Whittaker Percy Image 1 Reading 1935

Whittaker Percy Image 1 Reading 1935


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Rotherham, Yorkshire born goalkeeper Percy Whittaker began his football career with Wath Athletic in 1926 and after a season with Grantham returned to Wath Athletic in 1928 before joining Shirebrook in 1929. From there he was transferred to Second Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1930, where he was understudy to Alf Tootill, making his Football League debut against Preston North End in January 1931. After 9 appearances in his debut season he only made one appearance a season in successive further campaigns before a transfer to Third Division (South) club Reading in June 1933.

He broke into the Reading side in succession to incumbent Dick Mellors at the end of October 1933, and during his first three seasons The Royals narrowly missed out on promotion, finishing twice in third place and runners up in 1934-35. He remained Reading’s principal custodian until the summer of 1939, when he joined non league club Redditch immediately before the outbreak of the Second World War, having made 213 appearances for Reading.

NB in the photograph showing Reading’s back line, he stands in the centre with right back Fred Gregory (left) and left back Bill Robson.

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