Mick Mellows

Years at the club: 1970/71
Date of birth: 14/11/1947
Birth place: Epsom
Position: Forward
Appearances: 17
Goals: 2
Clubs: Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth
Honours: England Schoolboy, Youth and Amateur International. Amateur Cup Final winner with Sutton United in 1969. He also made one appearance for the British Olympic Football Team in a qualifying game versus Bulgaria in May 1971.Portsmouth:"Player of the Year" '74

Born in Woking, Mellows played firstly for Sutton United before going to train as a teacher at King Alfred College, Winchester.

During this time he played in the 1969 FA Amateur Cup Final and made 15 international appearances for the England national amateur football team. While playing for the college he came to the notice of many league scouts and eventually signed for Reading in September 1970, for whom he played 17 games (scoring twice)

After his time with the Biscuitmen, he had spells with Winchester City and Wycombe Wanderers, before signing for Pompey in September 1973 as one of new chairman John Deacon’s promised additions to what had been the previous season a very threadbare squad. He came on to make his debut as a substitute in an away victory versus Sheffield Wednesday in October that year and was to remain a regular for the next five years, even winning the clubs coveted "Player of the Year" trophy in 1975. Somewhat a conundrum to the Fratton Faithful his last appearance was at Rotherham on the last day of the 1977/78 season.

A devout Christian, Mellows now runs (with former Reading player Linvoy Primus) "Faith and Football"- a community initiative which reaches out through sport to the city’s youth and disadvantaged.

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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