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He began his career as a young professional at Charlton Athletic before moving to play for Barnet and Reading before ending up on the south coast. Just three days before his trial with Cardiff was set to begin Ray Clemence, the Barnet manager, offered Primus a two-year contract with the club.

For the next three seasons Primus was in and out of the first team and worked under three managers: Harry Redknapp, Velimir Zajec and Alain Perrin. Among them, Primus counts missing out on the 2008 FA Cup Final through injury, the initial hostility to his Christian beliefs, and being told by manager Harry Redknapp he wasn’t good enough for the-then Division One outfit. Linvoy has spent the last twenty years playing football, finishing his amazing career in the Premier League with Portsmouth FC.Pulis was sacked early on in the 2000–01 season after a poor start and was replaced by fans' favourite Steve Claridge. Primus partnered Keith McPherson in defence but Reading started the season poorly with just one point from the first six games despite Primus saying "I played well from the word go". The crackle of our temperamental phone connection is unable to impair the delight in his voice; but in keeping with his reputation as one of football’s nicest guys, he’s staying humble: “It’s surreal… when you do any charity work you don’t expect to receive awards. Despite originally being told by Redknapp he was not of Division One standard, let alone suitable for the Premier League, Primus proved his manager wrong by seizing his chance when other players missed out through injury and suspension.

On 16 April 2013, Primus played for Portsmouth in a charity match raising money for the Portsmouth supporters trust. Barnet had a poor start to the next season and they were at the bottom of the table in mid-September. The match took place at their substitute stadium Upton Park in November 1992 and Primus was awarded man of the match for his performance. Due to injuries to first team centre backs Simon Webster and Darren Pitcher, Primus made his professional debut against Birmingham City.

He went on to say that he was "weighed down by the burden of expectation" and heard someone say he was the "worst player we've ever had at Barnet". Lennie Lawrence, the manager who bidded for Primus was sacked soon afterwards, however, and the deal was cancelled to the dismay of Primus who said he felt as if "[his] whole world had collapsed". I had always tried to be loyal and work hard for the clubs I played for but had been treated harshly and unfairly. Gilmore's groin ruled him out of action for five months from November of that season, [37] during which Claridge was replaced by Graham Rix, [39] this was after Primus formed a partnership with Jamaican international Darren Moore. Earlier in the season Primus had scored his first and what turned out be only Reading goal in the home match against Forest.

He felt that he had to leave the club: "I really felt as though I wasn't wanted and that my days were numbered.Primus attributed his desire to become a footballer from watching Ricky Villa's winning goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City in the 1981 FA Cup Final Replay. His services to football and tireless charity work earned him his title – and its work he’s continued ever since, for charities including Christians in Sport and Faith and Football. Other charitable causes he has been involved in are the Alpha course, a cinema advertisement about Christianity and the formation of a prayer group at Portsmouth.

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