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# TEAM P W D L GF GA +/- PTS LAST 5
1 Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United 18 13 1 4 36 14 22 40 L W W W W
2 Brighton and Hove AlbionBrighton and Hove Albion 18 11 5 2 28 11 17 38 W D W W W
3 ReadingReading 18 10 4 4 25 19 6 34 W W W W W
4 Birmingham CityBirmingham City 18 8 7 3 24 19 5 31 W W D D L
5 Leeds UnitedLeeds United 18 9 2 7 21 20 1 29 W L W W W
6 Huddersfield TownHuddersfield Town 18 9 2 7 20 23 0 29 L L D L W
7 Sheffield WednesdaySheffield Wednesday 18 8 4 6 20 20 0 28 W D L L W
8 Norwich CityNorwich City 18 8 3 7 29 30 0 27 L L L L L
9 Derby CountyDerby County 18 7 5 6 16 13 3 26 W W W W L
10 FulhamFulham 18 6 7 5 25 21 4 25 L D W W L
11 Aston VillaAston Villa 18 5 10 3 21 18 3 25 W D W D W
12 Preston North EndPreston North End 18 7 4 7 23 21 2 25 D D W L W
13 Bristol CityBristol City 18 7 3 8 24 22 2 24 L L L D W
14 Ipswich TownIpswich Town 18 6 6 6 17 17 0 24 W L W D L
15 Queens Park RangersQueens Park Rangers 19 6 5 8 20 28 0 23 L L W D L
16 BrentfordBrentford 18 6 4 8 24 21 3 22 L L L W L
17 Nottingham ForestNottingham Forest 18 6 4 8 32 32 0 22 W W D L L
18 BarnsleyBarnsley 18 6 4 8 29 29 0 22 L D D D W
19 Wolverhampton WanderersWolverhampton Wanderers 19 5 6 8 21 24 0 21 W L D L D
20 Burton AlbionBurton Albion 18 4 7 7 19 24 0 19 D L D L W
21 Blackburn RoversBlackburn Rovers 18 5 4 9 20 27 0 19 W W L D L
22 Wigan AthleticWigan Athletic 18 4 6 8 16 20 0 18 W D L W L
23 Cardiff CityCardiff City 18 5 3 10 18 30 0 18 L W L L W
24 Rotherham UnitedRotherham United 18 1 4 13 18 43 0 7 L L L D L

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Reading Odds

Reading betting odds are very popular amongst bettors. With their unpredictable nature and history of sliding in and out of divisions, odds on Reading to get relegated are as common as odds on Reading to get promoted.

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History

Reading F.C are professional football club based in Berkshire, England. The club currently play in the England’s second tier, the Championship.

The history of Reading Football Club begins in 1871. A meeting was held at the Bridge Street Rooms headed by Joseph Edward Sydenham, who would go on to be Reading Football Club’s club secretary. During this meeting, it was decided a football team would be formed and so Reading Football Club were born.

In the early Reading history, a variety of grounds were used for the club’s home matches. The club first played at Reading Recreational Ground before moving to Reading Cricket Ground. Coley Park and Caversham Cricket Ground were also used. 

In 1895, the club turned professional. With Reading moving from amateur to professional status, the club’s hierarchy decided to move to a bigger stadium. Elm Park was Reading’s next destination, the club moved in in 1896.

In 1920, Reading joined the Football League Third Division South. The club struggled initially, but in the 1925/1926 season the club won the Third Division South title, and with it promotion to the Second Division.

The following season, the club achieved its best ever finish in the FA Cup, reaching the semi-final of the competition before losing out to Cardiff City.

Life in the Second Division wasn’t easy for Reading, and in the 1930/1931 season the club suffered relegation back to the third tier. Reading remained in the Third Division for 39 years, with inconsistent finishes blighting their chances of earning promotion.

Instead, the club suffered another relegation in the 1970/1971 season. The season after finishing a respectable eighth place, Reading finished in 21st and were demoted to the Fourth Division for the first time in Reading FC history.

Five consecutive seasons in the Football League’s bottom tier followed, until a third place finish in the 1975/1976 season saw the club back in the Third Division. However, the club suffered an immediate relegation and dropped back into the Fourth Division.

The 1978/1979 season saw Reading win the Fourth Division title. Again, though, Reading couldn’t sustain their progress and so they returned to the Fourth Division in the 1982/1983 season.

Reading FC’s rapidly growing reputation for yo-yoing through the Football League divisions continued, with the club playing in three different divisions in a four year spell.  In 1986, the club won the Third Division title and after four decades, they were back in the second tier of English football.

However, once more the club couldn’t maintain their success. In the 1987/1989 season the club were relegated yet again.

John Madejski bought Reading Football Club in 1990, saving the club from receivership. Madejski became chairman of the club and helped fund a brand new stadium

In 1992, the Premier League was introduced. This led to the Football League divisions being renamed - the Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three.

