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Michael Gilkes

Wide midfield player who joined the club following his release from Millwall.

Retained his pace in his later career but also made intelligent use of the ball and had a tremendous work rate, setting the perfect example to the younger players. Went on to join the coaching staff at the club becoming number two to Eddie Denton before moving back into professional coaching.

Gilkes played more than 550 times as a professional and made his name with the Reading side that nearly won promotion to the Premier League in the early 1990s. A fast, tricky winger, he made over 400 appearances in all competitions for the Berkshire club as they went from the old Fourth Division to the very edge of the top flight. They finished second in the new Division One in 1995 (only missing out on automatic promotion due to the streamlining of the FA Premier League from 22 clubs to 20) and reached the playoff final, surrendering a 2–0 lead held until the 75th minute before losing 4–3 in extra time to Bolton Wanderers. At the Rumbelows Cup Final in 1992 at Wembley Stadium he came third in the Rumbelows Sprint Contest.

Gilkes spent nearly thirteen years with the Royals, scoring 52 goals, before he was sold to Wolves in March 1997, managed by Mark McGhee who had departed from Reading to Wolves 16 months earlier.

He spent two seasons at Molineux before manager Keith Stevens signed him for Millwall. His time at the Molineux was less successful than it was at Elm Park, scoring just once in 38 league appearances, though he did come close to reaching the Premier League with them just as he had done at Reading. He joined Wolves just weeks before the end of the 1996–97 season, as they were edged out of the automatic promotion places to Barnsley and lost to Crystal Palace in the playoffs. A year later they finished ninth, missing out on the playoffs, but enjoyed a run to the FA Cup semi finals where they narrowly lost to Arsenal.

In a vote to compile the Royals' best-ever eleven, Gilkes was voted the best left-winger with 80.6% of the vote. Gilkes played at the Madejski Stadium in the Royals Legends game on 1 May 2006. Since retiring from the game, Gilkes has swapped his tracksuit for a business suit in order to carve out a successful career as a Mortgage Consultant for a Reading based Estate Agent.

Gilkes joined the firm back in November 2008 and is now a fully qualified mortgage consultant working out of the Reading branch. He was recruited by his former boss Mick Gooding – the popular midfielder who went on to manage the club from 1994–96. Mr Gooding is now responsible for the day-to-day running of the Estate Agency.

Gilkes in now Head Coach of Southern league Division One South & west side Hungerford Town F.C. alongside newly appointed manager Bobby Wilkinson. Gilkes is also a personal trainer. Gilkes has re-joined Reading F.C. as a Part-time Academy Coach.


Statistics

First Appearance: 01-09-2001 vs Lewes
First Goal: 11-12-2001 vs Bracknell Town
Position: Midfielder
Total STFC Appearances: 82
Total STFC Goals: 11

