2012–13 Reading F.C. season

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Reading
2012–13 season
Chairman Sir John Madejski
Manager

Brian McDermott
until 11 March 2013
Eamonn Dolan (Caretaker)
11–26 March 2013

Nigel Adkins
from 26 March 2013
Stadium Madejski Stadium
Premier League 19th (relegated)
FA Cup Fifth round vs Manchester United
League Cup Fourth round vs Arsenal
Top goalscorer League: Adam le Fondre (12)
All: Adam le Fondre (14)
Highest home attendance 24,184 vs Everton
PL – 17 November 2012
Lowest home attendance 7,262 vs Peterborough United
LC – 28 August 2012
Average home league attendance 23,862 PL
22,697 Overall
Home colours
Away colours

The 2012–13 season was Reading Football Club's third season in the Premier League, and the first since their relegation to the Championship in 2008. Reading secured automatic promotion on 17 April 2012 following a 1–0 win against Nottingham Forest and were crowned as Championship winners four days later.[1] They began the season in August with a 1–1 draw against Stoke City but had to wait until mid-November for their first league win, a 2–1 win over Everton on 17 November 2012. A run of four wins in six around January saw Brian McDermott and Adam le Fondre named Manager of the Month and Player of the Month respectively, though one month later, after defeats by relegation rivals Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa, McDermott was sacked as the club's manager.[2] He was replaced by Nigel Adkins on 26 March, ending Eamonn Dolan's two-week stint as caretaker manager.[3] On 28 April, following a 0–0 home draw against Queens Park Rangers, Reading were relegated to the Championship for the 2013–14 season.[4] They finished the season with six wins from 38 games, the lowest number in their history.

In addition to the Premier League, the club also participated in the two domestic cup competitions. After beating Peterborough United and QPR in the second and third rounds respectively, Reading were knocked out of the League Cup in the fourth round by Arsenal after a dramatic 7–5 extra time defeat. In the FA Cup they recorded victories over Crawley Town and Sheffield United, before a close 2–1 defeat by Manchester United in the fifth round. At the end of the season Adam le Fondre, who was Reading's top scorer with 14 goals, was named the club's Player of the Season.

Promotion[edit]

On 17 April 2012, during the 2011–12 season, Reading required a better performance than rivals West Ham United to achieve automatic promotion from the Championship to the Premier League. On the evening, West Ham drew 1–1 with Bristol City, and Reading's Mikele Leigertwood scored an 81st-minute goal from an Ian Harte free kick against Nottingham Forest to secure promotion.[5][6] Upon the final whistle, there was a pitch invasion at the Madejski Stadium.[1]

Season review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Transfers[edit]

McCleary on the pitch in 2010.
Garath McCleary who became Reading's first signing of the summer joining from Nottingham Forest in May. Pictured in 2010 playing for Forest.

On 2 May, Reading announced that they would be renewing ten players contracts whilst 13 would be released.[7] The players leaving included Andy Griffin, Brian Howard and Tomasz Cywka, as well as a number of youngsters. Experienced duo Ian Harte and Brynjar Gunnarsson were both handed one-year extensions along with several young professionals and scholars including Michael Hector and Gozie Ugwu. Reading completed their first signing of the season on 16 May with Garath McCleary signing a three-year deal on a Bosman transfer from Nottingham Forest.[8] The club were linked with a number of players over the next six weeks before Danny Guthrie joined on a free transfer from Newcastle United, becoming Reading's second signing of the summer.[9] The following week Pavel Pogrebnyak signed a four-year deal on a free transfer from Fulham following the approval of his work permit,[10] and the day after, on 6 July, Irish youngster Pierce Sweeney joined for an undisclosed fee from Bray Wanderers.[11] Nicky Shorey rejoined the club on a one-year deal on 10 July following his release from West Bromwich Albion,[12] whilst three days later the first outgoing business of the season was completed with Mathieu Manset joining Sion on a three-year contract.[13] On 17 July the club completed a double signing with Adrian Mariappa and Chris Gunter joining from Watford and Nottingham Forest respectively.[14][15] Both signed on three-year deals for an undisclosed fee.

Several young players left the club on loan during the summer. Left back Joseph Mills became the first outgoing player, joining Burnley on a season long loan on 17 July,[16] whilst two days later Gozie Ugwu, having just signed a new 2-year contract, was loaned to Yeovil Town until 1 January 2013.[17] The following week Michael Hector joined League One team Shrewsbury Town until 2 January 2013[18] and on 30 July Angus MacDonald joined AFC Wimbledon on a six-month deal.[19] On 4 August there were two more loan departures with Karl Sheppard joining Accrington Stanley on a six-month loan and Brett Williams joining Woking on a season long deal.[20] Two days later Michail Antonio left the club permanently,[21] joining Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee and on 17 August, Mikkel Andersen joined Portsmouth on a one-month loan,[22] with Jordan Obita joining him four days later on a similar deal.[23] Having trained with the club since mid July,[24] Stuart Taylor signed a one-year deal on 20 August, completing Reading's summer transfer business.[25]

Friendlies[edit]

On 14 July the senior team played their first friendly away at AFC Wimbledon in a game they won 7–0. Adam le Fondre scored twice to give Reading a 2–0 lead at half time, during which Reading made ten changes. Michail Antonio scored five minutes into the second half, before a 15-minute hat-trick for Simon Church and a goal from Jordan Obita completed the scoring. Stuart Taylor came on for the last 30 minutes, replacing Alex McCarthy, as he continued his trial with the club.[26] Reading then flew out to Portugal to play three friendlies, the first of which took place on 21 July against Portuguese third division side Quarteirense in Quarteira. The match finished 1–1 with a trademark Ian Harte free kick only enough for draw.[27] Three days later they lost 0–2 to Sheffield Wednesday, the goals coming from Mike Jones and Chris O'Grady either side of half time.[28] Reading's final game in Portugal was played on 27 July against first division side Olhanense. In a surprisingly ill-tempered game, Reading earned a 1–1 draw with Danny Guthrie scoring for the Royals in the first half before Rui Duarte scored a second half penalty.[29] On 4 August they drew 2–2 away at A.F.C. Bournemouth thanks to goals from Adrian Mariappa and Hal Robson-Kanu before they travelled Brighton & Hove Albion for the Michael Kuipers testimonial three days later.[30] Reading went 1–0 down to a Vicente penalty in the first half, before an 89th-minute equaliser from Robson-Kanu levelled the game.[31] Reading's last friendly was on 11 August against Crystal Palace at the Madejski Stadium. Second half goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Adam le Fondre were enough to complete a winning end to the pre-season.[32]

In addition to the senior team, the club also fielded a Reading XI composed mainly of players from the development squad to face local non-league sides. Their first pre-season friendly was against Didcot Town on 10 July, and saw a team featuring a couple of trialists win 3–2. The Reading XI were 3–0 up at half time thanks to goals from Jordan Obita, Karl Sheppard and Ryan Edwards before Didcot scored twice in the second half.[33] A week later the development side were in action again away to Ebbsfleet United. For the second game in a row they won 3–2 with second half goals from Jordan Obita and Brett Williams adding to Jake Taylor's first half header.[34] On 21 July, in addition to the senior team's friendly in Portugal, the Reading XI were in action away to Basingstoke Town and suffered a heavy 5–0 defeat.[35] Three days later they faced Boreham Wood and won 2–1 thanks to two Dominic Samuel goals[36] before a trip to Salisbury City on 28 July where they lost 1–0. The Reading XI were soon in action again, earning a 2–1 win away at Hendon on 31 July and then a 1–0 victory over Hungerford Town on 4 August. Three days later they travelled away to Hemel Hempstead Town and earned a 1–1 draw with Jordan Obita scoring his fourth goal in seven pre-season games.[37] The final Reading XI game saw the team came from 2–0 down to win 4–2 away against Eastleigh on 11 August.[38] Goals from Jake Taylor, Aaron Tshibola and a double from Craig Tanner were enough to secure a seventh victory in nine games for the development squad.

