Reading Football Club are saddened to learn of the passing of our highly respected former coach and physiotherapist, John Haselden, at the age of 76.
Haselden was the trusted right-hand man to former first team manager Ian Branfoot and famously helped guide the Royals to success in the Simod Cup at Wembley in 1988.
A former half-back with Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers and Mansfield Town, he arrived at Huddersfield Town in January 1976 as first-team coach and eventually took over as manager in 1977.
Haselden was in charge of the Terriers as Town finished ninth in 1976-77, but left Leeds Road to become an important member of his good friend Ian Branfoot's backroom staff at Elm Park.
He joined Reading following the club’s success as Division Three Champions in 1985-86 and as they embarked on a brand new Division Two challenge.
And in 1988, he was part of the coaching staff who led us to a win at Wembley Stadium in a Simod Cup victory over Luton Town.
Following Branfoot’s departure, Haselden fleetingly took caretaker charge of the club - occupying the home dugout for five unbeaten games in fact - until the arrival of Mark McGee at Elm Park in 1991.
Haselden left Reading in 1993 to join Nottingham Forest in the top tier of English football.
Our thoughts are with John's family and friends at this difficult time.