2014–15 Reading F.C. season

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Reading
2014–15 season
Chairman Sir John Madejski
Manager Nigel Adkins
(until 15 December)
Steve Clarke
(from 16 December)
Stadium Madejski Stadium
Championship 19th
FA Cup Semi Final vs Arsenal
League Cup Third Round vs Derby County
Top goalscorer League: Two Players (8)
All: Three Players (8)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2014–15 season is Reading Football Club's second season in the Championship following the sides's relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2012–13 season. The season began with Nigel Adkins as manager; he was replaced by Steve Clarke in December.

Season review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

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

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

Transfers[edit]

Ferdinand signed a two-year contract in August 2014, pictured playing for Antalyaspor in 2013

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

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

August[edit]

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

September[edit]

On 11 September, Legg extended his loan with Hendon for another month,[26] whilst on 12 September, Jonathan Henly moved to Welling United on loan until 1 January 2015.[27] The following day, 13 September, Reading faced Fulham at home, winning 3–0 thanks to a brace from Glenn Murray and the third from Nick Blackman.[28] Reading won their fourth game in a row on 16 September, 3–2 at home to Millwall, with a double strike from Simon Cox and another from Nick Blackman.[29] 20 September saw Reading travel to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday, with the game ending in disappointment for Reading as they fell to a 1–0 defeat courtesy of a late Stevie May goal.[30] On 22 September, Reading announced the completion of the sale of the club to a Thai consurtimum, with Sir John Madejski staying on as Co-Chairman.[31] The following day, 23 September, Reading suffered their second defeat in four days, as they went out of the League Cup with a 2–0 defeat to Derby County.[32] Reading ended September with a 3–3 home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, with the Reading goals coming from Michael Hector, Jake Taylor and Glenn Murray, whilst Nick Blackman was unfortunate to score an own goal.[33]

October[edit]

Reading started October with a 0–0 draw away to Leeds United on 1 October,[34] following it up three days later with a 3–1 away defeat to Brentford in which Simon Cox scored the only goal for Reading.[35] On 3 October, Garath McCleary signed a new contract with the club until the summer of 2017.[36] Following the International break, Reading suffered their second and third defeats in a row, both 3–0, at home to Derby County on 18 October and away to Bournemouth on 21 October.[37][38] Reading finished October with their first win in seven games, a 3–0 home win over Blackpool, with Glenn Murray and Nick Blackman scoring either side of a Peter Clarke own goal.[39]

November[edit]

Reading started November with a 3–1 away defeat to Blackburn Rovers on 1 November, Glenn Murray scoring their only goal,[40] before following it up three days later with a 3–0 victory over Rotherham United thanks to Jamie Mackie and a Simon Cox double.[41] On 8 November Reading suffered a 1–0 home defeat to Charlton Athletic,[42] before a 2–1 away defeat to Cardiff City on 21 November. Michael Hector scored Readings only goal late on, whilst Alex Pearce had a nightmare evening, conceding an own goal before being shown a straight red card on the stroke of half-time.[43] Reading ended the month with a 2–1 away win over Norwich City, Gary Hooper put Norwich ahead after 10 minutes before Jake Cooper scored his first ever goal for Reading in the 14th minute and his second in the 44th to give Reading all three points.[44]

Also during November, Slovenian defender Jure Travner joined the club on trial from Azerbaijan Premier League side FK Baku.[45]

December[edit]

Clarke as assistant manager of Chelsea in 2007
Steve Clarke was appointed as the clubs manager on 16 December.

