Ray Reeves (1931- 2007)

Years at the club: 1947 - 61
Date of birth: 12/08/1931
Birth place: Reading
Position: Defender
Appearances: 317
Goals: 32
Clubs: Brentford, Dover
Honours: England Youth International

Born in Reading in 1931. Ray joined the Ground staff at Elm Park in August 1947.

Nicknames "Bomber" because of his thunderous shooting ability that brought him 32 goals, including a club record 22 penalties, in 317 appearances.

He played twice for England in the 1948/9 Home Youth International tournament and was a member of the squad that took part in an international competition in Holland.

Ray's strength saw him used as a centre-half, but from March 1956 to the end of 1959/60 he made the left back position his own.

By 1961 Ray was no longer a regular in Reading's first team and he moved to Brentford, but injury cut his career there to only five games.

Ray passed away at his home in Emmer Green in 2007 aged 76.

Did you know?

Martin Hicks, 1978-1991

Martin holds the club appearance record. He made 603 first team appearances in all competitions.

Neil Webb, 1978-1982

Neil won 26 full England caps, the FA Cup and League Cup.

Bill Davies, 1953-1961

Bill totalled 226 appearances for Reading, playing in every game of the 1958/59 season.

Trevor Senior, 1983-87 / 1988-92

The greatest goalscorer in the club's history, Trevor scored 191 goals in 362 appearances.

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