2011–12 Reading F.C. season

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Reading
2011–12 season
Chairman Sir John Madejski
Manager Brian McDermott
Stadium Madejski Stadium
Championship 1st (Champions)
FA Cup Third round
(eliminated by Stevenage)
League Cup First round
(eliminated by Charlton Athletic)
Top goalscorer League: Adam le Fondre (12)
All: Adam le Fondre (12)
Highest home attendance 24,026 vs. West Ham United
10 December 2011
Lowest home attendance 15,124 vs. Doncaster Rovers
17 September 2011
Average home league attendance 19,219[1]
Home colours
Away colours

The 2011–12 season was Reading Football Club's fourth consecutive season in the Championship since relegation from the Premier League in 2008. It was Brian McDermott's second full season in charge.

Despite a poor start, which saw them 23rd in the table at one point, Reading went on to win 17 of 23 games in the second half of the season, securing the Championship title and ensuring promotion back to the Premier League. McDermott was named the LMA Championship Manager of the Season for the achievement.

Season review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Ívar Ingimarsson playing for Reading in 2008.
Ívar Ingimarsson left the club in June after almost eight years and 281 appearances. Pictured in 2008.

On 2 June Reading announced that long time defender and club captain Ívar Ingimarsson[2] was being released, along with David Mooney, Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Danny Joyce, James Rowe and Erik Opsahl. It was also revealed that Julian Kelly and Scott Davies where also leaving to join Notts County and Crawley Town respectively. On the same day Reading announced the signings of Australian youth internationals, and brothers, Cameron and Ryan Edwards from Perth Glory and the Australian Institute of Sport respectively, as well as confirming that Mikele Leigertwood would be joining from Queens Park Rangers for a substantial fee[2] upon the opening of the transfer window. On 6 July Reading released pictures of their new kits for the upcoming season. On 7 July Matthew Mills was sold to Leicester City for a substantial fee, rumoured to be £5 million.[3] On 13 July the official squad numbers[4] were released for the season along with Jobi McAnuff being named the new club captain[5] following Matt Mills' departure. On 25 July Reading announced that Bongani Khumalo had joined them on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur, and would take the number 26. On 8 August Shane Long was sold to West Brom for an undisclosed amount, believed to be £4.5 million, rising to £6.5 million in clauses.

Friendlies[edit]

On 2 June Reading announced that they would be partaking in a pre-season trip to Slovenia to play a two games between 11 and 20 July, but the opponents had yet to be confirmed. It was also announced that Reading would have a friendly away against Northampton Town on 27 July. The Reading team split into the first team and the Reading X1. The Reading XI played their first pre-season friendly against Eastleigh F.C. losing 3–2, with goals from Jordan Obita and Gozie Ugwu. Obita's goal then lead him to being called up to the first 11's trip to Slovenia. The Reading XI's second pre-season game was against Swindon Supermarine and they won 3–0 with goals from Brett Williams, Michael Cain and David Murphy. On Reading's second game of their tour of Slovenia they lost 3–1 to Karabükspor. Sinan Kaloğlu scored first for Karabükspor after 2 minutes, before Brynjar Gunnarsson equalised 2 minutes later. Sinan Kaloğlu went on to secure the win for Karabükspor, and secure his hatrick, with goals in the 18th and 40th minutes.

August[edit]

On 1 August, Ben Hamer joined Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed amount. Reading started the season on 6 August with a 2–2 draw against Millwall. Millwall took the lead through ex-Reading striker Darius Henderson on 49 minutes, before John Marquis doubled their lead on 62. Reading then brought on substitute Mathieu Manset who scored a quickfire double in the 86th and 89th minutes to level the game and share the points. On 9 August it was announced that Reading's first round League Cup game against Charlton Athletic at The Valley was postponed after police advice, along with a host of other football fixtures including the International friendly between England and the Netherlands, due to the ongoing 2011 London riots.[6][7]
Reading's second game of the season was away to Leicester City on 13 August. Reading came away with a victory thanks to second half goals from Noel Hunt and Hal Robson-Kanu. Reading's midweek clash was away to Portsmouth on 16 August, and ex-Reading striker Dave Kitson scored the only goal of the game in the 51st minute to subject Reading to their first defeat of the season. On 20 August Reading hosted Barnsley and suffered their second defeat of the season, losing 2–1. Barnsley took the lead in the 27th minute through Stephen Foster. Reading started off the second half by winning two penalties in the space of three minutes. First of all Jimmy Kebe was fouled by Jay McEveley in the box, but the resulting penalty was saved from Ian Harte. The second penalty saw Hal Robson-Kanu fouled in the area and this time Harte handing the ball to Noel Hunt, whose penalty was again saved. On 68 minutes Barnsley doubled their lead thanks to Matt Done. Reading pulled one goal back after being awarded a third penalty on 74 minutes, this time Hal Robson-Kanu took penalty and converted it past Luke Steele.
Reading signed defeneder Joseph Mills from Southampton on a free transfer on 20 August and followed it with the signuture of Kaspars Gorkšs from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed amount on the 24th. On 26 August, Reading signed Adam le Fondre from league two Rotherham United for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £400k, and two days later Brett Williams went the opposite way to Rotherham United on loan until the end of January 2012.[8] Then next day Reading played Hull City away and suffered their third defeat in a row courtesy of a Robbie Brady goal, leaving Reading in 20th place at the end of August.

