2008–09 Reading F.C. season

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Reading F.C.
2008–09 season
Chairman John Madejski
Manager Steve Coppell Till 12 May 2009
Brendan Rodgers from 5 June 2009
Football League Championship 4th
(play off Semi-Finals)
FA Cup Third Round vs Cardiff City
Football League Cup Third Round vs Stoke City
Top goalscorer League: Kevin Doyle 18
All: Kevin Doyle 18
Highest home attendance Southampton 23,121
Lowest home attendance Blackpool 16,514

Reading Football Club played the 2008–09 season in the Football League Championship, having been relegated on the final day of the 2007–08 Premier League season. Despite a strong start to the season, especially at home, Reading were unable to secure promotion at the first attempt; a poor run of form in 2009 saw Reading win just 5 of their last 17 league games, the Royals finishing 4th in the league. Reading were defeated 3–0 on aggregate by Burnley in the play-off semi-finals.

Review and events[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Reading opened their pre-season with an away game against Didcot Town, winning 9-0,[1] with nine different scorers, including a fan who won the opportunity to play at a charity auction. After further away wins at Forest Green Rovers (2-0),[2] Havant & Waterlooville (1-0)[3] and MK Dons (2-1),[4] Reading went on a three-game friendly tour of Sweden, winning their three games against FC Trollhättan (4-1)[5] in which Leroy Lita scored all four, against Lerkils IF (1-0)[6] and against Halmstads BK (3-1)[7] in which new signing Noel Hunt scored for the first time, ultimately scoring two. Reading's last friendly, and only home friendly, was against Aston Villa, and finished 1-1.[8] It was Reading's only pre-season game that they did not win.

August[edit]

Reading's league campaign began with a 0–0 draw at promoted Nottingham Forest. In a game of few chances, Kevin Doyle came closest for the Royals, glancing a header goalwards from a Stephen Hunt cross, that Forest goalkeeper Paul Smith did well to tip on to the crossbar.

Two days later, the Royals enjoyed their first victory of the season, as a late Noel Hunt goal, on his competitive debut for Reading, secured a 2–1 victory at Dagenham and Redbridge in the 1st round of the League Cup. James Henry had opened the scoring for Reading in the first half, with his first goal for the club, tapping home after Shane Long had beaten the Dagenham goalkeeper to a cross.

Reading's first home league match followed on 16 August, a game the Royals deservedly won 2–0, Ibrahima Sonko crashing home two headers, one in each half, both from Stephen Hunt corners.

A week later, the Royals lost a thrilling game 2–4 against Charlton Athletic. Matt Holland and Andy Gray's penalty gave the Addicks a 2–0 lead but Ibrahima Sonko kept up his scoring form with a thumping header before half-time. Stephen Hunt's retaken penalty completed the comeback for Reading, but further goals for Luke Varney and Hameur Bouazza gave Charlton all three points.

The Royals returned to the Madesjki on 26 August with a thumping 5–1 victory over Luton Town in the League Cup 2nd Round. Noel Hunt opened the scoring after nodding in brother Stephen Hunt's cross. Soon later it was the other way around, Noel Hunt sliding in a cross and Stephen Hunt slotted home. Alex Pearce, Jem Karacan and James Henry all got their first goals for the club. A consolation for Luton was scored by Ryan Charles.

September[edit]

The month started at Portman Road, Ipswich. Reading's bad away form continued as The Royals lost 2–0 to the hands of Ipswich Town. The game was followed up by the biggest win of the season, so far, as Reading forced six passed Sheffield Wednesday. The Royals were 2–0 up within 10 minutes, Kevin Doyle scoring them both. André Bikey got the third on the half hour mark. Noel Hunt got the fourth on the fiftieth minute. Doyle scored his third of the game and two minutes later Reading were 6–0 up. It stayed that way intill the end of the match.

Watford. Reading came to Watford sitting fourth in the Championship. Reading took the lead on the 13th minute. The goal was scored by no-one! The goal was not claimed for by any Reading player. Watford soon went 2–1 up and an 89th minute spot kick was turned in by S. Hunt.

Reading played a cup side in the League Cup as the Royals headed to Stoke to play the Premier League side Stoke City. Reading battled hard only losing to the Premier League side on spot kicks, 4–3, after a 2–2 draw.

