2014–15 Reading F.C. season

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Reading
2014–15 season
Chairman Sir John Madejski
Manager Nigel Adkins
(until 15 December)
Steve Clarke
(from 16 December)
Stadium Madejski Stadium
Championship 17th
League Cup Third Round vs Derby County
Top goalscorer League: Simon Cox (7)
All: Simon Cox (7)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2014–15 season is Reading Football Club's second season in the Championship following the sides's relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2012–13 season. It is also Nigel Adkins' second full season in charge of the club.

Season review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

On 6 May, Reading announced that five players would be leaving upon the expiry of their contracts. Those departing were Stuart Taylor, Kaspars Gorkšs, Wayne Bridge, Mikele Leigertwood and club captain Jobi McAnuff.[1] Youngsters Lawson D'Ath, Nick Arnold, Gozie Ugwu, Matt Partridge and Shepherd Murombedzi were also released whilst contract talks were taking place with Michael Hector, Jake Taylor and 18 other youth players.[2][3][4] On 30 May youngsters Michael Hector and Jake Taylor signed new two-year contracts with the option of a third.[5]

On 2 June, Sir John Madejski announced that the club was looking for new ownership and that Anton Zingarevich, Christopher Samuelson and Andrew Obolensky had left the board of Directors.[6]

Transfers[edit]

Readings first addition of the season was the signing of USA U-18 international Andrija Novakovich to their academy from USM.[7] On 7 August 2014, Simon Cox resigned for Reading, 6-years after he left the club, on a two-year contract from Nottingham Forest.[8] The following day Jamie Mackie signed on a season-long loan deal, also from Nottingham Forest.[9] On 11 August 2014, Reading confirmed the signing of Anton Ferdinand on a two-year contract.[10] Reading made their fourth permanent signing of the season on 21 August, signing Oliver Norwood to a three-year contract from Huddersfield Town.[11] On 1 September 2014, Transfer deadline day, Reading signed Glenn Murray on loan from Crystal Palace until 1st January, with a view to a permanent move.[12]


On 28 May 2014 Adam Le Fondre moved to Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee,[13] with Daniel Carriço following Le Fondre out of the club on 23 June 2014 after making his move to Sevilla permanent.[14] On 7 August 2014, Reading's three young goalkeepers left on loan, Stuart Moore joined Basingstoke Town on a season long loan with Jonathan Henly also joining Basingstoke as cover for Moore, whilst George Legg joined Hendon on a months loan.[15] On 15 August, Sean Morrison followed le Fondre to Cardiff City.[16] On 29 August 2014, Alex McCarthy completed his move to QPR.[17] On transfer deadline day, Royston Drenthe joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan until 2 January 2015.[18]


August[edit]

Reading started their season on 9 August with a 2-2 away draw at Wigan Athletic, with Shaun Cummings and Sean Morrison getting Reading's goals after Callum McManaman opened the scoring for Wigan and James McArthur scored a 93rd minute equaliser.[19] Three days later, on 12 August, Reading faced Newport County in the League Cup at home. Reading ran out 3-1 winners, with their goals coming from Pavel Pogrebnyak, Nick Blackman and debutante Craig Tanner.[20] Reading won their next game, on the 16th, against Ipswich Town thanks to a Jake Taylor goal,[21] before losing their next two games, 2-1 at home to Huddersfield Town[22] and 4-0 away to Nottingham Forest.[23] Reading finished August with back to back wins, 1-0 away to Scunthorpe United in the Second round of the League Cup, Jake Taylor scoring,[24] and 1-0 away to Middlesbrough with Simon Cox scoring.[25]

September[edit]

On 11 September, Legg extended his loan with Hendon for another month,[26] whilst on 12 September, Jonathan Henly moved to Welling United on loan until 1 January 2015.[27]

On 22 September, Reading announced the completion of the sale of the club to a Thai consurtimum, with Sir John Madejski staying on as Co-Chairman.[28]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Reading started the month with a 0-0 home draw against Bolton Wanderers on the 6th,[29] before a 6-1 away defeat to Birmingham City on the 13th.[30] Following the clubs 6-1 defeat to Birmingham City, manager Nigel Adkins was sacked by the club on 15th.[31] The following day Reading appointed Steve Clarke on a two-and-a-half year contract.[32]


Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee
7 April 2014[7] dagger FW United States Andrija Novakovich University School of Milwaukee Free
7 August 2014 FW Republic of Ireland Simon Cox Nottingham Forest Undisclosed[8]
11 August 2014 DF England Anton Ferdinand Turkey Antalyaspor Free[10]
21 August 2014 MF Northern Ireland Oliver Norwood Huddersfield Town Undisclosed[11]
dagger Novakovich's transfer was announced on the above date but were not finalised until 1 July.

