Players that have represented Reading and Wolves
This Saturday sees Brian McDermott’s men welcome Kenny Jackett’s Wolves to Madejski Stadium, and the visitors currently lie 12th in the table, four points above the Royals.
Throughout the years, there have been many players that have donned both a Wolves and Reading shirt during their career. With the list fairly long, Scott Golbourne, Ady Williams, Greg Halford and Mick Gooding, are just a select few that haven’t made the profiles below. Here are six of those players to have represented both sides…
Currently Basingstoke Town manager and part-time Professional Development Coach with the Royals, Michael Gilkes began his career at Elm Park having spent his youth days on the books with Leicester City. He joined the Royals whilst they were plying their trade in Division Four, but over his 400+ appearances in the blue and white hoops, Gilkesy parted with the club after having achieved two promotions, and was denied top flight football when the Premier League was reduced from 22 teams to 20, meaning a second place finish ultimately damned the Royals to a play-off final against Bolton. The club he went on to join from his Reading days was Wolves, spending two seasons at Molineux before ending his playing career with Millwall and then Slough Town.
An essential cog in our record breaking 106 team, Stephen Hunt joined Steve Coppell’s Royals in 2005 having previously played his football for Brentford and Crystal Palace. He made over 150 league appearances for Reading, scoring on 17 occasions – the first of those coming in a 5-1 win against Brighton in December 2005. After gracing the Premier League as a Royal, Hunt left to join up with Hull for a season before a transfer south to Molineux, playing for Mick McCarthy at Wolves. Hindered by injuries, he only managed 66 appearances over the space of three seasons, moving onto Ipswich for a short spell prior to joining Coventry in League One where he now plies his trade.
A diamond in the rough, when Kevin Doyle transferred from the emerald isle obscurity to join the Royals in June 2005, few could have dreamt the impact he would go on to have at Madejski Stadium. Alongside his 55 goals in 154 league appearances, Doyle also remains one of the few players to score trebles in successive home games at Madejski Stadium. After a meteoric rise at Reading, he left to join newly promoted Premier League side Wolves in the summer of 2009, a club that he would make over 170 appearances for across a six year spell. He was loaned out to QPR towards the end of the 2013/14 season, playing in all three games of their successful play-off campaign, prior to transferring abroad to join Colorado Rapids in March 2015.
A former shot-stopper for the United States national team, Marcus Hahnemann was a fan favourite during his time as a Royal. Starting his career State-side, Hahnemann arrived in England with Fulham from Colorado Rapids in 1999, where he played understudy to a certain Edwin Van Der Sar. Having been brought to Reading in 2001 by manager Alan Pardew, the Seattle-born stopper would become one of the greats to keep watch between the sticks at Madejski Stadium. Over 302 starts for the Royals, Marcus played a part in two promotions, including a record breaking 2005/06 season, and was part of the first ever Reading team to grace the Premier League. He joined Wolves for two seasons in 2009, playing 44 times before ending his career back in the MLS with Seattle Sounders.
Seol Ki Hyeon
Moving to England with Wolves in 2004, Seol was a feature in Glenn Hoddle’s Molineux side that played against the Royals on Boxing Day in December 2005. Steve Coppell brought the South-Korean international and World Cup semi-finalist to Madejski Stadium following promotion to the Premier League, and 43 minutes into his Reading career, he crossed the ball for Dave Kitson to score the clubs first ever top flight goal in the 3-2 home victory against Middlesbrough. He scored four goals in 34 appearances from midfield that season before transferring to Fulham in the summer transfer window. Seol stayed at Craven Cottage until 2010 where he then moved back to his native country to play for K-League side Pohang Steelers.
Adam Le Fondre
The former Stockport County, Rochdale and Rotherham strike star joined Brian McDermott’s Reading side in August 2011, having been in prolific goalscoring form for the League Two clubs. He opened his Royals account on his second appearance at Madejski Stadium, netting in a 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers. Ending that season with promotion, Le Fondre continued to notch in the Premier League, scoring memorable goals against Everton and West Brom, and braces against Chelsea and Newcastle. He became a Cardiff City player in May 2014, playing 25 times before spending the second half of the season on loan at Bolton. He then joined Kenny Jackett’s Wolves side on loan for the 2015/16 season, scoring his first goal for the Wanderers against Charlton last August.