August[edit]

Adam le Fondre on the pitch in 2007.
Adam le Fondre whose last-minute penalty against Stoke earned Reading a draw on the opening day of the Premier League. Pictured in 2007, playing for Rochdale.

August began with news that Adam Federici had signed a new contract, keeping him with the club until 2015.[39] On 15 August Reading were drawn at home to Peterborough United in the second round of the League Cup with the tie to be played on 28 August.[40] Reading started their first season back in the Premier League with a 1–1 home draw against Stoke City on 18 August. Stoke took the lead in the first half after a mistake by Federici let Michael Kightly's shot spill into the net. In the 90th minute Dean Whitehead fouled Garath McCleary in the box, resulting in Whitehead receiving a second booking and allowing Adam le Fondre to score the penalty and draw the game.[41] Reading's next game against Chelsea was moved forward to 22 August from 1 September due to Chelsea's participation in the UEFA Super Cup on 31 August. Chelsea opened the scoring through a Frank Lampard penalty on 18 minutes, before a quick-fire double from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Guthrie saw Reading take the lead. Gary Cahill brought things level again in the 69th minute before Fernando Torres, who was arguably in an offside position, gave Chelsea the lead again in the 81st minute. Branislav Ivanović then scored a break away goal in the 95th minute after Adam Federici was caught upfield for a last minute corner, securing a 4–2 win for Chelsea.[42]

Reading's fixture list experienced further disruption after the away game against Sunderland on 25 August was called off an hour before kickoff due to a waterlogged pitch at the Stadium of Light.[43] The last game in August was the League Cup tie against Peterborough United, which ended 3–2 to Reading. Peterborough took the lead in the through Paul Taylor in the 12th minute, before three goals in four minutes saw Reading equalise, through Pavel Pogrebnyak, go behind again, thanks to Lee Tomlin, and then equalise again through Chris Gunter. Nathaniel Knight-Percival's own goal in the 39th minute then edged Reading ahead, and after a goalless second half they held out to progress to the third round.[44]

September[edit]

With the postponement of the Sunderland game, Reading faced a gap of nearly three weeks between the Peterborough United cup match and the league fixture against Tottenham Hotspur. To keep match fitness levels up the club arranged a friendly against Bray Wanderers, the club they signed defender Pierce Sweeney from during the summer, to take place on 2 September in Bray.[45] Reading played a near full-strength side won the game emphatically 8–1 thanks to hat-tricks from Adam le Fondre and Jay Tabb, as well as goals from Alex Pearce and Jem Karacan.[46] Three days later the club submitted their 25-man squad for the Premier League campaign. All Reading's senior players were included except Brett Williams and Nicholas Bignall, who was recovering from a long-term injury.[47]

The team were finally back in competitive action on 16 September at home to Tottenham Hotspur, in a game they lost 3–1. Following several costly mistakes in the first three games Adam Federici was replaced in goal by Alex McCarthy,[48] though he was powerless to prevent Spurs going 3–0 up thanks to goals from Jermain Defoe in the first half and a quick-fire double from Gareth Bale and Defoe in the second half. Hal Robson-Kanu pulled one back for the Royals in the 90th minute but it proved to be no more than a consolation goal.[49] On 18 September Jordan Obita and Mikkel Andersen extended their loan spells at Portsmouth for another month[50] and the next day Jem Karacan extended his contract with the club until June 2015.[51] The following Saturday Reading made the trip to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion and despite several good saves from McCarthy, they lost 1–0 after a 71st minute Romelu Lukaku goal.[52] The fourth round of the League Cup saw Reading travel to Queens Park Rangers on 26 September. QPR opened the scoring through Junior Hoilett before Kaspars Gorkšs equalised 2 minutes later. Djibril Cissé then restored QPR's lead in the 71st minute only for Nicky Shorey to make it 2–2 with a free kick five minutes later, his first goal since his return to the club. Reading scored again in the 81st minute with a flick from Pavel Pogrebnyak and it proved enough to secure a 3–2 win.[53]

Two days later Reading recalled Angus MacDonald from his loan with AFC Wimbledon having made six appearances for the League Two club[54] and on 29 September it was reported that the club had taken Russian youngsters Sergey Kundik and Nikita Khaykin, formerly of Chelsea, on trial.[55] On the same day, the final game of the month took place at the Madejski Stadium with Reading earning a 2–2 draw against Newcastle United. Reading twice took the lead through Jimmy Kebe and Noel Hunt but a late Demba Ba goal was enough to secure Newcastle a share of the points. Despite suspicions of handball, Ba's goal was allowed to stand and Reading entered October in 19th position and still without a win in the league.[56]

October[edit]

Jason Roberts warming up on the pitch in 2009.
Jason Roberts caused controversy after boycotting the Kick It Out T-shirt campaign. Pictured in 2009 whilst at Blackburn Rovers.

October began with news that Sean Morrison had signed a new deal with the club, keeping him at Reading until 2016.[57] The start of the month also saw Steve Head, a former youth team player at Elm Park, brought in as head of scouting and recruitment to expand the club's scouting network.[58] On 6 October the team travelled to Swansea City for the first league game of the month. Goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Noel Hunt gave Reading a 2–0 at half time against the run of play before Swansea came back in the second half, scoring twice through Michu and Wayne Routledge to secure a 2–2 draw. Reading were outplayed for much of the game, managing just eight shots compared to Swansea's 25.[59]

On 16 October it was revealed that Reading had taken Indian under-19 international Brandon Fernandes on a two-week trial from ASD Cape Town.[60] Two days later Adam le Fondre became the fourth player of the season to sign a new contract, penning a three-year deal and joining Adam Federici, Jem Karacan and Sean Morrison in committing his future to the club.[61] The next day young defender Matt Partridge was the first player to depart during the month, joining Bognor Regis Town on a one-month loan.[62]

Reading's next league game was against Liverpool at Anfield on 20 October with Raheem Sterling scoring the only goal as Liverpool ran out 1–0 winners.[63] Prior to the game Jason Roberts caused controversy by refusing to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt in protest at a perceived lack of action against racism by the organisation.[64] Roberts was joined by several other high-profile players including Rio Ferdinand and Joleon Lescott in boycotting the campaign,[65] although his stance was criticised by others including Alex Ferguson.[66] On the same day Jordan Obita returned early from his loan spell at Portsmouth following a family bereavement,[67][68] though Mikkel Andersen's stay at Fratton Park was extended for a third, and final month.[69] Further loan news followed with Lawson D'Ath joining League Two side Cheltenham Town on a one-month loan on 25 October.[70] The team were back in league action two days later at home to Fulham in a game that finished 3–3. Reading took the lead in the lead in the 26th minute through Mikele Leigertwood and remained in front until the 61st minute, when Fulham substitute Bryan Ruiz equalised. The visitors then took the lead through a Chris Baird header, setting up frantic last five minutes. Garath McCleary made it 2–2 before Dimitar Berbatov again put Fulham in the lead, only for Hal Robson-Kanu to grab a 90th-minute equaliser for Reading.[71] The draw was not enough to drag the Royals out of the bottom three, and extended their winless run in the league to nine games.