September[edit]

Reading started September by losing their fourth straight game, with defeat at home to Watford on the 10th. The goals in this game came from Mark Yeates on 12 minutes and John Eustace on 51, this defeat saw reading drop to 23rd in the championship. 7 days later Reading hosted Doncaster Rovers at home and managed to holt their losing streak by winning 2–0 thanks to goals from Simon Church and Adam le Fondre's first for the club. On 24 September, Reading visited Coventry City and drew 1–1, both goals came in the first half. Coventry took the lead through Gary McSheffrey after 2 minutes but Simon Church equalised 8 minutes later.

On 27 September Reading announced that midfielders Jake Taylor and Brian Howard had joined Exeter City and Millwall respectively on loan. Later on in the day Reading faced Bristol City at Ashton Gate, with Bristol City taking a 2–0 lead with goals from Albert Adomah in the 22nd and Brett Pitman in the 58th minute. However, Reading came back to win 2–3 after Jobi McAnuff and Adam le Fondre both scored within 3 minutes of each other before Mathieu Manset found the winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

October[edit]

Reading started October with a 0–0 home draw against Middlesbrough on 1st and followed it up 10 days later with an away win at Burnley thanks to a Jem Karacan goal in the 9th minute of injury time. Reading's next game on 19 October was a 2–2 draw at home to Derby County, Theo Robinson openened the scoring in the 59th minute, with Adam le Fondre equalising in the 65th minute. Tomasz Cywka restored Derby's lead in the 75th minute only for Le Fondre to get his second, and square the game two minutes later. On the 22nd Reading hosted Southampton in that weekend's late kickoff, Mikele Leigertwood put Reading in front in the 71st minute. Southampton then had Dean Hammond sent off for two yellow cards in the 70th and 77th minute, but Steve De Ridder managed to equalise in the 80th minute to end the game 1–1.[9] Reading's last game of October saw them go away to Crystal Palace and earn a 0–0 drawn, which meant that they had gone the month without defeat and extended their unbeaten run 8 games.

November[edit]

Reading's first game of November was an away trip to Nottingham Forest which the lost 1–0 after a 75th strike from Marcus Tudgay, this ended an 8-game unbeaten run. On the 6th, Reading hosted Birmingham City, and thanks to a 75th strike from Noel Hunt, won the game 1–0. 19 November saw Reading host Cardiff City at the Madjeski Stadium. Cardiff took the lead through a 2nd-minute goal from Peter Whittingham, while Mark Hudson made it 2–0 in the 70th minute. Reading pulled one goal back in the 77th through Jimmy Kebe but could not find a second, losing the game 1–2. The following weekend Reading travelled to Ipswich Town. Ipswich took the lead in the 56th minute after a Daryl Murphy strike before Kaspars Gorkss briefly leavelled things in the 76th before another Ipswich goal in the 79th minute by Josh Carson. Reading managed to still all 3 points with 2 goals in stoppage time thanks to Alex Pearce in the 91st and Noel Hunt 93rd. Reading's last game of November was at home to Peterborough United, which they won 3–2. Peterborough took the lead through Tommy Rowe in the 16th minute before Simon Church equalised in the 27th. After the break Reading took the lead in the 78th minute thanks to Hal Robson-Kanu before extending their lead 2 minutes later through Adam le Fondre. Emile Sinclair pulled a late goal back for Peterborough in the 90th minute.

December[edit]

January[edit]

On 1 January 2012, Marcus Williams left the club on a free transfer to join Sheffield United.[10] The next day Reading suffered their first defeat in four games away at Cardiff City, losing 3–1. All the goals came in the first half with Cardiff taking a 3–0 lead through Joe Mason, Aron Gunnarsson and Kenny Miller, before Jobi McAnuff scored Reading solitary goal on half time. On 7 January 2012, Reading where knocked out of the F.A. Cup by League One side Stevenage, after losing 1–0 at home to a Darius Charles goal in the 20th minute. On 9 January 2012, it was announced that Alex McCarthy had signed a contract extension until 2015, and also gone out on loan to Ipswich Town for three months.[11] On 12 January 2012 Reading announced the signing of Republic of Ireland U21 international Karl Sheppard from Shamrock Rovers on a free transfer.[12] Reading returned to winning form on 14 January away at Watford. Watford took the lead through a Shaun Cummings own goal after 29 minutes, but Jimmy Kebe fired home the equaliser on 42 to see the sides in level at half time. Reading's winner was thanks to substitute Adam le Fondre who netted with 5 minutes remaining to give Reading all the points. On 20 January, Reading announced that Russian investment group, Thames Sports Investment, had agreed a deal with Sir John Madejski to buy a significant holding in Reading FC. The deal see Madejski stay on as chairman until 2014, and provide Brian McDermott and Nick Hammond with funds to spend during the January transfer window.[13] 21 January saw Reading lose at home to another promotion contender, Hull City when Robbie Brady scored the only goal of the game after 66 minutes. On 24 January, Jimmy Kebe signed a new contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2014.[14] On 26 January, Tomasz Cywka joined Reading on a Free transfer from Derby County until the end of the season.[15] On the same day the club also announced the signing of Jason Roberts on an 18-month contract from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee.[16] Two days later Jason Roberts scored on his debut against Bristol City, converting his saved penalty on 58 minutes after Louis Carey had been shown a straight red card. On Transfer deadline day, 31 January 2012, Reading announced the signing of Matthew Connolly on loan till the end of the season from QPR,[17] while Bongani Khumalo's loan was ended early and he returned to Tottenham Hotspur.[18]