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee
28 May 2014 FW England Adam Le Fondre Wales Cardiff City Undisclosed[13]
23 June 2014 MF Portugal Daniel Carriço Spain Sevilla Undisclosed[14]
15 August 2014 DF England Sean Morrison Wales Cardiff City Undisclosed[16]
29 August 2014 GK England Alex McCarthy Queens Park Rangers Undisclosed[17]

Loans in[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name From
8 August 2014 Season-long[9] FW Scotland Jamie Mackie Nottingham Forest
1 September 2014 1 January 2015[12] FW England Glenn Murray Crystal Palace

Loans out[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name To
7 August 2014 Season-long[15] GK England Stuart Moore Basingstoke Town
7 August 2014 7 September 2014[15] GK Scotland Jonathan Henly Basingstoke Town
7 August 2014 7 October 2014[15][26] GK England George Legg Hendon
1 September 2014 2 January 2015[18] MF Netherlands Royston Drenthe Sheffield Wednesday
12 September 2014 1 January 2014[27] GK Scotland Jonathan Henly Welling United
10 October 2014 7 November 2014[33] GK England Lewis Ward Whitehawk


Squad[edit]

As of match played 20 December 2014[34]
No. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (Age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Apps. Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Adam Federici Australia GK (1985-01-31) 31 January 1985 (age 29) Torres 2005 2015[35] 218 1
31 Mikkel Andersen Denmark GK (1988-12-17) 17 December 1988 (age 26) AB Copenhagen 2007 2015[36] 2 0
41 Daniel Lincoln England GK (1995-05-26) 26 May 1995 (age 19) Academy 2013 0 0
Defenders
2 Chris Gunter Wales RB (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 25) Nottingham Forest 2012 2015[37] 94 1
3 Stephen Kelly Republic of Ireland RB (1983-09-06) 6 September 1983 (age 31) Fulham 2013 2015[38] 40 1
4 Anton Ferdinand England CB (1985-02-18) 18 February 1985 (age 29) Antalyaspor 2014 2016[10] 2 0
5 Alex Pearce[N 1] Republic of Ireland CB (1988-11-09) 9 November 1988 (age 26) Academy 2006 2015[39] 214 15
15 Michael Hector England CB (1992-07-19) 19 July 1992 (age 22) Academy 2010 2016[5] 31 2
24 Shaun Cummings[N 2] Jamaica RB (1989-02-25) 25 February 1989 (age 25) Chelsea 2009 2015[40] 85 1
26 Pierce Sweeney Republic of Ireland CB (1994-09-11) 11 September 1994 (age 20) Bray Wanderers 2012 0 0
32 Sean Long Republic of Ireland RB (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 (age 19) Academy 2013 2016[41] 1 0
33 Shane Griffin Republic of Ireland LB (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 20) Academy 2013 2016[41] 0 0
34 Niall Keown England RB (1995-04-05) 5 April 1995 (age 19) Academy 2013 0 0
35 Jake Cooper England CB (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 19) Academy 2013 2016[42] 11 2
Robert Dickie England DF (1996-03-03) 3 March 1996 (age 18) Academy 2014 0 0
Dominic Hyam Scotland DF (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 19) Academy 2014 2016[43] 0 0
George McLennan Scotland DF (1995-12-10) 10 December 1995 (age 19) Academy 2014 0 0
Nana Owusu England DF (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 18) Academy 2014 2016[41] 0 0
Midfielders
6 Oliver Norwood Northern Ireland CM (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 23) Huddersfield Town 2014 2017[11] 19 0
8 Danny Guthrie England CM (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 27) Newcastle United 2012 2015[44] 63 5
9 Hal Robson-Kanu[N 3] Wales LW (1989-05-21) 21 May 1989 (age 25) Academy 2007 2016[45] 167 21
11 Jordan Obita England LW (1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 21) Academy 2010 2017[46] 62 1
12 Garath McCleary[N 4] Jamaica RW (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 27) Nottingham Forest 2012 2015[47] 85 8
16 Hope Akpan[N 5] Nigeria CM (1991-08-14) 14 August 1991 (age 23) Crawley Town 2013 2016[48] 53 1
17 Ryan Edwards Australia MF (1993-11-17) 17 November 1993 (age 21) Australian Institute of Sport 2011 2015[49] 10 0
18 Aaron Tshibola England CM (1995-01-02) 2 January 1995 (age 19) Academy 2013 2016[50] 1 0
21 Jem Karacan[N 6] Turkey CM (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 25) Academy 2007 2015[51] 166 11
23 Danny Williams[N 7] United States CM (1989-03-08) 8 March 1989 (age 25) Hoffenheim 2013 2017[52] 40 3
25 Jake Taylor[N 8] Wales MF (1991-12-01) 1 December 1991 (age 23) Academy 2009 2016[5] 33 3
28 Aaron Kuhl England MF (1996-01-30) 30 January 1996 (age 18) Academy 2014 2016[53] 8 0
37 Jack Stacey England MF (1996-04-06) 6 April 1996 (age 18) Academy 2014 2016[53] 1 0
38 Liam Kelly Republic of Ireland MF (1995-11-22) 22 November 1995 (age 19) Academy 2014 2016[54] 0 0
39 Tariqe Fosu England MF (1995-11-05) 5 November 1995 (age 19) Academy 2014 0 0
Conor Shaughnessy Republic of Ireland MF (1996-06-30) 30 June 1996 (age 18) Academy 2014 0 0
Forwards
7 Pavel Pogrebnyak Russia FW (1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 (age 31) Fulham 2012 2016[55] 87 22
10 Simon Cox[N 9] Republic of Ireland FW (1987-04-28) 28 April 1987 (age 27) Nottingham Forest 2014 2016[8] 33 7
19 Jamie Mackie[N 10] Scotland FW (1985-09-22) 22 September 1985 (age 29) Loan from Nottingham Forest 2014 2015[9] 16 1
20 Glenn Murray England FW (1983-09-25) 25 September 1983 (age 31) Loan from Crystal Palace 2014 2015[12] 16 6
22 Nick Blackman England FW (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 25) Sheffield United 2013 2016[56] 63 8
27 Craig Tanner England FW (1994-10-27) 27 October 1994 (age 20) Academy 2013 2015[57] 5 1
30 Dominic Samuel England FW (1994-04-01) 1 April 1994 (age 20) Academy 2012 2015[41] 1 0