Reading started the month with a 0–0 home draw against Bolton Wanderers on 6 December,[46] before a 6–1 away defeat to Birmingham City on 13 December.[47] Following the club's 6–1 defeat to Birmingham City, manager Nigel Adkins was sacked by the club on 15 December.[48] The following day Reading appointed Steve Clarke on a two-and-a-half year contract.[49]

Reading lost their first game with Steve Clarke as manager, a 1–0 home defeat to 10-man Watford on 20 December.[50] They followed this defeat up with a 2–2 away draw to Manager-less Brighton & Hove Albion on 26 December,[51] Glenn Murray scoring both the goals, before a 2–1 home win over Norwich City on 28 December thanks to Simon Cox and a Hal Robson-Kanu penalty.[52]

Murray returned to Crystal Palace on 31 December following the completion of his loan deal.[53]

January[edit]

On 2 January 2015, Aaron Tshibola moved to Hartlepool United on a one-month loan deal,[54] whilst Jonathan Henly returned from his loan at Welling United and Royston Drenthe returned to the club following his loan to Sheffield Wednesday to discuss his future.[55] The following day, Nick Blackman scored Reading's only goal in their 1–0 away win over Huddersfield Town in the Third Round of the FA Cup,[56] setting up a Fourth Round trip to Cardiff City.[57] On 10 January Reading drew 0–0 at home to Middlesbrough,[58] in a game that saw Jem Karacan make his return from a long term knee-injury, coming on as a 86th-minute substitute for Jamie Mackie.[59] Defender Shaun Cummings left the club on 12 January, moving to Millwall two days later for an undisclosed fee.[60] Reading lost their next game, a 2–1 away defeat to Fulham on 17 January, with Pavel Pogrebnyak scoring Reading's only goal. The following week Polish International goalkeeper, Jakub Słowik, joined the club on a week-long trial.[61] On 22 January, Reading signed Jure Travner on a contract with the club till the end of the season,[62] and Nathaniel Chalobah on loan till the end of the season from Chelsea,[63] whilst youngster Craig Tanner signed a new contract till the summer of 2017 and joined AFC Wimbledon on a season-long youth loan.[64] The next day Royston Drenthe left club, signing for Kayseri Erciyesspor of the Turkish Süper Lig on a permanent basis.[65] 24 January saw Reading take on Cardiff City in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, with Reading winning the games 2–1 at the Cardiff City Stadium. Cardiff took the lead through Kenwyne Jones in the first half before Oliver Norwood and Hal Robson-Kanu in the second half to send Reading into the Fifth Round.[66]

On 27 January, Reading traveled to Millwall, playing out a 0–0 draw that saw them remain in 18th position.[67] Two days later, 29 January, Dominic Samuel joined Coventry City on an emergency loan, which will see him stay at the club until 28 April,[68] and midfielder Aaron Tshibola extended his stay at Hartlepool United till the end of the season.[69] Reading's last game of January was a 2–0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, with the goals coming from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Nathaniel Chalobah.

Young Georgian defender Lasha Dvali returned to the club in January following a year-long loan deal with Latvian Higher League side Skonto FC.[70]

February[edit]

On transfer deadline day, 2 February, Reading signed Yakubu on a contract until the end of the season,[71] whilst Georgian defender Lasha Dvali joined Turkish Süper Lig side Kasımpaşa on loan till the end of the season.[72] Youngster Dominic Hyam left the club on a one-month youth loan deal on 4 February, joining Hemel Hempstead Town.[73] On 7 February Reading traveled to Wolverhampton Wanderers, winning 2–1 after goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Williams.[74] Three days later, Reading hosted Leeds United in a game that the visitors won 2–0.[75] On 14 February Reading defeated Derby County 2–1 in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup,[76] before losing 0–1 at home to Wigan Athletic three days later.[77] On 21 February Reading registered another away win, winning 1–0 away to Ipswich Town thanks to a 14th-minute goal by Jamie Mackie,[78] before falling to defeat against Huddersfield Town 3-0 three days later.[79]

March[edit]

