<< Season 2006-07 >>

Reading's first ever season at the top level of English football exceeded all expectations as they narrowly missed out on a UEFA Cup place. The tone for the season was set on the opening day, as Middlesbrough shot into a 2-0 lead. However goals from Kitson and Sidwell had the Royals level at half time, and although Dave Kitson was forced off with a serious injury, his replacement Leroy Lita popped up with the winner. This result proved that the squad that had run away with the Championship was able to compete at the higher level, particularly against some of the Premier League's lesser lights.

Against the leading teams there were creditable draws against Manchester United and Chelsea in the League and Manchester United in the FA Cup. In the Cup replay at the Madejski Stadium, United flew into a 3-0 lead after only five minutes, but a largely second string Reading team pulled the score back to 3-2 and only the width of the cross-bar stopped them taking the game into extra time. This strength in depth was reflected as the Reserves won the Premier Reserve League.

However the result of the season came on New Year's Day as an inspired performance by left-back Nicky Shorey, who was to become Reading's first England international in over one hundred years, helped the Royals thrash a pitifully out-of-sorts West Ham side 6-0. This sparked a six-game unbeaten run that effectively ensured safety. Although injuries took their toll, there was still time for an impressive 3-1 win at Bolton, before a 3-3 draw at Blackburn saw Reading narrowly miss out on European qualification.

Premier League (8th)

       Middlesbrough     H  W  3-2         Kitson, Sidwell, Lita
       Aston Villa       A  L  1-2         Doyle
       Wigan Athletic    A  L  0-1
       Manchester C      H  W  1-0         Ingimarsson
       Sheffield Utd     A  W  2-1         Doyle, Seol
       Manchester Utd    H  D  1-1         Doyle (pen)
       West Ham Utd      A  W  1-0         Seol
       Chelsea           H  L  0-1
       Arsenal           H  L  0-4
       Portsmouth        A  L  1-3         Doyle
       Liverpool         A  L  0-2
       Tottenham H       H  W  3-1         Shorey, Sidwell, Doyle
       Charlton Ath      H  W  2-0         Seol, Doyle
       Fulham            A  W  1-0         Doyle (pen)
       Bolton Wand       H  W  1-0         Doyle
       Newcastle Utd     A  L  2-3         Harper 2
       Watford           A  D  0-0
       Blackburn Rov     H  L  1-2         Harper
       Everton           H  L  0-2
       Chelsea           A  D  2-2         Lita, Essien (og)
       Manchester Utd    A  L  2-3         Sonko, Lita
       West Ham Utd      H  W  6-0         Gunnarsson, Hunt, Ferdinand (og), Doyle 2, Lita
       Everton           A  D  1-1         Lescott (og)
       Sheffield Utd     H  W  3-1         Long, d.l.Cruz, Hunt
       Wigan Athletic    H  W  3-2         Ingimarsson, Long, Lita
       Manchester C      A  W  2-0         Lita 2
       Aston Villa       H  W  2-0         Sidwell 2
       Middlesbrough     A  L  1-2         Oster
       Arsenal           A  L  1-2         Fabregas (og)
       Portsmouth        H  D  0-0
       Tottenham H       A  L  0-1
       Liverpool         H  L  1-2         Gunnarsson
       Charlton Ath      A  D  0-0
       Fulham            H  W  1-0         Hunt
       Bolton Wand       A  W  3-1         Doyle 2 (1 pen), Hunt
       Newcastle Utd     H  W  1-0         Kitson
       Watford           H  L  0-2
       Blackburn Rov     A  D  3-3         Seol, Doyle, Gunnarsson

