<< Season 2008-09 >>

Reading's relegation from the Premier League saw the departure of several key players, including Nicky Shorey and Dave Kitson, although others, such as Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt, were retained. Most importantly, manager Steve Coppell was persuaded to stay. In the first half of the season, goals flowed freely at the Madejski Stadium while the away form picked up after a slow start, with impressive wins at promotion rivals Wolves and Birmingham. A home win over Wolves at the end of January meant that Reading looked set for automatic promotion, however a run of three consecutive home games without a goal seemed to undermine confidence in both team and supporters, particularly at the Madejski. The return of Dave Kitson and Glen Little on loan did little to spark a recovery, however away wins at Derby and Norwich meant that Reading still went into the last game with a chance of automatic promotion, if they could beat Birmingham. However the home hoodoo struck again, with a win never looking likely after an uncharacteristic error by keeper Marcus Hahnemann gifted Blues a goal.

In the play-off semi-finals, Reading dominated the first leg at Turf Moor without really creating any clear chances, but then a couple of mad minutes from André Bikey saw him gift Burnley a penalty and then get sent off. In the return leg, Reading once again dominated the first half, but two long-range efforts at the start of the second half saw the Clarets through.

FL Championship (4th, Not promoted after play-off)

       Nottingham F      A  D  0-0
       Plymouth Arg      H  W  2-0         Sonko 2
       Charlton Ath      A  L  2-4         Sonko, S.Hunt (pen)
       Crystal Palace    H  W  4-2         Harper, Doyle 3
       Ipswich Town      A  L  0-2
       Sheffield Wed     H  W  6-0         Doyle 3, Bikey, N.Hunt 2
       Watford           A  D  2-2         Eustace (og), S.Hunt (pen)
       Swansea City      H  W  4-0         N.Hunt, Doyle 2, S.Hunt
       Wolverhampton W   A  W  3-0         Hennessey (og), Bikey, Cissé
       Burnley           H  W  3-1         N.Hunt, S.Hunt, Long
       Preston NE        A  L  1-2         S.Hunt (pen)
       Doncaster Rov     H  W  2-1         Bikey, Doyle
       Queens Park Rang  H  D  0-0
       Burnley           A  L  0-1
       Bristol City      A  W  4-1         Doyle 2, N.Hunt, Cissé
       Derby County      H  W  3-0         N.Hunt, Doyle 2
       Sheffield Utd     A  W  2-0         Cissé, Doyle
       Southampton       H  L  1-2         Kébé
       Cardiff City      A  D  2-2         Doyle, Gunnarsson
       Coventry City     H  W  3-1         N.Hunt 2, Cissé
       Barnsley          A  W  1-0         Gunnarsson
       Blackpool         H  W  1-0         Ingimarsson
       Norwich City      H  W  2-0         S.Hunt (pen), Long
       Birmingham C      A  W  3-1         N.Hunt, Doyle, Cissé
       Cardiff City      H  D  1-1         Federici
       Southampton       A  D  1-1         Long
       Watford           H  W  4-0         Armstrong, N.Hunt, Doyle, Lita
       Swansea City      A  L  0-2
       Wolverhampton W   H  W  1-0         Collins (og)
       Queens Park Rang  A  D  0-0
       Preston NE        H  D  0-0
       Bristol City      H  L  0-2
       Nottingham F      H  L  0-1
       Sheffield Wed     A  W  2-1         Doyle, Long
       Plymouth Arg      A  D  2-2         Pearce, Kébé
       Charlton Ath      H  D  2-2         Long 2 (1 pen)
       Ipswich Town      H  L  0-1
       Doncaster Rov     A  W  1-0         Kitson
       Crystal Palace    A  D  0-0
       Coventry City     A  D  0-0
       Sheffield Utd     H  L  0-1
       Blackpool         A  D  2-2         N.Hunt, Karacan
       Barnsley          H  D  0-0
       Derby County      A  W  2-0         Kitson, Long
       Norwich City      A  W  2-0         Long 2
       Birmingham C      H  L  1-2         Matějovský

