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Adrian Whitbread

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

22/10/1971

Signed

09/02/2001

Country

England

Whitbread began his career as a youngster at Leyton Orient before a £500,000 move to Premier League Swindon Town in the summer of 1993.

He was a near ever present in the Robins’ top flight season and scored in a 2-1 win over Spurs for Town during that campaign.

He joined West Ham following relegation in a part exchange deal for Joey Beauchamp, but he was soon on the move again, this time on loan initially and then signing permanently for Portsmouth in October 1996. He made 146 league starts for Pompey, but following Knee surgery in 2000 he was unable to retain his first-team spot and for that reason, sort out a transfer.  

It was from there that he spent a 19-game loan spell at Reading in 2001 and then put pen to paper on a two-year deal at Madejski Stadium that summer. Part of Adrian’s Wall at Reading, Whitbread made his debut in our 2-1 away win over Brentford – the Royals finishing that season with a Play-off final at Wembley.

Knee injuries again hindered his Reading career though and the problem eventually forced him to hang up his boots in April 2003 after making 37 starts as a hoop and gaining promotion from the third tier of English football.

The former Royals’ defender is currently head coach at Antigua Barracuda FC, having moved there in 2013 from the Puerto Rico Islanders; a long way away from where he made his name as a dogged defender.

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