The 2005/06 Reading team still remains the most successful team in Championship history, as Steve Coppell’s side amassed a whopping 106 points to win the title.
Winger Stephen Hunt was involved in that stellar season for the Royals, and he spoke exclusively to Football League World Chief Editor Sam Rourke about his experience in that special team.
“I played a supporting role in the 106 team”, Hunt said.
“I was tasked with coming off the bench for the last 10 or 15 minutes to try and liven the team up again or to keep the scoreline the way it was at the time”.
Despite Hunt’s somewhat minimal role in the 106 team at Reading, Hunt explained how every little segment of Reading that season just fell into place – “The mix of the 106 team was right, the goalkeeper had experience, to the full-back (Murty) who lived the life of a monk, it was a great mix of players”
“You had the young players that weren’t interested in getting on the beer all the time and who were fully focused on football and trying to prove themselves”
“We had Steve Sidwell who I played with at Brentford and he went to the next level in-terms of his performances at Reading, it just all fell into place perfectly and it was great fun”.
Hunt joined the Royals in 2005 from west London outfit Brentford, and admits his signing may have been perceived as somewhat underwhelming for the Berkshire club.
“I wasn’t a fashionable signing when I joined Reading but the manager had faith in me to come in and do well”, Hunt said.
The Irishman was of course under the tutelage of Steve Coppell during his time at the Madejski Stadium, and feels the boss was a key part in the club’s success – “Coppell was very shrewd in his ways, he was excellent with the boys, he spoke at the right times and knew what to say perfectly, he was a big reason why we did so well”.
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