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Ben Hamer

Goalkeeper

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Biography

Date of birth

20/11/1987

Signed

01/07/2005

Country

England

Hamer began his career with our Academy, joining up from the age of 15 on a scholarship. He rose through the Royals ranks to sign a professional contract with the club in the summer of 2006, then aged 18.

He gained first team experience through a loan spell at Crawley Town where he made 45 appearances and won their Player of the Year award. Two season-long spells at Brentford then followed, where in 2008/09 he achieved promotion to League One with the Bees and attained the division’s Puma Golden Glove Award, after keeping 20 clean-sheets.

His Reading debut came at the start of the 2009/10 season against Burton Albion, a Carling Cup fixture where we outscored Barnsley five to one and progressed into the next round.

Hamer also tasted FA Cup football that campaign, stepping out between the sticks against Liverpool when Federici had to be substituted due to injury.  

Another season was spent on loan to Brentford and then Exeter before our Academy graduate parted with the club in the summer of 2011 to occupy the number one jersey at The Valley for Championship side Charlton.

Hamer made 42 starts in his inaugural season as an Addick, his debut corresponding with a visit from his former employees as the Royals came to town for a Cup tie.  

Another League winner’s medal winged its way to shot-stopper as he and his Charlton teammates were crowned Vanquishers of the Championship, reaching a points total of 101 for the season.  

Upon expiry of his contract in 2014, Hamer opted for a move to Leicester City and the chance to play Premier League football for the 2014/15 season. Aged 27, he charted ten appearances for the Fox’s when called upon to deputise for an injured Kasper Schmeichel.   

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