Reading

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
114 32 23 591 136 186 -50 119 3

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Nicky Shorey 90
Marcus Hahnemann 76
James Harper 76
Ivar Ingimarsson 73
Stephen Hunt 72
Kevin Doyle 68
Graeme Murty 51
Shane Long 50
Dave Kitson 47
Leroy Lita 47

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Kevin Doyle 19
Dave Kitson 12
Adam Le Fondre 12
James Harper 9
Stephen Hunt 9
Leroy Lita 8
Hal Robson-Kanu 7
Jimmy Kebe 5
Shane Long 5
Pavel Pogrebnyak 5

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Reading 6-0 West Ham United 1st January 2007 2006-2007
Derby County 0-4 Reading 11th May 2008 2007-2008
Fulham 2-4 Reading 4th May 2013 2012-2013
Reading 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur 12th November 2006 2006-2007
Reading 3-1 Sheffield United 20th January 2007 2006-2007
Bolton Wanderers 1-3 Reading 21st April 2007 2006-2007
Reading 3-1 Liverpool FC 8th December 2007 2007-2008
Reading 2-0 Charlton Athletic 18th November 2006 2006-2007
Manchester City 0-2 Reading 3rd February 2007 2006-2007
Reading 2-0 Aston Villa 10th February 2007 2006-2007

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Reading 0-4 Arsenal 22nd October 2006 2006-2007
Portsmouth 7-4 Reading 29th September 2007 2007-2008
Reading 2-5 Arsenal 17th December 2012 2012-2013
Arsenal 4-1 Reading 30th March 2013 2012-2013
Bolton Wanderers 3-0 Reading 25th August 2007 2007-2008
Reading 0-3 West Ham United 1st September 2007 2007-2008
Newcastle United 3-0 Reading 5th April 2008 2007-2008
Sunderland 3-0 Reading 11th December 2012 2012-2013
Reading 0-3 Wigan Athletic 23rd February 2013 2012-2013
Tottenham Hotspur 6-4 Reading 29th December 2007 2007-2008

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Steve Coppell 2 12th May 2009
Brian McDermott 1 11th March 2013
Nigel Adkins 1 15th December 2014

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Reading 0-0 Blackburn Rovers 29th March 2008 24,374 2007-2008
Reading 2-1 Everton 17th November 2012 24,184 2012-2013
Reading 1-0 West Ham United 29th December 2012 24,183 2012-2013
Reading 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur 16th September 2012 24,160 2012-2013
Reading 0-0 Liverpool FC 13th April 2013 24,139 2012-2013
Reading 0-2 Manchester United 19th January 2008 24,135 2007-2008
Reading 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur 3rd May 2008 24,125 2007-2008
Reading 2-5 Arsenal 17th December 2012 24,125 2012-2013
Reading 2-0 Aston Villa 10th February 2007 24,122 2006-2007
Reading 1-2 Liverpool FC 7th April 2007 24,121 2006-2007

 

Intro

Reading enjoyed a lively start to their Premier League career and surprised many in their debut campaign. Rather than fight relegation, Steve Coppell’s energetic Royals were in the shake-up for European qualifying positions until the final day of the season and finished a fabulous eighth in the table. Their next two seasons in the top-flight were more of the anticipated struggle which ended with the heartache of relegation but Reading will hope to be back in the future with recently newly-appointed boss, Paul Clement.

 

2006-2007

Reading made an electrifying start to their Premier League life by coming from two goals down to beat Middlesbrough 3-2. It would start the trend for an outstanding debut season in the top-flight. Manchester United were held 1-1 in September, Tottenham Hotspur beaten 3-1 in November and West Ham United humiliated 6-0 on New Years’ Day which remains the Royals biggest-ever Premier League win.

Two Steve Sidwell goals against Aston Villa in February took Reading into the dizzy heights of sixth in the table. By early May, there were real hopes of a debut campaign in Europe but a shocking 2-0 home loss to already relegated Watford ended those hopes. Nevertheless, Reading finished a brilliant eighth in the table, ahead of the likes of Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Manchester City in the final standings.

 

2007-2008

Hopes were high for Reading to build on their excellent debut Premier League campaign and a hard-fought goalless draw on the opening weekend at Old Trafford suggested another promising season ahead. However, a leaky defensive line would ruin those hopes. Reading lost 7-4 at Portsmouth, 6-4 to Tottenham Hotspur and 4-2 against Blackburn Rovers.

The high point of the season was a 3-1 success over Liverpool FC in December which was the first time the Reds lost domestically in the season. However, the team suffered an extremely poor run of form at the start of 2008. A club-record was equalled of eight successive defeats which plunged Reading into the bottom three.

Consecutive victories over Middlesbrough and Manchester City propelled Coppell’s side upto 13th in the table but they managed just one more victory before the final day of the season. On the last Sunday, the Berkshire club thrashed hapless Derby County 4-0 but Fulham’s away victory at Portsmouth ensured their safety and condemned Reading to relegation. Despite scoring more goals than the likes of Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers who all survived, Reading’s brittle defensive line, conceding 66 goals would turn out to be their ultimate downfall.

 

2012-2013

After a four-year absence, the Royals returned to the Premier League spotlight as champions of the Championship. They began the season with a late draw at home to Stoke City but there would be no Premier League victory until mid-November when Everton were defeated 2-1. A run of four wins in six games just after the festive period brightened the hopes of potential salvation and it was a run that earned Brian McDermott Manager of the Month honours for January.

They were helped by the goals of Adam Le Fondre, who often came off the substitute’s bench to make a crucial difference. This included two goals to earn a victory at St James’ Park and another late double to earn a 2-2 draw with reigning European champions Chelsea. Le Fondre ended with 12 league goals at the end of the season.

McDermott was sacked in mid-March after successive home losses to relegation rivals Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa. Ex-Southampton boss Nigel Adkins succeeded him but the damage had already been done and a goalless draw at home to Queens Park Rangers at the end of April saw both clubs relegated to the Championship.

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