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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 September, 2004, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Reading's cult heroes

This vote is now closed.

Focus viewers have named Robin Friday the Royals' all-time cult hero.

Friday romped home in the voting ahead of Phil Parkinson and Michael Gilkes.


He was the epitome of a "flawed genius," graced with incredible talent, but having a wild and unpredictable temperament that could see him kissing a policeman one match, pulling down an opponent's shorts in a second, and being sent-off and taking a dump in the opposition's bath in a third. Robin Friday was one of those characters that only crop up in football only once or twice in a lifetime. Anyone who saw him play for Hayes, Reading or Cardiff will tell you he was a flawed genius - wild and unpredictable on and off the field, yet with a footballing talent that surpassed anything any of us had ever seen.
Tony Chapman

Never saw him play but he's a legend at the club. Playboy lifestyle and the best football player you never heard of.
Steven Brewerton

Every Reading fan I'm sure has put him as number 1. The ultimate football bad boy, but with such talent. Even a book has been written about his remarkable career...
Matt Williams


Club stalwart. He has royal blood and anyone who has seen him play will testify. Never ducked out of a challenge, always gave 400% and not a bad player too.
Steven Brewerton

Because he gave his all for 10 years.
Ian Robertson

Now manager at Colchester United, your typical never-say-die attitude, his hard tackling, commitment and desire, and plain refusal to go out on loan to local rivals Wycombe Wanderers during a low point in Readings' history. Plus the chant 'Parky's gonna get yer' struck fear into many a midfielder!
Garry Griffin

Gave his all for the club over many years. 'Parky's gonna get ya' chants, bossed midfield for more years than he should, survived transfer listing at least once.
Barry Hayter

A complete hero throughout the mid 1990s and into the new millennium - and to nobody's surprise is doing brilliantly as Colchester manager.
David Gerrard


Immensely quick and skilful but more often than not lacking the composure when it really mattered. He would give a defender a 5yard start and still go past like the defender was stood still. An entertainer that the whole crowd would cheer on.
Matt Harris

Fastest player I have ever seen. Crowd Favourite.
Tim Taylor

Quick as lightning, mercurial goalscoring winger who stayed with the club for 13 years. Always created a buzz of anticipation whenever he got on the ball.
MJ Howard

The most exciting/infuriating player in my 35 years or so watching.
Richard Willis

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