Former Royal Percy Freeman dies aged 70
It is with deep sadness that the Reading FC Former Players' Association announces the death of former Reading striker Percy Freeman.
Percy had been suffering from ill health for some time and passed away in his Lincolnshire home over the weekend of 2/3 January. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extremely sad time.
The Newark born forward, began his career at Stourbridge before being spotted by West Bromwich Albion and joining them in April 1968. After two seasons with the Baggies but with first team opportunities limited, he signed for Lincoln City in June 1970.
He was an instant success in the red and white stripes of Lincoln City, scoring in his first four home matches.
By the end of the season he had scored 14 times in League and cup and, with Reading lacking true fire power up front, Manager Charlie Hurley brought him to Elm Park £11,500 in January 1973.
Again, he proved an instant hit. His game was all about power and strength, both of which he had in abundance.
Whilst at Reading he played regular first team football for a season and a half but less than two years later he became disillusioned and left football briefly to work as a scaffolder.
After a brief return with the Royals, Percy was persuaded to return to Sincil Bank by the man who sold him, Graham Taylor, for a fee £10,000 less than he was sold for.
Having returned, and having fallen back in love with the game, "the big man" netted 23 times from his 35 League appearances as Lincoln City clinched the 1975/76 Fourth Division championship in record-breaking style.
Percy quit professional football in 1977to concentrate on his roofing business. In all, Percy made 65 appearances for "The Royals" scoring 13 goals.
07 January 2016