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The Tilehurst End Advent Calendar: December 2

What’s behind door number two?

Reading v Arsenal Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images

We kicked off our advent calendar of famous Reading moments yesterday with Adam Federici’s goal against Cardiff City. Check it out here.

Graeme Murty

  • Position: Right back
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Total Reading FC appearances: 306
  • Total Reading FC goals: 2

Memorable Moment

Who else but the captain of the finest side in Reading’s history to represent the number two shirt for Reading? Graeme M-U-R-T-Y is surely one of the best players to have pulled on the blue and white hoops, and was a key component in Steve Coppell’s brilliant 106 points-winning team.

One of the high points in that 2005/06 season came on April 30 2006, in a home game against Queens Park Rangers. The Royals went into the game having scored 98 goals, and were sitting on 103 points, two shy of Sunderland’s then-record of 105 - set seven years previously.

Paul Furlong had equalised for the away side after Dave Kitson’s opener, but fate would prove to be in Reading’s favour. Skipper Murty found the winner from the spot, before charging down the pitch to start a mass bundle of Kingsley.

The strike was not just a fitting reward for Murty, but it also secured the famous 106 points record, and the incredible achievement of 99 goals scored.

Take a look at the footage below: