2006–07 Reading F.C. season
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|FA Premier League||8th|
|FA Cup||Fifth round|
|League Cup||Third round|
Kevin Doyle (13)
Leroy Lita (14)
|Highest home attendance||24,122 (vs. Aston Villa, 10 February)|
|Lowest home attendance||10,353 (vs. Darlington, 19 September)|
The 2006–07 season was Reading Football Club's first season in the Premier League, and their first season in the top flight of English football. Reading also participated in the League Cup, beating Darlington in the second round before losing 4-3 to Liverpool at Anfield. Reading entered the FA Cup at the third round stage, defeating Burnley 3-2 and then Birmingham City by the same score to meet Manchester United in the Fifth Round. After drawing the initial game 1-1 at Old Trafford, Reading lost 2-3 in the reply 10 days later, conceding the three goals in the first 3 minutes.
Review and events 
Reading's first ever Premier League game came at home to Middlesbrough. Reading were 2-0 down after 20 minutes after goals from Stewart Downing and Yakubu Aiyegbeni, but Reading ended up 3-2 winners through goals from Dave Kitson, Steve Sidwell and Leroy Lita. Kitson was injured in a reckless tackle by Chris Riggott, and wouldn't play again until the end of January 2007.
Reading's next game was against Aston Villa. After an early lead through Kevin Doyle, Ibrahima Sonko conceded a penalty and was sent off. Juan Pablo Ángel scored the resulting penalty for Villa, and Gareth Barry scored in the 61st minute to seal a win for Villa. The Royals next played Wigan Athletic, Emile Heskey scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win for Wigan.
In September, Reading's first game was against Manchester City, live on Sky Sports at home. Ivar Ingimarsson scored the only goal, despite being knocked unconscious before scoring. The 1st game against a side promoted with Reading was Sheffield United. Kevin Doyle scored after 16 seconds and in the 25th minute, Seol Ki-Hyeon scored a 25-yard belter. Rob Hulse pulled a goal back in the 61st minute but it was not enough for Sheffield United who lost 2-1. Reading's 1st cup game came against Darlington, but Reading needed penalties after an exciting 3-3 draw. Next up were league runners up Manchester United at the Madejski. Reading insured it was goalless at half-time and went 1-0 up through a Kevin Doyle penalty after Gary Neville handballed. However, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 73rd minute goal to make it 1-1.
In October, Reading played West Ham at Upton Park and a 2nd minute goal turned out to be the winner scored by Seol. Reading vs Chelsea hit the headlines as both Chelsea goalkeepers were knocked out in a match where the visitors took a fortuitous 1-0 win. Frank Lampard scored Chelsea's goal which took two deflections before going in. The goal was given as an Ivar Ingimarsson own goal. In the same match 2), Robin Van Persie and Alexander Hleb scoring. Shane Long made his first Premier League start in this match. Reading also lost 4-3 to Liverpool in the Carling Cup (Reading were 3-0 down).
In November, Reading lost 2-0 to Liverpool (which was also the first ever league meeting between the two sides). The goals came from Dirk Kuyt.The Royals then won 3-1 against Tottenham Hotspur. Robbie Keane opened the scoring for Spurs before Nicky Shorey scored a 25-yard goal. Then Steve Sidwell scored a header on the stroke of half-time with Kevin Doyle completing the scoring to make it 3-1. Reading's next match was against Charlton. They won 2-0 with the goals coming from Seol Ki-Hyeon and Doyle. They ended the month with a 1-0 win over Fulham with a penalty kick from Doyle, after the striker had been bought down by Ian Pearce.
In December, Reading Won 1-0 at Bolton, a Kevin Doyle goal won the match. Next was Reading's longest away trip this season when Reading played Newcastle United. Reading lost 3-2, an 84th minute winner by Emre. Reading played Watford in the worst game of the season, Watford 0-0). Reading and Blackburn Rovers was the next game at the Mad Stad. Reading went 1-0 up on Half Time, but Rovers scored 2 goals to make it Reading 1-2 Rovers. Chelsea played Reading next 2 months after the teams played in Reading, it ended 2-2. Reading played Manchester United, Reading were losing 1-0, but Sonko scored to level it up. United scored 2 Goals though Ronlado made it 3-1, but Lita scored to make the final score United 3-2 Reading.