On 3 March Reading drew 1–1 away to Bolton, with Jamie Mackie scoring the equaliser in the third and final minute of stoppage time.[80] On 7 March Reading played their FA Cup quarter final match against League One team Bradford City, drawing 0–0 at Valley Parade.[81] The draw resulted in a home replay, scheduled for 16 March. On 10 March Reading hosted Brighton & Hove Albion in a 2–1 victory with both goals being scored by Jamie Mackie. Defender Niall Keown made his debut during the game, coming on as a late substitute for Danny Williams, the winning goal coming minutes after Chris O'Grady scored a penalty for the away team.[82] On 12 March, Zat Knight signed a short-term contract until the end of the season.[83] Reading lost their next Championship game 4–1, away to Watford on 14 March,[84] before defeating Bradford City 3–0 in their FA Cup Quarter Final Replay to set up a Semi Final against Arsenal.[85] On 18 March youngster George McLennan joined Hayes & Yeading United on loan till the end of the season.[86] On 24 March young goalkeeper Daniel Lincoln joined Nuneaton Town on a seven-day loan deal,[87] with Nathan Aké joining Reading on an initial one-month loan a day later,[88] before Kwesi Appiah joined on loan until the end of the season and Jake Taylor and Danny Guthrie left the club on loan till the end of the season, to Leyton Orient and Fulham respectively on 26 March.[89][90][91] On 27 March, Reading exercised an option in Chris Gunter's contract to keep the player for another year.[92]

On 30 March, Reading where fined £30,000 by The Football League for breaching the Football League regulations that prohibit any individual or legal entity having an interest in more than one club, when they borrowed an initial £10.5m from Vibrac Corporation in August 2013, and a further £5.6m in May 2014.[93]

April[edit]

Reading started April with a 1–1 home draw against Cardiff City on 4 April, Pavel Pogrebnyak gave Reading an early lead, before Conor McAleny scored a 90th-minute equaliser.[94] Reading drew their second game in a row on 7 April, away to Blackpool. Jamie O'Hara gave Blackpool an early lead from the penalty spot, after a Zat Knight shirt pull, with a Grant Hall own goal just after half-time leveling the teams.[95] On 11 April Reading played Blackburn Rovers in a one-off kit design, designed by a young fan Ryan Duval. The game ended 0–0, the third Reading draw in a row, and also marked the first start for Jem Karacan in over a year and a half.[96] Reading suffered their first defeat of the month on 14 April, 1–0 at home to Bournemouth.[97] Reading's away game with Rotherham United on 18 April was postponed until 28 April,[98] due to Reading's FA Cup Semi-Final tie with Arsenal. Alexis Sánchez gave Arsenal the lead shortly before halftime, with Garath McCleary equalising in the 54th minute to level the game and take the match to extra-time. Sánchez scored his second of the game, and the winner, on the stroke of half-time in extra time, after his weak shot was spilled over the line by Adam Federici.[99][100] Reading's next game was at home to Birmingham City on 22 April, which Reading lost 1–0 to a late Clayton Donaldson goal.[101] This was also Nathan Aké's last game for Reading as he returned to Chelsea following the game.[102] On 25 April, Reading hosted Brentford in their last home game of the season. Reading went down 2–0 after goals from Alan Judge and James Tarkowski.[103] After the game Adam Federici was named the clubs Player of the Season.[104] Reading's last game of April was their rearranged game away to Rotherham United on 28 April. Reading lost the match, their fifth in a row, 2–1 with Matt Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington scoring a quick-fire double in the second half before a late Oliver Norwood goal gave Reading their consolation goal.[105]

May[edit]

Reading won their final game of the season, and first since 10 March, on 2 May away to Derby County 3–0. Kwesi Appiah opened the scoring in the second minute, his first for the club, before Michael Hector scored the second midway through the second half and a late Garath McCleary penalty sealed the victory.[106]

On 21 May Reading released senior players Zat Knight, Jure Travner, Danny Guthrie, Ryan Edwards and Yakubu. Whilst youth players Daniel Lincoln, Jonathan Henly, Aleksandar Gogic, and George McLennan also left the club.[107]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee
7 April 2014[7] dagger FW United States Andrija Novakovich University School of Milwaukee Free
7 August 2014 FW Republic of Ireland Simon Cox Nottingham Forest Undisclosed[8]
11 August 2014 DF England Anton Ferdinand Turkey Antalyaspor Free[10]
21 August 2014 MF Northern Ireland Oliver Norwood Huddersfield Town Undisclosed[11]
22 January 2015 DF Slovenia Jure Travner Azerbaijan FK Baku Free[62]
2 February 2015 FW Nigeria Yakubu Qatar Al Rayyan Free[71]
12 March 2015 DF England Zat Knight United States Colorado Rapids Free[83]
dagger Novakovich's transfer was announced on the above date but were not finalised until 1 July.

