Tony Alexander (1935 - 2013)
It is with much regret and sadness that we report on the death of former player Tony Alexander.
Tony was born in Reading on 8th February, 1935 and joined the club as an Amateur player in August 1951 at the age of 16. He was employed on the club’s ground staff until signing as a professional player in August 1952.
Having worked his way through the junior ranks at Elm Park, Tony made his League debut at Watford just a week after his 18th birthday. His first League goal for the club came a few weeks later on his home debut in a 2-0 win over QPR.
Like a lot of players of his generation his career as a footballer was interrupted whilst undertaking national service and serving in The Royal Air Force.
On his return to Elm Park he found competition for places tough. Because of this, the next three seasons only produced another nine appearances and one more goal before he was released by the club and joined Yeovil Town in 1956.
On retiring from the game, Tony ran his own building firm in Reading and devoted his spare time to charity work and playing Golf.
Tony passed away aged 78 and leaves wife, Coral and daughters Shelly and Annette, son Mark and seven grand children. Tony’s funeral service will take place at Reading Crematorium, Henley Road, Caversham on Monday, 21 October at 10am.
Richard Wickson, Chairman of the Reading FC Former Players’ Association, said of Tony, “He was a well respected man and well liked and admired by those who were lucky enough to know him. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Coral and their family”
16 October 2013