David Leworthy

Years at the club: 1989 - 92
Date of birth: 22/10/1962
Birth place: Portsmouth
Position: Forward
Appearances: 99
Goals: 21
Clubs: Portsmouth, Spurs, Oxford Utd.
Honours: 4 England non-league team caps

Born on 22 October 1962 in Portsmouth, Leworthy grew up on the city's Portsea estate. He signed for his hometown club of Portsmouth but, having made just one first team appearance, was released by his boyhood heroes and signed for non-league Hampshire club, Fareham Town. Leworthy's 15 minutes for Pompey gives him the dubious honour of the shortest first-team career in the club's history.

After a prolific spell at Fareham, Leworthy's career took a huge leap when he was signed by North London giants Tottenham Hotspur, making his debut in front of nearly fifty thousand fans against hated rivals, Arsenal.

After the two years at White Hart Lane Leworthy moved on to fellow top-flight club, Oxford United, from 1985 to 1989. After spells with Shrewsbury Town, while on loan from Oxford United and with Reading from 1989 to 1992, he began a hugely successful career in non-league football, where his exploits led to him being nicknamed 'The Legend'.

A successful period at Farnborough Town was followed by a move to Dover Athletic, which saw the non-league transfer record broken when the Kent club paid £50,000. In January 1997 Leworthy moved to fellow Football Conference side Rushden & Diamonds, and his goals in the final 4 months of the season, including a debut goal against his former club Farnborough Town, helped ease the club away from the relegation zone and into a midtable finish. However, his stay at Rushden didn't last long, and at the end of the season he moved to South-West London club Kingstonian for a club record fee of £18,000.

His time at Kingstonian produced some of Leworthy's happiest days including two FA Trophy-winning appearances at Wembley Stadium and a superb goal in a 4-2 FA Cup defeat at Luton Town that was broadcast on the BBC's Match of the Day. Whilst at Kingstonian, the now-veteran player enjoyed a testimonial match against old club, Tottenham Hotspur.

Leworthy's career began to draw to a close with a period at Conference South club Havant & Waterlooville that included a spell as manager. One of the most memorable moments of his spell at Havant was when he turned out for the club alongside his son, former Peterborough United apprentice, Craig.

Leworthy came out of retirement in 2006 for a brief second spell at Kingstonian. He was named manager of Banstead Athletic of the Combined Counties League Premier Division in December 2007. He left Banstead in October 2008 and became manager of Croydon in the Kent League.

Did you know?

Martin Hicks, 1978-1991

Martin holds the club appearance record. He made 603 first team appearances in all competitions.

Neil Webb, 1978-1982

Neil won 26 full England caps, the FA Cup and League Cup.

Bill Davies, 1953-1961

Bill totalled 226 appearances for Reading, playing in every game of the 1958/59 season.

Trevor Senior, 1983-87 / 1988-92

The greatest goalscorer in the club's history, Trevor scored 191 goals in 362 appearances.

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