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee
28 May 2014 FW England Adam Le Fondre Wales Cardiff City Undisclosed[13]
23 June 2014 MF Portugal Daniel Carriço Spain Sevilla Undisclosed[14]
15 August 2014 DF England Sean Morrison Wales Cardiff City Undisclosed[16]
29 August 2014 GK England Alex McCarthy Queens Park Rangers Undisclosed[17]
12 January 2015 DF Jamaica Shaun Cummings Millwall Undisclosed[60]
23 January 2015 MF Netherlands Royston Drenthe Turkey Kayseri Erciyesspor Undisclosed[65]

Loans in[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name From
8 August 2014 Season-long[9] FW Scotland Jamie Mackie Nottingham Forest
1 September 2014 1 January 2015[12][53] FW England Glenn Murray Crystal Palace
22 January 2015 End of season[63] MF England Nathaniel Chalobah Chelsea
25 March 2015 22 April 2015[88][102] DF Netherlands Nathan Aké Chelsea
26 March 2015 End of season[91] FW Ghana Kwesi Appiah Crystal Palace

Loans out[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name To
7 August 2014 Season-long[15] GK England Stuart Moore Basingstoke Town
7 August 2014 7 September 2014[15] GK Scotland Jonathan Henly Basingstoke Town
7 August 2014 7 October 2014[15][26] GK England George Legg Hendon
1 September 2014 2 January 2015[18] MF Netherlands Royston Drenthe Sheffield Wednesday
12 September 2014 End-of-season[27][108] GK Scotland Jonathan Henly Welling United
10 October 2014 7 November 2014[109] GK England Lewis Ward Whitehawk
24 December 2014 25 April 2015[110][111] DF England Robert Dickie Basingstoke Town
2 January 2015 Season-long youth loan[54][69] MF England Aaron Tshibola Hartlepool United
22 January 2015 Season-long youth loan[64] FW England Craig Tanner AFC Wimbledon
29 January 2015 28 April 2015[68] FW England Dominic Samuel Coventry City
2 February 2015 End-of-season[72] DF Georgia (country) Lasha Dvali Turkey Kasımpaşa
4 February 2015 4 March 2015[73] DF Scotland Dominic Hyam Hemel Hempstead Town
18 March 2015 End-of-season[86] DF Scotland George McLennan Hayes & Yeading United
24 March 2015 31 March 2015[87] GK England Daniel Lincoln Nuneaton Town
26 March 2015 End of season[90] MF Wales Jake Taylor Leyton Orient
26 March 2015 End of season[89] MF England Danny Guthrie Fulham

Trial[edit]

Date From Date To Position Nationality Name Last Club
November 2014[45] 22 January 2015[62] DF Slovakia Jure Travner Azerbaijan FK Baku
19 January 2015[61] 23 January 2015[61] GK Poland Jakub Słowik Poland Jagiellonia Białystok

Released[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name Joined Date
21 May 2015[107] GK Denmark Mikkel Andersen Denmark Midtjylland 25 June 2015[112]
21 May 2015[107] GK England Daniel Lincoln Hayes & Yeading United 18 August 2015
21 May 2015[107] GK Scotland Jonathan Henly Ipswich Town 20 August 2015[113]
21 May 2015[107] GK United States Aleksandar Gogić Nike Academy
21 May 2015[107] DF England Zat Knight Retired
21 May 2015[107] DF Slovenia Jure Travner Slovenia Celje 15 July 2015[114]
21 May 2015[107] DF Scotland George McLennan Cheltenham Town 7 July 2015[115]
21 May 2015[107] MF England Danny Guthrie Blackburn Rovers 4 August 2015[116]
21 May 2015[107] MF Australia Ryan Edwards Scotland Partick Thistle 24 September 2015[117][118]
21 May 2015[107] FW Nigeria Yakubu Turkey Kayserispor 31 August 2015[119]
27 May 2015 GK Australia Adam Federici Bournemouth 1 July 2015[120]
8 June 2015 DF Republic of Ireland Alex Pearce Derby County 1 July 2015[121]
30 June 2015[122] DF Republic of Ireland Stephen Kelly Rotherham United 19 November 2015[123]
30 June 2015 MF Turkey Jem Karacan Turkey Galatasaray 8 July 2015[124]

