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Did You Know: Reading (a)

21 September 2017
Get to know our next Sky Bet Championship opponents, Reading, a little better, with six facts you may not have known about the Royals.

1 Reading were formed on 25 December 1871 following a public meeting at the Bridge Street Rooms organised by the future club secretary Joseph Edward Sydenham.

2 Reading are nicknamed The Royals, due to Reading’s location in the Royal County of Berkshire, though they were previously known as The Biscuitmen, due to the town’s association with Huntley and Palmers.

3 In 1913, Reading had a successful tour of Italy, prompting the leading sports newspaper Corriere della Sera to write ‘without doubt, Reading FC are the finest foreign team seen in Italy.’

4 Reading became the first football club to register their fans as an official member of their squad, with squad number 13 listed as ‘Reading Fans’ in 2001.

5 The Royals won the 2005/06 Championship with a league record 106 points, scoring 99 goals and losing only twice, resulting in promotion to the English football’s top division for the first time in their history.

6 Reading have lost the two highest scoring matches in the history of the Premier League; Portsmouth 7-4 Reading in September 2007 and Tottenham Hotspur 6-4 Reading in December 2007. They also lost the highest scoring League Cup game – Reading 5-7 Arsenal in October 2012.