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Linvoy Primus

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

14/09/1973

Signed

01/08/1997

Country

England

Born in Forest Gate but with Caribbean heritage, Linvoy Primus began his career with Charlton before establishing himself as a regular during three years with Barnet.

He scored seven times in 127 starts for the Bees, becoming runner up twice in votes for Player of the season.

A six-figure sum brought him to Reading alongside Bees teammate Lee Hodges in 1997 and he scored his one and only Royals goal in an Elm Park draw with Nottingham Forest, the team who would relegate the Royals in the penultimate game of his first season in Berkshire.

He started at the back in Madejski Stadium’s grand opener and kept a clean sheet, going on to make more than 100 appearances for the club in total before declining a new contract and leaving for Portsmouth in July 2000.

A devout Christian, the 5’10” defender became a regular in a Pompey Premier League defence, appearing 198 times and netting five times.

His first goal came in the second minute of a game against Bradford, although in turned out to be a mere consolation as Portsmouth lost the game 3-1.

His career with the south coast club spanned over nine years, earning a testimonial in July 2010 shortly after he retired from the game due to a knee injury –  Pompey subsequently named a stand after him in honour of his service to the side and the south coast community.

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