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Jamie Cureton

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Biography

Date of birth

28/08/1975

Signed

21/08/2000

Country

England

Starting his career at Norwich, in 1993 he turned down an offer from Manchester United to stay with the Canaries.

He was eventually sold to Bristol Rovers in 1996 where he relished in a strike partnership with Jason Roberts that nearly guided the club to promotion. In total he scored 68 times in 161 starts for Bristol before moving to Reading in 2000 for a fee of around £250,000.

At his time with the Royals his partnership with Martin Butler proved to be one of the deadliest in the league. Ironically, Curo’s most telling contribution came away from Madejski Stadium, in the 78th minute of an end of season encounter at Griffin Park.

Adi Viveash launched it forward, Phil Parkinson flicked in on and Jamie Cureton controls and dinks the ball over Brentford keeper Paul Smith, and the Royals are promoted to the Championship in dramatic style!

But Curo was a hero to his home fans too and the Bristolian natural born goal scorer earned the honour of being the first player to score a hat-trick at Madejski Stadium, albeit for the opposition in a 6-0 victory for Bristol Rovers in January 1999.

He was soon scoring in blue and white hoops though, notching a last minute equaliser on his home debut against Stoke City in fact, and the instinctive predator went on to score 55 goals in 127 appearances as a Reading player, 30 of those finishes at Madejski Stadium.

In the summer of 2003, he left for Busan Icons in South Korea and went on to score goals for QPR, Swindon Town, Colchester United, Norwich City and Exeter City before signing a contract with Cheltenham this summer. He ended that season with 11 goals in 36 appearances, afore being released by the club in 2014.

He signed a contract with Dagenham & Redbridge where on the retirement of Ryan Giggs and Kevin Phillips, Cureton became the oldest on field player in all of the four top flight English Leagues, notching 19 League goals in 45 appearances during his debut season as a Dagger.

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