Uwe joins the FPA
Thanks to 33-year-old German national and Reading FC supporter Marco Bader, 1990’s German striker Uwe Hartenberger has become the Reading FPA’s latest recruit.
After reading about the FPA’s intentions to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Division Two title winning side of the 1993/94 campaign in November, Marco got in contact with the FPA.
"I read the article on getreading.co.uk about the celebration and I thought it would be a good idea to inform you about the whereabouts of Uwe. I met Uwe this summer and he spoke highly about his time at Reading and his team mates. I said that he had contact with everyone, but he told me that it would be great to see some of the boys again someday."
Uwe moved to Reading in 1993 through the German contacts manager Mark McGhee had built up while playing for Hamburg. The big German came with a reputation for goalscoring, having netted 75 goals in 100 German League games, and he got his English career off to a flying start by coming off the bench to score an equalizer at Swansea the day after joining Reading.
Because of the outstanding form of McGhee and later Jimmy Quinn and Stuart Lovell, chances for Uwe were limited to mainly substitute appearances consequently only playing the full 90 minutes in just two of his 29 first team games and in 1995 he was freed to return to Germany. In those 29 appearances, Uwe scored 5 goals including an all-important winner against Exeter City at Elm Park in the run-up to 1993/94 title.
Unfortunately, Uwe was unavailable to attend the reunion dinner in December because of his coaching role in Germany. The FPA have written to Uwe to officially offer him membership and extend the invitation that, when he next comes to England, we will invite him to attend a match at Madejski Stadium and his own reunion with former team-mates.
Uwe is pictured here middle row, second from the right with his team mates and the 1993/93 Division Two Championship Trophy.
06 February 2015