Adrian Viveash



Years at the club: 1993 (Loan), 1995 (Loan), 2000 - 03
Date of birth: 30/09/1969
Birth place: Swindon
Position: Defender
Appearances: 96 (2)
Goals: 4
Clubs: Swindon Town, Walsall, Aldershot
Honours: Reading: Promotion to Division One 2001/02, Second Division Play-Off Final 2001

Considered one of the best defenders outside the Premier League, Viveash began his career with home-town club Swindon Town as a trainee in 1988.

Looking to move on, Adrian went on loan to Reading in January 1993, playing six times. Another loan period at Elm Park followed 2 years later, and again, another six matches played. Finally Adrian joined Walsall on a free transfer in October 1995.

His four years at Walsall proved his abilities and with them came a promotion from Division Two and two Player of the Year awards.

Eventually, Adrian joined Reading on a permanent basis and alongside central defensive partners Adrian Whitbread and Adrian Williams, they became know as the "Adrian's Wall".

He joined Oxford United on loan on 6 October 2002 with a view to a permanent move but a deal could not be agreed and he returned to Reading after two months.

He played in the Reading team which won the Division Two title in 1994 and reached the Division One play-off final a year later.

Viveash was released by Reading following the 2002–03 season and made a return to Swindon on 27 June 2003.

Two loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers followed in 2004, but he eventually moved to Conference National side Aldershot Town on a short-term contract. after having his Swindon Town contract terminated by mutual consent the day before.

He was released by Aldershot in January 2005 and joined Cirencester Town later that month.

Viveash then spent 16 months as manager of Cirencester Town to take up a coaching role with Chelsea's Academy. In 2011 Viveash became youth team manager at Chelsea having previously served as assistant Academy and assistant reserve team coach.

(as at Feb. 2013)

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