Players who have represented both blue and white hoops
Down the years, plenty of players have worn the blue and white hoops of both Reading and QPR. And ahead of Thursday evening’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Rangers, we take a look at ten players which have turned out for both clubs.
The Latvian defender represented QPR between 2008 and 2011, making 114 appearances for Rangers, before joining the Royals. Gorkss won promotion with both clubs in back to back seasons: in 2010/11 with Rangers, and in 2011/12 with Brian McDermott at the helm for the Royals as we lifted the Championship trophy. Gorkss made over 80 appearances for Reading in a three-year period, scoring seven times, before signing for Colchester United in 2014. At the age of 34, Gorkss is currently plying his trade in the Czech Republic with FK Dukla Prague.
As a youngster McCarthy, was originally at the Wycombe Wanderers academy before joining the Royals' youth system in 2006. McCarthy signed his first pro contract with the Royals in 2007, making 70 appearances for the club during a seven-year spell. The 'keeper had various stints out on loan during his time at Reading including time at Brentford, Leeds and Ipswich Town. In 2014 McCarthy joined newly-promoted QPR but only made three appearances for the club before signing for Crystal Palace in 2015.
Mackie joined QPR for the first time, back in 2010 from Plymouth Argyle. The forward won promotion with Rangers in 2011 and was a key man in their Premier League survival season in 2011/12. In 2013 Mackie joined Nottingham Forest on a three year deal and was loaned to the Riyals the following year - he went on to make 39 appearances for the club and netted six times. 2015 saw Mackie make a return to QPR, as his old club re-signed him from Forest in June.
Current Royal and West Ham academy graduate Ferdinand joined QPR in 2011 from Sunderland. The defender made 49 appearances for Rangers, most of which came in the Premier League, before going out on loan to Turkish side Bursaspor in 2013. Ferdinand joined the Royals a year later but had an injury-hit first campaign and only made two appearances for the club. This season has already been a better one for Anton so far, having turned out for Reading nine times in league and cup to date.
A deep lying midfielder, Leigertwood started his career at Wimbledon and made over 50 appearances for the Dons. In 2007 QPR boss Neil Warnock signed Leigertwood and over the course of four years at the club the midfielder played in excess of 140 games and scored on 12 occasions. Towards the end of his tenure at QPR, Leigertwood was loaned to the Royals in 2010 and that move become permanent in 2011. He surpassed a century of appearances for the Royals, and wrote his name on in the annals by scoring the promotion-securing goal for the club against Nottingham Forest in 2012.
The Irishman, who is nothing short of a club legend at Reading, joined the Royals in 2005 from Cork City. The striker, who was a key man in the Royals memorable 106 promotion season in 2005/06, was also prolific in the Premier League. His goals helped Reading to an impressive 8th place finish the following year, our highest ever finish in the top flight. Doyle netted on 56 occasions during his time at Madejski Stadium; he joined Wolves in 2009 and was loaned to Thursday’s visitors QPR in 2014 where he made nine appearances, scoring twice.
Connolly played 125 times for QPR in defence, joining from Arsenal back in 2008. The defender joined the Royals from QPR on loan in 2012, making six appearances for Reading - and in that brief spell he was part of the squad that won the Championship title, helping the Royals return to the Premier League. The defender joined Cardiff later that summer and is still playing for the Bluebirds; he scored against the Royals in the meeting at Cardiff City Stadium earlier this season.
Ferdinand started his career with now dissolved London club Hayes FC (Robin Friday’s former club), but his career took off with QPR as he found the net 91 times for Rangers in 185 appearances between 1987 and 1985. The prolific striker, who played 17 times for England, is the eighth highest Premier League goalscorer in history and is a cousin of current Royals defender Anton. Ferdinand joined Reading in the twilight of his career in 2005, playing 14 times and scoring just once, retiring a year later.
Irish defender Stephen Kelly had spells at both Reading and QPR; his short stint at Loftus Road came on loan whilst trying to break through the ranks at Spurs. The right-back started his career with the North London club and has gone on to make 38 appearance for his country at full international level. Kelly joined the Royals in 2013 and made his debut in a 2-1 Premier League away win over Newcastle at St James’ Park. Kelly left the Royals in 2015 and is currently playing for fellow Championship side Rotherham.
Morrow enjoyed two loan spells with Reading from Arsenal in 1991; he made a total of 87 appearances for the Gunners. For all his on-field achievements, he is perhaps most famous for being dropped by celebrating teammates after the League Cup final victory for Arsenal in 1993, in which he had scored the match-winning goal; subsequently Morrow was rushed to hospital with a broken arm. He went on to sign for QPR in 1997 and after four years and precisely 100 games with Rangers, Morrow went to the United States to play for Dallas Burn in 2002. He eventually went on to manage the club for two years after it reformed as FC Dallas.