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Madejski Men, Part 4 | From Goater to Hector!

Plenty of big names in latest instalment

6 June 2018

Our continuing series of Madejski Men, profiling every person to represent the Royals since our move to RG2 in 1998, moves onto part 4 this week!

Three of the top 10 all-time leading appearance makers in RG2 feature in this week's instalment of Madejski Men, including several members of the record-breaking 106 team...

Read on to find out more about some more of the people to create history at our home, but to look at every player profile, you can click here!

Take a look below for our fourth alphabetical instalment of our anthology...

Goalkeepers

Marcus Hahnemann (150 Madejski Stadium appearances)

300(+1) appearances as a Royal, 150 of those at home, but there's only one Marcus Hahnemann. A near-ever-present during his time at Reading, a pillar of consistency between the sticks and a well-loved figure in RG2, Hahnemann joined from Fulham in 2001.

He subsequently claimed the #1 spot in goal and didn't relinquish it. His service carried on throughout the divisions for the Royals, winning the Championship Goalkeeper of the Year award as Reading were promoted to the Premier League for the very first time.

A lover of heavy metal, all things mechanical and a big NFL fan, the straight-talking Hahnemann continued to impress in the Premier League, as in the club's first ever season, he served with an inspiring 13 clean sheets.

The resulting season however saw a contrast in the run of form. Despite keeping eight clean sheets, his efforts among the backline weren’t enough to keep the Royals afloat, and on the final day of the season, we were relegated on goal difference.

Hahnemann stayed with the club for the resulting season as we attempted an immediate return to the top flight, but dreams were cut short when the Royals lost to Burnley 3-0 in the Play-off semi-finals.    

He's fondly remembered on the terraces of Madejski Stadium, and he retired from the game back in 2014, aged 42.

Ben Hamer (3+1 apps)
Nicky Hammond (1 app)

Defenders

Ian Harte (45+3 Madejski Stadium appearances)

It's probably fair to say that Ian Harte was signed for the Royals in the autumn of his career, joining Madejski Stadium aged 33 from Carlisle United. However, it was soon easy to see why the Royals made the move for the experienced full-back after an 18-goal season with the Cumbrians from defence.

After scoring on his Madejski Stadium debut, Harte was soon held in high regard among Royals fans for his combative attacking style, netting 10 times as Reading played their way into the play-off final in 2011. It wasn't to be that season, but he soon played an integral part in getting the Royals promoted in the 2011-12 season.

He picked up a Championship winners' medal with 32 appearances during the Royals' promotion campaign, and shared left-back duties with Nicky Shorey upon our return to the top flight. 

A shrewd acquisition after a superbly successful career, Harte is fondly remembered by the Royals' faithful for his valuable experience and guile in helping the squad.

Scott Golbourne (2+1 apps)
Dean Gordon (0+2 apps)
Kaspars Gorkss (42 apps)
Danzell Gravenberch (1+1 apps)
Stuart Gray (24+4 apps)
Andy Griffin (36 apps)
Chris Gunter (135 apps)
Andy Gurney (38+7 apps)
Greg Halford (1+1 apps)
John Halls (4 apps)
Dan Harding (2 apps)
Michael Hector (41+5 apps)

Midfielders

James Harper (155+19 Madejski Stadium appearances)

The man with the third-highest number of appearances in RG2 is another member of the 106 contingent, with James Harper rising from the third tier with the Royals after he joined the club in February 2001.

He soon made his presence felt in the starting line-up, maintaining his place throughout the four seasons that led up to the Royals' record-breaking campaign to get promoted to the Premier League. Despite the rise in division, his place was still secure in Steve Coppell's plans - starting 36 out of 38 games in the Royals' first top-flight season!

In almost nine years in the blue and white hoops, Harper sits behind only Graeme Murty and Nicky Shorey in the all-time Madejski Stadium appearance list after being a stalwart of the Reading line-up throughout the 2000s.

Byron Glasgow (16+2 apps)
Peter Grant (15+3 apps)
Brynjar Gunnarsson (52+31 apps)
Danny Guthrie (25+9 apps)
Philip Hadland (1 app)
Callum Harriott (3+6 apps)

Forwards

Shaun Goater MBE (20+5 apps)

Very much a cult hero at Manchester City, Shaun Goater was famed for his work not only on the pitch, but off it as well. Bermudan by nationality, he was awarded an honourary MBE for his charity work off the pitch in 2003.

He signed for the Royals the same season, immediately announcing himself in the team with six goals in his first six appearances in the blue and white of Reading - partnering Nicky Forster as the Royals returned to the second tier.

Goater enjoyed a successful time as a Royal, scoring 12 times in the league in almost two seasons at the club - scoring his 200th goal in the process to round off a sterling career in football.  

Lewis Grabban (3+5 apps)

Stay tuned every Wednesday for the next batch of Madejski Men!

 

 


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