All-Time Premier League Record
|Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Scored||Conceded||Goal Difference||Points||No of Seasons|
Most Premier League Appearances
Most Premier League Goals
|Adam Le Fondre||12|
Biggest Premier League Victories
|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
|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|
|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
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.