The final game of the month was the League Cup fourth round tie against Arsenal at the Madejski Stadium. In an extraordinary game, Reading lost 7–5 after extra time despite leading by four goals at one point. Reading had fired themselves into a 4–0 lead with only 37 minutes played after goals from Jason Roberts, a Laurent Koscielny own goal, Mikele Leigertwood and Noel Hunt. Theo Walcott got one back for the visitors just before half time as the visitors went into the break trailing by three goals. Olivier Giroud further reduced the deficit before Koscielny and Walcott scored in the closing minutes to make it 4–4 after 90 minutes. Marouane Chamakh gave Arsenal the lead in extra time only for substitute Pavel Pogrebnyak to again bring the scores level. Walcott then completed his hat-trick in injury time before Chamakh's second sealed the match for Arsenal.[72] October closed with confirmation that the club would not be offering a contract to Brandon Fernandes following his two-week trial.[73]

November[edit]

On 1 November the postponed away game against Sunderland was rearranged to be played on 11 December at 19:45.[74] Reading's winless run in the league continued as they drew 1–1 away to fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers on 4 November. Kaspars Gorkšs opened the scoring in the 16th minute, acrobatically firing home from close range before QPR equalised in the second half through Djibril Cissé.[75] The game ended on a sour note for Reading though after Alex McCarthy injured his shoulder in a collision with the goalpost.[76] The club later confirmed that he had been to see a specialist and would be out for a "little while".[77]

On 8 November Simon Church became the first of several loan departures during the month, joining Huddersfield Town on a one-month deal.[78] Two days later the team faced Norwich City at the Madejski Stadium in a game that ended goalless and consigned Reading to a sixth draw in ten games.[79] The following week Reading were again at home for the visit of Everton. The visitors took the lead in the 10th minute after a series of defensive errors allowed Steven Naismith to score from close range. Everton then had several chances to extend their lead before a second half Adam le Fondre inspired comeback gave Reading a 2–1 lead. Having headed in a Nicky Shorey free-kick to draw the scores level, le Fondre then converted a late penalty and Reading held on to earn their first Premier League win at the eleventh attempt.[80]

In mid-November a series of loan returns and departures were completed. Firstly, on 20 November, goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen returned from Portsmouth having made 19 appearances during his three-month stay. He was followed the next day by Michael Hector who was recalled early from Shrewsbury Town having fallen out of first team contention. Within hours of being recalled Hector was on the move again, joining Aldershot Town until January whilst Angus MacDonald joined Torquay United on a similar deal. Lawson D'Ath extended his stay at Cheltenham Town and was joined at the club by Jake Taylor with both signing until the beginning of January. The loan business was completed by Simon Church who extended his stay at Huddersfield for a further five weeks.[81]

Reading travelled away to Wigan Athletic on 24 November for their next league fixture, with the game ending in a 3–2 defeat. Sean Morrison's first league goal for the club put them into the lead before Jordi Gómez equalised after 58 minutes. Gómez then scored Wigan's second until a calamitous Ali Al-Habsi own goal levelled the scores again. The game looked set to finish 2–2 before a Wigan counter-attack allowed Gómez to seal his hat-trick and the win.[82] Three days later the final game of the month saw Reading head north to face Aston Villa. Despite several chances, neither team could make the breakthrough until the last ten minutes when Christian Benteke scored a header to give Villa a vital 1–0 win.[83] Although the win against Everton briefly lifted the Royals out of the bottom three, defeats by relegation rivals Wigan and Aston Villa meant they finished November in 19th, four points off safety.

December[edit]

Pogrebnyak playing for Fulham in 2012.
Pavel Pogrebnyak whose early goal against West Ham United gave Reading just their second win of the season. Pictured in 2012, playing for Fulham.

Reading started the month with a home game against Manchester United. The Royals took the lead through Hal Robson-Kanu before an Anderson strike and a Wayne Rooney penalty, following a Jay Tabb foul, gave United a 2–1 lead after 16 minutes. Three minutes later Adam le Fondre headed in a Nicky Shorey corner to level the scores, before Sean Morrison put Reading back in front from another Shorey corner. Rooney scored his second after half an hour to again bring the visitors level before Robin van Persie scored five minutes later to give United a 4–3 lead and the win. With all seven goals coming in the first 35 minutes, the game equalled a Premier League record for most goals scored in the first half of a match.[84] On 2 December the draw for the FA Cup third round took place with Reading handed an away tie against Crawley Town to be played in early January.[85] Three days later Shaun Cummings became the latest player to commit his future to the club, signing a new two-and-a-half-year contract.[86] The news was followed by confirmation that, despite initial hopes his injury sustained in November was not too serious, Alex McCarthy had been forced to undergo shoulder surgery, potentially ruling him out for the rest of the season.[87]

Reading's next league game was an away trip to Southampton on 8 December which they lost 1–0. A second half Jason Puncheon goal was enough to secure the win for Southampton in a game they dominated.[88] Three days later Reading travelled north to play their postponed match against Sunderland, originally scheduled to be played in August. A disappointing performance saw Sunderland run out 3–0 winners with goals from James McClean and Steven Fletcher in the first half, and Stéphane Sessègnon in second half injury time.[89] Academy graduate Dominic Samuel made his professional debut in the game, coming on in the 72nd minute and becoming Reading's youngest top flight player in the process.[90] Controversy arose after the game when it emerged that Danny Guthrie had refused to travel with the team to Sunderland, stating that his "head was not in the right place" to play.[91] He was fined two-weeks wages by the club and later issued an apology to his teammates and the fans.[92]

In a quiet month of loan activity young goalkeeper Jon Henly was the only outgoing player, joining Hungerford Town on 14 December on a one-month deal.[93] On 17 December Reading were back at the Madejski Stadium to face Arsenal in what turned out to be another high scoring game between the two sides. The visitors took a 4–0 lead through Lukas Podolski and a Santi Cazorla hat-trick before the Royals gave themselves a lifeline with two quick goals from le Fondre and Jimmy Kébé. Any hopes of a comeback were dashed after 80 minutes though when Theo Walcott scored Arsenal's fifth as the game finished 5–2.[94] The following weekend Reading were away to Manchester City and despite putting in a much improved performance, they were beaten 1–0. The Royals held out for 93 minutes until Gareth Barry rose above Nicky Shorey to head past Adam Federici and snatch victory.[95] Boxing day saw the visit of Swansea City with a 0–0 draw enough to end a run of seven straight defeats. Adam le Fondre had a second half goal disallowed for handball though they created few other chances with Federici forced to pull off a number of saves to keep Swansea from scoring.[96] On the same day Matt Partridge returned from his loan spell at Bognor Regis Town having spent two months with the Rocks.[97] The last game of the month saw Reading clinch a vital 1–0 win over West Ham United at the Madejski. A mistake from James Collins allowed Pavel Pogrebnyak to score after just five minutes and the Royals held on for just their second win of the season.[98] Despite a good end to the month, the team managed just four points from a possible 21 and remained in 19th place going into the new year. The year ended with the return of Simon Church from his loan spell at Huddersfield having been with the Yorkshire side since early November.[99]