During January, Nigerian defender Chibuzor Okonkwo, was also on trial at the club.[19]

February[edit]

Adam Federici in 2008.
Having conceded no goals during Reading's four victories in February, Adam Federici was named Championship Player of the Month. Pictured in 2008.

February started off for Reading with the Postponement of their Championship game against Doncaster Rovers due to a frozen pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium.[20] This game was later rearragened for 13 March.[21] On 8 February 2012, young defender Angus MacDonald joined League Two Torquay United on loan until the end of the season,[22] and Brett Williams joined Northampton Town on loan for a month.[23] Also on 8 February, Joseph Mills signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract, keeping him at The Madejski until 2014.[24] On 9 February, another young Reading player – Lawson D'Ath – joined Yeovil Town on loan for a month.[25][26] After the postponement of the Doncaster game, Reading's first game of February was a 2–0 win at home to Coventry City on 11 February, thanks to goals from Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts, his second in two games for Reading. They then travelled away to Derby County for a midweek game on the 14th, which they won 1–0 thanks to a 61st-minute goal from Noel Hunt. Reading where back at home on 17 February for the game against Burnley, which saw Jason Roberts net his third goal in four games to secure a 1–0 win. On 22 February, after rumours linking him with the vacant Wolves job, Brian McDermott signed a new contract with Reading keeping him at the Madejski Stadium until 2015.[27] On 24 February, it was confirmed that Mathieu Manset had joined Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on loan until 30 June 2012.[28] The next day saw Reading in action against fellow promotion chasers Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. Noel Hunt's first half goal and Ian Harte's superb free kick saw Reading come away with another three points, and meant that they had won all four games played in February.

March[edit]

On 2 March, it was announced that Jordan Obita would be joining Gillingham on loan for a month.[29] On 3 March, Reading came from 1–0 down away to Millwall to win 2–1, thanks to goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and substitute Adam le Fondre, to extended their winning run to 6 games. Reading extended their winning run to 7 on 6 March, with a 1–0 victory over Portsmouth thanks to a first half goal from Noel Hunt. On 8 March, it was announced that Brian McDermott had been nominated for February's Manager of the Month[30] for four wins out of four, while Adam Federici had been nominated for Player of the Month[31] for keeping four clean sheets in the four wins. The next day it was announced that both McDermott[32] and Federici[33] had won the awards. On 10 March, Reading played Leicester City at the Madejski Stadium and came away with their 8th win on the trot, 3–1, thanks to goals from Mikele Leigertwood, Jason Roberts and Simon Church with Neil Danns scoring Leicester City's consolation goal in the 92nd minute. On 13 March Reading played their re-arranged away fixture against Doncaster Rovers, which ended 1–1 ending Reading's winning streak but continuing their unbeaten run, their goal was courtesy of Alex Pearce. On 15 March, Reading announced the signing of Hayden Mullins on loan until the end of the season from Portsmouth.[34] On 17 March, Reading headed to Barnsley, and after a goalless first half, early second half goals from Jobi McAnuff and Jem Karacan gave reading the lead. Reading added another from Karacan midway through the second half and then a fourth thanks to Jason Roberts in the 89th minute. This victory extended their unbeaten run to 10 games and moved them 3 points clear of West Ham United in second place. On 20 March Reading's unbeaten run came to an end away at Peterborough United, losing 3–1. Reading took the lead through Noel Hunt in the 20th minute, before George Boyd equalised 5 minutes later. Peterborough took the lead in the 34th minute thanks to Tyrone Barnett, before Paul Taylor finished the scoring 8 minutes from time. Despite the defeat Reading remained in 2nd place. On 22 March, Reading announced the loan signing of Benik Afobe from Arsenal until the end of the season.[35] On 24 March, Reading got back to winning ways with a 3–1 home victory over Blackpool, with the goals coming from Ian Harte and Alex Pearce in the first half and Mikele Leigertwood in the second. Blackpools goal was scored by Lomana LuaLua. Alex McCarthy was recalled from his loan with Ipswich Town on 28 March due to an injury to Mikkel Andersen.[36] Reading saw out March the way they started by winning their 6th game of the month, away to West Ham United. Reading went 1–0 down inside 10 minutes to Carlton Cole's goal, before two goals at the end of the first half through, Kaspars Gorkšs and Noel Hunt, saw Reading goal in at the break ahead. The second half saw a converted penalty from Ian Harte and a Ricardo Vaz Tê header make it 2–3, before Mikele Leigertwood sealed the win with his 4th goal of the season making it 2–4 victory to Reading.