Reading played Swansea City and a 4–0 win set up a game with Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Royals went 1–0 up when an own goal by Wolverhampton Wanderers started off a hammering for Wolves. André Bikey made it 2–0 and Kalifa Cissé made a Reading win a game to forget for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

October[edit]

Burnley came to Reading. Reading won the game 3–1. The Hunt Brothers scored two and Shane Long made it 3–0. Burnley scored a goal, but it was to little to late. Away days. Reading lost to the hands of Preston North End 2–1. Mix ups saw a loss come to Reading's hands.

A home game to Doncaster Rovers followed. The Royals only won 2–1. This happened after Reading going 1–0 up, then Doncaster scored. One minute later the Royals scored to win the match.

A draw to Queens Park Rangers in front of the Sky Sports cameras at home, 0–0, and a loss, 1–0, away to Burnley rounded of a bad month for the Royals, home and away.

November[edit]

Reading returned to winning ways at Ashton Gate as the Royals opened November with a 4–1 win away to Bristol City. Kevin Doyle (twice) and Noel Hunt scored from close range, before Kalifa Cissé added Reading's fourth, smashing the ball into the top right-hand corner of the goal from outside of the penalty area. Reading's excellent home form continued the following weekend, Doyle (2) and Noel Hunt again got on the scoresheet in a 3–0 victory over Derby County.

The Royals secured a third successive victory at Bramall Lane the following weekend, Kalifa Cissé opening the scoring in the 5th minute, before a Kevin Doyle header, just before half-time, completed a 2–0 win at Sheffield United. Reading then lost to Southampton at home 2–1. The Royals' 1st home defeat of the season so-far. Kébé scored his 1st Reading goal. The Royals then headed off to Wales to play Cardiff City. Reading went 1–0 and 2–1 down. At 1–1, Reading were down to 10 men as André Bikey got sent off. Reading's scores were Kevin Doyle and Brynjar Gunnarsson in a 2-all draw.

December[edit]

Reading were playing Coventry City at home in front of the Sky Sports Cameras. The Royals went 1–0 down, but came back to win 3–1. Reading won 1–0 at Barnsley and at home to Blackpool. A late rally by Reading help them win 2–0 at home to Norwich City. Reading moved into 2nd as Reading won 3–1 at then 2nd place Birmingham City.

Reading then had a home draw, 1–1, to Cardiff City. The Welsh side went 1–0 in the 89th minute, but Reading's keeper Adam Federici scored in the 6th minute of injury time. Reading then drew 1–1 at Southampton.

January[edit]

Reading met Cardiff City for the third time in six weeks in the FA Cup third round, and a largely second-string side were defeated 2–0 at Ninian Park, to end the Royals' eight-match unbeaten run. The Royals returned to the Madejski Stadium for the first league match of the calendar year, completing a 4–0 victory over Watford. Chris Armstrong opened the scoring with his first ever goal for Reading, before Kevin Doyle, Noel Hunt and Leroy Lita, back from Norwich, added to the tally. A 2–0 defeat at Welsh side Swansea City followed, to end a run of 9 league matches unbeaten for Reading, before league leaders Wolves were beaten 1–0 at the Madejski Stadium, the game decided by a second-minute own-goal scored by Wolves' Neill Collins. The result closed the gap between Wolves and Reading, in 2nd place, to two points. January ended with a goalless draw at Loftus Road, as Reading and Q.P.R. drew 0–0 for the second time this season.

February[edit]

On the 6th of the month it was revealed that Bobby Convey had left the club by mutual consent.[9] A second consecutive 0–0 draw followed, as the Royals were held at home by Preston. On 13 February it was revealed that Ivar Ingimarsson would be out injured for the rest of the season, scheduled for surgery on a knee cartilage problem. Reading's goal drought continued two weeks later, at home to Bristol City, as the Royals lost 2–0, a second home defeat of the season. Nottingham Forest visited the Madejski Stadium on 28 February, as the Royals slumped to a second straight home defeat, and a sixth consecutive game without scoring.

March[edit]

Reading secured a first win in five games under floodlights at Hillsborough, defeating Sheffield Wednesday 2–1, Kevin Doyle heading home from a corner, and Shane Long scoring the winner with nine minutes left.

The Royals headed to Home Park, Plymouth to play Plymouth Argyle. Reading went 1–0 down, but Alex Pearce scored two minutes later. Argyle went 2–1 up and in the 80th minute, Jimmy Kebe scored, through the keepers legs.

