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4 May 2016

A selection of Reading players who played for Blackburn...

The Royals face off against Blackburn on Saturday in the final outing of the season - the Lancashire club currently sit one place above us, with only goal difference separating the sides.

Ahead of the clash at Ewood Park, we look back at five players who have worn both patterns of blue and white...

Danny Guthrie

Guthrie’s youth career was split between Manchester United and then Liverpool, for whom he made his first senior appearance in 2006. He moved on loan to Southampton and Bolton before signing for Newcastle for a fee believed to be in the region of £2.5 million. Released by the Magpies in 2012, he then signed a three-year contract with Reading where he scored his first goal in only his second game by beating Chelsea’s Petr Cech with a free-kick. Following two months on loan with Fulham in 2015 he then signed a two-year deal with Blackburn Rovers, and has made 17 appearances to date.

Steven Reid

Reid began his career with Millwall in 1998 before moving to Ewood Park in 2003.  He was beset by some nasty injuries during his time with the club, including missing most of the 2005/06 season and the entirety of the 2008/09, but still made 113 appearances and had 6 goals to his name. During his time at Blackburn, the right-back claimed a Premier League Goal of the Month award - a stunning volley from 30 yards against near neighbours Blackburn. Reid has also represented QPR, West Brom and Burnley as well as winning 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland and scoring twice.  Whilst he didn't represent the Royals in his playing career, Reid was appointed first-team coach of the Royals in last summer as he moved into his first role on the other side of the white line.


‘The Yak’ started his career in the Nigerian Premier League before moving to Israeli team Maccabi Haifa, for whom he scored seven goals in eight appearances including a hat-trick over Olympiakos and a penalty in the 3-0 win over Manchester United. This led to a great deal of interest from English clubs and led to the striker appearing in over 250 Premier League matches during spells with Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn. He also became the second highest African goalscorer in Premier League history with 96 goals.  17 of those goals came from 30 appearances at the Ewood Park club, including four goals in a 4-2 defeat of Swansea. The Royals signed Yakubu in February 2015 and he represent the club 11 times, scoring his only goal against Derby in the FA Cup.  He now represents Kayserispor in Turkey.

Jason Roberts

After failing to make an impact with Wolves, Roberts signed for Bristol Rovers in 1998. Where he quickly established himself in the first team, scoring 38 goals in his two seasons at the club. He then proceeded to move to West Brom and Wigan and hit the net 62 times over the course of six seasons (four at West Brom and two at Wigan) and struck one goal whilst on loan at Portsmouth. In 2006, he joined Blackburn Rovers on a four-year contract and went on to make 134 appearances for the club, netting 24 times. Then in 2012 Roberts signed for Reading marked his debut with a goal against Bristol City.  He went on to help the team to an eight-game winning run, scoring four and assisting five, en route to promotion to the Premier League as Championship title winners.

Zurab Khizanishvili

Georgian international Khizanishvili has 93 caps to his name; he first move to these shores to join Scottish outfit Dundee in 2001, where he made 43 league appearances before joining Rangers.  The defender then spent a season on loan at Ewood Park before the move permanent in 2006.  Game-time was somewhat limited during his five years with the Lancashire club, meaning he sought first-team action elsewhere - he featured seven times for Newcastle on loan and then made 37 appearances for Reading over two separate spells, the last of which was a play-off final defeat to Swansea in 2011.

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