Squad[edit]

As of match played 2 May 2015[125]
No. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (Age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Apps. Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Adam Federici Australia GK (1985-01-31) 31 January 1985 (age 31) Torres 2005 2015[126] 245 1
31 Mikkel Andersen Denmark GK (1988-12-17) 17 December 1988 (age 27) AB Copenhagen 2007 2015[127] 5 0
40 Stuart Moore England GK (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 21) Academy 2013 [107] 0 0
41 Daniel Lincoln England GK (1995-05-26) 26 May 1995 (age 20) Academy 2013 0 0
42 Jonathan Henly[N 1] Scotland GK (1994-06-07) 7 June 1994 (age 21) Academy 2012 2015[128] 0 0
Defenders
2 Chris Gunter Wales RB (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 26) Nottingham Forest 2012 2016[92][129] 114 1
3 Stephen Kelly Republic of Ireland RB (1983-09-06) 6 September 1983 (age 32) Fulham 2013 2015[130] 52 1
4 Anton Ferdinand England CB (1985-02-18) 18 February 1985 (age 30) Antalyaspor 2014 2016[10] 2 0
5 Alex Pearce[N 2] Republic of Ireland CB (1988-11-09) 9 November 1988 (age 27) Academy 2006 2015[131] 240 15
15 Michael Hector[N 3] England CB (1992-07-19) 19 July 1992 (age 23) Academy 2010 2016[5] 58 3
24 Zat Knight England CB (1980-05-02) 2 May 1980 (age 35) Colorado Rapids 2015 2015[83] 2 0
26 Pierce Sweeney Republic of Ireland CB (1994-09-11) 11 September 1994 (age 21) Bray Wanderers 2012 [107] 0 0
29 Jure Travner Slovenia LB (1985-09-28) 28 September 1985 (age 30) FK Baku 2015 2015[62] 1 0
32 Sean Long Republic of Ireland RB (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 (age 20) Academy 2013 2016[132] 1 0
33 Shane Griffin Republic of Ireland LB (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 21) Academy 2013 2016[132] 0 0
34 Niall Keown England RB (1995-04-05) 5 April 1995 (age 20) Academy 2013 2 0
35 Jake Cooper England CB (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 21) Academy 2013 2016[133] 19 2
Robert Dickie England DF (1996-03-03) 3 March 1996 (age 19) Academy 2014 0 0
Dominic Hyam Scotland DF (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 20) Academy 2014 2016[134] 0 0
George McLennan Scotland DF (1995-12-10) 10 December 1995 (age 20) Academy 2014 0 0
Nana Owusu England DF (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 19) Academy 2014 2016[132] 0 0
Lasha Dvali Georgia (country) DF (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 20) Skonto 2013 0 0
Midfielders
6 Oliver Norwood Northern Ireland CM (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 24) Huddersfield Town 2014 2017[11] 42 1
