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Andy Griffin

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

17/03/1979

Signed

12/01/2010

Country

England

Andy Griffin established himself as a solid right back throughout the Premier League and the Championship. His career started at Stoke during the 1996/97 season where he became a regular, appearing 36 times.

His talent was well known throughout the Premier League as he had spells with Newcastle and Portsmouth, before dropping down a tier to play for the Royals in the battle for the Championship.

Griffin’s time at Reading, while relatively short was rather successful as he proved himself an important first team player, appearing 72 times throughout three seasons.

He was an experienced head within the backline, appearing alongside Alex Pearce and Matt Mills on a number of occasions – one of those being in the Play-off final against Swansea City in May 2011. His debut came a year before that however, on 16th January 2010 he played right-back in the defensive line away to Nottingham Forest.

The following season was a better outcome however, as Griffin helped the club in promotion to the Premier League in the 2011/12 season when, under Brian McDermott’s stewardship we once again were hailed as champions.   

This was to be his last major contribution for the club as during that season, the arrival of Shaun Cummings into the first team meant that Griff’s chances became limited and in October 2012, he moved to Doncaster on a non-contract basis. After only a handful of appearances, he then moved to Chester where he was to retire from his footballing career, aged 34. 

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