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Five former Royals that prowled for the Tigers

18 April 2016

Reading players that have plied their trade with Hull...

There have been a few Royals that have also plied their trade on Humberside. Ahead of Tuesday evening's meeting with Hull City at Madejski Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, we look at back five that have played for both...

Shane Long

Former Reading and Hull striker, Shane Long, is currently with Premier League side Southampton. Long joined the Royals from Cork City back in 2005 and scored three times from the bench in Reading’s 2005/06 record breaking promotion campaign. Long went onto score 54 times for Reading before making a move to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in August 2011.

The Republic of Ireland international moved to Hull City in January 2014 from the Baggies. He scored for the Tigers in his second game at the club, netting against Tottenham Hotspur in a 1-1 draw. Long only played for Hull 17 times, in the second half of the 2013/14 season, scoring four times before moving to Southampton that August in a big-money move.

Hope Akpan

Midfielder Hope Akpan started his career with Everton, coming through the academy at the Merseyside club. In the early stages of his career Akpan had a short loan stint at Hull City, in from March to May 2011. The future Reading and Blackburn midfielder joined the Tigers in a two month loan deal and made his first professional league appearance for the club, coming on in the 12th minute in a 1-1 draw away at QPR. He went onto make one more appearance on Humberside that season, with Nigel Pearson in charge and the club finishing 11th in the Championship.

Akpan signed for the Royals from Crawley Town in January 2013, with the club fighting for Premier League survival. Akpan made 63 appearances for Reading over the space of two-and-a-half years, making the majority of his starts for the club in the Championship. Akpan also made his first appearance on the international stage for Nigeria whilst on Reading’s books, and has made three more since, with the midfielder moving to Blackburn Rovers last summer.

Steve Moran

Striker Steve Moran was with the Royals between 1987 and 1991, scoring 38 goals for the club over four seasons at Elm Park. Moran joined Reading from Division Three Leicester City in 1987, with the Royals coming off the back of a mid-table finish in Division Two that season. In his first year at the club Reading were relegated to Division Three - where they stayed until Moran’s departure for Exeter City in 1991.

Moran moved to Hull in the tail-end of his career and was only with the Tigers for a season, in 1993/94. He played 21 times for the Humberside club, scoring five, with Hull finishing 9th in Division Two.  He hung up his boots at the end of that season. 

Mick Tait

Mick Tait was predominantly used as a utility player throughout his career, playing a number of positions for a long list of clubs. In total, Tait made 760 Football League appearances, and joined the Royals in 1987 from Portsmouth. He played over 130 times for the Royals, scoring 15, in his three years at Elm Park - before moving to Darlington in 1990.

Earlier in his career Tait had a stint with Hull City, signing for the Tigers in 1979 from Carlisle United. At the time Hull were in Division Three, with Tait only staying on Humberside for one season and making 33 appearances for the club.  He left Hull at the end of that season, with three goals in his account, and joined Portsmouth.
Ray Wallace

Known for his time at Southampton and Stoke City, Wallace only had a brief spell with the Royals and the Tigers. The full-back joined Reading on loan from Leeds United in March 1994 and was only with the club for two months.  He made three starts for the Royals as the team won the League title that season, earning promotion to Division One with a total of 89 points.

Wallace joined Stoke City at the end of that Year and in December 1994 went out on loan to Hull City. Wallace spent the rest of the season with Hull making seven starts for the club, with the Division Two side eventually finishing eighth. Wallace went onto return to his parent club at the end of the season and made 208 appearances for the Potters.

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