8 Danny Guthrie England CM (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 28) Newcastle United 2012 2015[135] 69 5
9 Hal Robson-Kanu[N 4] Wales LW (1989-05-21) 21 May 1989 (age 26) Academy 2007 2016[136] 192 25
11 Jordan Obita England LW (1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 22) Academy 2010 2017[137] 88 1
12 Garath McCleary[N 5] Jamaica RW (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 28) Nottingham Forest 2012 2017[138][36] 110 11
14 Nathaniel Chalobah[N 6] England CM (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 21) loan from Chelsea 2015 2015[63] 20 1
16 Hope Akpan[N 7] Nigeria CM (1991-08-14) 14 August 1991 (age 24) Crawley Town 2013 2016[139] 63 1
17 Ryan Edwards Australia MF (1993-11-17) 17 November 1993 (age 22) Australian Institute of Sport 2011 2015[140] 10 0
18 Aaron Tshibola England CM (1995-01-02) 2 January 1995 (age 21) Academy 2013 2016[141] 1 0
21 Jem Karacan[N 8] Turkey CM (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 26) Academy 2007 2015[142] 175 12
23 Danny Williams[N 9] United States CM (1989-03-08) 8 March 1989 (age 26) Hoffenheim 2013 2017[143] 63 4
25 Jake Taylor[N 10] Wales MF (1991-12-01) 1 December 1991 (age 24) Academy 2009 2016[5] 36 3
28 Aaron Kuhl England MF (1996-01-30) 30 January 1996 (age 20) Academy 2014 2016[144] 8 0
37 Jack Stacey England MF (1996-04-06) 6 April 1996 (age 19) Academy 2014 2016[144] 6 0
38 Liam Kelly Republic of Ireland MF (1995-11-22) 22 November 1995 (age 20) Academy 2014 2016[145] 0 0
39 Tarique Fosu England MF (1995-11-05) 5 November 1995 (age 20) Academy 2014 1 0
Conor Shaughnessy Republic of Ireland MF (1996-06-30) 30 June 1996 (age 19) Academy 2014 0 0
Forwards
7 Pavel Pogrebnyak Russia FW (1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 (age 32) Fulham 2012 2016[146] 108 29
10 Simon Cox[N 11] Republic of Ireland FW (1987-04-28) 28 April 1987 (age 28) Nottingham Forest 2014 2016[8] 52 8
19 Jamie Mackie[N 12] Scotland FW (1985-09-22) 22 September 1985 (age 30) Loan from Nottingham Forest 2014 2015[9] 39 6
20 Yakubu Nigeria FW (1982-11-22) 22 November 1982 (age 33) Al Rayyan 2015 2015[71] 11 1
22 Nick Blackman England FW (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 26) Sheffield United 2013 2016[147] 84 9
27 Craig Tanner England FW (1994-10-27) 27 October 1994 (age 21) Academy 2013 2017[64] 5 1
30 Dominic Samuel England FW (1994-04-01) 1 April 1994 (age 21) Academy 2012 [107] 2 0
36 Andrija Novakovich United States FW (1996-09-21) 21 September 1996 (age 19) University School of Milwaukee 2014 2 0
44 Kwesi Appiah Ghana FW (1990-09-12) 12 September 1990 (age 25) loan from Crystal Palace 2015 2015 6 1