January[edit]

The first game of the new year took place on 1 January against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Reading took the lead in the 4th minute when Ian Harte's free kick rebounded off the crossbar allowing Pavel Pogrebnyak to head in from close range. Spurs levelled within five minutes through Michael Dawson, before second half goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey secured a 3–1 win.[100] Four days later Reading played their FA Cup third round match away to Crawley Town and quickly found themselves 1–0 down when Nicky Adams scored after just 14 seconds, the fastest ever FA Cup goal.[101] Adam le Fondre equalised in the 13th minute before Noel Hunt scored Reading's second just before half time. A le Fondre penalty soon after half time sealed a 3–1 win and saw the Royals progress into the fourth round.[102] The day after the match, the draw for the fourth round was made with Reading handed a home tie against Sheffield United to be played at the end of the month.[103] On 12 January the team were back in Premier League action at home to West Bromwich Albion. The visitors took the lead after 19 minutes through Romelu Lukaku who then doubled the lead midway through the second half. With less than ten minutes remaining Jimmy Kébé pulled one back from close range, before winning a penalty which Adam le Fondre converted to level the scores. The comeback was completed on 90 minutes when Pavel Pogrebnyak latched onto the end of a free kick, tapping it past Ben Foster and clinching what had seemed an unlikely win.[104]

The following weekend Reading travelled north to face Newcastle United and secured their first away win of the season thanks to another late comeback. Newcastle took the lead in the first half through a Yohan Cabaye freekick and remained in front until the 71st minute when substitute Adam le Fondre equalised with his first touch. Le Fondre then won the game with his second goal six minutes later as Reading held on for a 2–1 victory.[105] On 26 January Reading's FA Cup fourth round tie against Sheffield United took place at the Madejski Stadium. The Royals took the lead after six minutes through Noel Hunt and doubled their advantage just before half time when Mikele Leigertwood scored with a powerful shot from distance. Hunt grabbed his second five minutes after half time with Garath McCleary also getting on the score sheet as game finished 4–0.[106] Following the match the Royals were drawn against Manchester United in the fifth round with the tie to be played in mid-February.[107] Reading's final game of the month took place four days later with the visit of Chelsea to the Madejski. Goals from Juan Mata in first half injury time, and Frank Lampard midway through the second half had given Chelsea a comfortable lead but with 87 minutes gone Adam le Fondre pulled one back for Reading. With the hosts still heading for defeat, le Fondre then volleyed in a Hope Akpan flick-on to salvage a point in the fifth minute of stoppage time.[108] Having secured seven points from a possible twelve in January, the draw with Chelsea took the Royals out of the relegation zone for the first time since November. For their roles in the revival, manager Brian McDermott was awarded the Premier League Manager of the Month award, whilst le Fondre, who scored fives times in the league during January, was named Premier League Player of the Month.[109]

Transfers[edit]

Reading's first piece of business was announced on 31 December with Portuguese utility player Daniel Carriço joining the club for €750,000 from Sporting CP.[110][111] On 8 January midfielder Hope Akpan signed on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Crawley Town for £300,000 plus add-ons,[112] and he was followed by Stephen Kelly who joined from Fulham on a two-and-a-half-year contract three days later.[113] In mid-January Stopilla Sonzu joined the club for four days to train and be assessed by the coaching staff[114] with a view to a potential permanent transfer in the future.[115] No further deals were completed until 30 January when Nick Blackman joined from Sheffield United on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[116] Both Akpan and Blackman joined from their respective club within days of playing against Reading in the FA Cup. Following the closure of the transfer window manager Brian McDermott revealed that the club had tried, and failed, in last-minute deals to sign Tom Ince,[117] and former Reading player Gylfi Sigurðsson.[118]

As well as the four permanent transfers, January saw several players return to, and leave the club on loan. On 1 January Gozie Ugwu returned from his spell at Yeovil Town,[119] whilst Michael Hector extended his stay at Aldershot Town the following day, keeping him with the club until the end of the month.[120] Young striker Dominic Samuel joined Colchester United on a one-month youth loan on 3 January[121] with Karl Sheppard returning from his spell at Accrington Stanley the same day.[122] The day after, Jake Taylor extended his loan with Cheltenham Town for another month, though Lawson D'Ath's deal with the Robins was not renewed and he returned to Reading having made three appearances.[123] On 8 January Angus MacDonald's loan to Torquay United was extended until the end of the season[124] and a week later Jon Henly returned after a one-month stay with Hungerford Town. Having returned from Yeovil two weeks earlier, Gozie Ugwu was on the move again, this time to Plymouth Argyle on a one-month youth loan on 17 January.[125] A final flurry of activity began on 28 January when Jake Taylor was recalled from Cheltenham having started just one game since his loan was extended.[126] The following day Michael Hector returned from Aldershot and was immediately loaned out again, swapping places with Taylor and joining Cheltenham for a month.[127] The last day of the month saw two young players move out on loan. Jordan Obita joined Oldham Athletic for one month[128] whilst Karl Sheppard rejoined his former club Shamrock Rovers until July 2013.[129] Deadline day also saw Dominic Samuel return from his spell at Colchester having made two appearances.[130]

February[edit]

Jimmy Kébé playing for Reading in 2011.
Jimmy Kébé, who scored twice against Sunderland to give Reading their third win in four games. Pictured in 2011.

The month began with a home game against Sunderland on 2 February which Reading won 2–1. The hosts took the lead through Jimmy Kébé in the 7th minute, only for Craig Gardner to equalise with a penalty midway through the first half. With only five minutes left, Kébé popped up again and headed in at the far post to seal victory for Reading and make it three wins from four matches.[131] The following week Reading travelled away to Stoke City and after a goalless first half, found themselves 2–0 down thanks to goals from Robert Huth and Cameron Jerome. Adrian Mariappa pulled one back with his first goal for Reading in the 83rd minute, but Stoke held on for a 2–1 win, ending Reading's four-game unbeaten run.[132] On 12 February, having fallen out of first team contention, Kaspars Gorkšs joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a three-month loan with a view to a permanent deal.[133]