Reading played Charlton Athletic, at home, next. Reading drew 2–2 with two goals from young Irish striker Shane Long. However the Royals were denied victory by a last gasp equaliser. Reading next lost to Ipswich Town 1–0. The Royals went 1–0 down just 1 minute after the break. That meant the Royals went into a three match winless run with renewed purpose.

However, that was forgotten in midweek as they won 1–0 at Doncaster Rovers, thanks to a late Dave Kitson winner eight minutes from time. Kitson had returned to the club on loan, as did Glen Little.

The Royals ended the month with successive goalless draws, against Crystal Palace, eventually dropping into 4th place after Sheffield United's win over Barnsley.

April[edit]

The first game of April was away to Coventry City which ended in bore draw of 0–0. Both teams creating very little in another disappointing performance from the Royals.

On 10 April 2009, Sheffield United travelled to the Madjeski for an evening game in a real six-pointer with both teams needing the win to help secure that valuable play-off place. It ended in Reading losing 1–0 with Brian Howard scoring a scrappy goal on the hour mark.

On 13 April 2009, the Royals travelled to Bloomfield Road to face Blackpool and after taking a 2–0 lead, eventually drew 2–2. Jem Karacan scored his first goal of the season and league goal for the Royals.

A goalless draw with Barnsley at home meant Reading had now gone 7 home games without a win. However, the Royals showed a return to form on the following Tuesday night with a 2–0 win at Derby County, Dave Kitson and Shane Long the goalscorers.

With results having gone their way at the weekend, Reading went into their Monday night game with Norwich City knowing that only a win would keep their hopes of automatic promotion alive. Shane Long inspired Reading to a 2–0 win with both goals, both of them headers from Jimmy Kebe crosses. Reading, 4th, needed to win going into a clash with Birmingham City, 2nd. Reading lost 2–1 and Birmingham went up. Reading need to win to go up to the Premier League at the first attempt, and Sheffield United didn't win against Crystal Palace. United drew 0–0. If the Royals had won they would have gone up on Goal-Difference.

May[edit]

André Bikey was sent off as Reading lost the first leg of their play-off semi-final at Burnley by a single goal. Bikey was sent off for a stamp on Robbie Blake, minutes after pulling back Burnley striker Steve Thompson to gift the Clarets the winning penalty, scored by Graham Alexander. Burnley advanced to the final at Wembley three days later as Reading lost the second leg 2–0, goals from Martin Paterson, and Thompson, sealing Burnley's win. Hours after Burnley winning the game Steve Coppell resigned as Manager of the club.

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[10]
3 Scotland DF Chris Armstrong[11]
4 Mali MF Kalifa Cissé[12]
6 Iceland MF Brynjar Gunnarsson
7 Czech Republic MF Marek Matějovský
8 England FW Leroy Lita
9 Republic of Ireland FW Kevin Doyle
10 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Hunt
11 Republic of Ireland FW Noel Hunt
12 Republic of Ireland FW Dave Mooney
14 Mali MF Jimmy Kébé[13]
15 England MF James Harper
16 Iceland DF Ívar Ingimarsson
17 England FW Dave Kitson
18 Nigeria DF Sam Sodje[14]
21 Turkey MF Jem Karacan[15]
No. Position Player
22 England DF Liam Rosenior
23 Cameroon DF André Bikey
24 Republic of Ireland FW Shane Long
25 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Bennett
26 Scotland DF Alex Pearce[16]
27 England MF James Henry
29 England DF Michael Duberry
31 England DF Dan Harding
32 Australia GK Adam Federici
33 England DF Scott Golbourne
34 Iceland MF Gylfi Sigurðsson
35 Wales FW Simon Church[17]
36 Denmark GK Mikkel Andersen
37 Republic of Ireland MF Jay Tabb[18]
42 Republic of Ireland DF Julian Kelly
52 England MF Glen Little

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
19 England MF Hal Robson-Kanu[19]
28 England MF Michail Antonio
30 Australia MF Oliver Bozanic
38 Republic of Ireland MF Scott Davies[20]
39 England FW Nicholas Bignall
No. Position Player
40 England MF Tom Hateley
41 England GK Ben Hamer
43 England DF Daniel Spence
49 England GK Alex McCarthy

