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John Kirkwood

The Reading FC Former Players' Association regrets to hear of the death of former goalkeeper John Kirkwood, who passed away on December 8th 2019 aged 87.

John was born in Falkirk and travelled south to join Reading for a transfer fee of just £100 from Scottish junior club Blainhall Colliery in December 1949.  After completing his National Service, during which he represented the British Army, he made occasional appearances in Reading's first team, usual as a replacement for regular custodians George marks, Jock McBride and Willie Hall.  He left Elm Park in July 1953 having made a total of 31 Football League (Division Three South) and one FA Cup appearances.  he was a brave, young goalkeeper, somewhat lacking in height, whose greatest performance was yet to come.

He was the goalkeeper for non-league Worcester City when they beat mighty Liverpool 2-1 in the Third Round of the FA Cup competition of the 1958-59 season.  John and his team mates were chaired off the pitch by Worcester City's record crowd.  This remains the only time the Merseyside giants have been beaten by a non-league team.

John's funeral will be at the West Chapel, Henley Road Crematorium, Caversham on Wednesday January 15th 2020 at 12:45pm.

24 December 2019



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