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💯💯 Skipper reaches double century as a Royal!

It wasn't the result he would have hoped for, but captain Liam Moore marked another milestone at Brenford on Saturday...

22 December 2020

Captain Liam Moore made his 200th appearance as a Royal at the weekend and is set to walk out of the Madejski Stadium tunnel for the 100th time when we host Luton Town on Boxing Day.

The centre-half made his Reading debut four an a half years ago, earning a Carabao Cup win over MK Dons via a penalty shootout at the Madejski.

Alongside Moore in Jaap Stam's side that evening were Anssi Jaakkola, Jake Cooper, Jordan Obita, Callum Harriot, Stephen Quinn, Liam Kelly, Joseph Mendes, Dennis Rakels, Danzell Gravenberch and...the only teammate who remains a Royal today...Tennai Watson.

Since that August evening, Moore has enjoyed a rollercoaster ride along with his Royals teammates - taking the team to Wembley and the brink of promotion to the Premier League to leading the side out at Cardiff on the final day to earn a point that ensured Championship safety was secure.

He is now approaching a century of Madejski appearances - overtaking fellow captain Jobi McAnuff in terms of Madejski Stadium caps when he took on Norwich City in RG2 earlier this month.

Only eight other men have made it into triple figures when totting up their Madejski Stadium appearances in a Royals shirt - Graeme Murty, Nicky Shorey, James Harper, Chris Gunter, Marcus Hahnemann, Ivar Ingimarsson, Adam Federici and Alex Pearce.

And on Saturday, if he is picked to start or feature from the bench, Moore will make it 99 appearances as a Royal at the Madejski. His Madejski Stadium tally will officially, however, be 100 - he has also played once at the Royals' home as an opposition player, when he came off the bench in his final game on loan with Bristol City to feature in a 1-0 defeat to Reading in January 2016.

As a Royal, he has scored six goals - and he came close to adding another to his tally with a back post volley that forced David Raya into a save in the first half at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday.

The result didn't go his way on Saturday to allow him to celebrate his 200th appearances in blue and white hoops, but the character of the man suggests his focus will be on rectifying that defeat with a team performance that earns us three points at home to the Hatters on Boxing Day.

And another milestone is approaching too - Academy graduate Andy Rinomhota is just four appearances short of his 100th game for the Royals' first team.


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