Saturday, 21 June 2008

Just a Little Goodbye

I am going to pay an omen, if not it will come out as a major tribute to a player who always end up making me smile.

He may be unconventional and rugged at times but he is dazzling and will always remain dazzling in my mind.

We know him as ‘Blakey’ but you probably know him more as Glen Little.

He has now jumped Reading’s sinking ship and he is the first of our better players to leave but who came blame him.

FA Cup winners Portsmouth offered Little the chance of playing Premiership football again and deputise in the UFEA Cup next season and at his age, you cannot decline that.

The 32 year old has been out for pretty much missed the whole of last season, only making a brief cameo against Fulham, and without his talents, we were relegated. John Oster is definitely no decent replacement and Emerse Fae; well you all know the story about that. Let us be thankful they have both left and now we are without a right midfielder.

Even though the club has been loyal to him offering a new contract when he has been out for the season and that is the only gut wrenching thing about it.

He is probably, after Steve Sidwell’s departure to Chelsea, one of the first players to leave our greatest ever team. He will always be a fixture in my Reading side and I will speak fondly and at length about him to my children and grandchildren.

I will tell them about his long legs and how he could get pass anyone. His 6 foot 3 frame will always play against him, but his craftiness, his trickery, his ability to cross with such accuracy will go down in record books and his name will pop up in Reading's finest ever players.

Hahnemann, Murty, Shorey, Sonko, Ingarmasson, Little, Convey, Harper, Sidwell, Kitson, Doyle those eleven players will remain in Reading’s Football club folk law. Little played in an overall 103 games and scoring six goals, his contribution was massive and he produced a number of assists for our record-breaking Championship winning side.

One goal, which will always stay with me, will be his excellent chip away at Plymouth Argyle. Home Park saw Little at his utmost best and this chip is only a glimmer what Pompey will see next year as Harry Redknapp is recruiting a bigger squad.

Glen Little you will be missed and you will be remembered. Keep talking son.

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