2006–07 Reading F.C. season

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Reading F.C.
2006–07 season
Chairman John Madejski
Manager Steve Coppell
FA Premier League 8th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Kevin Doyle (13)
All:
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 at home in the replay 10 days later, conceding the three goals in the first 6 minutes. They finished the season in 8th place, collecting 55 points from 38 matches.

Review and events[edit]

August[edit]

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.

September[edit]

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.

October[edit]

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).

November[edit]

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.

December[edit]

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.

January[edit]

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 postponed 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.

February[edit]

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[edit]

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. They 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. On the final day of the season, Reading played Blackburn Rovers away and needing a win to enter the UEFA Cup, Reading drew 3−3.

Squad[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Marcus Hahnemann
2 Scotland DF Graeme Murty[1]
3 England DF Nicky Shorey
4 England MF Steve Sidwell
5 Senegal DF Ibrahima Sonko
6 Iceland MF Brynjar Gunnarsson
7 England MF Glen Little
8 England FW Leroy Lita[2]
9 Republic of Ireland FW Kevin Doyle
10 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Hunt
11 Wales MF John Oster[3]
12 England FW Dave Kitson
14 England DF John Halls
15 England MF James Harper
16 Iceland DF Ívar Ingimarsson
No. Position Player
17 United States MF Bobby Convey
18 Nigeria DF Sam Sodje[4]
19 South Korea MF Seol Ki-Hyeon
21 Republic of Ireland GK Graham Stack[5]
22 Cameroon DF André Bikey
23 Ecuador DF Ulises de la Cruz
24 Republic of Ireland FW Shane Long
26 Kenya DF Curtis Osano
28 England DF Greg Halford
29 England DF Michael Duberry
31 England FW Simon Cox[6]
32 Australia GK Adam Federici
33 England DF Scott Golbourne
35 Scotland DF Alex Pearce[7]
47 Hungary DF Péter Máté (on loan from Debrecen)

Reserve/Academy squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
20 Republic of Ireland MF Jonny Hayes
25 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Bennett
27 England DF Aaron Brown
No. Position Player
30 Republic of Ireland MF Scott Davies[8]
34 Scotland MF James Henry[9]
36 Denmark GK Mikkel Andersen

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee
12 July 2006[10] DF Nigeria Sam Sodje Brentford £350,000
12 July 2006[11] MF South Korea Seol Ki-Hyeon Wolverhampton Wanderers £1,500,000
11 August 2006[12] DF Cameroon Andre Bikey Russia Lokomotiv Moscow Season-long loan
25 August 2006[13] DF Ecuador Ulises de la Cruz Aston Villa Free
30 August 2006[14] DF Hungary Péter Máté Hungary Debrecen Season-long loan
26 January 2007[15] GK Denmark Mikkel Andersen Denmark Akademisk Boldklub Undisclosed
30 January 2007 DF Republic of Ireland Alan Bennett Republic of Ireland Cork City Undisclosed
30 January 2007[16] DF England Greg Halford Colchester United Undisclosed
31 January 2007[17] DF England Michael Duberry Stoke City Undisclosed
24 April 2007[18] DF Cameroon Andre Bikey Russia Lokomotiv Moscow £1,000,000

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee
January 2007 FW France Pierre Joseph-Dubois Released
January 2007 DF England Curtis Ujah Tamworth Free
June 2007 MF Republic of Ireland Jonny Hayes Leicester City Free[19]
11 June 2007 DF England Greg Halford Sunderland £2,500,000[20]
1 July 2007 MF England Steve Sidwell Chelsea Free[21]

Released[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name Joined Date
November 2006 MF Republic of Ireland Conor Sinnott Wexford Youths January 2007

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
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

Source: Competitions

Premiership[edit]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 16 7 15 52 47 +5 55 11 2 6 29 20 +9 5 5 9 23 27 −4

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A A H A H A H H A A H H A H A A H H A A H A H H A H A A H A H A H A H H A
Result W L L W W D W L L L L W W W W L D L L D L W D W W W W L L D L L D W W W D L
Position 4 10 14 8 6 7 7 8 9 10 11 11 8 7 6 6 6 7 9 9 9 9 9 7 7 6 6 6 7 7 8 9 9 8 7 7 7 8

Source: [ ]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Comments
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
8 Reading 38 16 7 15 52 47 +5 55
9 Portsmouth 38 14 12 12 45 42 +3 54
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 15 7 16 52 54 −2 52 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round2
11 Aston Villa 38 11 17 10 43 41 +2 50
12 Newcastle United 38 12 10 16 44 49 −5 46
13 Middlesbrough 38 11 10 17 38 47 −9 43
14 Manchester City 38 11 9 18 29 44 −15 42
15 West Ham United 38 12 5 21 35 59 −24 41
16 Fulham 38 8 15 15 38 60 −22 39
17 Wigan Athletic 38 10 8 20 37 59 −22 38
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
20 Watford (R) 38 5 13 20 29 59 −30 28

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.[22] 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[edit]

