Robin Friday (1952–1990) was an English football forward who played
for Reading and Cardiff City during the mid-1970s. Born and raised in
Acton in west London, Friday joined Reading in 1974, quickly becoming a
key player and helping Reading win promotion to the Third Division
during the 1975–76 season. Friday won Reading's player of the year
award in both of his full seasons there as their leading goal scorer.
Many contemporaries would later assert that he was good enough to play
for England, but his habit of unsettling opponents through physical
intimidation contributed to a heavily tarnished disciplinary record, and
his personal life was one of heavy smoking, drinking, womanising and
drug abuse. His intensifying drug habit led Reading to sell him to
Cardiff in 1976. Following incidents on and off the field—including
kicking Mark Lawrenson in the face mid-game—Friday retired from
football in 1977. He died in Acton in 1990, aged 38, after suffering a
heart attack. Despite his short career, Friday remains prominent in the
memory of Reading and Cardiff supporters, as a player and a personality.
He has been voted Reading's best ever player three times.
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