In the 1993/1934 season, the club stormed to a Division Two title. They were excellent in their first season back in the second tier and finished in second place. This usually won have been enough for automatic promotion, however that season saw the Premier League teams reduce from 22 to 20 so all Reading’s second place finish achieved was a place in the play-offs where they lost a thrilling final to Bolton Wanderers.

That defeat affected Reading Football Club badly. Amidst managerial changes and poor performances, the club were relegated in the 1997/1998 season.

In 1998, the club moved into their new stadium, named the Madejski stadium after the chairman John Madejski had invested £25 million into the new build.

The move seemed to inspire the Royals, and in their performances in the league began to improve. A third place finish saw the club qualify for the play-offs, but once again Reading were beaten in the final.

Reading wear not to be denied though. A season after their play-off heartache, the club earned automatic promotion back to Division One. In the club’s first season back in the top tier, the club finished in a play-off place but were beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Premier League wasn’t too far away though. In the 2005/2006 season, Reading Football Club smashed the second tier record, now called the Championship, by amassing 106 points on their way to the Championship title and Premier League football was theirs for the first time in Reading FC history.

Despite being favourites to go straight back down, Reading defied expectations and finished in a respectable eighth position in their first ever top flight season. However, the club couldn’t follow that up with another impressive season and were relegated.

Play-off final woes were never far away from Reading. In the 2008/2009 season the club finished fourth in the table but were beaten in the play-offs at the semi final stage. Two seasons later, Reading went one better and appeared in the play-off final, but once again were beaten.

Reading weren’t to be denied though, and in the 2011/2012 season the club won another Championship title, sealing their way back to the Premier League. However, the Premier League stay lasted for just one season before relegation ensured the club would be playing Championship football in the 2013/2014 season.

Since returning to the Championship, the club has, on the whole, struggled. Narrowly avoiding relegation in both 2015 and 2016, the club started their 2016/2017 campaign in England’s second tier.

Crest

The first Reading FC badge was used in 1953. This simply consisted of the letter ‘R’ embroidered onto Reading shirts. In 1981, a new Reading football badge was designed. This featured the images of three elm trees and representations of the River Thames and the River Kennet.

In 1987, a new Reading crest was created. This featured a shield shape with yellow, sky blue, royal blue and white stripes, representing Reading FC kit colours, with the name of the club and date of formation above it.

In 1996, the Reading FC football crest was dedicated to the club’s home Elm Park, that they were  due to leave shortly. It took inspiration from the 1981 badge, using the images of the elm trees in a shield shape. In a banner underneath was printed ‘Elm Park 1896-1998’.

In 1998, following the club’s move to the Madejski Stadium, a new Reading badge was designed to represent the start of a new era in the club’s history. This new crest was in the shape of a circle, with the club name and date of formation printed around the circumference. Inside the circle, the space was split into quarters, with two quarters coloured in blue and white stripes, one quarter featuring a crown and the other featuring a lion. A football was based at the centre of the circle.  

Colours

Reading FC colours are known for being royal blue and white hooped shirts worn with blue shorts and white socks. These colours have been the standard Reading FC colours for most of their history, although when the club started out Their home kits were slightly different.

In 1871, the club wore dark blue and white hooped shirts with white shorts and dark blue and white hooped socks. This kit changed in 1878, when the club wore half dark blue half white shirts worn with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks.

In 1891, the club adopted dark blue and white striped shirts with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks. This became the standard Reading kit, consistently worn until 1938.

The 1938/1939 season was the first where Reading wore blue and white hooped shirts consistently. Initially, these shirts were worn with dark blue shorts and socks, but in 1948, white shorts and blue socks were worn.

The sock colour changed to white too, and this was the standard kit until 2003. In the 2003/2004 campaign, Reading began to wear blue shorts most often, with the sock colour changing to blue the following season. 

For the 2016/2017 season, Reading wore blue and white hooped shirts with blue shorts and blue and white hooped socks.

Reading Stadium

The Reading FC stadium is the Madejski Stadium. The stadium was opened in 1998 and has been the home of Reading Football Club ever since.

The current Reading FC stadium capacity is 24,161. There are Reading stadium plans to increase the capacity in the coming years, with planning permission granted to extend the stadium to over 36,000.

The Reading FC stadium layout features four main stands. The Eamonn Dolan Stand capacity is around 5,000. The South Stand has a capacity of 4,350, and the East Stand and West Stand of the stadium house over 7,000 fans each.

Before Reading’s move to the Madejski, named after chairman John Madejski after his £25 million investment helped the ground to be built, the club played their home matches at Elm Park. Elm Park first became the home of Reading Football Club in 1896, with the ground being purpose built for Reading to play their home games.

In the early days of Reading Football Club history, The team played at Reading Recreation Ground from the date of formation to 1878, Reading Cricket Ground from 1878 to 1882, Coley Park between 1882 and 1889 and finally Caversham Cricket Ground from 1889 to 1896.

Supporters

Reading Football Club became the first to register their fans collectively as a member of the squad. In 2001, the number 13 shirt was registered as ‘Reading Fans’.

