Date of birth
Shropshire-born midfield pass master, Danny Guthrie’s career could hardly have had better foundations; he came through the ranks at Manchester United and then Liverpool to make his professional debut as a 62nd minute replacement for Mohamed Sissoko in the Reds’ 4-3 League Cup win over the newly-promoted Royals at Anfield in October 2006.
His first start came in the Champions League, against Galatasary no less, but after a loan spell at Southampton and a season-long stay in Bolton colours, he moved permanently away from Merseyside to arrive on the banks of the Tyne with Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United in 2008.
The £2.5million acquisition played a key part in earning the Magpies promotion back to the Premier League in 2009/10 and went on to make more than 100 appearances for the St James’ Park side before signing for Brian McDermott’s Premier League-bound Reading in the summer of 2012.
He scored his first Royals goal away to Chelsea in the second game of the season, but he’d have to wait almost a year, 346 days until our opening game of the 2013/14 season to score his first Madejski Stadium goal – it came as a 75th minute winner against Ipswich, his and Le Fondre’s goals cancelling out former Royal Jay Tabb’s opener.
After falling out of favour under newly appointed Royals manager Steve Clarke, Guthrie joined Fulham on loan in March until the end of the 2014/15 Championship season in hope to re-spark his footballing adventure.