FL Championship Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Wolverhampton W     46  15  5  3  44  21  12  4  7  36  31   90
 2. Birmingham C        46  14  5  4  30  17   9  9  5  24  20   83
 3. Sheffield Utd+      46  12  6  5  35  22  10  8  5  29  17   80
 4. READING+            46  12  5  6  40  17   9  9  5  32  23   77
 5. Burnley+            46  14  5  4  42  23   7  8  8  30  37   76
 6. Preston NE+         46  16  3  4  39  20   5  8 10  27  34   74
 7. Cardiff City        46  14  5  4  40  23   5 12  6  25  30   74
 8. Swansea City        46  11  9  3  40  22   5 11  7  23  28   68
 9. Ipswich Town        46   8  9  6  30  26   9  6  8  32  27   66
10. Bristol City        46   7 13  3  30  23   8  3 12  24  31   61
11. Queens Park Rang    46  12  7  4  28  19   3  9 11  14  25   61
12. Sheffield Wed       46  11  6  6  26  14   5  7 11  25  44   61
13. Watford             46  11  6  6  42  32   5  4 14  26  40   58
14. Doncaster Rov       46   9  5  9  16  18   8  2 13  26  35   58
15. Crystal Palace*     46   9  8  6  26  19   6  4 13  26  36   56
16. Blackpool           46   5  8 10  25  33   8  9  6  22  25   56
17. Coventry City       46   8  8  7  26  26   5  7 11  21  32   54
18. Derby County        46   9  7  7  31  26   5  5 13  24  41   54
19. Nottingham F        46   8  7  8  27  28   5  7 11  23  37   53
20. Barnsley            46   8  7  8  28  24   5  6 12  17  34   52
21. Plymouth Arg        46   7  5 11  31  35   6  7 10  13  22   51
22. Norwich City        46   9  5  9  35  28   3  5 15  22  42   46
23. Southampton         46   4 10  9  23  29   6  5 12  23  40   45
24. Charlton Ath        46   6  8  9  33  38   2  7 14  19  36   39

    + after play-off
    * Crystal Palace deducted one point (ineligible player)

Position Graph

Position Graph

FL Championship Play-offs

SF(1)  Burnley           A  L  0-1
SF(2)  Burnley           H  L  0-2 [0-3]
FA Cup
R3     Cardiff CityC     A  L  0-2
League Cup
R1     Dagenham & Red2   A  W  2-1         Henry, N.Hunt
R2     Luton Town2       H  W  5-1         N.Hunt, S.Hunt, Pearce, Karacan, Henry
R3     Stoke CityP       A  D  2-2 *       Henry 2 (1 pen)

       * after extra time, lost 3-4 on penalties

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Kevin Doyle         18   0   0   0   18    0    2   0.439
 2. Noel Hunt           11   0   2   0   13    0    0   0.333
 3. Shane Long           9   0   0   0    9    1    0   0.209
 4. Stephen Hunt         6   0   1   0    7    4    0   0.143
 5. Kalifa Cissé         5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.128
 6. James Henry          0   0   4   0    4    1    0   0.364
 7. André Bikey          3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.107
    Ibrahima Sonko       3   0   0   0    3    0    0   1.000
 9. Bryn Gunnarsson      2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.067
    Dave Kitson          2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.167
    Jimmy Kébé           2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.045
12. Jem Karacan          1   0   1   0    2    0    0   0.118
    Alex Pearce          1   0   1   0    2    0    0   0.095
14. Chris Armstrong      1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.025
    Adam Federici        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.056
    James Harper         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.028
    Ívar Ingimarsson     1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.034
    Leroy Lita           1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.083
    Marek Matějovský     1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.040
20. Own goals            3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.058
    Line
    Totals              72   0   9   0   81    6    2   1.558

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Stephen Hunt        41+5   0     2     0+1   43+6    49
 2. Liam Rosenior       42     0     0     2     44      44
 3. Jimmy Kébé          38+3   0+1   0     2     40+4    44
 4. Shane Long          11+26  1     3     2     17+26   43
 5. Kevin Doyle         39+1   0     0     1     40+1    41
 6. Chris Armstrong     40     0     0     0     40      40
 7. Noel Hunt           27+10  0     2     0     29+10   39
 8. Kalifa Cissé        24+12  0     2     0+1   26+13   39
 9. James Harper        28+6   0     2     0     30+6    36
10. Marcus Hahnemann    32     0     1     2     35      35
11. Michael Duberry     27     0     1     2     30      30
12. Bryn Gunnarsson     13+14  0     1     2     16+14   30
13. Ívar Ingimarsson    26     0     2+1   0     28+1    29
14. André Bikey         23+2   1     1     1     26+2    28
15. Marek Matějovský    11+11  1     0     2     14+11   25
16. Alex Pearce         13+3   1     2+1   1     17+4    21
17. Adam Federici       14+1   1     2     0     17+1    18
18. Jem Karacan         15     1     1     0     17      17
19. Dave Kitson          9+1   0     0     0+2    9+3    12
20. Leroy Lita           6+4   1     1     0      8+4    12
21. Jay Tabb             6+3   0     0     2      8+3    11
22. Julian Kelly         4+3   1     3     0      8+3    11
23. James Henry          3+4   1     3     0      7+4    11
24. Bobby Convey         3+3   1     2     0      6+3     9
25. Glen Little          5+3   0     0     0+1    5+4     9
26. Dan Harding          3     0     0     2      5       5
27. Ibrahima Sonko       3     0     0     0      3       3
28. Gylfi Sigurdsson     0     0+1   0+2   0      0+3     3
29. Scott Golbourne      0     0     2     0      2       2
30. Simon Church         0     0+1   0     1      1+1     2
31. David Mooney         0     0     0+2   0      0+2     2
32. Graeme Murty         0     1     0     0      1       1
    Line
    Totals              46     1     3     2     52      52