Five who have played for bothThroughout their 12 year history, only a select few have made their marks for both Milton Keynes Dons and Reading. In fact the two clubs have only ever met face to face on the football pitch once before, earlier on this season when a 0-0 draw was played out at Madejski Stadium.
Today we take a look at those five players who have donned both shirts during their footballing careers……
A former Reading Academy graduate, Simon Church joined the Dons last summer having parted with the Royals in the 2013 summer transfer window. He made over a century of appearances for the club he turned pro with in 2007, notching 24 goals amidst several loan spells to teams including Wycombe, Yeovil and last week’s FA Cup opponents Huddersfield. His time at The Valley lasted two seasons comprising of 63 appearances and ten goals – one of them the winner against a visiting Royals side last March. The Welsh international scored his first goal for Saturday’s opponents in September against Leeds, and was again on target when Blackburn visited Stadium MK a month later. Having signed a two-year deal his current contract with MK Dons is set to expire in 2017.
A Manchester United player during their 2000/01 Premier League title winning campaign, Chadwick joined the Red Devils’ Academy in 1997. He made 22 appearances that season including a substitute appearance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Quarter Final. Joining the Royals on loan from United in 2003 he opened his account in the 13th minute of his debut against Gillingham. After helping Alan Pardew’s side reach the Play-off semi-finals, Chadwick left to spend the following season with Division One Burnley before a permanent move to West Ham in 2004. From there he had stays with Stoke and Norwich before becoming an MK Dons player on a permanent basis in January 2009, where he made over 200 league appearances across a five year spell.
Another Premier League winner during his time, Upson has also represented his country in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. His career began with Luton Town before a move to the red side of North London in May 1997. He was part of Arsenal’s title winning campaign during the 2001/2 season but injury struck in early February as the Gunners went on to win the double. He spent the first half of the subsequent season on loan at Madejski Stadium, making 15 appearances and contributing a goal before a permanent move to Birmingham that January. West Ham made a seven figure bid to bring the defender to Upton Park, and after a century of games for the Hammers he now finds himself a player at Stadium MK having joined up with the club on a free transfer last summer.
Afobe made the headlines recently for being Premier League Bournemouth’s record signing from Championship side Wolves and is another player who has donned both shirts during his career. A prolific goal scorer with Arsenal at youth level, he signed on professional terms with the Gunners in 2010. His first taste of senior team football came later that year through a loan spell with Huddersfield, where he netted eight goals in 35 appearances for the Terriers. Brian McDermott brought the forward on loan to Reading in 2012 where he made three appearances in wins against Blackpool, West Ham and Southampton. Further loan spells with Bolton, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday were to follow before half a season spent with MK Dons, totalling 18(+12) games and 119 goals scored.
Part of the QPR side who gained promotion to the Premier League in 2011 for the first time in 15 years, Mackie’s career began with Wimbledon as a trainee in 2003. He then became an MK Dons player in 2004 before moving to Exeter City in August 2005. A first team regular as a Grecian, Mackie’s goal scoring form lead to a transfer to Plymouth Argyle in early 2008 where he spent the remainder of two seasons. QPR signed the forward in August 2010 and within a year they were promoted to the top flight as champions. Nottingham Forest then acquired the Scotsman’s services in 2013, and it was from the City Ground that Mackie joined the Royals on loan for the extent of the 2014/15 league season. In the summer he then returned to Loftus Road for a second coming.