In preparation for their FA Cup fifth round tie away to Manchester United, Reading headed to Dubai for warm weather training.[134] The match itself took place on 18 February with United prevailing 2–1 thanks to second half goals from Nani and Javier Hernández. A late Jobi McAnuff strike, his first goal of the season, proved no more than a consolation for the Royals.[135] The following day, despite barely featuring because of injury, Gozie Ugwu extended his stay with Plymouth Argyle for a second month.[136] The final game in February saw Wigan Athletic visit the Madejski Stadium for a crucial relegation clash. Wigan took the lead on 44 minutes through Arouna Koné, who then scored again just one minute later to give Wigan a 2–0 lead at the break. Maynor Figueroa made it 3–0 soon after the restart before Pavel Pogrebnyak completed a miserable day for the Royals when he was sent off for a reckless challenge after 56 minutes.[137] Four days later the club announced that they had signed a partnership with Turkish side Galatasaray, paving the way for co-operation on academy, scouting and other matters.[138] February ended with news that Michael Hector had extended his stay at Cheltenham Town,[139] whilst Jake Taylor joined Crawley Town on a one-month loan.[140]

March[edit]

On 2 March Reading travelled to Everton for their first game of the month. Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas gave Everton a commanding lead, with Hal Robson-Kanu's late strike only a consolation as the hosts ran 3–1 winners.[141] The following week Jordan Obita extended his youth loan at Oldham Athletic until 1 April,[142] whilst Jay Tabb moved to Ipswich Town on a one-month loan having fallen out of first-team contention.[143] On 7 March, after nearly eight years with Reading, Brynjar Gunnarsson moved back to KR, the club he started his career with.[144] Two days later Reading were at the Madejski Stadium to face fellow relegation rivals Aston Villa. The Royals took the lead through a Nathan Baker own goal but held on to it for just one minute before Christian Benteke levelled for Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor then struck on the stroke of half time, and with no further goals in the second half, the game finished 2–1 to the visitors.[145] The evening before the game, the club had received further bad news with Jason Roberts revealing that he would miss the rest of the season after having surgery on the hip injury he sustained against Southampton in December.[146]

On 11 March, after four successive defeats, manager Brian McDermott was sacked by the club.[2] He was followed out of the club by first-team coaches Nigel Gibbs and Yannis Anastasiou, with Academy Manager Eamonn Dolan taking over first team duties in a caretaker capacity.[147] On the same day, Gozie Ugwu was recalled early from his injury-plagued loan spell at Plymouth Argyle,[148] whilst later that week, Lawson D'Ath and Charlie Losasso both left the club on loan, joining Exeter City and Isthmian Premier Division side Whitehawk respectively until the end of the season.[149][150][151][152] On 16 March, Dolan took charge of his first and only game as caretaker manager away to Manchester United, with a solitary Wayne Rooney goal giving United a 1–0 win.[153] Soon afterwards Reading announced their first transfer business of the forthcoming summer, with Icelandic duo Samúel Fridjónsson and Tómas Urbancic set to sign on 1 July.[154] Fifteen days after McDermott was sacked, Nigel Adkins was appointed as the Reading's new manager on a three-year contract with his former assistant at Southampton, Andy Crosby, also joining the club.[3] Adkins first game in charge took place on 30 March and saw Reading travel to Arsenal with the game finishing 4–1 to the Gunners. Hal Robson-Kanu again scored a late consolation, with Arsenal's four goals bringing their total against Reading this season to 16.[155] The end of the month saw Michael Hector extend his loan with Cheltenham Town until the end of the season,[156] and Jake Taylor return after a one-month spell at Crawley Town.[157]

April[edit]

Craig Goodwin playing for Newcastle Jets in 2012.
Craig Goodwin who joined Reading on trial for three weeks in April. Pictured in 2012, playing for Newcastle Jets.

April began with the return of Jordan Obita following his two-month spell at Oldham Athletic[158] and the extension of Jay Tabb's loan at Ipswich Town until the end of the season.[159] The first game of the month was at home against Southampton on 6 April with the Saints winning 2–0. A goal in each half from Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana were enough for a comfortable Southampton victory.[160] Two days later Newcastle Jets player Craig Goodwin joined the club on trial for two weeks[161] and though the trial was later extended to allow Goodwin to play in a reserve game, he was not offered a contract following its conclusion.[162][163] On 11 April, Reading announced another young player would be joining the club over the summer with 17-year-old American goalkeeper Aleksander Gogic set to sign a two-year professional deal prior to the 2013–14 season.[164] Reading's current goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was largely to thank for the Royals' 0–0 draw with Liverpool on 13 April, with his performance earning him the man-of-the-match award and giving Reading their first clean sheet in nine games against Liverpool.[165]

One week later the team travelled to Carrow Road to face Norwich City. After a goalless first half, Norwich struck twice in 90 seconds with a long range Garath McCleary shot not enough to salvage anything as the game finished 2–1 to the hosts.[166] The last game of the month took place on 28 April as Reading faced 19th place Queens Park Rangers at the Madejski Stadium. Despite both teams needing a win to maintain any hope of avoiding relegation, a drab 0–0 draw condemned both to Championship football for the 2013–14 season.[4]

May[edit]

Reading travelled to Fulham on 4 May and recorded only their second away win of the season with two goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and one each from Jem Karacan and Adam le Fondre securing a 4–2 victory.[167] Le Fondre's strike also set a new Premier League record for most goals scored as a substitute.[168] Ten days later, Reading played their last home game of the season against Manchester City, losing 0–2.[169] Prior to kick-off, le Fondre was named the Reading F.C. Player of the Season, with Alex McCarthy and Hal Robson-Kanu coming second and third respectively.[168] On 16 May, McCarthy also became Reading's first youth graduate to be called up to the England squad since the start of the Academy era.[170] On the same day the club announced they had agreed in principle to buy land at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club for a new training ground.[171] The final game of the season took place on 19 May away to West Ham United. Garath McCleary and Le Fondre both scored for Reading, but a Kevin Nolan hat-trick helped the Hammers to a 4–2 win and consigned the Royals to a 22nd defeat in 38 games.[172] The following week the club announced that ten senior players would be leaving the club upon the expiry of their contracts. Among those leaving were Noel Hunt, Ian Harte, Nicky Shorey and Jay Tabb.[173]

Under-21s and Academy[edit]

Chris Cummins at a Toronto FC press conference in 2009.
Chris Cummins, Reading's development coach and under-21 manager. Pictured in 2009 whilst interim head coach of Toronto FC.

