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Brian Kirkup: 1932-201

We are saddened to hear of the death of our former Reading centre forward, Brian Kirkup.

Brian passed away peacefully on Sunday, 22 April 2018, at the age of 85.  

He never fell out of love with football, and was a regular visitor to Madejski Stadium until his health and the travelling from his home in Bedford became too much.

A young Brian was recommended to Manager Harry Johnston by the brother of the club’s trainer Jimmy Wallbanks. He signed initially on a two month trial until after completing his National Service.

He became an instant success when he became a first teamer within a month of his arrival at Elm Park. He made his League debut when he turned out for ‘The Biscuitmen’ at Watford on 6 September 1955.

A week later he scored a brace as he made his home debut in a 6-1 win in the return with Watford. He ended his first season with the club scoring 16 goals in 38 League games.

League appearances and goals were harder to come by after that and even though he topped the reserves’ goalscorers in his third season, 1957/58, he moved to Northampton Town at the end of that season. He retired from League football when he claimed that, ‘the linesmen began overtaking him’!

In total, he scored 19 goals in 55 League appearances. Our deepest condolences go to his two sons Alan and Neil and their families.

02 May 2018

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