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
5 Senegal DF Ibrahima Sonko (to Stoke City)
20 Ivory Coast MF Emerse Fae (to OGC Nice)
No. Position Player
17 United States MF Bobby Convey (Released)
37 Iceland FW Viktor Illugason (to Valur)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee
23 July 2008 FW Republic of Ireland Noel Hunt Scotland Dundee United Undisclosed[21]
21 August 2008 FW Republic of Ireland Dave Mooney Republic of Ireland Cork City Undisclosed[22]
26 August 2008 DF Scotland Chris Armstrong Sheffield United £500,000[23]
28 October 2008 MF England Michail Antonio Tooting & Mitcham Undisclosed[24]
19 January 2009 DF Republic of Ireland Jay Tabb Coventry City Undisclosed[25]

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee
20 June 2008 MF England Glen Little Portsmouth Free[26]
18 July 2008 FW England Dave Kitson Stoke City £5,500,000[27]
7 August 2008 DF England Nicky Shorey Aston Villa Undisclosed[28]
29 August 2008 DF Senegal Ibrahima Sonko Stoke City £2,000,000[29]
29 January 2009 MF Ivory Coast Emerse Fae France Nice Undisclosed[30]

Loans In[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name From
29 January 2009 End of season loan[31] DF England Dan Harding Ipswich Town
8 March 2009 End of season loan[32] MF England Glen Little Portsmouth
10 March 2009 End of season loan[33] FW England Dave Kitson Stoke City

Loans Out[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name To
10 June 2008 6 month loan[34] MF France Emerse Fae France Nice
17 June 2008 Season long loan[35] GK England Ben Hamer Brentford
23 July 2008 Season long loan[36] MF Republic of Ireland Scott Davies Aldershot Town
21 August 2008 Three month loan[37] MF England Hal Robson-Kanu Southend United
27 August 2008 One month loan[38] FW Wales Simon Church Wycombe Wanderers

Released[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name Joined Date
6 February 2009[39] MF United States Bobby Convey United States San Jose Earthquakes 10 February 2009[40]
15 May 2009[41] DF Republic of Ireland Alan Bennett Brentford 30 July 2009
15 May 2009[41] DF England Michael Duberry Wycombe Wanderers 10 July 2009
15 May 2009[41] DF England Scott Golbourne Exeter City 2 July 2009[42]
15 May 2009[41] GK United States Marcus Hahnemann Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 June 2009[43]
15 May 2009[41] MF England Tom Hateley Motherwell 13 August 2009[44]
15 May 2009[41] FW England Leroy Lita Middlesbrough 3 August 2009
15 May 2009[41] DF Scotland Graeme Murty Southampton 5 August 2009[45]
15 May 2009[41] DF England Daniel Spence
28 May 2009[46] DF Nigeria Sam Sodje Charlton Athletic

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
League Championship 4 (Playoffs) 10 August 2008 3 May 2009
Football League Cup 1st round 3rd round 12 August 2008 23 September 2008
FA Cup 3rd round 3R 3 January 2009 3 January 2009

Last updated: 26 April 2011
Source: Competitions

Championship[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
46 21 14 11 72 40 +32 77 12 5 6 40 17 +23 9 9 5 32 23 +9

Last updated: 8 April 2011.
Source: Reading FC

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 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground A H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A H H H A A H H A A A H A H A A H
Result D W L W L W D W W W L W D L W W W L D W W W W W D D W L W D D L L W D D L W D D L D D W W L
Position 14 5 10 6 8 4 6 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 5 5 5 4 4 4

Source: BBC Sport
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Fixtures & Results[edit]

Notes
  • In Reading's match at Watford, John Eustace apparently scored an own goal for Reading, giving Reading the lead. However, replays show that the ball passed the line, but didn't go in between the posts. It was given by referee Stuart Atwell on the say so of his assistant Nigel Bannister who flagged for the goal.
  • The game was delayed by 15 minutes after the Reading team bus broke down on the M1.

