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Ben Hamer

Born: 20th November 1987 
Nationality: English 
Position: Goalkeeper 
Royals first team debut: Reading 5-1 Burton Albion – 11/08/09 
Appearances: 4(+1) 
Goals: 0

Hamer’s Story:
Spotted whilst playing for Somerset at county level, Hamer was brought to Reading at the age of 15 on a scholarship. Rising through our Academy ranks he signed on professional terms with the club in the summer of 2006.  

For the 2006/07 season, Hamer spent his time on loan to Crawley Town, appearing 45 times, only missing one league game on his way to the 'Player of the Season Award' come May. 

The following month he signed a new one-year contract, keeping him a Royal until the end of the subsequent season. This time he spent his year out on loan at Brentford where, following injury to their first choice keeper, Hamer made 21 appearance before returning to Berkshire in the summer. 

He again extended his deal with the Royals before returning once more for a third season-long loan spell, this time sticking with the Bees. 

For the 2008/09 campaign, Hamer was chosen as first choice to wear the number one jersey, a decision that paid dividends when the League Two side achieved promotion as champions with Hamer also winning the division’s 'Puma Golden Glove Award', after recording 20 clean-sheets in total. 

It was in the 2009/10 season that he made his debut for the Royals, on the 11th August he was charged with duty between the sticks as Burton Albion came to visit in a Carling Cup fixture. 5-1 was the final score as Reading progressed into the next round where again, Hamer was handed a starting spot, this time against a Championship outfit in Barnsley. 

He also acquired some game time in our home FA Cup fixture that year against Liverpool. With Federici coming off injured, Hamer completed the game with a clean-sheet to earn the Royals a replay. 

The following season was spent on loan to both Brentford and Exeter before in the summer of 2011, Charlton swooped in to sign our Academy graduate on a three-year deal, handing him the position of number one goalkeeper. 

Beyond the hoops:

Hamer made 42 starts in his first season as an Addick, his debut happening to coincide with a visit from former employees as the Royals visited The Valley for a Carling Cup tie in August. 

Charlton went on to take the 2011/12 league season by storm, and were crowned champions by April, finishing with 101 points, eight clear of second place Sheffield Wednesday. 

Hamer continued in goal for the Addicks for upcoming seasons until, upon expiry of his contract, he decided to join Leicester City in playing Premier League football for the 2014/15 season.

Following an injury to Kasper Schmeichel whilst on international duty, Hamer made his Premier League debut on 13th September 2015, putting in a very good performance and keeping a clean sheet as Leicester secured a 1–0 win at Stoke City, their first victory since returning to the Premier League.

He played his second game for Leicester against Premier League champions, Manchester City in a 0-1 home defeat on 13th December that year and, after playing 7 games for City, he lost his place in the squad following the arrival of Mark Schwarzer from Chelsea.

On 11th August 2015, Hamer joined Championship side Bristol City on season-long loan deal but only made five appearances for the Robins before returning to the Foxes.

And in 2016-17 season, Hamer started Leicester's sixth Champions League group game, giving him his champions league debut afainst FC Porto.