Most Appearances

Reading's all-time most appearance list (major competitions, minimum 250 appearances, including as substitute) is as follows:

                         LG      FA      LC      MC      ALL       SUM
 1. Martin Hicks        499+1    39      38      25+1    601+2     603
 2. Steve Death         471      33      32       0      536       536
 3. Dick Spiers         451+2    27      20       5      503+2     505
 4. Michael Gilkes      348+45   31+3    25+7    26+2    430+57    487
 5. Stuart Beavon       380+16   31+1    26+2    23+2    460+21    481
 6. Maurice Evans       407      26      15      11      459       459
 7. Steve Richardson    373+7    32      25+1    19      449+8     457
 8. Jimmy Wheeler       404+1    27       8      13      452+1     453
 9. Phil Parkinson      332+30   21      28+1    11+3    392+34    426
10. Adrian Williams     326+7    19      25+1    20      390+8     398
11. Denis Allen         331+4    24      18       0      373+4     377
12. Mick Gooding        303+11   18+1    19      16      356+12    368
13. Trevor Senior       291+10   32      16+1    12      351+11    362
14. Jerry Williams      283+26   13+1    15      17+2    328+29    357
15. James Harper        282+30   13      15+2     4+2    314+34    348
16. Graeme Murty        295+11   15+1     9       6+2    325+14    339
17. Gordon Cumming      277+18   21+1    13+1     0      311+20    331
18. Mark White          265+13   12+1    20+3     6      303+17    320
19. Johnny Walker       287      21       4       6      318       318
20. Ray Reeves          284      22       0      11      317       317
21. Nicky Shorey        283+1    15      14       4      316+1     317
22. Keith McPherson     264+7    12+1    21+1    10+1    307+10    317
23. Bert Eggo           289      23       0       0      312       312
24. Lawrie Sanchez      249+13   14      21+1     5+2    289+16    305
25. Colin Meldrum       265+1    21      16+1     0      302+2     304
26. Marcus Hahnemann    282       7       9+1     4      302+1     303
27. Steve Hetzke        254+7     8+3    28       3      293+10    303
28. Alf Messer          271      24       0       0      295       295
29. Gary Peters         243+13   14+1    19+2     1+1    277+17    294
30. Pat Earles          240+7     8+1    22       6      276+8     284
31. Ívar Ingimarsson    247+4    18      11+1     0      276+5     281
32. Stuart Lovell       177+50    7+9    13       7+3    204+62    266
33. Steve Francis       216      15      15      13      259       259
34. Steve Wood          216+3    15      10       7      248+3     251

Trevor Senior, Adrian Williams, Nicky Shorey and Gary Peters had two spells at the club. Including wartime games (1939-46), Tony McPhee made over 375 and Maurice Edelston over 350 appearances.

In this, as in the scorer lists, LG gives the number of League appearances, FA the number of FA Cup appearances, LC the number of League Cup appearances, and MI the number of appearances in other competitions. ALL gives the total number of appearances. Each number of appearances is in the form of the number of starting appearances plus the number of substitute appearances. SUM gives the total number of appearances, both starting and substitute.

For goal scoring information, see here. For information on the current squad, see here, and for all players since 1990, see here.

Successive Appearances

Steve Death holds the record of 156 consecutive games (132 League, 9 FA Cup, 15 League Cup) between 1978 and 1981. Alf Messer missed just six out of 301 games during his Reading career.

Substitute Appearances

Ralph Norton became the first Reading substitute when he replaced Peter Shreeves in the game against Watford on 21th August 1965. Douggie Webb was the first substitute to score, after replacing Dennis Allen against Colchester on 8th October 1966.

Darius Henderson holds the record of the most appearances as substitute with 71, having overhauled Stuart Lovell's previous record of 62. He also holds the record for a single season, making 39 substitute appearances in 2001-02.

Oldest and Youngest Players

Peter Castle was Reading's youngest player, aged 16 years and 48 days, when he came on as a late substitute against Watford on 30th April 2003 for what was to prove his only appearance. This beat the previous record of 16 years and 198 days, set by Steve Hetzke when he made his début against Darlington on 18th December 1971. Neil Webb was just three days older when he made his début against Mansfield on 16th February 1980. He became the youngest player to score, against Swindon on 30th August 1980, aged 17 years and 31 days.

The oldest player to appear for Reading was Jock Walker who played a remarkable 20 games after his 40th birthday, his last being on 21st March 1923 against Queen's Park Rangers, aged 40 years and 164 days. The post-war record is held by Bill Ratcliffe who played against Aldershot on 1st May 1948, seven days after his 39th birthday. He went on to play a further season for Watford. The oldest in recent years is Mick Gooding, who was 38 years and 14 days old when he made his last appearance, against Oldham on 26th April 1997. He was still probably the fittest player on the pitch.

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