Date of birth
Paul Brooker began his career as a trainee at Fulham aged 19. He broke into the first team for the 1996/97 season making 24 appearances for the Division Three side, his debut coming away to Swansea in September – the Cottagers finished second that season and with it promotion to Division Two.
The following seasons saw a similar amount playing time for the winger, having never really made a lasting impact in the starting line-up he left Fulham in May 2000 after making 18(+52) appearances.
What initially started out as a loan deal in January turned into a permanent one in the summer when a £25,000 fee was paid by Brighton for his services.
First team football with the Seagulls lead to over 100 league games and 13 goals, such form that stimulated a move to Premier League side Leicester in June 2003.
When at the King Power Stadium Brooker found that first team opportunities were limited, and such eventualities lead to a loan move to Division One Reading in February 2004.
He made his Madejski stadium debut in our 0-0 draw against Stoke and his first home start in the 2-0 victory over West Ham in April.
The following year Brooker appeared 34 times in the re-branded Championship league, aiding the Royals to a seventh place finish, missing out on the play-offs by three points.
In the summer of 2005 he left our Berkshire club for Brentford where he would score the Bee’s goal of the season against Swindon for the 2006 award.
He tallied 71 appearances before ending his career with moves to non-league Chertsey Town and Dorking Wanderers in 2010, aged 33.