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Andre Bikey

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

08/01/1985

Signed

01/08/2006

Country

Cameroon

Looking to start his career in Spain, Bikey joined Espanyol B at the age of 15 but failed to make the desired impact within the first team. He then relocated to Russia where he signed for Lokomotiv Moscow in July 2005.

After making a handful of appearances, Bikey switched clubs and Country to join our newly promoted Premier League outfit. Having joined up with the Royals for a trial during our pre-season trip to Sweden, he joined on a season-long loan deal in August 2006.

Bikey was handed centre-back duties which comprised of stern competition from the likes of Ivar Ingimarsson, Ibrahima Sonko, and Michael Duberry. The Cameroonian scored his first goal for the club against Liverpool in the Carling Cup away at Anfield, and that season he made 21 appearances helping the Royals achieve a staggering 8th place finish in our first ever campaign playing top flight football.  

Prior to the season ending, that April Bikey was handed a three-year contract by manager Steve Coppell, the deal said to be in excess of £1 million.

The following year he managed a similar amount of games as well as appearances for Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations. Bikey netted  twice against Birmingham in the latter stages of the season to earn Reading the three points but unfortunately the club fell at the hands of the fabled second season syndrome, suffering relegation on the final day of the season due to goal difference.

Back in the Championship, red mist began to descend on the defender, having been sent-off already against Cardiff, he picked up another in the first leg of the Play-offs at Burnley. Having earlier conceded the winning penalty, Bikey’s time with the Royals ended on a slightly sour note, however he will surely be remembered by fans for his audacious, trademark hat-trick summersaults upon sending the ball towards the back of the net, an occasion that happened seven times in 55(+18) appearances.

In August 2009, three years after signing as a Royal, he left the club to join Burnley on a three-year deal. During his time as a Claret he made over 60 starts, scoring four goals before moving to Middlesbrough for a season in 2012. From there he had a spell with Panetolikos prior to joining up with Charlton Athletic on 9th July 2014, aged 30.

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