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Five Royals who also soared as an Eagle...

9 March 2016

A look at five Royals who have played for Palace

Friday plays host to Crystal Palace’s visit to Madejski Stadium for our FA Cup quarter-final clash, so as per usual, in the build-up we take a look back at those players who have donned both shirts during their career!

One again the list seems to be a fairly long one, with the likes of Kevin Doyle, Glen Little, John Oster and Stephen Hunt just a few not to have made the profiles below.

The current Crystal Palace manager and former Reading gaffer Alan Pardew also makes the list, but as profiles go, his again hasn't quite made the cut! So without further ado, here a five players that have played for both…

Paul McShane

Part of the current crop at Reading, skipper Paul McShane owes his spot on this list to a loan spell at Selhurst Park halfway through the 2011/12 Championship season. Having spent the back half of the previous campaign on loan away from the KC Stadium with Barnsley, this time the Eagles were the defender's chosen destination, and he made 9(+3) appearances for Dougie Freedman’s side before returning to play an important part in Hull’s promotion winning season of 2012/13. The Republic of Ireland international scored on the last day of the season as the Tigers found themselves Premier League bound, and McShane played 30 games in the top flight before joining Reading back in the Championship at the start of the current season. The former Manchester United, West Brom and Sunderland centre-back made his debut for the Royals in our opening match of the season away to Birmingham, and scored his first goal at Madejski Stadium against his former employers in the club's 3-1 dismissal of West Brom in the fifth round of the FA Cup.   

Mikele Leigertwood

Starting his career with Wimbledon, Leigertwood joined Crystal Palace in February 2004 off the back of a loan spell with Leyton Orient in Division Three. He made his debut in a 6-3 victory over Stoke at Selhurst Park, and progressed in midfield to make 15 appearances that season, including starting in the play-off final against West Ham, as Iain Dowie’s soon-to-be Premier League outfit beat the Hammers 1-0 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He went on to appear in another play-off scenario against Watford at the end of the 2005/06 season, but unfortunately promotion wasn’t to follow, and Leigertwood left Palace that summer to join top flight side Sheffield United. His spell as a Royal came at the end of a four-year affiliation with QPR, the midfielder partnering up with Brian McDermott’s men on the back of a successful loan spell at Madejski Stadium a quarter of the way through the 2010/11 season. A Premier League player for the 2012/13 season, Leigertwood went on to make 105(+4) appearances before parting with the club at the end of the following year.

Jobi McAnuff

Starting his career at Wimbledon alongside Mikele Leigertwood, McAnuff enjoyed 82(+22) appearances for the Dons before a short spell with West Ham, all prior to a move to Wales with Cardiff in 2004. His connection with Crystal Palace came in the summer of 2005 where he joined the Selhurst Park side and starred as a winger, scoring eight goals in his first season as Palace were knocked out of the play-offs by eventual winners Watford. Impressive performances were catching the eyes of several clubs, and in August 2009 McAnuff became a Reading player, where he would go on to be only one of two men to successful captain a Royals team bound for the Premier League. Alongside 38 appearances in that top flight season, who could forget his jinking solo run an Anfield which almost ended in the of the greatest FA Cup goals, or his semi-final strike away at Cardiff which sealed the Royals’ route to Wembley in 2011. Ending his career in blue and white hoops with 198(+8) appearances, McAnuff also remains eighth in Madejski Stadium’s all-time appearance makers. 

Alex McCarthy

Current stopper at Selhurst Park, McCarthy’s career began here at Reading, where the Academy graduate made his debut for the senior team after having joined the Royals on a scholarship, aged just 16. His time in the Academy lasted just over two years, and he was part of a crop of players that included several future first team players such as Alex Pearce, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jem Karacan. Signing professional in 2008, McCarthy progressed to be known as a fierce pair of hands between the sticks, with a notable performance against Liverpool earning the youngster esteemed praise and the plaudits that he could easily make his mark within the Premier League. He did just that by signing for QPR in 2014, and then after a short stay at Loftus Road, Alan Pardew brought the promising young goalkeeper to Selhurst Park, and he made his debut for Palace in a 3-1 victory away to Norwich. Battling out with Welsh international Wayne Hennessey for the number one jersey, McCarthy has overcome injury troubles and was named back in the starting eleven for the first time against Liverpool, since injury hit way back in September.       

Glenn Murray

A striker with a proven record for scoring goals, Murray joined Carlisle United in 2004, and achieved back-to-back promotions from non-League and into League One, ready for the 2006/07 season. Loan spells with Stockport County and Rochdale were to follow that campaign, before a transfer to the latter that January, where by the end of the season Murray had notched up 16 goals in 33 appearances for Dale. Brighton acquired the in-form frontman’s signature in January 2008, and over three-and-a-half seasons with the Seagulls, Murray made 117(+19) appearances and scored 56 goals, with 22 of them coming in the 2010/11 League One title winning season. A move to Crystal Palace transpired in May 2011, and by the end of his second season as an Eagle, he had equated 30 league goals, enough to help send Palace to the Premier League via a play-off final. Murray played his football in blue and white hoops at the start of the 2014/15 season, having joined the Royals on a short term loan that September. Scoring twice on his debut, and three more times in the league, he returned to Palace in January before joining Bournemouth at the start of the current campaign, looking to carry on his goalscoring form with the Cherries.

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