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Alex Haddow

Born: 8 January 1982 
Nationality: English 
Position: Midfielder 
Royals first-team debut: Peterborough 1-2 Reading – 24/08/99 
Appearances: 2(+2) 
Goals: 0 

Haddow’s Story:
The Fleet-born youngster joined up with Reading in 1998 aged 16, and a year later in February 1999, the club was granted Academy status by the Football Association. 

Haddow had the privilege of being one of the first official Academy products to break their way into the first team. Having signed a professional contract for the club in August, the midfielder made his first team debut just over three weeks later against Peterborough in the League Cup. 

His Reading career spanned over just four appearances, his Madejski Stadium unveiling came that September as an 87th minute substitute in a 2-2 draw to Preston. 

Beyond the hoops:

August 2001 and Haddow joined Carlisle United, his first team since leaving the Royals. He was to become a regular for the Cumbrians if it were not for a damaged crucial ligament that ruled him out for the season after just five appearances. 

Success came for Haddow when he moved down to non-league football. Spells with Hartley Wintney and Aldershot Town transpired before a move to Isthmian League side Slough Town in August 2003. 

Two years passed and Haddow equated over 70 appearances in all competitions, earning an FA Cup Player of the Round award for his services in Slough’s 2-1 victory over Walsall. 

He ended his footballing days with moves to clubs including Salisbury City, and then to Horsham, where in 2010 he hung up his boots.