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
6 England DF Sean Morrison (to Cardiff City)[16]
20 England GK Alex McCarthy (to Queens Park Rangers)[17]
20 England FW Glenn Murray (returned to Crystal Palace after loan)[53]
No. Position Player
24 Jamaica DF Shaun Cummings (to Millwall)[60]
43 Netherlands DF Nathan Aké (returned to Chelsea after loan)[102]
Netherlands MF Royston Drenthe (to Kayseri Erciyesspor)[65]

Pre-season[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
2014–15 Championship 19 9 August 2014 2 May 2015
League Cup First round Fifth round 12 August 2013 23 September 2014
FA Cup Third round Semi-finals 3 January 2015 18 April 2015

Last updated: 2014
Source: Competitions

Championship[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
17 Fulham 46 14 10 22 62 83 −21 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 13 12 21 54 67 −13 51
19 Reading 46 13 11 22 48 69 −21 50
20 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 10 17 19 44 54 −10 47
21 Rotherham United 46 11 16 19 46 67 −21 46[a]
Updated to match(es) played on 2 May 2015. Source: Sky Sports
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Rotherham United were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player.[148]

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 13 11 22 48 68 −20 50 8 5 10 24 24 0 5 6 12 24 44 −20

Last updated: 2 May 2015.
Source: Reading FC

Results by matchday[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground A H H A A H H A H A A H A H A H H A A H A H A H H A A H A H H A A H A H A A H A H H H H A A
Result D W L L W W W L D D L L L W L W L L W D L L D W D L D W W L L W L L D W L L D D D L L L L W
Position 9 7 11 19 15 9 6 10 11 10 13 16 17 14 15 13 14 14 14 14 16 17 17 16 17 18 18 16 13 14 17 13 15 18 18 16 17 19 19 18 18 18 19 19 19 19

Last updated: 2 May 2015.
Source: BBC Sport
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2014–15 FA Cup

Squad statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 May 2015

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Championship FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Australia Adam Federici 49 0 43 0 5 0 1 0
2 DF Wales Chris Gunter 45 0 38 0 4 0 3 0
3 DF Republic of Ireland Stephen Kelly 18 0 14+1 0 2+1 0 0 0
4 DF England Anton Ferdinand 2 0 1+1 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF Republic of Ireland Alex Pearce 49 0 39+1 0 6 0 3 0
6 MF Northern Ireland Oliver Norwood 42 2 32+6 1 3+1 1 0 0
7 FW Russia Pavel Pogrebnyak 34 8 18+9 7 5 0 2 1
9 MF Wales Hal Robson-Kanu 36 4 26+3 1 5+1 3 1 0
10 FW Republic of Ireland Simon Cox 43 8 28+9 8 2+1 0 2+1 0
11 MF England Jordan Obita 51 0 43 0 6 0 2 0
12 MF Jamaica Garath McCleary 30 3 22+4 1 3+1 2 0 0
14 MF England Nathaniel Chalobah 20 1 15 1 5 0 0 0
15 DF England Michael Hector 49 3 40+1 3 6 0 2 0
16 MF Nigeria Hope Akpan 24 0 14+6 0 0+2 0 1+1 0
17 MF Australia Ryan Edwards 10 0 4+3 0 0 0 1+2 0
19 FW Scotland Jamie Mackie 38 6 18+14 5 4 1 2 0
20 FW Nigeria Yakubu 11 1 3+4 0 0+4 1 0 0
21 MF Turkey Jem Karacan 9 1 5+3 1 0+1 0 0 0
22 FW England Nick Blackman 43 5 16+21 3 1+3 1 2 1
23 MF United States Danny Williams 31 1 21+4 1 6 0 0 0
24 DF England Zat Knight 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
26 DF Republic of Ireland Pierce Sweeney 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF England Aaron Kuhl 8 0 3+3 0 0 0 2 0
29 DF Slovenia Jure Travner 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
31 GK Denmark Mikkel Andersen 5 0 3 0 1 0 1 0
32 DF Republic of Ireland Sean Long 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
33 DF Republic of Ireland Shane Griffin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 DF England Niall Keown 2 0 1+1 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF England Jake Cooper 19 2 9+6 2 0+2 0 1+1 0
36 FW United States Andrija Novakovich 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF England Jack Stacey 6 0 2+4 0 0 0 0 0
38 MF Republic of Ireland Liam Kelly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 MF England Tarique Fosu 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
44 FW Ghana Kwesi Appiah 6 1 2+4 1 0 0 0 0
DF England Nana Owusu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF Republic of Ireland Conor Shaughnessy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players away from the club on loan:
8 MF England Danny Guthrie 11 0 2+7 0 1 0 1 0
18 MF England Aaron Tshibola 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF Wales Jake Taylor 25 3 14+8 2 0 0 1+2 1
27 FW England Craig Tanner 5 1 0+3 0 0 0 1+1 1
30 FW England Dominic Samuel 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
40 GK England Stuart Moore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 GK England Daniel Lincoln 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 GK Scotland Jonathan Henly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Robert Dickie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Scotland Dominic Hyam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Scotland George McLennan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who appeared for Reading but left during the season:
6 DF England Sean Morrison 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
20 GK England Alex McCarthy 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
20 FW England Glenn Murray 18 8 18 8 0 0 0 0
24 DF Jamaica Shaun Cummings 7 1 4+1 1 0 0 2 0
43 DF Netherlands Nathan Aké 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
MF Netherlands Royston Drenthe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goal scorers[edit]

