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Peter Castle

Born: 12th March 1987 
Nationality: English 
Position: Centre-back 
Royals first team debut: Watford 0-3 Reading – 30/04/03 
Appearance: 0(+1) 
Goals: 0 

Castle’s Story:
Castle was brought to the Academy in 2001, previously having begun his career at Bournemouth aged nine. 

He broke into the reserve team aged 15 and made his debut for the first team as a 79th minute substitute against Watford in 2003. 

He was baptized alongside fellow Academy graduate Darren Campbell and at 16 years and 49 days, he became the youngest ever player to pull on the hoops in a senior game, a record that still stands to this day. 

Unfortunately for Castle he was unable to establish himself within the first team plans. Loan spells with St. Albans City and Rushden followed before a permanent move to Staines Town occurred in July 2006. 

Throughout his time with the Royals, Castle also represented the England U16s squad and the Ireland U18s squad at international level.  

Beyond the hoops:
His Staines career bridged nine appearances and incorporated his first ever competitive goal as a centre-back – Castle deciding to join Conference South side Eastleigh that October. 

He was on the move again shortly after, making just the single appearance before switching to the Sothern League with Bashley in the months ahead. 

His stay in this league lasted much longer than previous occupations, in 131 appearances Castle helped himself to nine goals and promotion to the Premier Division along the way, ending that time with a transfer to AFC Totton in January 2010.