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Len Vallard, who played for Reading between 1959 and 1962, died on September 12th, 2019, aged 79.
Len had trials as an amateur with Portsmouth and also played for Yeovil Town before joining Reading in May 1958.
It took him a year to make Reading's first team, and when he did so he was unlucky to break his arm on his league debut, away to Colchester United on September 12th, 1959. He made just one more appearance that season, but became a more regular choice in the next two campaigns.
He made a total of 40 first team appearances, and scored twice, both his goals coming from the penalty spot. All his first team games were at left back except one match where he filled in at right back.
Len was a neat, tidy defender who never let the team down when selected but faced strong competition for first team selection at a time when the club had a number of classy defenders.
He later played for, and captained, Basingstoke Town to two Hampshire League titles, before moving to Ireland to become player-manager of Sligo Rovers.
During the summer months he played cricket for Tadley, where his top score was 184, a feat which earned him the title of Cricketer of the Month, bestowed on him by the Reading Evening Post in June 1974.
The Reading FC Former Player's Association send our deepest condolences to Len's family and friends at this sad time.
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