Reading's application for Category 1 academy status under the new Elite Player Performance Plan meant that their under-21 and under-18 teams would compete in the new Professional Development League 1 for the 2012–13 season.[174] Although the under-21 league games are predominantly contested by the younger players, one goalkeeper, and three outfield players over the age of 21 are eligible for selection for each fixture.[175]

The under-21s first game of the season was a 3–1 defeat away to West Ham with Ryan Edwards scoring Reading's only goal.[176] A heavy 6–1 defeat of West Bromwich Albion, and 3–0 victory over Norwich City followed before a run of four games without a win. They won a further two games, against Norwich and West Ham, but ended the first league phase with another four-game winless run which consigned them to seventh position.[177] The second-from-bottom finish meant the under-21s were placed in Group 2 for the second phase of the competition. They again began with a defeat, losing 3–1 away to Manchester City[178] but went on to win six of their next eight games, including two wins over Stoke City and a 3–0, Dominic Samuel inspired victory over Man City.[179] Their hopes of reaching the knockout stages were ended though after three successive defeats saw them finish in third place, with only the top team advancing.[180] With six goals each, Lawson D'Ath and Dominic Samuel were Reading's joint top scorers over the season.[181] At the end of the season Charlie Losasso and Josh Webb, who had both featured regularly for the under-21s, were among the ten players released by the club.[173] Reading also confirmed and that development coach, and under-21 manager, Chris Cummins would leave at the end of the season, having been with the club since 2011.[182]

The under-18s also started their season against West Ham, drawing 2–2. They lost just one game during the initial league phase, a 3–2 defeat by Bolton,[183] finishing top of the table with 11 wins from 14.[184] The team also progressed in the FA Youth Cup, beating Brentford 5–1 at Griffin Park in December.[185] By winning their league, the under-18s were placed in the Elite Group for the second half of the season.[186] They struggled initially, losing three of their first four matches and were also knocked out of the Youth Cup in the fourth round after a 2–0 home defeat by Bolton.[187] Following the run of defeats, the under-18s won ten matches in a row, including doubles over Chelsea and Crystal Palace, finishing second in the group on goal difference to Fulham and qualifying for knockout stage.[188][189] After beating Everton 4–0 in the semi-final Reading faced Fulham in the final but could not extend their winning run to twelve, losing 3–0.[190][191] Following their successful season, the club offered eight scholars professional contracts for the 2013–14 season, including Uche Ikpeazu who was the top scorer in the country at under-18 level with 28 goals.[192]

Transfers[edit]

Loans out[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name To
17 July 2012 Season-long DF England Joseph Mills Burnley[16]
19 July 2012 1 January 2013 FW England Gozie Ugwu Yeovil Town[17]
24 July 2012 22 November 2012 DF England Michael Hector Shrewsbury Town[18][81]
30 July 2012 28 September 2012 DF England Angus MacDonald AFC Wimbledon[19][54]
4 August 2012 3 January 2013 FW Republic of Ireland Karl Sheppard Accrington Stanley[20][122]
4 August 2012 Season-long FW England Brett Williams Woking[20]
17 August 2012 20 November 2012 GK Denmark Mikkel Andersen Portsmouth[22][50][81]
21 August 2012 21 October 2012 MF England Jordan Obita Portsmouth[23][50][67]
19 October 2012 26 December 2012 DF England Matt Partridge Bognor Regis Town[62][97][195]
25 October 2012 2 January 2013 MF England Lawson D'Ath Cheltenham Town[70][81]
8 November 2012 31 December 2012 FW Wales Simon Church Huddersfield Town[78][81]
22 November 2012 29 January 2013 DF England Michael Hector Aldershot Town[81][120][196]
22 November 2012 End of the season DF England Angus MacDonald Torquay United[81][124][197]
22 November 2012 28 January 2013 MF Wales Jake Taylor Cheltenham Town[81][123][126]
14 December 2012 14 January 2013 GK Scotland Jon Henly Hungerford Town[93]
3 January 2013 31 January 2013 FW England Dominic Samuel Colchester United[121][130]
17 January 2013 11 March 2013 FW England Gozie Ugwu Plymouth Argyle[125][136][148]
30 January 2013 End of the season DF England Michael Hector Cheltenham Town[127][139][156]
31 January 2013 1 April 2013 MF England Jordan Obita Oldham Athletic[128][142]
31 January 2013 3 November 2013 FW Republic of Ireland Karl Sheppard Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers[129][198]
12 February 2013 End of the season DF Latvia Kaspars Gorkšs Wolverhampton Wanderers[133]
28 February 2013 31 March 2013 MF Wales Jake Taylor Crawley Town[140]
7 March 2013 End of the season MF Republic of Ireland Jay Tabb Ipswich Town[143][159]
15 March 2013 End of the season MF England Lawson D'Ath Exeter City[149][150]
15 March 2013 End of the season MF England Charlie Losasso Whitehawk[151][152]

Released[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name Joined Date
24 May 2013[173] FW Wales Simon Church Charlton Athletic 1 August 2013[199][200]
24 May 2013[173] LB Republic of Ireland Ian Harte Bournemouth 1 July 2013[201]
24 May 2013[173] FW Republic of Ireland Noel Hunt Leeds United 3 July 2013[202]
24 May 2013[173] MF England Charlie Losasso Bournemouth 9 September 2013[203]
24 May 2013[173] CB England Angus MacDonald Salisbury City 23 August 2013[204]
24 May 2013[173] LB England Joseph Mills Burnley 1 July 2013[173][205]
24 May 2013[173] LB England Nicky Shorey Bristol City 30 August 2013[206]
24 May 2013[173] CM Republic of Ireland Jay Tabb Ipswich Town 1 July 2013[207][208]
24 May 2013[173] MF England Josh Webb Hayes & Yeading United 16 August 2013[209]
24 May 2013[173] FW England Brett Williams Aldershot Town 8 August 2013[210]
7 June 2013[211] FW England Nicholas Bignall Basingstoke Town March 2014[212]

Trial[edit]

Date From Date To Position Nationality Name Last Club
13 July 2012[24] 20 August 2012[25] GK England Stuart Taylor Manchester City
8 April 2013[161][213] 8 May 2013[161] DF Australia Craig Goodwin Newcastle Jets

Squad[edit]

