Brian on Murty's special moment 10 year onOn this day 10 years ago, Royals captain Graeme Murty buried his penalty to seal the record breaking points total for Reading and score his first goal of the season for the club.
The Royals captain and full-back was the only regular outfield player not to have netted that year, and when Reading were awarded a penalty against QPR there was only ever one man who was going to take it. The current Royals boss Brian McDermott, who was often on the road scouting that year, was here at Madejski Stadium for the final fixture and remembers the day well. He recalls how events unfolded as he watched on from the stands…
“I remember Murts scoring that day,” McDermott recalled. “It was the most important thing on the agenda apart from obviously winning the game. Then Murts got the penalty and smashed it in the top corner!
“I was sat up in the stands with all the scouts that worked with me, it was a great day, a full house at Madejski Stadium, a great memory and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone.
“That was a really good time at Reading and a fun time as well,” continued McDermott. “We were winning every week, I loved working with Steve Coppell and the staff, and remember it being a great fun time.
“That team was the best Championship team ever, the stats will tell you that and it was because the balance of that team was that good. I think that points total will be very difficult to ever beat.”