April[edit]

On 5 April, it was announced that McDermott had been nominated for March's Manager of the Month,[37] while Ian Harte had been nominated for Player of the Month.[38] The next day before Reading's home game against Leeds United it was announced that McDermott had won the manager of the month.[39] Reading's first game in April was on Good Friday against Leeds United, which they won 2–0 thanks to two late Adam le Fondre goals after Leeds had Zac Thompson sent off in the 12th minute. Reading then travelled to Brighton & Hove Albion on 10 April, and secured a narrow 1–0 victory after a deflected Ian Harte free kick in the 14th minute. Reading then played Southampton at the St Mary's on 13 April. Reading took the lead through Jason Roberts in the 19th minute, before Rickie Lambert levelled it for the Saints in the three minutes into the second half. McDermott then introduced Adam le Fondre as a 64th minute sub, who scored in the 72nd and 90th minutes to win the game 3–1 for Reading.

On 17 April, Reading beat Nottingham Forest 1–0 at home. With West Ham United's 1–1 draw against Bristol City the same evening, Reading were automatically promoted to the Premier League.[40] Four days later their 2–2 draw with Crystal Palace, coupled with Southampton's 2–1 defeat at Middlesbrough, ensured they would be promoted as division champions.[41]

Reading's last game of the season was away to Birmingham City which they lost 2–0. On 3 May it was announced that Adam le Fondre had been nominated for the April player of the month after scoring five goals during the month.[42]

May[edit]

Following the close of the season, Brian McDermott was named Championship Manager of the Year at the League Managers Association Awards, as voted by fellow professional managers.[43] Reading would release thirteen players at the end of the season, they included Andy Griffin, who played 42 games for Reading after joining the club in 2010, Brian Howard, who played 67 games for the club in three years and Tomasz Cywka, who joined Reading in the January, but only played four times.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee
3 May 2011 MF Australia Cameron Edwards Australia Perth Glory Free[2]
3 May 2011 MF Australia Ryan Edwards Australia Australian Institute of Sport Free[2]
1 June 2011 MF Antigua and Barbuda Mikele Leigertwood Queens Park Rangers Undisclosed[44]
22 August 2011 LB England Joseph Mills Southampton Free[45]
24 August 2011 CB Latvia Kaspars Gorkšs Queens Park Rangers Undisclosed[46]
27 August 2011 FW England Adam le Fondre Rotherham United Undisclosed[8]
21 September 2011 FW France Cédric Baseya France Lille Free[47]
12 January 2012 FW Republic of Ireland Karl Sheppard Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers Free[12]
26 January 2012 MF Poland Tomasz Cywka Derby County Free[15]
26 January 2012 FW Grenada Jason Roberts Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed[16]

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee
31 May 2011 MF Republic of Ireland Scott Davies Crawley Town Free[48]
1 June 2011 FB England Julian Kelly Notts County Free[49]
7 July 2011 CB England Matt Mills Leicester City Undisclosed[50]
1 August 2011 GK England Ben Hamer Charlton Athletic Undisclosed[51]
9 August 2011 FW Republic of Ireland Shane Long West Bromwich Albion Undisclosed[52]
1 January 2012 LB England Marcus Williams Sheffield United Free[10]

Loans in[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name From
25 July 2011 31 January 2012 CB South Africa Bongani Khumalo Tottenham Hotspur[53]
31 January 2012 End of the season DF England Matthew Connolly Queens Park Rangers[17]
15 March 2012 End of the season CM England Hayden Mullins Portsmouth[34]
22 March 2012 End of the season FW England Benik Afobe Arsenal[35]

