Date of birth
Starting his career in 2001 he joined Colchester United as a youth player. On signing a professional contract a year later, he made his first team debut the year after that in a 5-0 defeat to Luton Town.
He scored his first senior goal in a 2-1 defeat to Hartlepool, one of 18 he would go on to score for the club.
The 2004/05 season proved a rather successful one as Halford picked up the Young Player of the Year Award as well as being part of the PFA League One team of the year.
It was during his time at the U’s that he earned the reputation of being a utility man, having played in all the major positions - defence, midfield, attack – along with having a rather long throw-in. A high percentage of Colchester’s goals during the 2005/06 season came about from Halford's lengthy lobs.
The versatile England U21s international became the Royals record signing in January 2007 when he was snapped up by Steve Coppell in a £2.5million purchase after helping the U’s win promotion.
After spending all of his career prior to Reading at Layer Road, he made his Madejski Stadium debut in the final home game of the 2006/07 season, a 2-0 defeat to relegated Watford.
And in the blink of an eye, the Chelmsford-born defender’s Reading career was over, although we did manage to cash our chips back in by selling him for a small profit to Sunderland in the summer.
The 6’4” defender went on to represent Charlton, Sheffield United, (both on loan), Wolves, Portsmouth, and has most recently played his football at Championship side Nottingham Forest.
He was loaned out to Brighton shortly after the start of the 2014/15 season and has appeared nine times for the Seagulls, mostly in defence where he’s picked up four yellows for his services.