A pair that wore Blue and White and Black and Gold...Saturday afternoon will see the Royals return home in Championship action as Jaap Stam's side look to bounce back in front of the home fans to take an important three points.
Ahead of our big meeting this weekend with Wolverhampton Wanderers, we look back at two notable Royals that represented both the Berkshire and Black Country clubs during two memorable careers...
Former Reading club captain Ady Williams made his first appearance for the Royals in the 1991-92 season having a big impact in the Reading team for the next six years at the club. In his first spell in the Blue and White hoops, Williams pulled off the remarkable feat of wearing every shirt number from 1-11 as well as substitute numbers 12 and 14 over the seasons, as he got a reputation for his talent and versatility on the pitch.
The Reading legend was also part of the side that went within a whisker of winning promotion to the Premier League, when the top division had the number of teams reduced from 22 to 20 in 1994-95. The Royals finished second in Division One that campaign but were forced to face Bolton Wanderers in a play-off at Wembley to decide who would win promotion to England’s top tier. The rest is history…
In 1996 Williams joined Saturday’s visitors Wolverhampton Wanderers where he spent four years. In a less successful spell than his time with the Royals, mainly due to injury, Williams made 36 during his time in the Black Country. Ady made a return to the Royals in 2000, playing a big role in the club's promotion back to Division One in 2001-02 under the stewardship of Alan Pardew.
A former shot-stopper for the United States national team, Marcus Hahnemann was a firm fan favourite during his time as a Royal. Starting his career State-side, Hahnemann arrived in England with Fulham from Colorado Rapids in 1999, where he played understudy to Dutch international and future Manchester United number one Edwin Van Der Sar.
Having been brought to Reading in 2001 by manager Alan Pardew, the Seattle-born stopper would become one of the greats to keep watch between the sticks at Madejski Stadium. Over 302 starts for the Royals, Marcus played a part in two promotions, most notably in the club’s record breaking 2005/06 season. The Royals took the Championship by storm that campaign, winning the title and earning promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.
Hahnemann stayed as number one the following season as Reading notched their highest ever finish in English football, ending the 2006/07 season an impressive eighth in the Premier League table. In 2009 Hahnemann moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers who were newly promoted to the Premier League. He spend two season at Molineux, making 44 appearances for Wolves before a brief move to Everton and finally ending his career in the MLS with Seattle Sounders.
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