Loans out[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name To
11 July 2011 7 November 2011 DF Republic of Ireland Carl McHugh Republic of Ireland Dundalk[54][55]
28 July 2011 28 August 2011 MF Wales Jake Taylor Aldershot Town[56][57]
2 August 2011 2 September 2011 FW England Nicholas Bignall Exeter City[58]
3 August 2011 11 October 2011 MF England Frankie Raymond Eastleigh[59]
15 August 2011 5 November 2011 MF England Michail Antonio Colchester United[60]
20 August 2011 15 September 2011 FW Republic of Ireland David Murphy Cirencester Town[61][62]
28 August 2011 30 January 2012 FW England Brett Williams Rotherham United[63]
27 September 2011 29 December 2011 CM England Brian Howard Millwall[64]
27 September 2011 28 February 2012 MF Wales Jake Taylor Exeter City[65][66]
29 September 2011 27 October 2011 FW Republic of Ireland David Murphy Hungerford Town[67]
13 October 2011 13 November 2011 MF England Charlie Losasso Salisbury City[68][69]
25 October 2011 3 November 2011 FW England Nicholas Bignall Wycombe Wanderers[70][71]
3 November 2011 End of the season DF England Michael Hector Barnet[72][73][74]
6 November 2011 3 January 2012 GK England Alex McCarthy Leeds United[75][76][77]
24 November 2011 February 2012 CB England Angus MacDonald Basingstoke Town[78]
26 November 2011 31 December 2011 FW France Cédric Baseya Barnet[79]
2 December 2011 28 December 2011 GK England Simon Locke Forest Green Rovers[80]
30 December 2011 End of the season MF England Charlie Losasso Salisbury City[81][82]
9 January 2012 28 March 2012 GK England Alex McCarthy Ipswich Town[11][36][83]
24 January 2012 End of season CB England Sean Morrison Huddersfield Town[84]
27 January 2012 29 February 2012 MF England Jordan Obita Barnet[85]
1 February 2012 4 April 2012 FW England Gozie Ugwu Ebbsfleet United[86][87]
8 February 2012 End of the season CB England Angus MacDonald Torquay United[22]
8 February 2012 End of the season FW England Brett Williams Northampton Town[23]
9 February 2012 End of the season MF England Lawson D'Ath Yeovil Town[25][26][88][89]
21 February 2012 End of the season MF England Michail Antonio Sheffield Wednesday[90]
24 February 2012 30 June 2012 FW France Mathieu Manset China Shanghai Shenhua[28]
2 March 2012 2 April 2012 MF England Jordan Obita Gillingham[29][91]

Released[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name Joined Date
2 May 2012[92] FW France Cédric Baseya Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 1 November 2013[93]
2 May 2012[92] MF Poland Tomasz Cywka Barnsley 6 August 2012[94]
2 May 2012[92] MF Australia Cameron Edwards Nike Football Academy Summer 2012[95]
2 May 2012[92] CB Canada Ethan Gage Sweden Nyköpings 29 May 2012[96][97]
2 May 2012[92] MF England John Goddard Hayes & Yeading United August 2012[98]
2 May 2012[92] FB England Andy Griffin Doncaster Rovers 22 October 2012[99]
2 May 2012[92] MF England Brian Howard Portsmouth 16 August 2012[100]
2 May 2012[92] GK England Simon Locke
2 May 2012[92] DF Republic of Ireland Carl McHugh Bradford City 18 August 2012[101][102]
2 May 2012[92] CB England Jack Mills Oxford City 17 August 2012[103]
2 May 2012[92] FW Republic of Ireland David Murphy
2 May 2012[92] MF England Frankie Raymond Gillingham 5 September 2012[104]
2 May 2012[92] FW England Jacob Walcott North Leigh Summer 2012[105]

Squad[edit]

