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Jay Tabb




Date of birth





Republic of Ireland

On the pitch, the tough-tackling high energy midfield general began his professional career with Brentford, where Steve Coppell gave him his chance aged just 17.

In 2006, his Bees’ stay ended and a move to Coventry City proved a good one for Tabb, making 91(+8) appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring 11 goals, captaining City and earning their Player of the Season award in his final full season at the Ricoh Arena.

The former Republic of Ireland U21s international bolstered Coppell’s Royals squad in January 2009 as they bid to bounce straight back into the Premier League, but the Tooting-born midfield maestro had to wait three and a half years before he would taste top flight football for the first time.

Dependable, versatile and totally committed – Tabb represented the true professional during his time at the club. He made 70 starts for the Royals but couldn’t quite break the deadlock on the goal scoring front, not managing a single one during his time in Berkshire.

He left on loan to Ipswich towards the end of the 2012/13 season and made a permanent move to Portman Road that summer, promptly ending his Madejski Stadium goal scoring drought by edging the Tractorboys ahead on his opening day return to Reading - but no grudge will be held against such a fans’ favourite.