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Philip Whitehead

Goalkeeper

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Biography

Date of birth

19/12/1969

Signed

07/10/1999

Country

England

Phil Whitehead is a former professional keeper who’s played for the likes of Oxford, West Brom, including most notably a spell with the Royals between the 1999 and 2003 seasons.

He started off as an Academy player for his hometown Halifax, before moving on to what’s now the Championship to play a number of games for Oxford, totalling 207 league appearances over the best part of four seasons.

When the club stumbled into some financial problems, Whitehead moved to join West Brom where he met up with manager John Gorman.

His spell with Reading started in the 1999/00 season when he followed Gorman and signed for a fee of £250,000 by manager Alan Pardew.

He was a major player in the 2001/02 season when Reading were promoted to Division One, keeping 17 clean sheets in 35 appearances.

During his spell at the club which lasted over three seasons, he never picked up a red card, and only saw yellow on four occasions.

He was troubled with injury during his time at Madejski Stadium and the arrival of Marcus Hahnemann in the 2002/03 season saw Whitehead drop to the bench.

After only appearing four times, he was sent out on loan to Tranmere in Division Two, and York the season after. His career came to an end after he moved to non-league Tamworth on a free in 2003.

During the FA cup fourth round replay against Telford, he suffered a major injury which was to end his football career. Although attempting a short-lived comeback with the side he retired at the age of 34.  

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