Playoffs[edit]

Semi-Finals[edit]

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (C) (P) 46 27 9 10 80 52 +28 90 Promotion to Premier League
2 Birmingham City (P) 46 23 14 9 54 37 +17 83
3 Sheffield United 46 22 14 10 64 39 +25 80 Qualification to League Championship playoffs
4 Reading 46 21 14 11 72 40 +32 77
5 Burnley (P) 46 21 13 12 72 60 +12 76
6 Preston North End 46 21 11 14 66 54 +12 74
7 Cardiff City 46 19 17 10 65 53 +12 74
8 Swansea City 46 16 20 10 63 50 +13 68
9 Ipswich Town 46 17 15 14 62 53 +9 66
10 Bristol City 46 15 16 15 54 54 0 61
11 Queens Park Rangers 46 15 16 15 42 44 −2 61
12 Sheffield Wednesday 46 16 13 17 51 58 −7 61
13 Watford 46 16 10 20 68 72 −4 58
14 Doncaster Rovers 46 17 7 22 42 53 −11 58
15 Crystal Palace 46 15 12 19 52 55 −3 0561
16 Blackpool 46 13 17 16 47 58 −11 56
17 Coventry City 46 13 15 18 47 58 −11 54
18 Derby County 46 14 12 20 55 67 −12 54
19 Nottingham Forest 46 13 14 19 50 65 −15 53
20 Barnsley 46 13 13 20 45 58 −13 52
21 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 12 21 44 57 −13 51
22 Norwich City (R) 46 12 10 24 57 70 −13 46 Relegation to League One
23 Southampton (R) 46 10 15 21 46 69 −23 0452
24 Charlton Athletic (R) 46 8 15 23 52 74 −22 39

Updated to games played on 3 May 2009.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Crystal Palace were give a one-point deduction for using an ineligible player during a match against Sheffield United on 3 May 2009.[47]
2 Southampton were given a ten-point deduction for breaching insolvency regulations, regarding their holding company. As they finished in the bottom three this season, the points deduction will be applied next season.[48]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2008–09 FA Cup

Football League Cup[edit]

Player details[edit]

Appearances[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Championship FA Cup League Cup Play-offs
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 United States GK Marcus Hahnemann 35 0 32 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2 Scotland DF Graeme Murty 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 Scotland DF Chris Armstrong 41 1 40 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
4 Mali MF Kalifa Cissé 39 5 24+12 5 0 0 2 0 0+1 0
6 Iceland MF Brynjar Gunnarsson 30 2 13+14 2 0 0 1 0 2 0
7 Czech Republic MF Marek Matějovský 25 1 11+11 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
8 England FW Leroy Lita 12 1 6+4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
9 Republic of Ireland FW Kevin Doyle 42 18 39+2 18 0 0 0 0 1 0
10 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Hunt 49 7 41+5 6 0 0 2 1 0+1 0
11 Republic of Ireland FW Noel Hunt 39 13 27+10 11 0 0 2 2 0 0
12 Republic of Ireland FW Dave Mooney 2 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 0 0 0
14 Mali MF Jimmy Kébé 44 2 38+3 2 0+1 0 0 0 2 0
15 England MF James Harper 36 1 28+6 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
16 Iceland DF Ívar Ingimarsson 29 1 26 1 0 0 2+1 0 0 0
17 England FW Dave Kitson 12 2 9+1 2 0 0 0 0 0+2 0
19 England DF Liam Rosenior 44 0 42 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
21 Turkey MF Jem Karacan 17 2 15 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
22 Cameroon DF André Bikey 28 3 23+2 3 1 0 1 0 1 0
24 Republic of Ireland FW Shane Long 43 9 11+26 9 1 0 3 0 2 0
26 Scotland DF Alex Pearce 21 2 13+3 1 1 0 2+1 1 1 0
27 England MF James Henry 11 4 3+4 0 1 0 3 4 0 0
29 England DF Michael Duberry 30 0 27 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
31 England DF Dan Harding 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
32 Australia GK Adam Federici 18 1 14+1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0
33 England DF Scott Golbourne 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
34 Iceland MF Gylfi Sigurðsson 3 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+2 0 0 0
35 Wales FW Simon Church 2 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 1 0
37 Republic of Ireland MF Jay Tabb 11 0 6+3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
42 Republic of Ireland DF Julian Kelly 11 0 4+3 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
52 England MF Glen Little 9 0 5+3 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
Players who appeared for Reading no longer at the club:
17 United States MF Bobby Convey 9 0 3+3 0 1 0 2 0
31 Senegal DF Ibrahima Sonko 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0

Last updated: 22:55, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

Starting 11[edit]