As of match played 19 May 2013
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 28) Torres 2005 2015[214] 192 1
21 Alex McCarthy England GK (1989-12-03)3 December 1989 (aged 23) Academy 2007 2015[215] 30 0
31 Mikkel Andersen Denmark GK (1988-12-17)17 December 1988 (aged 24) AB Copenhagen 2007 2015[215] 0 0
41 Stuart Taylor England GK (1980-11-28)28 November 1980 (aged 32) Manchester City 2012 2013[25] 4 0
42 Jon Henly Scotland GK (1994-06-07)7 June 1994 (aged 18) Academy 2012 2013[173] 0 0
Defenders
2 Chris Gunter Wales RB (1989-07-21)21 July 1989 (aged 23) Nottingham Forest 2012 2015[15] 23 1
3 Nicky Shorey England LB (1981-02-19)19 February 1981 (aged 32) West Bromwich Albion 2012 2013[12] 317 13
5 Alex Pearce[N 2] Republic of Ireland CB (1988-11-09)9 November 1988 (aged 24) Academy 2006 2013[173] 145 12
6 Adrian Mariappa[N 3] Jamaica CB (1986-10-03)3 October 1986 (aged 26) Watford 2012 2015[216] 32 1
15 Sean Morrison England CB (1991-01-08)8 January 1991 (aged 22) Swindon Town 2011 2016[57] 22 3
17 Kaspars Gorkšs Latvia CB (1981-11-06)6 November 1981 (aged 31) QPR 2011 2014[217] 60 5
23 Ian Harte Republic of Ireland LB (1977-08-31)31 August 1977 (aged 35) Carlisle United 2010 2013[218] 99 15
24 Shaun Cummings[N 4] England RB (1989-02-25)25 February 1989 (aged 24) Chelsea 2009 2015[86] 67 0
27 Stephen Kelly Republic of Ireland RB (1983-09-06)6 September 1983 (aged 29) Fulham 2013 2015[113] 18 0
32 Nick Arnold England RB (1993-07-03)3 July 1993 (aged 19) Academy 2011 2013[173] 0 0
34 Angus MacDonald England CB (1992-10-15)15 October 1992 (aged 20) Academy 2011 2013[173] 0 0
35 Michael Hector[N 5] England CB (1992-07-19)19 July 1992 (aged 20) Academy 2010 2014[219] 0 0
46 Matt Partridge England CB (1993-11-07)7 November 1993 (aged 19) Academy 2012 2013[173] 0 0
47 Pierce Sweeney Republic of Ireland CB (1994-09-11)11 September 1994 (aged 18) Bray Wanderers 2012 0 0
Joseph Mills England LB (1989-10-30)30 October 1989 (aged 23) Southampton 2011 2014[220] 16 0
Midfielders
4 Jem Karacan[N 6] Turkey CM (1989-02-21)21 February 1989 (aged 24) Academy 2007 2015[51] 159 9
8 Mikele Leigertwood[N 7] Antigua and Barbuda CM (1982-11-12)12 November 1982 (aged 30) QPR 2011 2014[221] 105 10
11 Jobi McAnuff[N 8] Jamaica LW (1981-11-09)9 November 1981 (aged 31) Watford 2009 2014[222] 171 14
12 Garath McCleary[N 9] Jamaica RW (1987-05-15)15 May 1987 (aged 26) Nottingham Forest 2012 2015[8] 37 4
14 Jimmy Kebe[N 10] Mali RW (1984-01-19)19 January 1984 (aged 29) Lens 2008 2014[223] 190 31
16 Jay Tabb[N 11] Republic of Ireland CM (1984-02-21)21 February 1984 (aged 29) Coventry City 2009 2013[173] 105 0
19 Hal Robson-Kanu[N 12] Wales LW (1989-05-21)21 May 1989 (aged 23) Academy 2007 2014[224] 119 17
20 Danny Guthrie England CM (1987-04-18)18 April 1987 (aged 26) Newcastle United 2012 2015[9] 25 1
25 Jake Taylor Wales MF (1991-12-01)1 December 1991 (aged 21) Academy 2009 2014[225] 2 0
28 Hope Akpan England CM (1991-08-14)14 August 1991 (aged 21) Crawley Town 2013 2016[226] 9 0
29 Daniel Carriço Portugal CM (1988-08-04)4 August 1988 (aged 24) Sporting CP 2013 2015[111] 3 0
37 Jordan Obita England LW (1993-12-08)8 December 1993 (aged 19) Academy 2010 2014[227] 2 0
38 Charlie Losasso England MF (1992-11-11)11 November 1992 (aged 20) Academy 2011 2013[173] 0 0
40 Lawson D'Ath England MF (1992-12-24)24 December 1992 (aged 20) Academy 2010 2013[173] 1 0
43 Josh Webb England MF (1993-10-03)3 October 1993 (aged 19) Academy 2012 2013[173] 0 0
45 Ryan Edwards Australia MF (1993-11-17)17 November 1993 (aged 19) Australian Institute of Sport 2011 2015[228] 0 0
Forwards
7 Pavel Pogrebnyak Russia FW (1983-11-08)8 November 1983 (aged 29) Fulham 2012 2016[10] 32 8
9 Adam le Fondre England FW (1986-12-02)2 December 1986 (aged 26) Rotherham United 2011 2015[61] 70 26
10 Noel Hunt Republic of Ireland FW (1982-12-26)26 December 1982 (aged 30) Dundee United 2008 2013[229] 162 39
18 Simon Church[N 13] Wales FW (1988-12-10)10 December 1988 (aged 24) Academy 2007 2013[173] 122 24
22 Nicholas Bignall England FW (1990-07-11)11 July 1990 (aged 22) Academy 2008 2013[230] 4 2
30 Nick Blackman England FW (1989-11-11)11 November 1989 (aged 23) Sheffield United 2013 2016[116] 11 0
33 Jason Roberts[N 14] Grenada FW (1978-01-25)25 January 1978 (aged 35) Blackburn Rovers 2012 2014[231] 29 7
36 Gozie Ugwu England FW (1993-04-22)22 April 1993 (aged 20) Academy 2011 2014[232] 0 0
39 Brett Williams England FW (1987-12-01)1 December 1987 (aged 25) Eastleigh 2011 2013[173] 0 0
44 Dominic Samuel England FW (1994-04-01)1 April 1994 (aged 19) Academy 2012 1 0
Karl Sheppard Republic of Ireland FW (1991-02-14)14 February 1991 (aged 22) Shamrock Rovers 2012 2014[233] 0 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
26 Iceland MF Brynjar Gunnarsson (to KR Reykjavík)[144]

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Template:Fb competition 2012–13 Premiership 19th 18 August 2012 19 May 2013
League Cup Template:Fb round2 2012–13 FL Cup R2 Template:Fb round2 2012–13 FL Cup R4 28 August 2012 31 October 2012
FA Cup 3rd round 5th round 5 January 2013 18 February 2013

Last updated: match played 19 May 2013
Source: Competitions

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Premier League[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 6 10 22 43 73  −30 28 4 8 7 23 33  −10 2 2 15 20 40  −20

Last updated: match played 14 May 2013.
Source: Reading F.C.

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 H A H A A H A H H A A H A A H A H H A H A H H A H A H A A A H A H A H A
Result D L L L D D L D D D W L L L L L L L D W L W W D W L L L L L L L D L D W L L
Position 8 15 19 20 19 18 19 18 18 18 17 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 19 19 19 19 18 17 17 18 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19

Last updated: match played 19 May 2013.
Source: BBC Sport
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Notes
  • The Premier League game against Sunderland scheduled to take place on 25 August 2012 was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.[43] The game was rescheduled for 19:45 on 11 December 2012.[74]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 5 5 86 43 +43 89 2013–14 UEFA Champions League group stage
2 Manchester City 38 23 9 6 66 34 +32 78
3 Chelsea 38 22 9 7 75 39 +36 75
4 Arsenal 38 21 10 7 72 37 +35 73 2013–14 UEFA Champions League play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 9 8 66 46 +20 72 2013–14 UEFA Europa League play-off round
6 Everton 38 16 15 7 55 40 +15 63
7 Liverpool 38 16 13 9 71 43 +28 61
8 West Bromwich Albion 38 14 7 17 53 57 −4 49
9 Swansea City 38 11 13 14 47 51 −4 46 2013–14 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round 1
10 West Ham United 38 12 10 16 45 53 −8 46
11 Norwich City 38 10 14 14 41 58 −17 44
12 Fulham 38 11 10 17 50 60 −10 43
13 Stoke City 38 9 15 14 34 45 −11 42
14 Southampton 38 9 14 15 49 60 −11 41
15 Aston Villa 38 10 11 17 47 69 −22 41
16 Newcastle United 38 11 8 19 45 68 −23 41
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 41 54 −13 39
18 Wigan Athletic (R) 38 9 9 20 47 73 –26 36 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage 2
Relegation to the 2013–14 Football League Championship
19 Reading (R) 38 6 10 22 43 73 −30 28 Relegation to the 2013–14 Football League Championship
20 Queens Park Rangers (R) 38 4 13 21 30 60 −30 25

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Tie-breaker: one or more play-off deciding league matches at neutral grounds if question of qualifications for other competitions cannot be determined by rules for classification at the end of the season.[234][235]
1Swansea City qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round by winning the 2012–13 Football League Cup.
2Wigan Athletic qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage by winning the 2012–13 FA Cup.
(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.

