Martin Butler



Years at the club: 2000 - 03
Date of birth: 15/09/1974
Birth place: Dudley
Position: Striker
Appearances: 98 (20)
Goals: 36
Clubs: Walsall, Cambridge Utd., Rotherham Utd., Grimsby Town
Honours: Reading: Player of the Year 2001, Second Division runner up 2001-02 Indiviual awards: PFA Division Three Award 1998/99, PFA Division Two Award 2000/01,

He started his career at Walsall, where he rose through the youth ranks and following great success he made his senior debut in the 1993-94 season. But he enjoyed greater success at Cambridge United after he joined them for £22,500 in the summer of 1997. #

A prolific spell at the Abbey Stadium, scoring 41 goals in 104 League appearances, prompted Reading to pay £750,000 for his services, a joint record transfer paid, in February 2000.

Butler continued his fine goal-scoring form - including a goal in the 2000-01 Football League Second Division Playoff Final in May 2001, although Reading went on to lose the match 3-2 to Walsall. That season proved very fruitful for Martin. Not only in terms of goals (28 for the season), but his hardworking style saw him lift a PFA Divisional award and voted Reading supporters ”Player of the Year”
After suffering a serious ankle and ligament he did not play again until April 2002, but his goals, and a great partnership with fellow striker Jamie Cureton that season, still helped Reading to get promotion to the First Division as runners-up.

After his injury, Butler could not recapture the form for Reading that he'd shown before, and after floating in and out of the first team, he was sold to Rotherham United in a £150,000 deal in August 2003.Martin made 103 appearances for “The Royals”, scoring 36 goals

Did you know?


Martin Hicks, 1978-1991

Martin holds the club appearance record. He made 603 first team appearances in all competitions.


Neil Webb, 1978-1982

Neil won 26 full England caps, the FA Cup and League Cup.


Bill Davies, 1953-1961

Bill totalled 226 appearances for Reading, playing in every game of the 1958/59 season.


Trevor Senior, 1983-87 / 1988-92

The greatest goalscorer in the club's history, Trevor scored 191 goals in 362 appearances.

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