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Robert Fleck

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Biography

Date of birth

11/08/1965

Signed

26/03/1998

Country

Scotland

His senior career started at Rangers, and he began to impress under manager Graeme Souness, rippling the net 22 times (including four hat-tricks) in 48 appearances during the 1986/87 season.

Fleck was sold to Norwich in the First Division for a £580,000 fee, continuing his form he scored 66 goals in 181 appearances for Norwich south of the border, earning himself a place in the World Cup finals playing for Scotland in 1990.

Then £2.1million took him to Chelsea, but after loan stints at Bolton and Bristol City, the 5’10” striker returned to Carrow Road in 1995.

Financial problems and the fact that he couldn’t reproduce the form shown in his first spell with the club, the Canaries were unable to mount any serious attempt for promotion throughout the three years he spent back with them.  

In 1998, Tommy Burns brought the Glaswegian striker to Reading for a fee of £50,000. Fleck only scored one goal in a Reading shirt, but that one goal came in Madejski Stadium’s curtain-raiser, a 3-0 win over Luton Town, having come off the bench to replace Jim McIntyre and beaten the offside trap to add the icing to the cake.

He made nine appearances for the Royals and was part of the move from the old into the new, from Elm Park to the Madejski.

Injury forced his career to an end shortly after and his last game came away at Preston in September. 

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