In January, Reading could not have got a better start. On New Years Day Reading put 6 past West Ham United. On the 6th Reading were due to play Burnley in the FA Cup but it was potponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but Reading beat Burnley on the Tuesday night, a 3-2 win. Reading went to Everton unbeaten in the new year, and the game ended 1-1 in a match attended by Sylvester Stallone as an Everton supporter and guest of the chairman. Reading played Sheffield United at 2-0 Reading Came a push-up in the dug out. Warnock and Downs Sent Off. Reading won 3-1. Reading Played Birmingham in the FA Cup (again). Birmingham had just enjoyed a 5-1 win at Newcastle United but they lost 3-2 to the Royals. Reading beat Wigan by the same score.
In February, Reading Beat Manchester City (Away) and Aston Villa (Home). Both ending 2-0. At Old Trafford Reading drew 1-1 with United in the FA Cup. Boro became the 1st team to beat Reading in 2007. Boro won 2-1. Reading were 3-0 down in the FA Cup 5th Round Replay against United in 5 minutes 41 seconds, but only lost 3-2.
March to May 
In March, April and May, Reading lost at Arsenal 2-1. Reading were 2-0 down, but drawing 0-0 at half-time, in the 87th minute when Arsenal scored an Own-Goal courtesy of Fabregas. Reading got a point at home to Portsmouth drawing 0-0. Reading lost to Spurs 1-0. Spurs scored a consolation penalty on half-time. Liverpool won at Reading 2-1. Liverpool's winner was in the 85th minute by Kuyt. Reading were held to a 0-0 draw at Charlton. Reading won at home to Fulham. Won at Bolton, 3-1, after being 1-0 down in the 85th minute! A midweek win at home to Newcastle United, 1-0, Kitson scored for The Royals. Reading shockingly lost to Watford at home 2-0. The final day of the season, Reading played Blackburn Rovers away and needing a win to enter the UEFA Cup, Reading drew 3-3.
First-team squad 
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Reserve/Academy squad 
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|12 July 2006||DF||Sam Sodje||Brentford||£350,000|
|12 July 2006||MF||Seol Ki-Hyeon||Wolverhampton Wanderers||£1,500,000|
|11 August 2006||DF||Andre Bikey||Lokomotiv Moscow||Season-long loan|
|25 August 2006||DF||Ulises de la Cruz||Aston Villa||Free|
|30 August 2006||DF||Péter Máté||Debrecen||Season-long loan|
|26 January 2007||GK||Mikkel Andersen||Akademisk Boldklub||Undisclosed|
|30 January 2007||DF||Alan Bennett||Cork City||Undisclosed|
|30 January 2007||DF||Greg Halford||Colchester United||Undisclosed|
|31 January 2007||DF||Michael Duberry||Stoke City||Undisclosed|
|24 April 2007||DF||Andre Bikey||Lokomotiv Moscow||£1,000,000|
|January 2007||FW||Pierre Joseph-Dubois||Released|
|January 2007||DF||Curtis Ujah||Released|
|June 2007||MF||Jonny Hayes||Released|
|11 June 2007||DF||Greg Halford||Sunderland||£2,500,000|
|1 July 2007||MF||Steve Sidwell||Chelsea||Free|
position / round
position / round
|First match||Last match|
|Premier League||—||8th||19 August 2006||13 May 2007|
|Football League Cup||2nd round||—||3rd round||19 September 2006||25 October 2006|
|FA Cup||3rd round||—||R5||9 January 2007||27 February 2007|
Results summary 
Results by round 
Source: [ ]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.
|1 19 August 2006||Reading||3–2||Middlesbrough||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Kitson 43'
|2 23 August 2006||Aston Villa||2–1||Reading||Villa Park|
|19:45 BST (UTC+01:00)||Angel 36' (pen.)
|3 26 August 2006||Wigan Athletic||1–0||Reading||JJB Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Heskey 38'||Report||Attendance: 14,636
|4 11 September 2006||Reading||1–0||Manchester City||Madejski Stadium|
|20:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Ingimarsson 23'||Report||Dabo 80'||Attendance: 24,092
|5 16 September 2006||Sheffield United||1–2||Reading||Bramall Lane|
|15:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Hulse 61'||Report||Doyle 1'
Seol Ki-Hyeon 25'
|6 23 September 2006||Reading||1–1||Manchester United||Madejski Stadium|
|17:15 BST (UTC+01:00)||Doyle 48' (pen.)||Report||Ronaldo 73'||Attendance: 24,098
|7 1 October 2006||West Ham United||0–1||Reading||Upton Park|
|14:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Report||Seol Ki-Hyeon 2'||Attendance: 34,872
|8 14 October 2006||Reading||0–1||Chelsea||Madejski Stadium|
|17:15 BST (UTC+01:00)||Report||Ingimarsson 45' (o.g.)||Attendance: 24,025
|9 22 October 2006||Reading||0–4||Arsenal||Madejski Stadium|
|16:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Report||Henry 1', 70' (pen.)