As of match played 2 May 2014[150]
Place Position Nation Number Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW England 20 Glenn Murray 8 0 0 8
FW Republic of Ireland 10 Simon Cox 8 0 0 8
FW Russia 7 Pavel Pogrebnyak 7 0 1 8
4 FW Scotland 19 Jamie Mackie 5 1 0 6
4 FW England 22 Nick Blackman 3 1 1 5
6 MF Wales 9 Hal Robson-Kanu 1 3 0 4
7 DF England 15 Michael Hector 3 0 0 3
MF Wales 25 Jake Taylor 2 0 1 3
MF Jamaica 12 Garath McCleary 1 2 0 3
10 DF England 35 Jake Cooper 2 0 0 2
MF Northern Ireland 6 Oliver Norwood 1 1 0 2
12 DF Jamaica 24 Shaun Cummings 1 0 0 1
DF England 6 Sean Morrison 1 0 0 1
MF England 14 Nathaniel Chalobah 1 0 0 1
MF United States 23 Danny Williams 1 0 0 1
MF Turkey 21 Jem Karacan 1 0 0 1
FW Ghana 44 Kwesi Appiah 1 0 0 1
Own goal 1 0 0 1
FW Nigeria 20 Yakubu 0 1 0 1
FW England 27 Craig Tanner 0 0 1 1
Total 48 9 4 61

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of match played 2 May 2015[151]
Position Nation Number Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
1 Australia GK Adam Federici 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 Wales DF Chris Gunter 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
3 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Kelly 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
5 Republic of Ireland DF Alex Pearce 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
6 Northern Ireland MF Oliver Norwood 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
7 Russia FW Pavel Pogrebnyak 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
8 England MF Danny Guthrie 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
9 Wales MF Hal Robson-Kanu 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
10 Republic of Ireland FW Simon Cox 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
11 England MF Jordan Obita 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
12 Jamaica MF Garath McCleary 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
14 England MF Nathaniel Chalobah 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
15 England DF Michael Hector 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
16 Nigeria MF Hope Akpan 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
19 Scotland FW Jamie Mackie 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
20 England FW Glenn Murray 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
22 England FW Nick Blackman 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
23 United States MF Danny Williams 6 1 3 0 0 0 9 1
24 Jamaica DF Shaun Cummings 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
25 Wales MF Jake Taylor 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
28 England MF Aaron Kuhl 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
35 England DF Jake Cooper 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 80 2 9 0 4 0 93 2

Awards[edit]

Player of the Year[edit]

[104] Nationality Award
Won Australia Adam Federici
Nominated Scotland Jamie Mackie
Nominated England Michael Hector

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Henly was born in Woking, England, but qualified to represent Scotland internationally through his mother, making his international debut for the Scottish U-19 side in May 2013.
  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 onto represent Ireland at full international level on 11 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. ^ 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.
  5. ^ McCleary was born in Oxford, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica and made his international debut for Jamaica in February 2013.
  6. ^ Chalobah was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, but qualified to represent England through residency, representing England at U-16 to U-21.
  7. ^ Akpan was born in Liverpool, England, but qualified to represent Nigeria through his parents, making his international debut for Nigeria in October 2014.
  8. ^ Karacan was born in Lewisham, England, but also qualifies to represent Turkey internationally through his father and has represented Turkey at every youth level.
  9. ^ Williams was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, and represented Germany at U-15 level. Williams also qualified to play for the United States through his parents, and made his debut for them in October 2011.
  10. ^ Taylor was born in Ascot, England, and but chose to represent Wales, qualifying through his grandfather who has born in Barry. Taylor has represented Wales at U-17, U-19 and U-21 level.
  11. ^ Cox was born in Reading, England, but qualified to represent Republic of Ireland internationally through his grandmother and made his international debut for Republic of Ireland on 24 May 2011.
  12. ^ Mackie was born in Dorking, England, but qualified to represent Scotland internationally through his grandfather and made his international debut for Scotland on 8 October 2010.

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