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Former Royals captain dies at 76

Reading are mourning the passing of former striker Ray Hiron.

Former Royal Ray Hiron passed away on Sunday, April 5th at the age of 76 following a long illness at a Fareham care home.

Ray joined Reading after a long and distinguished career with Portsmouth making 364 appearances, scoring 117 goals, in 11 years at the South coast club.

Manager Charlie Hurley signed him in the summer of 1975 and immediately made him captain and he led the club to promotion from Division Four in his first season.

Playing up front alongside the enigmatic Robin Friday, his experience and power in the air, made a vital contribution that season.

Success at the higher level did follow and Hiron ended up in more of a defensive role.

After turning part-time in 1977 and retiring in the summer of 1978, he left football to manage at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth.

Ray made 102 appearances, scoring 14 goals for Reading in his time at Elm Park.

Our sincerest condolences go to his wife Gillian and their family and friends on this sad occasion.

07 April 2020

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