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Tony Rougier

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

17/07/1971

Signed

11/08/2000

Country

Trinidad and Tobago

Tony Rougier originally started out his football career in the Scottish Premier League playing for Raith Rovers and Hibernian. He then moved to England with Port Vale for half a season before turning to the Royals at the start of the 2000/01 season.

He cost £325,000 but soon started to repay that price tag as he scored twice late on in our 4-3 victory over Oxford. That season saw the club push all the way into the play-off finals, only to lose to Walsall 3-2 after the longevity of extra time.

The following year, Rougier was part of the side that won back promotion to Division One finishing second, six points behind front runners Brighton.

In total, he scored the six times for the Royals across his 97 appearances. Manager at the time Alan Pardew defended Rougiers goal scoring record by saying that “He's almost becoming a Cantona sort of figure for us”.

Although he was on a minor goal drought, that didn’t stop him from consistently putting in solid performances. In his last season for Reading, he helped the side out with three goals in our drive for promotion – we fell short however, losing to eventual winners Wolves 3-1 on aggregate.

Alongside his club career, Rougier also played for his National team Trinidad and Tobago between 1995 and 2005, scoring five times in 67 appearances. He was appointed captain on a number of occasions, as well as winning the Caribbean Cup with them in 1996 and 1999. He retired from football in Trinidad before becoming Technical Advisor at North East Stars in 2008, aged 37. 

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