Friday, 14 January 2011
256 Adam Reed
Position : Centre half
Played : 1997-98 (on loan from Blackburn)
Appearances : 10
Goals : 0
Graham Barrow thought we could never have too many centre-halves so Adam was signed on loan from Blackburn in December 1997 even though John Pender had just come into the side. Adam began his career with Darlington in 1992 and after 52 appearances for them became one of Ray Harford's first signings for Blackburn at £200,000 in 1995 . He never made the first team and spent three months back at Darlington on loan earlier in 1997.
While not being very significant in the general story Adam marked the start of a new chapter for me as he made his debut away at Scarborough, a game I took in on the penultimate day of my honeymoon, driving down from Berwick-on-Tweed that morning. Although the two months Adam was with us were fairly rocky in terms of results he himself was quite impressive, probably the best defender we had at the time.
I was quite hopeful we'd make it permanent but when he was released in the summer he chose to return to Darlington and spent the next 5 seasons there. He helped them reach the play-offs in May 2000. Later on he was dogged by injury and made only 8 appearances in his last two seasons there. In 2003 he left the professional game at 28 and signed for Whitby Town.