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Madejski Men, Part 5 | From Henderson to Keown

Half-way instalment of our ongoing series

13 June 2018

We've now reached the half-way point of our 10-part Madejski Men series, with plenty of big names still to come over the summer!

So far, we've gone through league title winners and short-serving servants to the blue and white hoops, and this week is no different!

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 fifth alphabetical instalment of our anthology...

Goalkeepers

Scott Howie (45+1 Madejski Stadium appearances)

While the honour of being Madejski Stadium's first Reading goalkeeper goes to Peter van der Kwaak, Scott Howie was the Royals' first choice for the majority of our first season in RG2.

Howie was part of the last ever competitive match to take place at Elm Park, on 3rd May 1998, playing between the sticks for the Royals he was unable to keep out a 57th minute strike for Craig Bellamy as Norwich left the victors.

Howie was the first consistent presence between the posts as the Royals settled into their surroundings at Madejski Stadium. He made more than 100 appearances in all competitions in his time as a Royal between 1998 and 2001, before a move to divisional rivals Bristol Rovers materialised upon his release by Reading - after losing his place in goal to Phil Whitehead.

Anssi Jaakkola (8 apps)

Defenders

Ivar Ingimarsson (140+3 Madejski Stadium appearances)

Having been brought to the Royals by Steve Coppell, after the pair were at Brentford together, Ivar Ingimarsson was to become nothing short of a club legend. 

140 Madejski Stadium starts later, Ingimarsson’s Royal impact cannot be argued. The mild-mannered Iceland international kept three clean sheets in his first three home appearances and he scored his first Madejski Stadium goal in a 4-0 win over Crewe almost exactly a year into his Reading career.

He forged an impenetrable partnership on and off the pitch with Ibrahima Sonko that season which was to be a cornerstone in Reading’s promotion to the Premier League in 2006 and, in only Madejski Stadium’s second Premier League game, Ivar scored a top flight goal – but he was unable to celebrate the winner against Manchester City because the brave diving header that typified our fearless centre-back’s performances had left him somewhat concussed!

Whoever was going to be named Player of the Season at the climax of Reading Football Club’s greatest ever campaign in its history, would always retain a special place in Royals fans’ hearts and the club’s chronicles.

Barry Hunter (30+3 apps)
Tiago Ilori (16+5 apps)
Julian Kelly (5+3 apps)
Stephen Kelly (20+2 apps)
Martin Keown (2+1 apps)
Niall Keown (0+1 apps)

Midfielders

Jimmy Kebe (79+14 Madejski Stadium appearances)

Now a cult hero figure among Reading supporters, Jimmy Kebe joined the Royals on a two-and-a-half year deal from French club, Lens, in 2008. Full of pace on the flank, Kebe would go on and cause havoc for opposing defences as he regularly lifted the RG2 crowd onto their feet with his lung-busting runs and skill on the ball.

Kebe’s time at the club saw him reach a Play-Off final in 2011, a Championship winners' medal a year later and make his debut in the top flight of English football.

He can also add to that list one of the fastest FA Cup goals in history, slotting home after just seven seconds against West Brom in the Fifth Round.

With 31 goals to his name in the blue and white of Reading in around 190 total appearances, he eventually departed for Crystal Palace in 2013.

James Henry (5+6 apps)
Lee Hodges (23+7 apps)
Ray Houghton (8+3 apps)

Brian Howard (27+4 apps)
Andy Hughes (89+4 apps)
Stephen Hunt (67+24 apps)
Paolo Hurtado (1+1 apps)
Sammy Igoe (34+24 apps)
Ola John (7+13 apps)
Keith Jones (15+5 apps)
Jem Karacan (82+5 apps)
Liam Kelly (31+7 apps)

Forwards

Noel Hunt (55+30 Madejski Stadium appearances)

Following in the footsteps of his brother Stephen, Noel Hunt joined the Royals in July 2008 - signing from Scottish side Dundee United.

Taking up the #11 shirt in the blue and white hoops, he went straight to work. After scoring on his debut in our 2-1 Carling Cup win against Dagenham & Redbridge, his second start was also accompanied with a goal in the same competition - this time in a 5-1 drubbing of Luton at Madejski Stadium.

The Irishman’s time in a hooped shirt lasted five years, in which time he notched 39 goals and was part of the club's promotion to the Premier League ending the 2011-12 season.

Following a short spell at Leeds United, Hunt transferred to Ipswich Town on loan and made the deal permanent in January 2015 - Again joining arms with his brother, who made the move to Portman Road in 2013.

Hunt has since helped Portsmouth get promoted out of League Two, and achieved the same feat with Wigan Athletic as the Latics returned to the Championship for the 2018-19 season.

Darius Henderson (5+33 apps)


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