Premier League Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Manchester Utd      38  15  2  2  46  12  13  3  3  37  15   89
 2. Chelsea             38  12  7  0  37  11  12  4  3  27  13   83
 3. Liverpool           38  14  4  1  39   7   6  4  9  18  20   68
 4. Arsenal             38  12  6  1  43  16   7  5  7  20  19   68
 5. Tottenham H         38  12  3  4  34  22   5  6  8  23  32   60
 6. Everton             38  11  4  4  33  17   4  9  6  19  19   58
 7. Bolton Wand         38   9  5  5  26  20   7  3  9  21  32   56
 8. READING             38  11  2  6  29  20   5  5  9  23  27   55
 9. Portsmouth          38  11  5  3  28  15   3  7  9  17  27   54
10. Blackburn Rov       38   9  3  7  31  25   6  4  9  21  29   52
11. Aston Villa         38   7  8  4  20  14   4  9  6  23  27   50
12. Middlesbrough       38  10  3  6  31  24   2  7 10  13  25   46
13. Newcastle Utd       38   7  7  5  23  20   4  3 12  15  27   43
14. Manchester C        38   5  6  8  10  16   6  3 10  19  28   42
15. West Ham Utd        38   8  2  9  24  26   4  3 12  11  33   41
16. Fulham              38   7  7  5  18  18   1  8 10  20  42   39
17. Wigan Athletic      38   5  4 10  18  30   5  4 10  19  29   38
18. Sheffield Utd       38   7  6  6  24  21   3  2 14   8  34   38
19. Charlton Ath        38   7  5  7  19  20   1  5 13  15  40   34
20. Watford             38   3  9  7  19  25   2  4 13  10  34   28

Position Graph

Position Graph

FA Cup

R3     BurnleyC          H  W  3-2         Lita, Long, Sodje
R4     Birmingham CC     A  W  3-2         Kitson, Lita 2
R5     Manchester UtdP   A  D  1-1         Gunnarsson
R5(R)  Manchester UtdP   H  L  2-3         Kitson, Lita
League Cup
R2     Darlington2       H  D  3-3 *       Lita 2, Máté
R3     LiverpoolP        A  L  3-4         Bikey, Lita, Long

       * after extra time, won 4-2 on penalties

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Leroy Lita           7   4   3   0   14    0    0   0.368
 2. Kevin Doyle         13   0   0   0   13    3    0   0.382
 3. Stephen Hunt         4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.105
    Seol Ki-Hyeon        4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.129
    Steve Sidwell        4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.108
 6. Bryn Gunnarsson      3   1   0   0    4    0    0   0.148
 7. Dave Kitson          2   2   0   0    4    0    0   0.235
 8. Shane Long           2   1   1   0    4    0    0   0.167
 9. James Harper         3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.075
10. Ívar Ingimarsson     2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.048
11. Ulises d.l.Cruz      1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.067
    John Oster           1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.032
    Nicky Shorey         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.026
    Ibrahima Sonko       1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.043
15. Sam Sodje            0   1   0   0    1    0    0   0.143
16. André Bikey          0   0   1   0    1    0    0   0.048
    Péter Máté           0   0   1   0    1    0    0   1.000
18. Own goals            4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.091
    Line
    Totals              52   9   6   0   67    3    0   1.523

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Ívar Ingimarsson    38     3     1     0     42      42
 2. James Harper        36+2   1     0+1   0     37+3    40
 3. Nicky Shorey        37     2     0     0     39      39
 4. Marcus Hahnemann    38     0     0     0     38      38
 5. Stephen Hunt        28+7   0+1   2     0     30+8    38
 6. Leroy Lita          22+11  2+1   2     0     26+12   38
 7. Steve Sidwell       35     2     0     0     37      37
 8. Kevin Doyle         28+4   1     0+1   0     29+5    34
 9. Seol Ki-Hyeon       22+5   4     0     0     26+5    31
10. John Oster           6+19  4     2     0     12+19   31
11. Glen Little         18+6   0+2   2     0     20+8    28
12. Bryn Gunnarsson     10+13  2     2     0     14+13   27
13. Graeme Murty        23     1     0     0     24      24
14. Shane Long           9+12  1     2     0     12+12   24
15. Ibrahima Sonko      23     0     0     0     23      23
16. André Bikey          7+8   4     2     0     13+8    21
17. Dave Kitson          9+4   3+1   0     0     12+5    17
18. Ulises d.l.Cruz      9     4     2     0     15      15
19. Bobby Convey         8+1   3     0     0     11+1    12
20. Michael Duberry      8     0     0     0      8       8
21. Sam Sodje            2+1   2+1   0+1   0      4+3     7
22. Adam Federici        0+2   4     0     0      4+2     6
23. Greg Halford         2+1   0     0     0      2+1     3
24. John Halls           0     0     2     0      2       2
    Graham Stack         0     0     2     0      2       2
26. Scott Golbourne      0     1     0     0      1       1
27. Péter Máté           0     0     1     0      1       1
28. Simon Cox            0     0+1   0     0      0+1     1
    Curtis Osano         0     0+1   0     0      0+1     1
    Alex Pearce          0     0+1   0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              38     4     2     0     44      44