The 'they never played for Reading, did they?!' XI

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The 'they never played for Reading, did they?!' XI

by Fox Talbot » 30 Apr 2020 10:14

Criteria - players of significance that the general footballing public would probably be surprised to learn had played for Reading.

All league match starters - no George Bests or Daley Thompsons friendly apps.

1, Jim Leighton
2. Nathan Ake
3. Wayne Bridge
4. Matt Upson
5. Martin Keown
6. Terry Hurlock
7. Ray Houghton
8. Royston Drenthe
9. Les Ferdinand
10. Steve Archibald
11. Michail Antonio

That's 9 internationals and 2 uncapped Englishmen. A stretch to say Drenthe actually played, I know.

Subs: Chris Woods, Graham Potter, Neil Webb, Robert Fleck, Bob Hazell.

I feel there a couple of good names missing ....

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Re: The 'they never played for Reading, did they?!' XI

by SCIAG » 30 Apr 2020 10:31

Good selection.

What about Yakubu, Chris Baird, or Ulises de la Cruz?

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Re: The 'they never played for Reading, did they?!' XI

by Old Man Andrews » 30 Apr 2020 10:34

Chalobah is worth a shout.

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Re: The 'they never played for Reading, did they?!' XI

by Simmops » 30 Apr 2020 10:48

how about youth team?

Charlie Austin.

Also in main team:
afobe
kevin lisbie
ray wallace
reece oxford
ben roberts the goalkeeper
chris makin
michael oneill
andy gray

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Re: The 'they never played for Reading, did they?!' XI

by Hendo » 30 Apr 2020 11:14

Martin Keown would also be in there.


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by Hendo » 30 Apr 2020 11:14

Could also put Shaka in there, to be honest as I know some West Ham fans who never knew he played for us :roll:

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by Nameless » 30 Apr 2020 11:19

George Best worth a mention
Matt Busby I believe played in wartime games
Jimmy Hill , Peter Bonetti

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by Fox Talbot » 30 Apr 2020 11:33

Michael O'Neill, Yakubu and Jason Roberts all good shouts.

Like the idea of 'The Ones That Got Away XI' - Charlie Austin, Jimmy Hill, Peter Osgood (allegedly), Mike Walker.

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by Fox Talbot » 30 Apr 2020 11:34

Hendo Martin Keown would also be in there.


He is!


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by The Royal Forester » 30 Apr 2020 11:44

Nameless George Best worth a mention
Matt Busby I believe played in wartime games
Jimmy Hill , Peter Bonetti

Matt Busby did play for Reading during the Second World War. He was probably stationed at Aldershot and therefore was eligible to play in league/cup games for any team he wanted, or was picked for, under wartime football rules. As Aldershot was not far away, there was likely to be quite a few more "famous" players turning out for us.

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Re: The 'they never played for Reading, did they?!' XI

by Notts Royal » 30 Apr 2020 12:15

Has it been long ago enough for Premier League fans/pundits to forget Sigurdsson & Alex McCarthy played for us?

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by Hendo » 30 Apr 2020 12:23

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Hendo Martin Keown would also be in there.


He is!


I'm clearly not adapt at this reading lark.

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by Fox Talbot » 30 Apr 2020 12:48

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Hendo Martin Keown would also be in there.


He is!


I'm clearly not adapt at this reading lark.


Adept :wink:


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Re: The 'they never played for Reading, did they?!' XI

by Sutekh » 30 Apr 2020 13:17

Fox Talbot Michael O'Neill, Yakubu and Jason Roberts all good shouts.

Like the idea of 'The Ones That Got Away XI' - Charlie Austin, Jimmy Hill, Peter Osgood (allegedly), Mike Walker.


Sam “you’ll play outfield or not at all” Bartram

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by Sutekh » 30 Apr 2020 13:20

Keith Curle

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by Hendo » 30 Apr 2020 13:32

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He is!


I'm clearly not adapt at this reading lark.


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Re: The 'they never played for Reading, did they?!' XI

by Westwood52 » 30 Apr 2020 14:24

Fox Talbot Criteria - players of significance that the general footballing public would probably be surprised to learn had played for Reading.

All league match starters - no George Bests or Daley Thompsons friendly apps.

1, Jim Leighton
2. Nathan Ake
3. Wayne Bridge
4. Matt Upson
5. Martin Keown
6. Terry Hurlock
7. Ray Houghton
8. Royston Drenthe
9. Les Ferdinand
10. Steve Archibald
11. Michail Antonio

That's 9 internationals and 2 uncapped Englishmen. A stretch to say Drenthe actually played, I know.

Subs: Chris Woods, Graham Potter, Neil Webb, Robert Fleck, Bob Hazell.

I feel there a couple of good names missing ....


You can’t count Neil Webb,local boy.

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Re: The 'they never played for Reading, did they?!' XI

by South Coast Royal » 30 Apr 2020 14:46

Kerry Dixon.

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by Fox Talbot » 30 Apr 2020 14:56

Westwood52
Fox Talbot Criteria - players of significance that the general footballing public would probably be surprised to learn had played for Reading.

All league match starters - no George Bests or Daley Thompsons friendly apps.

1, Jim Leighton
2. Nathan Ake
3. Wayne Bridge
4. Matt Upson
5. Martin Keown
6. Terry Hurlock
7. Ray Houghton
8. Royston Drenthe
9. Les Ferdinand
10. Steve Archibald
11. Michail Antonio

That's 9 internationals and 2 uncapped Englishmen. A stretch to say Drenthe actually played, I know.

Subs: Chris Woods, Graham Potter, Neil Webb, Robert Fleck, Bob Hazell.

I feel there a couple of good names missing ....


You can’t count Neil Webb,local boy.


Ian Porterfield then, going back a bit I know.

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Re: The 'they never played for Reading, did they?!' XI

by Hendo » 30 Apr 2020 14:59

Brendan as manager?

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