List of Reading F.C. records and statistics

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Reading's progress through the English football league system from 1920 to 2012

Reading hold the record for the number of successive league wins at the start of a season, with a total of 13 wins at the start of the 1985–86 Third Division campaign[1] and also the record for the number of points gained in a professional league season with 106 points in the 2005–06 Football League Championship campaign.[2] Reading finished champions of their division on both of these occasions.[1][3]

The club's largest win was a 10–2 victory over Crystal Palace on 4 September 1946 in the Football League Third Division South.[1] Reading's heaviest loss was an 18–0 defeat against Preston North End in the FA Cup 1st round on 27 January 1894.[1]

The player with the most league appearances is Martin Hicks with a total of 500 from 1978 to 1991.[1] The most capped player is Kevin Doyle, who earned 26 for Ireland while at the club.[1][4] The most league goals in total and in a season is Ronnie Blackman with 158 from 1947 to 1954 and 39 in 1951–52 respectively.[1] The player with the most league goals in a game is Arthur Bacon with 6 against Stoke City in 1930–31.[1] The first Reading-based player to play in the World Cup is Bobby Convey at the 2006 World Cup with the United States.[1] The record time for a goalkeeper not conceding a goal is Steve Death at 1103 minutes in 1978–79, which is a former English league record.[5]

Reading's highest attendance at Elm Park was in 1927, when 33,042 spectators watched Reading beat Brentford 1–0.[6] The highest attendance at the Madejski Stadium is 24,160 for the Premier League game with Tottenham Hotspur on 16 September 2012.[7]

The highest transfer fee received for a Reading player is the £7 million 1899 Hoffenheim paid for Gylfi Sigurdsson on 31 August 2010.[1][8] The most expensive player Reading have ever bought was Emerse Fae, who cost £2.5m from Nantes on 2 August 2007.[1][9]

Honours[edit]

2006, 2012, runners-up 1995
1926,1986,1994; runners-up 1932, 1935, 1949, 1952, 2002
1979
1988
1940–41
1938
Semi-finalists 1927
Quarter-finalists 1996, 1998
  • Highest league finish:
Premier League 2007, 8th Place

Player records[edit]

Appearances[edit]

The following players have played more than 398 times for Reading, in all competitions.[10]

Pos. Player App.
1 England Martin Hicks 603
2 England Steve Death 537
3 England Dick Spiers 505
4 England Michael Gilkes 487
5 England Stuart Beavon 481
6 England Maurice Evans 459
7 England Steve Richardson 457
8 England Jimmy Wheeler 453
9 England Phil Parkinson 426
10 Wales Adrian Williams 398

Goalscorers[edit]

The following players have scored more than 85 times for Reading, in all competitions.[11]

Pos. Player Gls
1 England Trevor Senior 191
2 England Jimmy Wheeler 168
3 England Ronnie Blackman 167
4 England Tony MacPhee 104
5 England Tommy Tait 103
6 England Denis Allen 95
7 Northern Ireland Jimmy Quinn 94
8 England Douggie Webb 93
9 England Les Chappell 90
10 England Pat Earles 85

Team records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Club Honours and Records". Reading F.C. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Points record". The Football League. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Reading 2–1 QPR". BBC Sport. 30 April 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2006. 
  4. ^ "Reading Internationals". Royals' Record. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "United stretch lead after Van der Sar record". CNN world sport. Cable News Network. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  6. ^ van Eijden, Han (2011). "Elm Park Reading". Old Football Grounds. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Reading FC News - Record Attendance Set". Reading Football Club. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sigurdsson leaving in Club record deal". Reading Football Club. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Fae joins for club record fee". 2 August 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2007. 
  10. ^ http://www.royalsrecord.co.uk/players/appear.html
  11. ^ http://www.royalsrecord.co.uk/players/scorers.html
  12. ^ Moore, Glenn (28 February 2007). "'It is not often there is honour in defeat' says proud Coppell". London: The Independent. Retrieved 24 July 2007.