As of match played 28 April 2012
No. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (Age[N 1]) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Apps. Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Adam Federici Australia GK (1985-01-31)31 January 1985 (aged 27) Torres 2005 2013[106] 166 1
12 Alex McCarthy England GK (1989-12-03)3 December 1989 (aged 22) Academy 2007 2013[107] 16 0
30 Simon Locke England GK (1991-10-15)15 October 1991 (aged 20) Academy 2011 2012[92] 0 0
31 Mikkel Andersen Denmark GK (1988-12-17)17 December 1988 (aged 23) AB Copenhagen 2007 0 0
Defenders
2 Andy Griffin England RB (1979-03-07)7 March 1979 (aged 33) Stoke City 2010 2012[92] 47 0
3 Matthew Connolly England RB (1987-09-24)24 September 1987 (aged 24) Queens Park Rangers 2012 (End of season loan) 6 0
5 Alex Pearce[N 2] Scotland CB (1988-11-09)9 November 1988 (aged 23) Academy 2006 2013[108] 120 9
15 Sean Morrison England CB (1991-01-08)8 January 1991 (aged 21) Swindon Town 2011 1 1
16 Joseph Mills England LB (1989-10-30)30 October 1989 (aged 22) Southampton 2011 2014[109] 16 0
17 Kaspars Gorkss Latvia CB (1981-11-06)6 November 1981 (aged 30) Queens Park Rangers 2011 2014[110] 43 3
23 Ian Harte Republic of Ireland LB (1977-08-31)31 August 1977 (aged 34) Carlisle United 2010 2012[92] 81 15
24 Shaun Cummings[111] England RB (1989-02-25)25 February 1989 (aged 23) Chelsea 2009 2013[112] 56 0
34 Ethan Gage Canada CB (1991-05-08)8 May 1991 (aged 20) Vancouver Whitecaps 2011 2012[92] 0 0
35 Michael Hector[N 3] England CB (1992-07-19)19 July 1992 (aged 19) Academy 2010 2012[92] 0 0
36 Jack Mills England CB (1992-03-26)26 March 1992 (aged 20) Academy 2010 2012[92] 1 0
42 Carl McHugh Republic of Ireland CB (1993-02-05)5 February 1993 (aged 19) Academy 2011 2012[92] 0 0
43 Nick Arnold England RB (1993-07-03)3 July 1993 (aged 18) Academy 2011 2012[92] 0 0
46 Angus MacDonald England CB (1992-10-15)15 October 1992 (aged 19) Academy 2011 2013[113] 0 0
Midfielders
4 Jem Karacan[N 4] Turkey CM (1989-02-21)21 February 1989 (aged 23) Academy 2007 133 8
6 Brynjar Gunnarsson Iceland CM (1975-10-16)16 October 1975 (aged 36) Watford 2005 2012[92] 163 10
7 Jay Tabb[N 5] Republic of Ireland CM (1984-02-21)21 February 1984 (aged 28) Coventry City 2009 2013[113] 89 0
8 Mikele Leigertwood[N 6] Antigua and Barbuda CM (1982-11-12)12 November 1982 (aged 29) Queens Park Rangers 2011 2014[114] 71 7
11 Jobi McAnuff[N 7] Jamaica LW (1981-11-09)9 November 1981 (aged 30) Watford 2009 2014[115] 130 13
14 Jimmy Kebe[N 8] Mali RW (1984-01-19)19 January 1984 (aged 28) RC Lens 2008 2014[116] 171 26
19 Hal Robson-Kanu[N 9] Wales LW (1989-05-21)21 May 1989 (aged 22) Academy 2007 2014[117] 89 10
20 Brian Howard England CM (1983-01-23)23 January 1983 (aged 29) Sheffield United 2009 2012[92] 67 3
25 Jake Taylor[118] Wales MF (1991-12-01)1 December 1991 (aged 20) Academy 2009 2 0
26 Hayden Mullins England CM (1979-03-27)27 March 1979 (aged 33) Portsmouth 2012 (End of season loan) 7 0
28 Michail Antonio England RW (1990-03-28)28 March 1990 (aged 22) Tooting & Mitcham United 2008 30 1
37 Jordan Obita England LW (1993-12-08)8 December 1993 (aged 18) Academy 2010 2014[119] 1 0
38 Frankie Raymond England MF (1992-11-18)18 November 1992 (aged 19) Academy 2011 2012[92] 0 0
40 Lawson D'Ath England CM (1992-12-24)24 December 1992 (aged 19) Academy 2009 2013[113] 1 0
41 Tomasz Cywka Poland AM (1988-06-27)27 June 1988 (aged 23) Derby County 2012 2012[92] 4 0
44 John Goddard England MF (1993-06-02)2 June 1993 (aged 18) Academy 2011 2012[92] 0 0
45 Ryan Edwards Australia MF (1993-11-17)17 November 1993 (aged 18) Australian Institute of Sport 2011 2015[95] 0 0
47 Charlie Losasso England MF (1992-11-11)11 November 1992 (aged 19) Academy 2011 2012[92] 0 0
50 Cameron Edwards Australia MF (1992-03-27)27 March 1992 (aged 20) Perth Glory 2011 2012[92] 0 0
Forwards
9 Adam le Fondre England FW (1986-12-02)2 December 1986 (aged 25) Rotherham United 2011 2014[120] 33 12
10 Noel Hunt Republic of Ireland FW (1982-12-26)26 December 1982 (aged 29) Dundee United 2008 2013[113] 132 33
18 Simon Church[N 10] Wales FW (1988-12-10)10 December 1988 (aged 23) Academy 2007 2013[113] 121 24
21 Karl Sheppard Republic of Ireland FW (1991-02-14)14 February 1991 (aged 21) Shamrock Rovers 2012 2014[121] 0 0
22 Mathieu Manset France FW (1989-08-05)5 August 1989 (aged 22) Hereford United 2011 2013[122] 31 5
27 Cédric Baseya France FW (1987-12-19)19 December 1987 (aged 24) AS Cherbourg 2011 2012[92] 0 0
29 Nicholas Bignall England FW (1990-07-11)11 July 1990 (aged 21) Academy 2008 2013[123] 1 0
32 Jacob Walcott England FW (1992-06-29)29 June 1992 (aged 19) Academy 2010 2012[92] 0 0
33 Jason Roberts[N 11] Grenada FW (1978-01-25)25 January 1978 (aged 34) Blackburn Rovers 2012 2013[124] 17 6
39 Brett Williams England FW (1987-12-01)1 December 1987 (aged 24) Eastleigh 2011 2013[113] 0 0
48 David Murphy Republic of Ireland FW (1993-04-18)18 April 1993 (aged 19) Academy 2011 2012[92] 0 0
49 Gozie Ugwu England FW (1993-04-22)22 April 1993 (aged 19) Academy 2011 2012[92] 0 0
51 Benik Afobe England FW (1993-02-12)12 February 1993 (aged 19) Arsenal 2012 (End of season loan) 3 0

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
3 England DF Marcus Williams (to Sheffield United)[10]
9 Republic of Ireland FW Shane Long (to West Bromwich Albion)
No. Position Player
26 South Africa DF Bongani Khumalo (return to Tottenham Hotspur after loan)

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
2011–12 Football League Championship 1st 7 August 2011 28 April 2012
2011-12 Football League Cup 1st round 1st round 11 August 2011 11 August 2011
FA Cup 3rd round 3rd round 7 January 2012 7 January 2012

