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Madejski Men, Part 7 | From McAnuff to Obinna

Plenty more big names in latest list

27 June 2018

Now that the Reading squad is back in training, we take a look at the 7th instalment of our Madejski Men series!

RG2's all-time leading appearance maker appears in this week's piece, no prizes for guessing who that is...

We continue our build-up to celebrating 20 years at our home in the 2018-19 season, which will start on a Friday night under the lights against Frank Lampard's Derby County side.

(And if you want to see all 245 Madejski Men profiled in full, just click here!)

Goalkeepers

Alex McCarthy (34 Madejski Stadium appearances)

Just the one goalkeeper on our alphabetical rundown of Madejski Men this week, but Alex McCarthy has gone on to become an established Premier League star after his eventual departure from RG2. 

The Royals' Academy graduate joined our youth setup as a scholar aged 16, and he was part of a group that included several future first team players including Alex Pearce, Gylfi Sigurdsson and eventual club captain Jem Karacan.

His first taste of senior football came as injury cover to Adam Federici back in 2010, with the stopper stepping up to complete the season between the posts - making 15 appearances in all in his first campaign.

Time on loan at Leeds United and Ipswich Town helped McCarthy gain first team experience, and he eventually ended up jostling for the #1 shirt with Federici the following season. His first senior England call-up was the first of its kind by a graduate of the Royals' Academy since its inception in 1998.

He's now become first-choice goalkeeper at Southampton, capitalising on a run of games in the absence of Fraser Forster and keeping his place with the Hampshire side.

Defenders

Graeme Murty (165+6 Madejski Stadium appearances)

Madejski Stadium's all-time leading appearance maker, inspirational captain and welcome back through the gates in RG2 whenever he wants to watch a Reading game, Graeme Murty has firmly enshrined himself as a legend of Reading Football Club.

A graduate of the academy at York City, Murty made his way through into the first team fold with the Minstermen and quickly developed into a standout defender in the third tier at the time. He caught the attention of then-Reading manager, Tommy Burns, who moved to bring Murty to RG2 in 1998 - just as our new home was opening.

Despite a tough run of injuries in his first couple of seasons, Murty went on to recover and twice be named the club's Player of the Season - in 2001-02 and 2003-04.

He stood one of Reading’s most consistent performers at right-back, wearing the captain’s armband after Ady Williams’ departure.

The Scotland international went on to lead the club to an 8th-place finish and almost into Europe after our first season in the top flight.

After ten years as a Royal, he rightly earned a testimonial at Madejski Stadium, shortly before hanging up his boots, aged 35.

Keith McPherson (10 appearances)
Paul McShane (49+1 appearances)
Joseph Mills (8 appearances)
Matt Mills (37 appearances)
Liam Moore (48 appearances)
Sean Morrison (23 appearances)

Midfielders

Jobi McAnuff (97+5 Madejski Stadium appearances)

More than a century of appearances in RG2 have propelled Jobi McAnuff well into the top 10 of Madejski Stadium's most 'capped' players, as well as a special place in the hearts of Reading fans.

Having joined the club from Watford in 2009, his five-year tenure as a Reading player included the success of promotion to the Premier League - with the fleet-footed winger a feature of a strong Reading side.

The former Wimbledon, West Ham, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Watford winger had laid roots down at Reading like never before in his career and earned himself a spot in the Royal history books without doubt.

In July 2014, he parted company with the club, signing deal with Leyton Orient - where he still plays to this day.

Garath McCleary (75+30 appearances)
Mark McKeever (2+1 appearances)
Andy McLaren (6 appearances)
Hayden Mullins (2+1 appearances)
Scott Murray (13+6 appearances)
Jordon Mutch (3+1 appearances)
Ricky Newman (54+10 appearances)
Oliver Norwood (40+5 appearances)

Forwards

Glenn Murray (10 Madejski Stadium appearances)

While his time in RG2 was short, Glenn Murray had a typically productive time in front of goal. Having joined on loan from Crystal Palace, his 18 appearances yielded eight goals during his four months as a Reading player.

His return to Palace later in the season saw him return to the first team, scoring a further seven times in 2014-15 before joining Bournemouth for the following season. While he already established himself as a popular figure at Bournemouth's South Coast rivals, Brighton and Hove Albion, in a spell where he scored 54 times in three seasons - Murray eventually found himself back at the Amex after a season in Bournemouth.

He helped Albion into the top flight for the first time in the Premier League era, and continues to score important goals at the age of 34.

Jim McIntyre (31+19 appearances)
Yakou Meite (1+6 appearances)
Joseph Mendes (1+6 appearances)
David Mooney (2+1 appearances)
Dean Morgan (7+11 appearances)
Mark Nicholls (3 appearances)
Andrija Novakovich (0+1 appearances)
Eric Obinna (2+3 appearances)

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


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