Date of birth
Nick Hammond started his footballing career at Arsenal as an apprentice, he made his league debut at Bristol Rovers, one of many loan spells that includes the likes of Peterborough United and Aberdeen.
He made the move from Arsenal to join Swindon Town on a free transfer in July 1987. It was at Swindon where he broke his leg not once, but twice!
Despite these serious injuries it was during his time with the Robins that he started to make regular first team appearances. He appeared 65 times across league and cup matches before deciding to move down the M4 to Reading for a fee of £40,000.
He played a number of games in the 1997/98 season, tallying 23 appearances. Hammond made his one and only Madejski Stadium start between the posts for Tommy Burns’ men in a 1-1 draw with Colchester in September the following season, conceding his only Madejski Stadium goal to Karl Duguid in the 87th minute of that Division Two encounter.
After retiring from football due to suffering a recurring back injury, manager Alan Pardew handed him the job of goalkeeping coach where he was to become highly regarded.
Few would have realised how vital a part of the club’s fabric the former Swindon stopper would become, he was made Reading's Youth Academy Director in 2000 before being appointed the club's first-ever Director of Football in September 2003.
In fact, Hammond is the mastermind behind the vast majority of these Madejski Stadium men.