Matches Played

Match Date Home Team Score Away Team Competition Goals Cards Report
23-03-2004Corinthian Casuals4-1Slough TownLeague--Report
19-11-2003Slough Town1-4CheshuntRyman League Cup--Report
15-11-2003Horsham1-4Slough TownLeague--Report
03-05-2003Berkhamsted Town3-1Slough TownLeague1-Report
28-04-2003Slough Town2-1WembleyLeague--Report
21-04-2003Slough Town0-2YeadingLeague--Report
19-04-2003Leyton Pennant0-2Slough TownLeague--Report
15-04-2003Slough Town2-0East Thurrock UnitedLeague--Report
12-04-2003Slough Town1-1UxbridgeLeague--Report
08-04-2003Wivenhoe Town1-2Slough TownLeague--Report
05-04-2003Harlow Town2-2Slough TownLeague--Report
01-04-2003Aveley1-1Slough TownLeague--Report
29-03-2003Thame United1-1Slough TownLeague--Report
22-03-2003Slough Town5-1TilburyLeague1-Report
18-03-2003Slough Town0-3Wingate & FinchleyLeague--Report
15-03-2003Hemel Hempstead Town2-2Slough TownLeague1-Report
08-03-2003Slough Town1-1AveleyLeague--Report
08-02-2003Slough Town3-0Arlesey TownLeague--Report
04-02-2003Slough Town2-0Thame UnitedLeague--Report
28-01-2003Slough Town2-2Hertford TownLeague--Report
25-01-2003Slough Town3-0Oxford CityLeague--Report
18-01-2003Wealdstone3-2Slough TownLeague--Report
14-01-2003Great Wakering Rovers2-2Slough TownLeague--Report
04-01-2003Northwood5-1Slough TownLeague--Report
26-12-2002Yeading0-2Slough TownLeague--Report
21-12-2002Slough Town5-1Leyton PennantLeague1-Report
17-12-2002Slough Town1-1WealdstoneLeague--Report
14-12-2002Hornchurch3-2Slough TownLeague--Report
09-11-2002Slough Town0-1Hemel Hempstead TownLeague--Report
02-11-2002Lewes6-4Slough TownFA Trophy1-Report
26-10-2002Slough Town3-2Canvey IslandFA Cup--Report
22-10-2002Slough Town4-0Wivenhoe TownLeague--Report
19-10-2002Oxford City1-1Slough TownLeague--Report
15-10-2002Wingate & Finchley2-3Slough TownLeague1-Report
12-10-2002Slough Town4-2Hampton & RichmondFA Cup--Report
28-09-2002AFC Totton2-2Slough TownFA Cup--Report
24-09-2002Arlesey Town1-0Slough TownLeague--Report
21-09-2002Slough Town1-0Barton RoversLeague--Report
14-09-2002St. Leonards1-2Slough TownFA Cup2-Report
10-09-2002Slough Town1-1Harlow TownLeague--Report
06-09-2002Uxbridge0-1Slough TownLeague--Report
31-08-2002Thame United1-2Slough TownFA Cup--Report
26-08-2002Slough Town2-1NorthwoodLeague--Report
24-08-2002Marlow2-3Slough TownLeague--Report
20-08-2002East Thurrock United0-2Slough TownLeague--Report
17-08-2002Slough Town1-1HornchurchLeague--Report
27-04-2002Slough Town0-1Bognor Regis TownLeague--Report
20-04-2002Staines Town0-1Slough TownLeague--Report
06-04-2002Dulwich Hamlet0-0Slough TownLeague--Report
01-04-2002Windsor & Eton3-3Slough TownLeague--Report
30-03-2002Slough Town3-0BromleyLeague--Report
23-03-2002Slough Town1-2Ford UtdLeague--Report
19-03-2002Maidenhead United3-2Slough TownB&B Senior Cup--Report
16-03-2002Aylesbury United4-0Slough TownLeague--Report
09-03-2002Slough Town0-0WhyteleafeLeague--Report
02-03-2002Thame United3-0Slough TownLeague--Report
23-02-2002Slough Town3-0UxbridgeLeague--Report
16-02-2002Harlow Town1-4Slough TownLeague--Report
12-02-2002Slough Town2-1Barking & East Ham UtdLeague1-Report
09-02-2002Slough Town3-1Tooting & Mitcham UtdLeague--Report
02-02-2002Northwood1-1Slough TownLeague--Report
22-01-2002Slough Town3-0Windsor & EtonLeague1-Report
19-01-2002Carshalton Ath2-1Slough TownLeague--Report
12-01-2002Slough Town6-0WealdstoneLeague--Report
05-01-2002Worthing0-3Slough TownLeague--Report
01-01-2002Yeading0-0Slough TownLeague--Report
29-12-2001Slough Town1-2Oxford CityLeague--Report
22-12-2001Slough Town0-1Hitchin TownRyman League Cup--Report
15-12-2001Walton & Hersham1-1Slough TownLeague--Report
11-12-2001Slough Town1-0Bracknell TownB&B Senior Cup1-Report
08-12-2001Slough Town2-1NorthwoodLeague--Report
04-12-2001Bracknell Town1-1Slough TownB&B Senior Cup--Report
27-11-2001Wembley4-6Slough TownRyman League Cup--Report
23-10-2001Slough Town4-0Harlow TownLeague--Report
02-10-2001Slough Town1-1Thame UnitedLeague--Report
29-09-2001Whyteleafe0-2Slough TownLeague--Report
25-09-2001Uxbridge3-1Slough TownLeague--Report
22-09-2001Slough Town1-1Carshalton AthLeague--Report
11-09-2001Barking & East Ham Utd0-1Slough TownLeague--Report
08-09-2001Wealdstone2-1Slough TownLeague--Report
04-09-2001Slough Town0-1WorthingLeague--Report
01-09-2001Lewes3-0Slough TownFA Cup--Report
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League Table [Full Stats]

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Hereford 46 113
2 King's Lynn Town 46 100
3 Slough Town 46 99
4 Kettering Town 46 97
5 Weymouth 46 97

Top Goalscorers [Full Stats]

Pos Name Goals
1 James Dobson 26
2 Chris Flood 24
3 Manny Williams 16
4 Perry Coles 12
5 Warren Harris 10
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