Van Persie 50'
|10 28 October 2006||Portsmouth||3–1||Reading||Fratton Park|
|15:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Gunnarsson 10' (o.g.)
|Report||Doyle 84'||Attendance: 20,146
|11 4 November 2006||Liverpool||2–0||Reading||Anfield|
|15:00 GMT||Kuyt 43', 73'||Report||Attendance: 43,741
|12 12 November 2006||Reading||3–1||Tottenham Hotspur||Madejski Stadium|
|13:30 GMT||Shorey 38'
|Report||Keane 24' (pen.)||Attendance: 24,110
|13 18 November 2006||Reading||2–0||Charlton Athletic||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Seol Ki-Hyeon 18'
|14 25 November 2006||Fulham||0–1||Reading||Craven Cottage|
|15:00 GMT||Pearce 16'||Report||Doyle 17' (pen.)||Attendance: 22,673
|15 2 December 2006||Reading||1–0||Bolton Wanderers||Madejski Stadium|
|16 6 December 2006||Newcastle United||3–2||Reading||St James' Park|
|19:45 GMT||Sibierski 23'
Martins 57' (pen.)
|Report||Harper 37', 42'||Attendance: 48,182
|17 9 December 2006||Watford||0–0||Reading||Vicarage Road|
|15:00 GMT||Report||Attendance: 19,223
|18 16 December 2006||Reading||1–2||Blackburn Rovers||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Harper 41'||Report||McCarthy 64'
|19 23 December 2006||Reading||0–2||Everton||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Report||Johnson 14'
|20 26 December 2006||Chelsea||2–2||Reading||Stamford Bridge|
|13:00 GMT||Drogba 38', 72'||Report||Lita 67'
Essien 85' (o.g.)
|21 30 December 2006||Manchester United||3–2||Reading||Old Trafford|
|15:00 GMT||Solskjaer 33'
Ronaldo 59', 77'
Sodje 60', 69'
|22 1 January 2007||Reading||6–0||West Ham United||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Gunnarsson 12'
Ferdinand 30' (o.g.)
Doyle 36', 78'
|23 14 January 2007||Everton||1–1||Reading||Goodison Park|
|13:45 GMT||Johnson 81'||Report||Lescott 28' (o.g.)||Attendance: 34,722
|24 20 January 2007||Reading||3–1||Sheffield United||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Long 44'
De La Cruz 50'
|25 30 January 2007||Reading||3–2||Wigan Athletic||Madejski Stadium|
|20:00 GMT||Ingimarsson 31'
|[ Report]||Heskey 3'
|26 3 February 2007||Manchester City||0–2||Reading||City of Manchester Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Report||Lita 79', 89'||Attendance: 38,676
|27 10 February 2007||Reading||2–0||Aston Villa||Madejski Stadium|
|12:45 GMT||Sidwell 16', 90'||Report||Attendance: 24,122
|28 24 February 2007||Middlesbrough||2–1||Reading||Riverside Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Viduka 7'
|Report||Oster 86'||Attendance: 26,412
|29 3 March 2007||Arsenal||2–1||Reading||Emirates Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Gilberto 51' (pen.)
|Report||Fabregas 87' (o.g.)||Attendance: 60,132
|30 17 March 2007||Reading||0–0||Portsmouth||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Report||Attendance: 24,087
|31 1 April 2007||Tottenham Hotspur||1–0||Reading||White Hart Lane|
|16:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Keane 41' (pen.)||Report||Attendance: 36,067
|32 7 April 2007||Reading||1–2||Liverpool||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Gunnarsson 47'||Report||Arbeloa 15'
|33 9 April 2007||Charlton Athletic||0–0||Reading||The Valley|
|20:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Report||Attendance: 26,271
|34 14 April 2007||Reading||1–0||Fulham||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Hunt 15'||Report||Attendance: 24,082
|35 21 April 2007||Bolton Wanderers||1–3||Reading||Reebok Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Shorey 64' (o.g.)||Report||Doyle 84' (pen.), 89'
|36 30 April 2007||Reading||1–0||Newcastle United||Madejski Stadium|
|20:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Kitson 51'||Report||Attendance: 24,109
|37 5 May 2007||Reading||0–2||Watford||Madejski Stadium|
|15:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Report||Shittu 60'
|38 13 May 2007||Blackburn Rovers||3–3||Reading||Ewood Park|
|15:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||McCarthy 21'
|Report||Seol Ki-Hyeon 36'
League table 
|1||Manchester United (C)||38||28||5||5||83||27||+56||89||2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage1|
|2||Chelsea||38||24||11||3||64||24||+40||83||2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage1|
|3||Liverpool||38||20||8||10||57||27||+30||68||2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|4||Arsenal||38||19||11||8||63||35||+28||68||2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|5||Tottenham Hotspur||38||17||9||12||57||54||+3||60||2007–08 UEFA Cup First round|
|6||Everton||38||15||13||10||52||36||+16||58||2007–08 UEFA Cup First round1|
|7||Bolton Wanderers||38||16||8||14||47||52||−5||56||2007–08 UEFA Cup First round1|
|10||Blackburn Rovers||38||15||7||16||52||54||−2||52||2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round2|
|15||West Ham United||38||12||5||21||35||59||−24||41|
|18||Sheffield United (R)||38||10||8||20||32||55||−23||38||Relegated to
Football League Championship 2007–08
|19||Charlton Athletic (R)||38||8||10||20||34||60||−26||34|
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
1. Since the finalists of the 2006–07 FA Cup (Manchester United and Chelsea) and the League Cup winners (Chelsea) had already qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League through their Premier League positions, their 2007–08 UEFA Cup places were given to the 6th- and 7th-placed Premier League teams.