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
40 England GK Stuart Moore (Season-long loan to Basingstoke Town)[15]
42 Scotland GK Jonathan Henly (at Welling United till 1 January 2014)[27]
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Royston Drenthe (at Sheffield Wednesday till 2 January 2014)[18]


Competitions[edit]

Pre-season matches[edit]

Championship[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
15 Fulham 23 8 4 11 35 41 −6 28
16 Birmingham City 23 7 7 9 24 36 −12 28
17 Reading 23 7 5 11 28 39 −11 26
18 Rotherham United 23 5 10 8 20 29 −9 25
19 Huddersfield Town 23 6 7 10 29 41 −12 25
Updated to match(es) played on 20 December 2014. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

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
22 7 4 11 26 37 −11 25 5 2 4 17 12 +5 2 2 7 9 25 −16

Last updated: 22 December 2014.
Source: Reading FC

Matches[edit]

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2014–15 FA Cup

Squad statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 December 2014

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Championship FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Australia GK Adam Federici 22 0 21 0 0 0 1 0
2 Wales DF Chris Gunter 25 0 22 0 0 0 3 0
3 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Kelly 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
4 England DF Anton Ferdinand 2 0 1+1 0 0 0 0 0
5 Republic of Ireland DF Alex Pearce 23 0 19+1 0 0 0 3 0
6 Northern Ireland MF Oliver Norwood 19 0 18+1 0 0 0 0 0
7 Russia FW Pavel Pogrebnyak 12 1 3+7 0 0 0 2 1
8 England MF Danny Guthrie 5 0 0+4 0 0 0 1 0
9 Wales MF Hal Robson-Kanu 11 0 8+2 0 0 0 1 0
10 Republic of Ireland FW Simon Cox 24 7 17+4 7 0 0 2+1 0
11 England MF Jordan Obita 24 0 22 0 0 0 2 0
12 Jamaica MF Garath McCleary 5 0 4+1 0 0 0 0 0
15 England DF Michael Hector 22 2 19+1 2 0 0 2 0
16 Nigeria MF Hope Akpan 14 0 10+2 0 0 0 1+1 0
17 Australia MF Ryan Edwards 10 0 4+3 0 0 0 1+2 0
18 England MF Aaron Tshibola 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
19 Scotland FW Jamie Mackie 16 1 8+6 1 0 0 2 0
20 England FW Glenn Murray 16 6 16 6 0 0 0 0
21 Turkey MF Jem Karacan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 England FW Nick Blackman 22 4 12+8 3 0 0 2 1
23 United States MF Danny Williams 8 0 7+1 0 0 0 0 0
24 Jamaica DF Shaun Cummings 6 1 4 1 0 0 2 0
25 Wales MF Jake Taylor 22 3 11+8 2 0 0 1+2 1
26 Republic of Ireland DF Pierce Sweeney 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 England FW Craig Tanner 5 1 0+3 0 0 0 1+1 1
28 England MF Aaron Kuhl 8 0 3+3 0 0 0 2 0
30 England FW Dominic Samuel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 Denmark GK Mikkel Andersen 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
32 Republic of Ireland DF Sean Long 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
33 Republic of Ireland DF Shane Griffin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 England DF Niall Keown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 England DF Jake Cooper 11 2 5+4 2 0 0 1+1 0
37 England MF Jack Stacey 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
38 Republic of Ireland MF Liam Kelly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 England MF Tarique Fosu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 England GK Daniel Lincoln 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England DF Robert Dickie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland DF Dominic Hyam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland DF George McLennan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England DF Nana Owusu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland MF Conor Shaughnessy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players away from the club on loan:
40 England GK Stuart Moore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 Scotland GK Jonathan Henly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Netherlands MF Royston Drenthe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who appeared for Reading but left during the season:
6 England DF Sean Morrison 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
20 England GK Alex McCarthy 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Goal scorers[edit]

