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READING F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of READING FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

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. Reading were elected to the Football League Third Division South of the Football League in 1920. Reading's best performance in the FA Cup came in 192627 when they lost to eventual winners Cardiff City at Wolverhampton in the semi-final. Reading lost their place in Division Two in May 1931, and remained in Third Division South until the outbreak of World War II. The club won the Southern Section Cup, beating Bristol City in the two-legged final in 1938, and when taking part in the regional London War League and Cup competitions, gained another honour by beating Brentford in the London War Cup Final of 1941 by 32 at Stamford Bridge. When League football resumed after the war, Reading quickly came to prominence once again. The club's record victory, 102 versus Crystal Palace, was recorded in September 1946, and Reading twice finished runners-up in the Third (South), in 194849 and 195152, but they were denied a return to Division Two as only the champions were promoted.

Reading's moment of cup glory came in 1988 when they won the Simod Cup, beating a number of top flight sides en route to their Wembley win over Luton Town. Reading were promoted to the Second Division as champions in 1986 under the management of Ian Branfoot, but were relegated back to the Third Division in 1988. The appointment of Mark McGhee as player-manager, shortly after the takeover by John Madejski, in 1991 saw Reading move forward. They were crowned champions of the new Division Two in 1994. In 1995 Reading had eased past Tranmere Rovers in the play-off semi-finals and looked to have booked their place in the Premier League only to lose against Bolton Wanderers in the final. 1998 saw Reading move into the new 24,200 all-seater Madejski Stadium, named after chairman, John Madejski. Reading returned to Division One for 200203 after finishing runners-up in Division Two. The following season they finished fourth in Division One and qualified for the play-offs, where they lost in the semi-final to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Reading won the 200506 Championship with a league record 106 points, scoring 99 goals and losing only twice. Reading were promoted to English football's top division for the first time in their history. The 200607 season saw Reading make their first appearance in the top flight of English football. Reading defied pre-season predictions of relegation to finish the season in eighth place with 55 points. This second season was less successful and Reading were relegated back to the Championship. Reading started the 200809 season with a 15 match unbeaten home run. They finished fourth and qualify for the play-offs, where they lost to Burnley in the semi-final. In the 201011 FA Cup, Reading reached the quarter-final, where they lost 10 to Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium, Reading eventually finished 5th in the Championship to qualify for the division's play-offs. After beating Cardiff City in the semi-finals they lost 42 to Swansea City in the final at Wembley Stadium. In the 201112 season a streak of good form in the second half of the season, ensured promotion to the Premier League on 17 April 2012 with 10 home win against Nottingham Forest. Manager Brian McDermott led Reading to their first Premier League win of the 201213 season on 17 November 2012 at the eleventh attempt, defeating Everton 21 at home.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Reading F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Royals
Year Founded
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1871 (145 years ago)
English County
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Berkshire
Current Ground
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Madejski Stadium
Ground Location
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Reading, England
Club's Owners
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Narin Niruttinanon (50%)
Sasima Srivikorn (25%)
Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth (25%)
Main Director
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Sir John Madejski
Current Manager
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Jaap Stam
Current League
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Championship
Last Season
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Championship, 17th place


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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


MADEJSKI STADIUM
Junction 11, M4, Reading, Berkshire, RG2-0FL, England

OPENED: ......... August 22, 1988
SURFACE: ........ Desso GrassMaster
COST: .............. $50 Million
CAPACITY: ...... 24,161
RECORD: ......... 24,184 (2012 vs Everton)
OWNER: ........... RFC Holdings Ltd
OPERATOR: ..... Reading Football Club
FIELD SIZE: ...... 111 x 76 yards (101 x 69 meters)



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