2.The highest-placed team who applied for the Intertoto Cup and not in an automatic UEFA Cup spot was awarded with a place in that competition. Blackburn Rovers occupied the Intertoto place, because Portsmouth and Reading did not apply. A further place in the UEFA Cup was up for grabs via the Premiership Fair Play League. The winner is placed into a draw with the winners of Fair Play leagues in other countries. The representatives from the two countries that come out of the hat first are given a place in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round. Since the winners of the Premiership Fair Play League, Tottenham Hotspur, had already qualified for the UEFA Cup by virtue of their league position, their place in the Fair Play draw was given to Aston Villa. However, the places in the UEFA Cup were awarded to the representatives from Finland and Norway.
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Competition.
FA Cup 
|Third round 9 January 2007||Reading||3–2||Burnley||Madejski Stadium|
|20:00 GMT||Lita 27'
|[ Report]||Akinbiyi 69'
|Fourth round 27 January 2007||Birmingham City||2–3||Reading||St Andrew's|
|15:00 GMT||Taylor 47'
|[ Report]||Kitson 3'
Lita 41', 79'
|Fifth round 17 February 2007||Manchester United||1–1||Reading||Old Trafford|
|17:15 GMT||Carrick 45'||[ Report]||Gunnarsson 67'||Attendance: 70,608
|Fifth round replay 27 February 2007||Reading||2–3||Manchester United||Madejski Stadium|
|20:05 GMT||Kitson 23'
|[ Report]||Heinze 2'
Football League Cup 
|Second round 19 September 2006||Reading||3–3 (aet)
|20:00 BST (UTC+1)||Lita 31', 35'
|Report||Johnson 19' (pen.)
Joachim 34', 52'
|Third round 25 October 2006||Liverpool||4–3||Reading||Anfield|
|20:00 BST (UTC+1)||Fowler 44'
|[ Report]||Bikey 75'
|No.||Nat||Pos||Player||Total||Premier League||FA Cup||League Cup|
|23||DF||Ulises de la Cruz||15||1||9||1||4||0||2||0|
Top scorers 
|Place||Position||Nation||Number||Name||Championship||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|12||DF||23||Ulises de la Cruz||1||0||0||1|
Starting 11 
- Considering starts in all competitions
- GK: #1, Marcus Hahnemann, 38
- RB: #2, Graeme Murty, 24
- CB: #5, Ibrahima Sonko, 23
- CB: #16, Ivar Ingimarsson, 42
- LB: #3, Nicky Shorey, 39
- RM: #7, Glen Little, 20 (#19, Seol Ki-Hyeon, has 26 starts as a centre-forward)
- CM: #4, Steve Sidwell, 37
- CM: #15, James Harper, 37
- LM: #10, Stephen Hunt, 30
- CF: #9, Kevin Doyle, 29
- CF: #8, Leroy Lita, 26
Barclays Golden Glove Award 
Team kit 
- Murty was born in Nunthorpe, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally through his parents and made his international debut for Scotland in 2004.
- Oster was born in Boston, England, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally and made his international debut for Wales in 2004.
- Sodje was born in Greenwich, England, but also qualified to represent Nigeria internationally through his parents and made his international debut for Nigeria in 2004.
- Stack was born in Camden, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and has represented them at U-21 level.
- Pearce was born in Oxford, England, but also qualifies to represent Scotland and the Republic of Ireland internationally through his parents and would make his international debut for the Scottish U-21 side in May 2008, although he later stated he wishes to represent Ireland at full international level.
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