Defender on his two-ton landmarkChris Gunter was stand-in skipper once again on Saturday in Paul McShane’s absence – and his appearance for the Royals took him up to a tremendous landmark of 200 appearances for our club.
Those 197 starts and three appearances off the bench – plus some incredible feats with the Welsh national team in that time – have flown by since our right-back made his move to Madejski Stadium in 2012.
Gunter has barely missed a minute of action and made no less than 63 appearances for club and country in 2016 – it won’t be long until we’re marking the next landmark!
“It’s a nice achievement to get 200 appearances for Reading,” said Gunter. “It has come around quite quickly – you don’t tend to look at stuff like that but when you’re told about it it’s always nice. It would have been even better to cap it off with a win!
“But it’s pleasing to get to such a high number for this club and good to be captain for the day. And it would be nice to get another 200 and keep going and going.
“It’s always an honour to be captain; I think we’ve got a lot of leaders in the squad, obviously Macca is an important leader for us, even when he’s injured he’s still in and around it. We’ve got some real good experience in the team, just because you’ve got the armband doesn’t mean that you’re the only one.
“We’ve got some people who’ve played a lot of games for this club as well. But it’s always nice and important for occasions like today when we wanted to win and we didn’t, we’ve been in this situation before and we stay calm and know there’s another game in a couple of days and if you can win it then today is quickly forgotten.
“With a full season and then the Euros last year it underlines the importance of looking after yourself as much as you can. I think I’m slightly fortunate that I’m not the most muscly guy in the world and don’t tend to get as many aches and pains as some of the boys.
“It’s your job to recover as well as you can and every Saturday and Tuesday get out there and give the best for the team. You can’t always guarantee the best performance you can give but there’s one thing you can control and that’s how much effort you can give.”
Appearance number 201 could come on Tuesday evening against Brentford - make sure you join us!