Date of birth
Canberra-born defender Andy Bernal began his professional career in Spain with Xerez, Sporting Gijon, and then Albacete Balompié, before being lured to England by Ipswich Town in 1987.
Work permit issues prevented him from making more than nine appearances for the Portman Road side and he returned down under to play for Sydney, but by the time he had joined Reading in 1994, he was eligible to play a full part in Mark McGhee’s side’s Third Division title win and the run which took the Royals to the play-off final the following season.
Captaining the side on occasion, he formed part of our defence on Madejski Stadium’s opening day, and he wasn’t a stranger to the occasional red card, the rugged defender picked up seven in the space of three seasons.
His final season with the club however was red card free, but an ankle injury ended the Australian international’s career in early 2000 – his final game for the Royals came that February in a 4-0 defeat away to Bristol City.
Four goals were the defenders tally by the time of his retirement, notching his first at the Madejski when Yeovil came to visit for an FA Cup fixture in October 1999. 4-2 was the score line, Bernal grasping the opener in the 31st minute of the game.
His last goal came later that December, proving the winner against Orient to grant the Royals access to the next round of the Football League Trophy.
His career after senior football lead him into player agency work. He currently represents Royals youngster Ryan Edwards and has previously worked alongside David Beckham since hanging up his boots.