After the Football - Trevor Senior
Ask any Reading fan to name their all- time top three players and the chances are Trevor Senior would figure highly.
It is 22 years since the popular centre forward last put on a Royals shirt, but he remains a firm favourite with Royals fans.He kicked off his professional career with Portsmouth after being plucked from his home town Dorchester by the south coast side.
He spent 18 months at Fratton Park making 11 appearances scoring two goals, both of which were against Reading.
After a loan spell at Aldershot, the then Royals manager Maurice Evans saw his potential and snapped him up for a £35,000 fee.
It proved money well spent by Reading and the springboard for an illustrious career for the lanky striker.
In his first season in Division 4 he rattled in a club record 41 goals, to finish top goalscorer in the country, which led the club gaining promotion.
The following season saw Trevor help the Royals to the Division Three championship and setting a new League record in the process. The Royals opened that season with 13 consecutive victories a record which stands to this day.
The next season saw Reading in Division Two and finishing 11th which at that time was their highest ever finish. But it was to prove to be Senior’s last with the Royals, for 18 months as he was sold to Watford for £325,000 and later to Middlesbrough for £200,000.
Shortly after joining the Hornets manager Harry Bassett was sacked so Senior’s outings were few and far between but he did help the north east club gain promotion to the top flight via the play-offs. When it became know that Senior had become available for transfer, Royals manager Ian Branfoot was quick to react and re-signed the striker for a £200,000 fee.
He stayed for another five seasons finishing his Reading career with a highly impressive 362 League and cup appearances and scoring 184 goals.
During his two spells with the Royals Senior was voted Player of the Year, twice selected in the Professional Football Association team of the year, won the Rothmans award for finishing the country’s top scorer, finished the club’s top goal scorer in eight of his nine seasons with the Royals. And to cap these remarkable achievements, on his Royals home debut he scored a hat trick in a record breaking four minutes 12 seconds.
Upon release from Reading, Senior moved to Woking and Farnborough, and is now manager of Western League side Bridport.
He spends a great deal of his time coaching schoolchildren. “It was while at Reading
that a good friend of mine Alan Porton introduced me to hosting soccer schools during the school holidays” said Senior. “This has helped me tremendously as since hanging up my boots I have spent much of my time coaching in local schools and on the beach at Weymouth.
“But over the years football has taken its toll on my body, particularly my legs and knees so exercise is crucial to enable me to continue to coach and play my new found interest racketball.
“It was whilst using my local gym, Dorchester Health Club that a personal trainer introduced me to Forever Living Products - a range of health and wellbeing products widely used by gym owner, Gary Easter. I felt it was also worth a try and have been delighted with the results and it has certainly helped my arthritic knee and hips. My enthusiasm for the product has turned into a business partnership, with many of my customers finding nutrition, weight management, skin care and injury benefits.
Due to a rapidly expanding market place and the popularity of our products I am looking for people to work alongside me in this exciting field of look good/feel good - earning a great additional income alongside current commitments. Contact me care of Richard Wickson care of the Former Players’ Association at Richard@readingfcformerplayers.co.uk for more information on how to become part of the team!”.
15 May 2014