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Signed shirt up for auction

We recently heard the sad news that former Reading FC physiotherapist and caretaker manager John Haselden has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

His wife Eileen, organised a charity event on Thursday, May 7, near their Nottingham home. The evening was a sell out and, with the help of his contacts at the PFA and the Premier League, including former Reading manager and a good friend Ian Branfoot, is raising funds for Eileen’s chosen charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK.

John played the professional game for 13 years and appeared for Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United and had a loan spell at Mansfield Town. In 1974 he started his coaching career as Mansfield Town's first team coach and in his first season, helped the club to the Fourth Division title.

Two years later he moved to Huddersfield Town as physiotherapist/coach under Tom Johnston and was promoted to the manager's role in 1977 when Johnston stepped down.

This role only lasted six months, and when Mick Buxton became manager he made Haselden his assistant manager and in their first full season at the helm, Town won the Fourth Division championship. Town also gained promotion from Division Three in 1983.

In 1986 Haselden was invited to join Reading by his friend and former Doncaster Rovers team-mate, Ian Branfoot. Branfoot had recently taken over as Manager at Elm Park from Maurice Evans and saw Haselden as his perfect management partner.

Between them, they enjoyed mixed success in 1986/87 as Reading completed the clubs first season in Division Two for 56 years finishing in 13th place, at that time the club’s highest ever league finish. The following season, 1987/88, they suffered relegation, but not before winning the Simod Cup at Wembley Stadium.

When Branfoot left Reading in 1991, Haselden took charge as caretaker for a couple of weeks. He left Reading in 1993 to join Nottingham Forest.

Make a Bid

We would like to help bolster funds raised at Mrs Haselden’s charity dinner and have a 2014/15 Reading FC shirt signed by manager Steve Clarke and his Championship and FA Cup Semi-Final squad.

What better memento of a history-equalling season.

The shirt is available to the highest bidder in our special charity auction. The shirt comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by former manager Ian Branfoot and authenticated by the Reading FC FPA.

Make your bid by visiting our e-bay listing.

The highest bid received by 19 June 2015, when the auction finishes on e-bay, will win the shirt. Please note that this item is not framed or glazed.

09 June 2015

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