Everyone at Reading Football Club are saddened to learn of the passing of former Portsmouth and Reading striker, Ray Hiron, at the age of 76.
The former Royals skipper passed away on Sunday 5th April following a long illness at a care home in Fareham.
Ray joined Reading after a long and distinguished career with Portsmouth, making 364 appearances and scoring 117 goals in 11 years at the south coast club.
Reading manager Charlie Hurley signed him in the summer of 1975 and immediately made him captain - and Hiron led the club to promotion from Division Four in his first season!
Playing up front alongside the enigmatic Robin Friday, his vast experience and power in the air, allowed him to make a vital contribution to our achievement that season.
Success at the higher level followed and Hiron ended up playing in more of a defensive role within the Reading side.
After turning part-time in 1977 and retiring in the summer of 1978, Ray left football to return to the south coast and manage the Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth.
Ray made 102 appearances for Reading, scoring 14 goals during his time at Elm Park.
Our sincerest condolences go to his wife and their family and friends at this difficult time.