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Welcome to Ray Millard

Bob Millard The Reading FC Former Players’ Association would like to welcome their latest member to the Association.

Ray Millard, now 87, played for Reading as an inside forward during the 1949/50 season making his debut in the 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in September 1949. Two of Reading’s goals that afternoon were scored by Reading legend Ronnie Blackman with the other by Wales international Bryn Allen.

Ray was born in South Shields, and after spending his early years working as a shipbuilder on the Tyne, he joined his first club Middlesbrough. But it was from Blyth Spartans that Reading manager, Ted Drake, signed him in the summer of 1949 for the princely sum of £100.

Whilst residing in Reading, and before moving to his home in Barton-on- sea, Ray founded Mapledurham FC in Caversham for kids. One of his early recruits was a young player by the name of… Lawrie Sanchez.

After leaving Elm Park, Ray joined Walsall where he won the 3rd Division South with them in 1950/51. Son Kevin and Grandson Michael, who is visiting from Australia, will be joining Ray as guests of the Association at the Blackburn Rovers match at Madejski Stadium this coming Saturday.

19 February 2014

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