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ReadingNickname The Royals
Web Site www.readingfc.co.uk
Stadium Madejski Stadium
Reading FC was established in 1871 with the early games being played at Reading Recreation ground. They moved grounds a few times before settling at Elm Park which was to become home for 102 years. In 1998 they moved to the new, purpose built, 25,000 capacity Madejski Stadium which has almost unlimited scope for growth and development.
Reading have experimented with a few kits but always return to their traditional blue and white hoops. They were originally known as 'The Biscuitmen' after the towns main trade. However, in 1974 the Huntley & Palmers factory in the town centre had closed so the name was no longer appropriate. A competition for a new nickname was launched and 'The Royals' emerged as the winner. This name was chosen as Reading is situated in the royal county of Berkshire.
Major success has eluded Reading as they have spent much of their life in the lower divisions. They won the Simod Cup in the clubs first appearance at Wembley in1988. The nearest they have come to winning the FA Cup was the semi final back in 1927. Club records show 13 consecutive victories at the start of the 1985/6 season in Division 2.
The 1982/3 season was traumatic for the club. They had been relegated to the old Division 4 and were slipping towards extinction. Elm Park was going to be sold and the club was to be merged with Oxford United. Thankfully the club survived the scare and the Chairman was replaced.
The 2005/6 season was the most successful for the Club. Reading took the Championship by storm and scored 99 goals whilst amassing 106 points, breaking Sunderlands record of 105. The team was only beaten twice in this historic season that saw promotion to the English top flight for the first time in their history.
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