Ex-Reading Defender dies after cancer battle

Ex-Reading Defender dies after cancer battle

  • Published February 5, 2024

Former Reading player Stuart Gray, son of Leeds United legend Eddie and nephew of Frank, has passed away age 50 after a battle with cancer.

The ex-Reading, Celtic, Leeds United and Oxford United Full-back was diagnosed with stage four Cholangiocarcinoma, a form of bile duct cancer, last year. Celtic announced the father of five’s passing in January ahead of their Scottish Premiership fixture with Ross County. Brendan Rodgers’ side wore wear black armbands in memory of their former player.

Stuart, Born in England, he won seven Scotland under-21 international caps  and played more than 52 appearances for “The Royals”, scoring 2 goals between 1998 and 2001.

The family have successfully raised £50,000 on behalf of Stuart, with over 1,000 donations to a GoFundMe page set up last August. Gray also vowed a percentage of the proceeds would also be donated to the AMMF Cholangiocarcinoma charity, to battle the illness.

Gray also represented Greenock Morton and Rushden & Dianonds, during his playing career and featured in 2009 film ‘The Damned United’, depicting father Eddie in Don Revie’s title-winning Leeds United side of the 1960s and 1970s.

Everyone at Reading FC and the Former Players’ Association would like to send their best wishes and love at this time to Eddie and his wife Linda, along with the Gray family, and Stuart’s friends.