Reading

Formation of Reading Football Club is a familiar story when it comes to the first mention. And as far as history provided by the Club, the origin of the F.C came after youngsters met-up on Gun Street to discuss the possibility to start playing football. Although the exact date is not disclosed, we know that it was in 1871. Where the first official match as Reading F.C came the following year 1872, November 21st on the open field Reading Recreation Ground. However, in 1878 it all turned a bit more serious after moving into the local Cricket Ground. Meaning that the Club played for the first time in an enclosed area, with obvious benefits. As the Club grew in strength from year to year, the Club became a natural founder of the Southern League in 1894. Which further got stronger after turning the F.C professional 1895.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

The records held by UEFA doesn’t indicate that Reading has attended any Leagues or Cups in the late to situate in the UEFA club coefficient ranking. However, what we know is that when getting promoted to the English Premier League (EPL) for the first time in the season 2006/07 the Club turned down a chance to compete in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Due to fear of wearing out the Club and face relegation to the lower division again. Yet, the inevitable and the Clubs fate seamed already pre-determined. Reading didn’t endure the test, EPL, and has since played most of its season in the Sky Bet Championship.

How many times have Reading won the Premier League title?

We already know the answer to the subject matter. Although it’s not all terrible news. As we disclosed in the previous headline, the Club did play in the top-flight for a couple of seasons. With the best recorded 8th place in season 2006/07, and that’s how far the Club has ventured in the EPL vertical. Meaning that season 2007/08 is the only season the Club kept its place in the EPL from the previous year. Telling us that Reading has seen relegation to the Championship or Sky Bet Championship as it is more known as, every time the Club made the Cut to the top-flight. As of now (2020), the Club has played in the EPL in 3 (2006/07, 2007/08, 2012/13) seasons.

Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Reading

So, the top-flight wins might not line the Clubs walls from floor to ceiling. However, Reading has indeed stood victorious on multiple occasion after the dust settled on the pitch. Worth to mention, the League and Cup name might differ from year to year, get the full understanding by discovering our subjects on Leagues and Cups. However, let’s start with 2 (2011/12, 2005/06) Sky Bet Championship wins. Followed by 1 (1993/94) Division 2 victory, 1 (1987/88) Simon Cup, also known as Full Members Cup, and 1 (1985/86) Division three win. Plus, crowned champion 1 (1978/79) time in Division Four, 1 (1940/41) London Cup, and 1 (1937/38) Division 3 Southern Section Challenge Cup, 1 (1925/26) Division three, south success. All started with its 1 (1910/11) Second Division South championship trophy.

Kit and colours

The history of Reading’s home football kit and colour has seen limited changed during the year’s. And there has only really been a couple of notable changes since 1871. Where the Club first played in navy blue and white hooped shirt and socks, with white shorts. However, going forward, the stripes eventually changed orientation and featured in a vertical pattern instead. Although the Club did return to the hooped shirts in some seasons here and there. The last significant change was in the seasons 1965/66 to 1968/69 the Club adopted an all-sky blue kit, which got re-cycled between 1993 to 1991, in multiple combinations and designs. Other than that, blue, and white design have been the choice from the Club on all occasions.

Reading’s social responsibilities

The organisation, Reading FC Community Trust knows how huge impact football can have on a community, where the Club is taking its influences on a severe level. The way the Club chose to offer its community a helping hand and get more connected to the surrounding area is by organising after school projects, hosting disability sport, and educational programmes to mention some of them. All with the wanted result, add positive values and change people’s overall attitude. Simpler worded, a more fulfilling, and a healthier lifestyle, by activating yourself.

Stadiums and capacity

A long story summary, this is roughly how the evolution of Reading and its home grounds has developed during the years. First of the Club started at Reading Recreation Ground (1878), closely followed by the local Cricket Ground (1878 to 1882), and the Coley Park (1882 to 1889). But also the Caversham Cricket Ground (1889 to 1896), that was the last multipurpose stadium for the Club. After this, the Club moved to Elm Park and took on its competitors from September 5th 1896. However, due to the Taylor Report, the Elm Park stadium did not quite meet the criteria. As a result, the Club bought a former landfill to start from fresh in season 1998/99 and build new grounds, Madejski Stadium, which has been the home grounds for the Club ever since.

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Reading’s fan base

Currently, Madejski Stadium can handle the volume, 24,161. However, is this number scalable and are the Club filling the seats? Looking at the rough home attendance numbers for season 2019/20 it seems that Reading fills its stadium to around 60%, which means that the Club has plenty of room to grow. Telling us that approximately 14,500 show up on the home matches, while 18,400 buy a ticket for an away game.

Women football in Reading

The women football association has not always been a direct outcome from the Club. In fact, the first official women’s football Club associated with the men’s team where initially the Twyford Comets, back in 1988. Yet, a restructure in 2006 made the women’s Club or extension obsolete were the decided to rinse and repeat. And start the whole thing over again, meaning that the original women’s affiliation got cut while making the new, FC Women the official Club change. So far the women have won 1 (2007/08) South West Combination Women’s Football League, 1 (2012/13) FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division. And last but certainly not least, 1 (2015) FA Women’s Super League 2 trophies.

Stakeholders and other financial interests in Reading

To its finest component, Reading Football Club Ltd, controls by 95.38% from the Chinese investor, and businessman Yongge Dai. This via the Renhe Sports Management Co Ltd, fully owned by Mr Yongge. Other than the main shareholder, the Club also has a close working relationship with an online bookmaker. But also a drink company, and a sportswear distributor, to mention a few.

Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia

Did you know that the largest win the Club ever produced was on September 4th 1946, after beating Crystal Palace with 12 to 4 in a Third Division South match? The Sky Bet Championship Club, Reading F.C, or “The Royals” used to carry the nickname “The Biscuitmen.” This came to be after the close location between the Club and a British biscuit company situated in Berkshire.