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Martyn Booty

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

30/05/1971

Signed

18/01/1996

Country

England

Leicestershire-born, Booty began his career as a trainee with Coventry City, but after struggling to break into the first team he moved to Crewe Alexandra in 1993. In his three years with the club he made 95 league starts scoring five goals as a defender.

The time came in 1996 when Booty decided to move from Crewe and come to Reading for a £75,000 fee. His first goal was to be the decider when Cheltenham came to visit in an FA cup tie at Elm Park.

In the 72nd minute the game was tied at 1-1 and Booty slotted it home passed the keeper as the Royals went on to win it 2-1.

He will forever hold the record for being the first ever substitute at Madejski Stadium when he came on for Andy Bernal in the first ever game in the new stadium beside the M4, where the Royals ran away 3-0 winners over Luton Town.

During his stay in blue and white hoops, he started 79 games across the league and cup, then after his time in Berkshire, Booty went out on loan to Southend, before making the move permanent a month later.

As well as this he also moved to Chesterfield and then Huddersfield, managing more than 300 Football League appearances.

While at Huddersfield he picked up an injury hindering his playing career so in 2004, he was appointed a member of the coaching-staff, a position which he held until 2008.

At the start of the 2008/09 season he decided to strap up his boots again and play for non-league sides Curzon Ashton, Salford City and then Buxton.

In 2011 Booty decided to finally retire for good, becoming assistant manager to Gary Lowe at Hyde FC a few days short of his 40th birthday.   

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