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Madejski Men, Part 3 | From Crawford to Gamble...

The third instalment of our player profiles

30 May 2018

Each week during the off-season, we are profiling batches of players to have represented the Royals in RG2 since we first stepped out at Madejski Stadium in 1998.

Almost 20 years have past since we began calling this ground our new home, and 245 individuals have taken to the pitch wearing our blue and white hoops (or various colours of goalkeeping jerseys, for that matter!)

So in strictly alphabetical order, here is the third group…

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

Goalkeepers

Adam Federici (124+1 Madejski Stadium appearances)

Only one goalkeeper comes into this list; a noteworthy name indeed.  Over a decade spent with the club, and a Player of the Season award to sit on the mantlepiece, Aussie stopper Adam Federici was a well-established figure between the sticks.

It was in 2005 when he signed for Reading, so determined to do so that he slept on Ibrahima Sonko’s sofa for a short period of time.  With Marcus Hahnemann the preferred choice initially, he got gametime under his belt with loans at Maidenhead, Northwood, Carshalton and Southend.  But injury to the American paved a route to regular selection in the 2008/09 season – and he even joined the ranks of Royals to score at Madejski Stadium when he scrambled in a last-minute equaliser against Cardiff on Boxing Day!

He departed for AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League in the summer of 2015, shortly after being named as the supporters’ choice for the Royals’ Player of the Season.

Defenders

Shaun Cummings (41+1 Madejski Stadium appearances)

Right-back Shaun Cummings gathered more appearances in RG2 than any other defender in this batch – a total of 42 home appearances over the course of six seasons spent as a Royal, including one on the Premier League.

He always had competition for his place during his stay at Madejski Stadium – Andy Griffin was the regular in the full-back spot during his first two years, although a play-off semi-final win against Cardiff in 2011 saw the Jamaican perform heroics as a makeshift winger.  The Royals missed out that year… but they went on to win the Championship title the following year, with Cummings a regular in the division’s tightest defence.

Cummings moved to Millwall in 2015 and spent two years at the Den – and then, after moving to Rotherham last summer, he made 14 first-team appearances for the Millers as they were promoted back to the Championship.

Tomasz Cywka (0+3 apps)
Scott Davies (2+1 apps)
Ulises De La Cruz (9+2 apps)
Michael Dobson (0+1 apps)
Michael Duberry (27 apps)
Tommy Elphick (1+1 apps)
Anton Ferdinand (11+1 apps)

Midfielders

Royston Drenthe (7+6 Madejski Stadium appearances)

Winger Royston Drenthe was something of a character in the Royals squad during the 2013/14 season in RG2, in which he made 13 home appearances in total.

His two goals for the Royals both came away from home – and within three days of each other.  The first was an equaliser away at Brighton and the second was a free-kick in a 4-2 demolition of Leeds United.

Drenthe, who had begun his pro career with Feyenoord and represented Real Madrid, spent the 2014/15 campaign on loan at Sheffield Wednesday before leaving these shores to join Kayseri Erciyesspor in Turkey.

Jimmy Crawford (7+5 apps)
Omar Daley (0+3 apps)
Lawson D’Ath (0+1 app)
Dave Edwards (11+4 apps)
Ryan Edwards (0+4 apps)
George Evans (22+12 apps)
Sean Evers (8+3 apps)
Emerse Fae (2+1 apps)
Alex Fernandez (2+4 apps)
Joe Gamble (3+4 apps)

Forwards

Kevin Doyle (77+9 Madejski Stadium appearances)

Irish striker Kevin Doyle made an instant impact after making the move to Madejski Stadium in 2005 – 19 goals in a maiden campaign, spearheading a prolific attack, helped the Royals to that oft-cited 106 points, romping home with the league title and ensuring a place in the Premier League.

He would go on to net 19 times for Reading in the top tier over two campaigns, before notching another 18 in our first season back in the Championship in 2008/09.  That summer, Doyle moved to Wolves, where he would spent six seasons – that included staying loyal to the Molineux club even when they suffered back-to-back relegations to drop from the Premier League to League 1.

Brief loans with QPR and Crystal Palace preceded a move across the Atlantic, where he would play his final three seasons with Colorado Rapids.  He also represented the Republic of Ireland on 62 occasions, netting 14.

Jamie Cureton (47+19 apps)
Les Ferdinand (4+5 apps)
Robert Fleck (2+1 apps)
Nicky Forster (88+18 apps)


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