Most of Reading’s support comes from Berkshire, but there are a number of Reading FC Official Supporters Clubs throughout the country and beyond. One of the most important supporters groups is STAR, or Supporters Trust At Reading, a fan organization that maintains close ties between the club and the fans. 

Reading’s biggest rivals were Aldershot, before Aldershot went into liquidation. This was a fierce rivalry, with violence between the two sets of fans occurring on a regular basis. There is still a strong sense of rivalry between Reading and the reformed Aldershot, Aldershot Town.

Other rivals include Swindon Town and Oxford United, a rivalry known as the Didcot Triangle. There is more hatred between Swindon and Oxford, as these two sides have shared a division more often than they have with Reading.

Ownership

The Reading FC ownership structure is split into quarters. GPT Football Investment Ltd and GPT UK Investment Ltd own 25% of Reading shares each. These two companies are owned by Narin Niruttinanon. 25% of the club’s shares are owned by RFC UK Investment Co Ltd, which is owned by Sasima Srivikorn, and 25% is owned by Universal FICO Ltd, owned by Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth.

Thanakarnjanasuth, Srivikorn and Niruttinanon are also directors of Reading Football club, along with John Madejski, Nigel Howe, Ian Wood-Smith, Taweesuk Srisumrid and Theekharoj Piamphongsam.

John Madejski became Reading FC chairman in 1990. In 2012, he sold 51% of shares in the club to Anton Zingarevich and his company Thames Sport Investment. In 2014, Zingarevich left the club.

Stats

Reading FC stats begin with their all time leading appearance maker. Martin Hicks holds this record after making 603 appearances for the club, the only man in Reading FC player history who played over 600 times.

Two players did make over 500 appearances for Reading - Steve Death who played 537 times for the club, and Dick Spiers who made 505 appearances for Reading FC.

Reading’s all time leading goalscorer is Trevor Senior. Senior scored 191 goals in Reading colours. Four other players also scored over 100 goals for Reading. These are Jimmy Wheeler, who scored 168 goals, Ronnie Blackman, who scored 167 times, Tony MacPhee who finished his Reading career with 104 goals, and Tommy Tait who found the net 103 times for Reading.

Reading’s record win came in 1946, the club beating Crystal Palace 10-2 in the Third Division South. Reading’s record defeat came back in 1894, when Preston North End beat the club 18-0 in the FA Cup.

Reading also hold the unwanted record of having the worst start to a game in English football history, when after just 5 minutes and 41 seconds the club had conceded three goals. This came against Manchester United in the FA Cup in 2007.

A better record is the Championship record of 106 points in a single season, achieved by Reading in their 2005/2006 campaign in which they won the Championship title. The club at one stage held the record for the longest time without conceding a goal, goalkeeper Steve Death shut out opponents for 1,103 minutes during the 1978/1979 season. 

The highest ever attendance at Elm Park was 33, 042, the number of spectators who saw Reading play Brentford in 1927. The highest ever attendance at the Madejski Stadium is 24,160, an attendance figure achieved in 2012 when Reading played Tottenham Hotspur.

Reading Players

The current Reading FC players list includes 27 players in their first team squad and 34 players in the Reading Academy squad.

Robin Friday is one of the most famous ex Reading FC players in their history. Friday played for Reading for just two years, from 1974 to 1976, but his status as a cult hero for both Reading supporters and English football supporters lasts to this day.

The current Reading FC player of the year is Ali Al-Habsi. Colin Meldrum became the first Reading player to win this award in consecutive seasons. Meldrum won it in the 1963/1964 season and the following 1964/1965 campaign.

Shaka Hislop was the first player from outside of Europe to win the Reading player of the year award. Hislop won the award in the 1994/1995 season.

Nine players have won the Reading player of the year award twice or more. Steve Death holds the record for winning the most awards, with four awards coming in 1969/1970, 1972/1973, 1973/1974 and 1976/1977. Mick Gooding won the award three times, with Colin Meldrum, Robin Friday, Richie Bowman, Steve Richardson, Steve Wood, Phil Parkinson and Graeme Murty all winning the award twice.

Reading Manager

The current Reading FC manager is Jaap Stam. Stam took over the managerial reins in the summer of 2016, replacing Brian McDermott.

The all time longest serving Reading manager is Joe Edelston. Edelston was in charge of Reading from 1939 to 1947.

In terms of win percentage, the most successful Reading manager is Alan Pardew. Pardew led his club to victory in 104 of his 216 games in charge, giving him a win percentage of 48.15.

Two Reading managers have won LMA Manager of the Year awards. Steve Coppell won the award twice in consecutive season from 2005 to 2007. Brian McDermott won the LMA Championship Manager of the Year award for the 2011/2012 campaign.

Honours

The Reading FC honours list comprises of two second tier titles (2006 and 2012); three third tier titles (1926, 1986, 1994); and one fourth tier title (1979). 

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