Main article: 2006–07 FA Cup

Football League Cup[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK United States Marcus Hahnemann 38 0 38 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF Scotland Graeme Murty 24 0 23 0 1 0 0 0
3 DF England Nicky Shorey 39 1 37 1 2 0 0 0
4 MF England Steve Sidwell 37 4 35 4 2 0 0 0
5 DF Senegal Ibrahima Sonko 23 1 23 1 0 0 0 0
6 MF Iceland Brynjar Gunnarsson 27 4 23 3 2 1 2 0
7 MF England Glen Little 28 0 18+6 0 0+2 0 2 0
8 FW England Leroy Lita 38 14 22+11 7 2+1 4 2 3
9 FW Republic of Ireland Kevin Doyle 34 13 28+4 13 1 0 1 0
10 MF Republic of Ireland Stephen Hunt 38 4 28+7 4 0+1 0 2 0
11 MF Wales John Oster 31 1 6+19 1 4 0 2 0
12 FW England Dave Kitson 17 4 9+4 2 3+1 2 0 0
14 DF England John Halls 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
15 MF England James Harper 40 3 36+2 3 1 0 1 0
16 DF Iceland Ívar Ingimarsson 42 2 38 2 3 0 1 0
17 MF United States Bobby Convey 12 0 8+1 0 3 0 0 0
18 DF Nigeria Sam Sodje 7 1 2+1 0 2+1 1 1 0
19 MF South Korea Seol Ki-Hyeon 31 4 22+5 4 4 0 0 0
21 GK Republic of Ireland Graham Stack 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
22 DF Cameroon André Bikey 21 1 7+8 0 4 0 2 1
23 DF Ecuador Ulises de la Cruz 15 1 9 1 4 0 2 0
24 FW Republic of Ireland Shane Long 25 2 9+12 1 1 1 3 0
26 DF England Curtis Osano 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
28 DF England Greg Halford 3 0 2+1 0 0 0 0 0
29 DF England Michael Duberry 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
31 FW England Simon Cox 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
32 GK Australia Adam Federici 6 0 0+2 0 4 0 0 0
33 DF England Scott Golbourne 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
35 DF Scotland Alex Pearce 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
47 DF Hungary Péter Máté 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1

Top scorers[edit]

Place Position Nation Number Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW England 8 Leroy Lita 7 4 3 14
2 FW Republic of Ireland 19 Kevin Doyle 13 0 0 13
3 MF England 4 Steve Sidwell 4 0 0 4
MF England 10 Stephen Hunt 4 0 0 4
MF South Korea 19 Seol Ki-Hyeon 4 0 0 4
Own goals 4 0 0 4
DF Iceland 6 Brynjar Gunnarsson 3 1 0 4
FW England 12 Dave Kitson 2 2 0 4
FW Republic of Ireland 24 Shane Long 2 1 1 4
10 MF England 15 James Harper 3 0 0 3
11 DF Iceland 16 Ívar Ingimarsson 2 0 0 2
12 DF Ecuador 23 Ulises de la Cruz 1 0 0 1
MF England 11 John Oster 1 0 0 1
DF Senegal 5 Ibrahima Sonko 1 0 0 1
DF England 3 Nicky Shorey 1 0 0 1
DF Cameroon 22 André Bikey 0 1 0 1
DF Nigeria 18 Sam Sodje 0 1 0 1
DF Hungary 47 Péter Máté 0 0 1 1
TOTALS 54 9 6 69

Awards[edit]

Premier League Manager of the Month[edit]

MONTH Name Award
September England Steve Coppell Won[23]
November England Steve Coppell Won[24]

PFA Young Player of the Year[edit]

Position Name Award
FW Republic of Ireland Kevin Doyle Nominated

Barclays Golden Glove Award[edit]

Name Clean sheets Award
United States Marcus Hahnemann 13 Third[25][26]

Team kit[edit]

Reading's kit for the 2006–07 was manufactured by Puma, and the main sponsor was Kyocera.

2006–07 home colours
2006–07 away colours
2006–07 third choice colours

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Lita was born in Kinshasa, DR Congo (then Zaire).
  3. ^ Oster was born in Boston, England, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally and made his international debut for Wales in 1997.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Stack was born in Camden, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and has represented them at U-21 level.
  6. ^ Cox was born in Reading, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally though his grandmother and would make his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in May 2011.
  7. ^ Pearce was born in Wallingford, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland and the Republic of Ireland internationally through his parents and has represented Scotland at youth and U-21 level. He would, however, later be called up and make his full international debut for the Republic of Ireland in September 2012.
  8. ^ Davies was born in Aylesbury, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and has represented them at youth and U-21 level.
  9. ^ Henry was born in Reading, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally through his parents and has represented Scotland at youth level. However, he would later represent England at youth level.
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  12. ^ "Reading make Bikey loan capture". BBC. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Reading complete de la Cruz deal". BBC News. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Reading make loan move for Mate". BBC. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Reading snap up keeper Andersen". BBC. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Halford 'no pressure from price tag'". BBC. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "'All about Duberry'". BBC. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bikey signs Reading deal". Metro. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Leicester pick up Reading winger". BBC Sport. 4 July 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  20. ^ "Sunderland complete Halford deal". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Sidwell agrees switch to Chelsea". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  22. ^ Spurs win may harm Rovers' Intertoto chances
  23. ^ "Coppell is manager of the month". BBC Sport. 13 October 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "Coppell wins manager of the month". BBC Sport. 8 December 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "REINA NETS GOALKEEPING AWARD". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  26. ^ Glicksman, Gavin. "Reina has the safest hands". The Sun (London). Retrieved 2 October 2014.