Wallbanks' watch in 1972.

After a series of fine displays for the reserve side, Andy was selected for Charlie Hurley's first team against Division Four leaders, Southport.

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And, becoming the first black player to appear in the Royals first team, he certainly made an impact; he scored his first goal at senior level and Reading's only goal of the game with a strike reportedly from inside his own half to equalise in front of 4,836 fans in a 1-1 draw at Elm Park.

Alleyne kept his place for most of that 1972-73 campaign and went on to collect 53 league and cup appearances for the club before going on to play for Wokingham Town and a number of other local clubs. 

This #BlackHistoryMonth, as a club, we celebrate Andy's contribution to the club and the countelss players who have since followed in his footsteps as a Royal. 

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