Colin Meldrum



Years at the club: 1963 - 69
Date of birth: 26/11/1950
Birth place: Glasgow
Position: Defence
Appearances: 304
Goals: 9
Clubs: Watford, Cambridge Utd, Arsenal
Honours: Reading: Player of the Year 1963–64 and 1964–65.

Born in Glasgow, Meldrum played as a left back for Arsenal, Watford, Reading, Cambridge United, Hillingdon Borough and Workington.

In his early career he played alongside Sir Alex Ferguson in the Glasgow schoolboy team where he was by a Queen’s Park scout who also had links with Arsenal and Colin joined the Gunners in 1958.

He played in the youth team alongside players like Terry Neill and fellow Scot John Sneddin.

A regular in the Metropolitan team and then the reserves, but found first team opportunities restricted by the emergence of Billy McCullough and Len Wills so he left to join Watford in 1960.

He spent two years at Vicarage Road before moving to Reading in 1962 under manager Roy Bentley.

At Reading, he was Player of the Season in the 1963–64 and 1964–65 seasons and scored 9 goals in 304 League and Cup appearances.

After Leaving Elm Park in 1969, Colin went into the record books by scoring Cambridge United’s first ever League goal.

He went on to become player-manager at Hillingdon Borough, chief coach at York City and player-boss with Workington.

As manager at Stafford Rangers he reached the final of the FA Trophy at Wembley in 1972.

He then became a sports development officer in Blackpool where, aged 71, he now enjoys retirement.

(as at Feb. 2013)

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