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#FestiveFavourites - Reading

We profile the five players our in-house social media team have selected to make up the iconic Reading side from the 2006/07 season.

Reading (2006/07)

Entering their first season in the top flight off the back of a record-breaking Championship campaign, Reading proved they weren’t afraid to mix it with the Premier League’s established clubs.

Under the stewardship of Steve Coppell, the Royals claimed some major scalps including Tottenham, Manchester City and a 6-0 hammering of West Ham as they finished the season eighth.

Marcus Hahnemann (GK)

Influential in Reading’s promotion from the Championship, Hahnemann rose to the occasion in the Premier League, keeping 13 clean sheets and making the more saves than any other goalkeeper.

Nicky Shorey (DF)

A Royals stalwart who proved to be an astute defender in his first Premier League season. 

Capable of delivering from set-pieces, his form earned the recognition of Steve McClaren, who handed him his England debut in a friendly against Brazil.

Ivar Ingimarsson (DF)

Hailed by Steve Coppell as his greatest ever signing, and at a cost of £175,000 from Crystal Palace, Ivar Ingimarsson’s purchase is arguably one of the best deals in Reading’s history.

A calming influence at the heart of the Royals’ defence, ‘Captain Ivar’ played every minute of the 2006/07 campaign and was a firm fan-favourite at the Madejski Stadium.

Steve Sidwell (MF)

Marshalling the midfield, Steve Sidwell was the heartbeat of Reading’s success. 

Pivotal in their promotion, he excelled in the Premier League, scoring goals against Middlesbrough, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.

Such was his brilliance; he earned a move to Chelsea at the end of the campaign, one that unfortunately didn’t work out.

Kevin Doyle (FW)

Scorer of Reading’s fastest Premier League goal, Kevin Doyle was the focal point of the Royals’ attack, chalking up more headed goals than any other player in England's top four tiers in 2007.

Despite suffering a hamstring injury that curtailed his season in March, Doyle contributed 13 Premier League goals and was nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year.

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