League Cup[edit]

Reading entered the League Cup at the Second Round stage with the other Premier League clubs not involved in European competition. On 15 August, they were drawn at home to Peterborough United.[40]

FA Cup[edit]

Reading entered the FA Cup at the Third Round stage with the other Premier League clubs, as well as those from the Championship. The draw was made on 2 December 2012, where Reading were drawn against Crawley Town on 5 January 2013.

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of match played 19 May 2013[236]
No. Pos Nat Player Total Premiership FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Australia Adam Federici 26 0 21 0 3 0 2 0
2 DF Wales Chris Gunter 23 1 20 0 0+1 0 2 1
3 DF England Nicky Shorey 21 1 16+1 0 2 0 2 1
4 MF Turkey Jem Karacan 26 1 21 1 3 0 2 0
5 DF Republic of Ireland Alex Pearce 21 0 18+1 0 1 0 1 0
6 DF Jamaica Adrian Mariappa 32 1 29 1 2 0 1 0
7 FW Russia Pavel Pogrebnyak 32 8 26+3 5 0 0 2+1 3
8 MF Antigua and Barbuda Mikele Leigertwood 34 3 29+1 1 2 1 2 1
9 FW England Adam le Fondre 37 14 11+23 12 3 2 0 0
10 FW Republic of Ireland Noel Hunt 30 6 10+14 2 3 3 2+1 1
11 MF Jamaica Jobi McAnuff 41 1 38 0 1 1 1+1 0
12 MF Jamaica Garath McCleary 37 4 15+16 3 3 1 2+1 0
14 MF Mali Jimmy Kébé 19 5 16+2 5 0 0 1 0
15 DF England Sean Morrison 21 2 15+1 2 3 0 1+1 0
16 MF Republic of Ireland Jay Tabb 16 0 12 0 1 0 2+1 0
17 DF Latvia Kaspars Gorkšs 17 2 14 1 0 0 3 1
18 FW Wales Simon Church 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
19 MF Wales Hal Robson-Kanu 30 7 13+12 7 2+1 0 2 0
20 MF England Danny Guthrie 25 1 19+2 1 0+3 0 1 0
21 GK England Alex McCarthy 14 0 13 0 0 0 1 0
23 DF Republic of Ireland Ian Harte 18 0 15+1 0 1 0 1 0
24 DF England Shaun Cummings 11 0 9 0 1 0 1 0
27 DF Republic of Ireland Stephen Kelly 18 0 16 0 2 0 0 0
28 MF England Hope Akpan 9 0 6+3 0 0 0 0 0
29 DF Portugal Daniel Carriço 3 0 1+2 0 0 0 0 0
30 FW England Nick Blackman 11 0 3+8 0 0 0 0 0
33 FW Grenada Jason Roberts 12 1 8+3 0 0 0 1 1
41 GK England Stuart Taylor 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
44 FW England Dominic Samuel 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorers[edit]

As of match played 19 May 2013[237]
Place Position Nation Number Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW England 9 Adam le Fondre 12 2 0 14
2 FW Russia 7 Pavel Pogrebnyak 5 0 3 8
3 MF Wales 19 Hal Robson-Kanu 7 0 0 7
4 FW Republic of Ireland 10 Noel Hunt 2 3 1 6
5 MF Mali 14 Jimmy Kébé 5 0 0 5
6 MF Jamaica 12 Garath McCleary 3 1 0 4
Own goal 2 0 2 4
8 MF Antigua and Barbuda 8 Mikele Leigertwood 1 1 1 3
9 DF England 15 Sean Morrison 2 0 0 2
DF Latvia 17 Kaspars Gorkšs 1 0 1 2
11 MF England 20 Danny Guthrie 1 0 0 1
DF Jamaica 6 Adrian Mariappa 1 0 0 1
MF Turkey 4 Jem Karacan 1 0 0 1
MF Jamaica 11 Jobi McAnuff 0 1 0 1
DF England 3 Nicky Shorey 0 0 1 1
DF Wales 2 Chris Gunter 0 0 1 1
FW Grenada 33 Jason Roberts 0 0 1 1
Total 43 8 11 62

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of match played 19 May 2013[238]
Position Nation Number Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
2 Wales DF Chris Gunter 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
4 Turkey MF Jem Karacan 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
5 Republic of Ireland DF Alex Pearce 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
6 Jamaica DF Adrian Mariappa 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
7 Russia MF Pavel Pogrebnyak 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
8 Antigua and Barbuda MF Mikele Leigertwood 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
9 England FW Adam le Fondre 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
10 Republic of Ireland FW Noel Hunt 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
11 Jamaica MF Jobi McAnuff 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
14 Mali MF Jimmy Kébé 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
15 England DF Sean Morrison 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
16 Republic of Ireland MF Jay Tabb 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
17 Latvia DF Kaspars Gorkšs 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
19 Wales MF Hal Robson-Kanu 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
20 England MF Danny Guthrie 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
23 Republic of Ireland DF Ian Harte 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
24 England DF Shaun Cummings 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
27 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Kelly 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
30 England FW Nick Blackman 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
33 Grenada FW Jason Roberts 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 45 1 2 0 4 0 51 1

Awards[edit]

Player of the season[edit]

Rank Name[168]
1 Adam le Fondre
2 Alex McCarthy
3 Hal Robson-Kanu

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Name Award
January Adam le Fondre Won[109]

Manager of the Month[edit]

Month Name Award
January Brian McDermott Won[109]

EA SPORTS PPI Team of the Week[edit]

Week Position Player[239]
Week 9 DF Kaspars Gorkšs
Week 13 DF Sean Morrison
Week 22 DF Alex Pearce
MF Jimmy Kébé
FW Pavel Pogrebnyak
Week 23 GK Adam Federici
Week 25 DF Ian Harte
MF Jimmy Kébé
Week 36 MF Jem Karacan

Team kit[edit]

The 2012–13 Reading F.C. kits.[240]

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, then went on to represent Ireland at full international level on 11 September 2012.
  3. ^ Mariappa was born in Harrow, London, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally through his mother and made his international debut for the Jamaican team in May 2012 against Guyana.
  4. ^ Cummings was born in Hammersmith, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in September 2013.
  5. ^ Hector was born in East Ham, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in June 2015.
  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. ^ 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.
  8. ^ McAnuff was born in Enfield, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in May 2002.
  9. ^ McCleary was born in Oxford, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in February 2013.
  10. ^ Kébé was born in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, but qualified to represent Mali internationally and made his international debut for Mali in 2004.
  11. ^ Tabb was born in Wandsworth, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland and represented Ireland at U-21 level in 2005.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Roberts was born in Brent, England, but qualified to represent Grenada internationally through his father and made his international debut in 1999.

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