Andy Alleyne (1951-2012)



Years at the club: 1967 - 76
Date of birth: 19/05/1951
Birth place: Barbados
Position: Defence
Appearances: 53
Goals: 2
Clubs: Newbury Town, Wokingham Town
Honours: -

Andy lost his long fight against cancer and passed away on 20 June 2012.

Andy Alleyne was born in Springtown, Barbados on 19 May, 1951.
Despite being a regular in the Reading Youth team from 1967 to 1969, Andy was not offered professional terms and left the club, went to work for the GPO and played for Newbury Town in the Amateur Leagues.

However, after, Andy was re-called to the club by caretaker manager Jimmy Wallbanks and turned professional in 1972.

After a series of fine displays for the reserve side, Andy was selected for the first team against League leaders, Southport, on 21 October 1972. His debut was celebrated amongst the Afro-Caribbean community of Reading as the first black player to appear in the Reading first team.
That debut game was also noteworthy for Andy as it saw him score his first goal at senior level when he scored from inside his own half to equalise in the 1-1 draw at Elm Park.

Andy kept his place for most of that 1972/73 season but the signing of Stewart Henderson in the June saw his chances greatly restricted. He made 53 League and Cup appearances for the club and scored twice before being released in May 1976. He went on to play for Wokingham Town and a number of local clubs.

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