Last updated: 28 April 2012
Source: Competitions

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

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 27 8 11 69 41  +28 89 14 5 4 36 18  +18 13 3 7 33 23  +10

Last updated: 28 April 2012.
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 H A A H A H H A A H A H H A A H H A H A H A H H A A H H H A H A A H H A A A H A H A A H H A
Result D W L L L L W D W D W D D D L W L W W L W W W W L W L W W W W W W W W D W L W W W W W W D L
Position 12 5 10 13 20 23 14 15 14 15 14 14 15 15 16 14 14 13 9 11 10 7 6 5 5 5 8 4 7 6 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1

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

Fixtures and results[edit]

League table[edit]

# Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
C Reading 46 27 8 11 69 41 +28 89
P Southampton 46 26 10 10 85 46 +39 88
3 West Ham United 46 24 14 8 81 48 +33 86
4 Birmingham City 46 20 16 10 78 51 +27 76
5 Blackpool 46 20 15 11 79 59 +20 75
6 Cardiff City 46 19 18 9 66 53 +13 75
7 Middlesbrough 46 18 16 12 52 51 +1 70
8 Hull City 46 19 11 16 47 44 +3 68
9 Leicester City 46 18 12 16 66 55 +11 66
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 17 15 14 52 52 +0 66
11 Watford 46 16 16 14 56 64 -8 64
12 Derby County 46 18 10 18 50 58 -8 64
13 Burnley 46 17 11 18 61 58 +3 62
14 Leeds United 46 17 10 19 65 68 -3 61
15 Ipswich Town 46 17 10 19 69 77 -8 61
16 Millwall 46 15 12 19 55 57 -2 57
17 Crystal Palace 46 13 17 16 46 51 -5 56
18 Peterborough United 46 13 11 22 67 77 -10 50
19 Nottingham Forest 46 14 8 24 48 63 -15 50
20 Bristol City 46 12 13 21 44 68 -24 49
21 Barnsley 46 13 9 24 49 74 -25 48
R Portsmouth* 46 13 11 22 50 59 -9 40
R Coventry City 46 9 13 24 41 65 -24 40
R Doncaster Rovers 46 8 12 26 43 80 -37 36

* – Portsmouth deducted ten points

Promotion to Premier League
Qualification to Championship playoffs
Relegation to League One
Last updated: 13:28, 28 April 2012 (UTC)


League Cup[edit]

Reading's First Round tie against Charlton drawn for 9 August 2011 was postponed on police advice due to the riots happening in London.[7] It was later rearranged to be played on Tuesday, 23 August 2011.

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2011–12 FA Cup

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of match played 28 April 2012[125]
No. Pos Nat Player Total Championship FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Australia Adam Federici 47 0 46 0 1 0 0 0
2 DF England Andy Griffin 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
3 DF England Matthew Connolly 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
4 MF Turkey Jem Karacan 37 3 36+1 3 0 0 0 0
5 DF Scotland Alex Pearce 47 5 46 5 1 0 0 0
6 MF Iceland Brynjar Gunnarsson 5 0 1+4 0 0 0 0 0
7 MF Republic of Ireland Jay Tabb 21 0 10+9 0 1 0 1 0
8 MF Antigua and Barbuda Mikele Leigertwood 42 5 41 5 1 0 0 0
9 FW England Adam le Fondre 33 12 17+15 12 1 0 0 0
10 FW Republic of Ireland Noel Hunt 41 8 33+8 8 0 0 0 0
11 MF Jamaica Jobi McAnuff 42 5 40 5 1 0 1 0
12 GK England Alex McCarthy 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
14 MF Mali Jimmy Kébé 33 3 30+3 3 0 0 0 0
15 DF England Sean Morrison 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
16 DF England Joseph Mills 16 0 13+2 0 0 0 0+1 0
17 DF Latvia Kaspars Gorkšs 43 3 42 3 1 0 0 0
18 FW Wales Simon Church 33 7 19+12 7 1 0 1 0
19 MF Wales Hal Robson-Kanu 37 4 19+16 4 1 0 0+1 0
20 MF England Brian Howard 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 1 0
22 FW France Mathieu Manset 17 3 4+11 3 0+1 0 1 0
23 DF Republic of Ireland Ian Harte 34 4 30+2 4 1 0 1 0
24 DF England Shaun Cummings 36 0 32+2 0 1 0 1 0
26 MF England Hayden Mullins 7 0 6+1 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF England Michail Antonio 7 0 2+4 0 0+1 0 0 0
33 FW Grenada Jason Roberts 17 6 17 6 0 0 0 0
37 MF England Jordan Obita 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
40 MF England Lawson D'Ath 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
41 MF Poland Tomasz Cywka 4 0 1+3 0 0 0 0 0
51 FW England Benik Afobe 3 0 1+2 0 0 0 0 0
Players who appeared for Reading but left during the season:
9 FW Republic of Ireland Shane Long 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
26 DF South Africa Bongani Khumalo 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0

Top scorers[edit]

