Date of birth
Mariappa started off his career with Watford where he spent the good part of seven seasons with the Vicarage Road club.
He made a total of 247 appearances across the league and cup, during which time he was given a taste of life as a Premier League footballer, although unfortunately it didn’t last for long.
After appearing regularly in the second half of the season, the Hornets were relegated back to the Championship where Mariappa found himself starting on the bench for the majority of games, only starting 13 in the league.
Following seasons saw him used sporadically, enjoying spouts of appearances in the first team as well as hefty ones as a substitute.
The 2011/12 season saw lots of speculation as to the Jamaican’s future with the club, but he stayed put, rejecting offers from Newcastle and Wigan.
On the Royals’ promotion to the Premier League in 2012/13 we were in need of a defender who could handle pace, and Mariappa was that man. He left Watford at the cost of a reported £2,500,000, what would be a record signing for our club, equalling the previous record transfer fee set by midfielder Emerse Fay in 2007.
Mariappa was only part of the club for one season, tasked with securing frailties in the defensive line and maintaining our place in the Premier League. He scored just the single goal that season, picking up five yellow cards whilst keeping four clean sheets. Despite these efforts, the Royals were relegated on our first return to the top flight since Steve Coppell’s reign.
Mariappa parted with Reading early on the following season as Premier League new boys Crystal Palace saw potential in the defender. He signed for an undisclosed fee, and managed to help those of Selhurst Park to an 11th place finish. Currently he still plays his football for Palace under the former Reading manager Alan Pardew.