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Former Royal Wayne Tutty passes away at 54

It is with the deepest regret that Reading Football Club and the Former Players' Association learned of the death of former Royal, Wayne Tutty. He passed away suddenly at his Oxfordshire home on the 1st October at the age of only 54 from natural causes. Wayne started his career at his home town club Oxford United as an apprentice but on release from the Manor Ground he joined Banbury United.

It was whilst playing for 'The Puritans' that Reading manager Maurice Evans spotted Tutty and invited him to Elm Park as a non-contract player. He repaid Evans' faith in him by scoring a late equalizer on his League debut in Royals 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in December 1982.

Although only used occasionally in his first season, he was offered a full contract at the end of the 1982/83 season. 'Tutts' was capable at playing both in midfield or at right back, but it was a recurring pelvic injury that limited his appearances and eventually culminated in his early retirement from League football. Although his Football League career was over, he continued to play in Cyprus before returning to non-League football with Witney Town. In all, he made 17 appearances for Reading, scoring 4 goals.

01 November 2017

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