A man who spent the majority of his playing career at Championship level, Jay Tabb was always a consistent hard-working midfielder who never did anything too flashy but would always give 100 per cent.
Despite standing at just 5 foot 5 inches, Tabb was always a noticeable figure and perhaps his best days as a player came with Reading as he made the Premier League with the Royals in 2012.
In 2013 though after no longer having a place in the Reading squad, Tabb made a brief loan move to Ipswich Town of the Championship which later became a permanent agreement, and he ended up spending the last three years of his career with the Tractor Boys.
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Tabb made 76 league appearances for the Suffolk side, including 40 in the 2014-15 campaign but he failed to make a league outing the following season and it ended up being his final one registered as a player.
What has the pint-sized midfielder been up to since retirement though? Did he stay in football?
The answer is no, but he has remained in the sporting world as he’s transferred from one game to another in the form of horse racing.
Tabb began working in the sport a few years ago after graduating from the National Horseracing College, and he picked up a job in the yard of Phillip Hobbs in Somerset, a leading National Hunt trainer.
His jobs include riding out the horses for the yard and doing all the things a stable lad would do like mucking out and cleaning the equine athletes, but he also took in his first ever race as a jockey last month in a charity race at Wincanton.
Tabb finished sixth that day and he has aspirations of riding in a point-to-point race next year, so he could be seen at a local racecourse near you soon.
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