No.
Pos
Nat
Name
MS Notes
1 GK  USA Marcus Hahnemann 35
19 RB  ENG Liam Rosenior 44
16 CB  ISL Ívar Ingimarsson 28
29 CB  ENG Michael Duberry 30
3 LB  SCO Chris Armstrong 40
14 RM  MLI Jimmy Kébé 40
15 CM  ENG James Harper 30
4 CM  MLI Kalifa Cissé 26
10 LM  IRL Stephen Hunt 43
11 CF  IRL Noel Hunt 29
9 CF  IRL Kevin Doyle 40

Goal Scorers[edit]

Place Position Nation Number Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW Republic of Ireland 19 Kevin Doyle 18 0 0 18
2 FW Republic of Ireland 11 Noel Hunt 11 0 2 13
3 FW Republic of Ireland 24 Shane Long 9 0 0 9
4 MF Republic of Ireland 10 Stephen Hunt 6 0 1 7
5 MF Mali 4 Kalifa Cissé 5 0 0 5
6 MF England 27 James Henry 0 0 4 4
7 DF Senegal 31 Ibrahima Sonko 3 0 0 3
DF Cameroon 22 André Bikey 3 0 0 3
Own Goal 3 0 0 3
10 FW England 17 Dave Kitson 2 0 0 2
MF Mali 14 Jimmy Kébé 2 0 0 2
MF Iceland 6 Brynjar Gunnarsson 2 0 0 2
DF Scotland 26 Alex Pearce 1 0 1 2
DF Turkey 21 Jem Karacan 1 0 1 2
15 GK Australia 32 Adam Federici 1 0 0 1
DF Iceland 16 Ívar Ingimarsson 1 0 0 1
MF England 15 James Harper 1 0 0 1
FW England 8 Leroy Lita 1 0 0 1
MF Czech Republic 7 Marek Matějovský 1 0 0 1
DF Scotland 3 Chris Armstrong 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 72 0 9 81

Disciplinary Record[edit]

Number Nation Position Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
19 England DF Liam Rosenior 8 2 0 0 0 0 8 2
22 Cameroon DF André Bikey 4 1 1 0 1 0 6 1
10 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Hunt 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
3 Scotland DF Chris Armstrong 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
7 Czech Republic MF Marek Matějovský 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
11 Republic of Ireland FW Noel Hunt 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
21 Turkey MF Jem Karacan 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
9 Republic of Ireland FW Kevin Doyle 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
6 Iceland MF Brynjar Gunnarsson 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
15 England MF James Harper 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
4 Mali MF Kalifa Cissé 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
29 England DF Michael Duberry 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
24 Republic of Ireland FW Shane Long 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
14 Mali MF Jimmy Kébé 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
26 Scotland DF Alex Pearce 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
37 Republic of Ireland MF Jay Tabb 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
16 Iceland DF Ívar Ingimarsson 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
27 England MF James Henry 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
TOTALS 60 4 1 0 4 0 65 4

Team kit[edit]

Reading's kit for the 2008–09 season is manufactured by Puma, and the main sponsor is Waitrose.

2008–09 home colours
2008–09 away colours
2008–09 third choice colours

References[edit]

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  11. ^ Armstrong was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and but chose to represent Scotland, qualifying through his grandmother. Armstrong represented Scotland in 2007.
  12. ^ Cissé was born in Dreux, France, but qualified to represent Mali internationally and made his international debut for Mali in March 2008, having previously represented them at U-20 level.
  13. ^ Kébé was born in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, but qualified to represent Mali internationally and made his international debut for Mali in 2004.
  14. ^ Sodje was born in Greenwich, England, but also qualified to represent Nigeria and represented Nigeria in 2005.
  15. ^ Karacan was born in Lewisham, England, but also qualifies to represent Turkey internationally through his father and has represented Turkey at every youth level.
  16. ^ earce was born in Oxford, England, but qualified to represent Scotland and the Republic of Ireland internationally through his parents and made his international debut for the Scottish U-21 side in May 2008, going on to represent Ireland at full international levelin September 2012.
  17. ^ Church was born in High Wycombe, England, but also qualifies to represent Wales through his grandparents and made his international debut for the Welsh U-21 side in August 2007 before making his full international debut for Wales in May 2009.
  18. ^ Tabb was born in Wandsworth, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland and represented Ireland at U-21 level in 2005.
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