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Martin Butler




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The Wordsley-born striker began his career at Walsall, a side he would go on to play against in the blue and white hoops of the Royals on the hallowed Wembley turf years later.

It was during three years at Cambridge that Martin Butler really began to polish his goal scoring boots, in 101 starts he netted 41 goals.

In February 2000, he swapped the Abbey Stadium for Berkshire for a fee on £750,000, and at the end of his first full season at Madejski Stadium, he helped Alan Pardew’s men reach the Second Division play-off final and scored against the Saddlers only to suffer the heartache of a 3-2 Wembley defeat.

Despite losing out in promotion, that season proved rewarding for Butler, having scored 28 goals his rugged performances saw him named Reading Supporters’ Player of the Year by the PFA.

Broken bones interrupted his input in the following season’s surge into second but he was fit again for the clubs promotion-clinching draw at Brentford.

Unfortunately he couldn’t recapture the prolific form of his earlier years which opened the door to a future away from Madejski Stadium.

In August 2003, Butler moved to Rotherham and then returned to Walsall, winning his first league title by topping the League Two table in 2007.

Spells at Grimsby and Burton Albion ended his career, but he will be remembered for his 36 goals in 98 starts at Reading. He now works as a Heating Engineer and runs his own business called MK Installations.