As of match played 28 April 2012[125]
Place Position Nation Number Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW England 9 Adam le Fondre 12 0 0 12
2 FW Republic of Ireland 10 Noel Hunt 8 0 0 8
3 FW Wales 18 Simon Church 7 0 0 7
4 FW Grenada 33 Jason Roberts 6 0 0 6
5 MF Antigua and Barbuda 8 Mikele Leigertwood 5 0 0 5
MF Jamaica 11 Jobi McAnuff 5 0 0 5
DF Scotland 5 Alex Pearce 5 0 0 5
8 DF Republic of Ireland 23 Ian Harte 4 0 0 4
MF Wales 19 Hal Robson-Kanu 4 0 0 4
10 DF Latvia 17 Kaspars Gorkss 3 0 0 3
MF Turkey 4 Jem Karacan 3 0 0 3
MF Mali 14 Jimmy Kebe 3 0 0 3
FW France 22 Mathieu Manset 3 0 0 3
14 Own Goal 1 0 0 1
DF England 15 Sean Morrison 0 0 1 1
Total 69 0 1 70

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of match played 28 April 2012[126]
Position Nation Number Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
DF Latvia 17 Kaspars Gorkšs 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
FW Republic of Ireland 10 Noel Hunt 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
MF Antigua and Barbuda 6 Mikele Leigertwood 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
MF Jamaica 11 Jobi McAnuff 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
DF Scotland 5 Alex Pearce 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
MF Turkey 4 Jem Karacan 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
MF Wales 19 Hal Robson-Kanu 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
FW Grenada 33 Jason Roberts 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
DF England 2 Andy Griffin 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
FW England 9 Adam le Fondre 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
DF England 16 Joseph Mills 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
DF England 3 Matthew Connolly 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
DF England 24 Shaun Cummings 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
MF Mali 14 Jimmy Kébé 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
FW France 22 Mathieu Manset 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
DF Republic of Ireland 23 Ian Harte 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF England 26 Hayden Mullins 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF Republic of Ireland 7 Jay Tabb 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 58 1 1 0 2 0 61 1

Awards[edit]

Player of the season[edit]

Rank Name[127]
1 Alex Pearce
2 Jem Karacan
3 Adam Federici

LMA Manager of the Year: Championship[edit]

Name Rank
Brian McDermott Won[43]

PFA Team of the Year: Championship[edit]

Position Name
LB Ian Harte[128]

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Name Award
December Alex Pearce Won[129]
February Adam Federici Won[31][33]
March Ian Harte Nominated[38]
April Adam le Fondre Nominated[42]

Manager of the Month[edit]

Month Name Award
December Brian McDermott Nominated[130]
February Won[30][32]
March Won[37][39]

Team of the Week[edit]

Week Position Player
Week 1 FW Mathieu Manset[131]
Week 2 DF Ian Harte[132]
Week 7 DF Alex Pearce[133]
Week 9 DF Alex Pearce[134]
Week 12 MF Mikele Leigertwood[135]
Week 13 DF Kaspars Gorkšs[136]
Week 17 MF Jobi McAnuff[137]
Week 19 DF Alex Pearce[138]
Week 20 DF Kaspars Gorkšs[139]
Week 27 GK Adam Federici[140]
FW Jason Roberts[140]
Week 28 DF Alex Pearce[141]
MF Jimmy Kebe[141]
Week 29 DF Ian Harte[142]
Week 30 MF Hal Robson-Kanu[143]
Week 31 DF Shaun Cummings[144]
MF Mikele Leigertwood[144]
Week 32 MF Jem Karacan[145]
Week 33 DF Alex Pearce[146]
Week 34 MF Mikele Leigertwood[147]
Week 35 MF Jobi McAnuff[148]
Week 36 DF Kaspars Gorkšs[149]
MF Jobi McAnuff[149]
FW Adam le Fondre[149]

PFA Player in the Community[edit]

Name Award
Noel Hunt Nominated[150]

Championship Apprentice of the Year[edit]

Name Award
Jordan Obita Nominated[151]

Team kit[edit]

The 2011–12 Reading F.C. kits.[152]

Supplier: Puma
Sponsor(s): Waitrose

Home colours
Away colours
Goalkeeping colours

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Age as of the end of the season
  2. ^ 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, going on to represent Ireland at full international levelin September 2012.
  3. ^ Hector was born in East Ham, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in June 2015.
  4. ^ Karacan was born in Lewisham, England, but also qualifies to represent Turkey internationally through his father and has represented Turkey at every youth level.
  5. ^ Tabb was born in Wandsworth, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland and represented Ireland at U-21 level in 2005.
  6. ^ Leigertwood was born in Enfield, England, but qualified to represent Antigua and Barbuda and made his international debut for Antigua and Barbuda in November 2008.
  7. ^ McAnuff was born in Enfield, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in May 2002.
  8. ^ Kébé was born in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, but qualified to represent Mali internationally and made his international debut for Mali in 2004.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Roberts was born in Brent, England, but qualified to represent Grenada internationally through his father and made his international debut in 1999.
  12. ^ The Championship game against Doncaster Rovers was postponed due to a frozen pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium.[20] The game was rearranged for 13 March at 19:45.[21]

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