Uxbridge midfielder James Harper. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com
Uxbridge midfielder James Harper. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

Windsor sign Reading 106 legend James Harper

Royalists boss Mark Cooper has added James Harper to his sides ranks
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Uxbridge midfielder James Harper. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com
Uxbridge midfielder James Harper. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

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Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division North side Windsor have added an EFL Championship winning midfielder to their ranks.

The Royalists have signed James Harper, a member of Reading’s incredible title-winning side of 2005/06 that still holds the record for the highest points totals gained in a professional league season with 106.

Harper had been on the books of Isthmian League South Central Division One Uxbridge but was unveiled on Thursday afternoon as a Windsor player.

Speaking to the official Windsor website, manager Mark Cooper said: “Absolutely delighted to sign Harps, heโ€™ll bring great experience and a real touch of class to the side whilst heโ€™s someone the other players can certainly learn an awful lot from.”

Harper came through the ranks at Arsenal before joining Reading in 2001 – forming a formidable midfield partnership with Steve Sidwell – until moving to Sheffield United in 2009.

The 40-year-old midfielder played for a number of other league clubs including Hull City and Wycombe Wanderers as well as a host of non-league clubs including Barnet, Basingstoke Town, Hungerford Town and Hendon.

Harper played 76 Premier League games for Reading as well as 186 Championship games in his career.

Listen: The Reading FC podcast from BBC Radio Berkshire did a great interview with James Harper back in January 2020. Well worth a listen below or you can find it on your favourite podcast app by searching Reading FC

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