Bill Davies was born in Middlesbrough and, after unsuccessful periods at Hull City and Leeds United, joined Reading in 1953. Throughout his eight years at the club, Bill was one of the club’s most consistent performers. A dependable centre-half, Bill earned several representative honours as well as making 226 appearances for Reading. After retiring in 1961, Manager Charlie Hurley persuaded him to return to the club to take a coaching role with the reserves side in 1971.
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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.