As of match played 13 December 2014[58]
Place Position Nation Number Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW Republic of Ireland 10 Simon Cox 7 0 0 7
2 FW England 20 Glenn Murray 6 0 0 6
3 FW England 22 Nick Blackman 3 0 1 4
4 MF Wales 25 Jake Taylor 2 0 1 3
5 DF England 15 Michael Hector 2 0 0 2
DF England 35 Jake Cooper 2 0 0 2
7 DF Jamaica 24 Shaun Cummings 1 0 0 1
DF England 6 Sean Morrison 1 0 0 1
FW Scotland 19 Jamie Mackie 1 0 0 1
Own goal 1 0 0 1
FW Russia 7 Pavel Pogrebnyak 0 0 1 1
FW England 27 Craig Tanner 0 0 1 1
Total 28 0 4 32

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of match played 20 December 2014[59]
Position Nation Number Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
1 Australia GK Adam Federici 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 Wales DF Chris Gunter 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
5 Republic of Ireland DF Alex Pearce 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
6 Northern Ireland MF Oliver Norwood 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
7 Russia FW Pavel Pogrebnyak 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
8 England MF Danny Guthrie 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
9 Wales MF Hal Robson-Kanu 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
10 Republic of Ireland FW Simon Cox 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
11 England MF Jordan Obita 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
15 England DF Michael Hector 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
16 Nigeria MF Hope Akpan 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
19 Scotland FW Jamie Mackie 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
20 England FW Glenn Murray 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
22 England FW Nick Blackman 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
23 United States MF Danny Williams 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
24 Jamaica DF Shaun Cummings 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
25 Wales MF Jake Taylor 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
28 England MF Aaron Kuhl 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
35 England DF Jake Cooper 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 40 1 0 0 4 0 44 1


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pearce 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, then went onto represent Ireland at full international level on 11 September 2012.
  2. ^ Cummings was born in Hammersmith, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in September 2013.
  3. ^ Robson-Kanu was born in Ealing, England, and represented England at U-19 and U-20 level, but also qualified to represent Wales through his grandmother and made his international debut for the Welsh U-21 side in May 2010 before making his full international debut for Wales five days later.
  4. ^ McCleary was born in Oxford, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in February 2013.
  5. ^ Akpan was born in Liverpool, England, but qualified to represent Nigeria through his parents, making his international debut for Nigeria in October 2014.
  6. ^ Karacan was born in Lewisham, England, but also qualifies to represent Turkey internationally through his father and has represented Turkey at every youth level.
  7. ^ Williams was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, and represented Germany at U-15 level. Williams also qualified to play for the United States through his parents, and made his debut for them in October 2011.
  8. ^ Taylor was born in Ascot, England, and but chose to represent Wales, qualifying through his grandfather who has born in Barry. Taylor has represented Wales at U-17, U-19 and U-21 level.
  9. ^ Cox was born in Reading, England, but qualified to represent Republic of Ireland internationally through his grandmother and made his international debut for Republic of Ireland on 24 May 2011.
  10. ^ Mackie was born in Dorking, England, but qualified to represent Scotland internationally through his grandfather and made his international debut for Scotland on 8 October 2010.

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