Date of birth
Chris Martin has completed the paperwork on a loan move to Madejski Stadium on deadline day in January 2018, signing for the Royals from Derby County until the end of the campaign.
He joined fellow loanee Tommy Elphick at the club as our second acquisition of the January 2018 transfer window.
Chris initially came through the Academy ranks at Norwich City, making his debut at the age of 18 in a Carrow Road encounter with Wolves in January 2007 before scoring goals in four successive league games the following month.
Martin soon earned a reputation as a striker with a formidable physical attacking presence and a proven eye for goal and he totted up 117 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 34 goals in the process to help guide City to back-to-back promotions from League One and then the Championship in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
During his career at Carrow Road, he also enjoyed loan stints at Luton Town, where as a Hatter he scored in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Wembley at the tender age of 20, Crystal Palace and Swindon Town before a permanent move to Derby County in 2013.
The six foot forward became the Rams’ top goalscorer in every one of his first three seasons at Pride Park – recording 25, 21 and 15 goal hauls in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively.
Twice he earned top six finishes with Derby during that three-year period before a loan move to Fulham saw him continue his free-scoring form; once again Martin guided a side into a play-off place by achieving double figures in the goalscoring charts at Craven Cottage last season, including two goals scored in a home win over the Royals in December 2016.
He scored against Reading again earlier in the season before making his Madejski move, in Derby’s 4-2 defeat on home turf back in November 2017. Prior to joining, he had netted three times as an opponent at Madejski Stadium to date – firing his first here in a 3-3 draw with Norwich City in November 2010, before bagging a brace in Derby’s 3-0 league win over the Reading in October 2014.