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Five Royals who have also stepped out at the Cottage

1 March 2016

Reading players that have also represented Fulham

Ahead of our Championship meeting with Fulham on Saturday, we take a look at some of those Royals who have also spent some time donning the shirt of this Saturday’s opponents.

With the list fairly long again, John Salako, Seol Ki-Hyeon, Danny Guthrie and Wayne Bridge are just a select few not to have made the profiles below. Also it bears special mention to Brian McDermott and Dave Beasant, who both have had a spell with Fulham during their playing days.

George Best also spent time with Fulham, and although he didn’t formally represent the Royals, he did step out for us as a special guest in a friendly match against New Zealand in 1984! In the profiles below, we take a look at five Royals who have also played for both…

Marcus Hahnemann

A charismatic shot stopper born in Seattle, Hahnemann was a virtual ever-present during his time in Berkshire. Having started his career stateside, he arrived in England with Fulham in 1999, and during his time at Craven Cottage played understudy to a certain Edwin van der Sar. After a short loan spell with Rochdale, he was drafted in by Alan Pardew and played a part in the Royals’ promotion to the second tier that season, however it wasn’t to be his last contribution in a hooped shirt. Signing on a permanent basis that summer, he brilliantly marshalled a watertight back four to guide Steve Coppell’s record-breaking men to the Premier League, and was named as the PFA’s Championship Goalkeeper of the Year for his achievements. He continued to deny the opposition in the top flight, and by the end of his Reading stay, Hahnemann had 302(+1) appearances to his name.        

Liam Rosenior

Currently holding down a contract on loan with Championship highflyers Brighton, Rosenior came to Reading in 2007 off the back of a transfer from Fulham, a club for whom he had been a player with for just under four years. During his time at Craven Cottage he made 87(+5) appearances, and scored a sole goal from right back in a League Cup tie against Lincoln City in September 2005. Joining the Royals on the back of the record-breaking 106 season, Rosenior made his Reading debut in the Premier League against Sunderland, one of 67(+2) games he would go on to play before a transfer to Hull in October 2010. Linking up with Nigel Pearson at the KC Stadium, Rosenior embarked on a second spell in the Premier League before joining Brighton in the summer of 2015 upon expiry of his contract with the Tigers.  

Pavel Pogrebnyak

Known by a different name during his time as a Royal, Pogrebnyak began his career at Spartak Moscow, and after a series of loan spells moved to Zenit St Petersburg in 2007 where the Russian Premier League title and Cup victory was to follow. A move to Stuttgart preceded a switch to Craven Cottage in January 2012, where he scored six goals in only 12 appearances for Fulham. Ending that loan deal in London, Pogrebnyak made the move to England permanent by signing for Brian McDermott’s Reading outfit that July. Highlights as a Royal include a memorable first goal against Chelsea, what looked like to be a late equaliser against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, and winning goals against West Ham and notably against West Bromwich Albion. The BFR then left Madejski Stadium at the end of the 2014/15 season, moving back to Russia to sign for Dynamo Moscow on a three-year deal.         

Steve Sidwell

Born in London, Sidwell was a winner of silverware from a young age as he was part of Arsenal’s youth team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2000 and 2001. Following that success, he went on loan to Brentford and then Brighton, before joining the Royals in January 2003. He struck up a formidable partnership with James Harper in the heart of midfield, having played beside the centre man during his youth days with the Gunners. He was arguably one of the major catalyst in earning Reading promotion at the end of the 2005/06 season, and another superb campaign in blue and white hoops had helped the Royals to an eight place finish in the Premier League. He parted with the club in May 2007, going on to have spells with Chelsea, Aston Villa and then Fulham, where he made 92(+19) appearances for the Craven Cottage side. He now most recently plays his football for Brighton, having signed for them on a loan deal until the end of the current Championship season.     

Nicky Shorey

Another one in the list that was a member of the record-breaking 106 team, Shorey began his career as an apprentice with Leyton Orient before Alan Pardew plucked the left-back out of Division Three to join the Royals in February 2001. Remarkably consistent throughout his long career, he earned two promotions for Reading, one to the First Division under Pardew and then with Steve Coppell’s Premier League-bound 2005/06 team. His refined left foot scored eight Madejski Stadium goals in total, and after retaining Premier League status with Aston Villa, Fulham and West Brom, he returned to the newly promoted Royals again in the 2012/13 season. Overall, Shorey made 316 starts for Reading before leaving the club in 2013, only eight starts behind the man who has made more Madejski Stadium appearances than any other, fellow full-back Graeme Murty.

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