<< Season 2011-12 >>

Reading bounced back from their play-off disappointment to secure the Championship title for the second time. This was despite a poor start to the season with the departure of Shane Long and Matt Mills on big-money deals causing disruption. The ship was settled by the signing of Latvian international Kaspars Gorkšs from QPR, who struck up an effective partnership with Alex Pearce at centre back. Along with goalkeeper Adam Federici and centre-midfielders Jem Karacan and Mikele Leigertwood, they formed the defensive core of the team that boasted the division's tightest defence. Up front, Long's replacement, Adam Le Fondre proved a natural goalscorer, although his main impact was to be later in the season, and from the bench.

A great run in late November and December saw the Royals into the play-off places, but they appeared to have stalled slightly in January when the season's decisive event occurred. It was announced that Russian businessman Anton Zingarevich was to buy a 51% stake in the club, although Sir John Madejski was to stay on as chairman. As an initial investment, funds were made available to strengthen the squad in the form of the vastly experienced Jason Roberts. His impact was immediate as he finished on the winning side in his first eight games. Slowly long-time leaders, West Ham and Southampton, were caught and then overtaken with two classic away wins which encapsulated the team's ability to soak up pressure and score on the break. Promotion and the title were secured in successive home games against Forest and Palace, as Reading's two major rivals slipped up.

FL Championship (Champions)

       Millwall          H  D  2-2         Manset 2
       Leicester City    A  W  2-0         Hunt, Robson-Kanu
       Portsmouth        A  L  0-1
       Barnsley          H  L  1-2         Robson-Kanu (pen)
       Hull City         A  L  0-1
       Watford           H  L  0-2
       Doncaster Rov     H  W  2-0         Church, Le Fondre
       Coventry City     A  D  1-1         Church
       Bristol City      A  W  3-2         McAnuff, Le Fondre, Manset
       Middlesbrough     H  D  0-0
       Burnley           A  W  1-0         Karacan
       Derby County      H  D  2-2         Le Fondre 2
       Southampton       H  D  1-1         Leig'wood
       Crystal Palace    A  D  0-0
       Nottingham F      A  L  0-1
       Birmingham C      H  W  1-0         Hunt
       Cardiff City      H  L  1-2         Kébé
       Ipswich Town      A  W  3-2         Gorkšs, Pearce, Hunt
       Peterborough U    H  W  3-2         Church, Le Fondre, Robson-Kanu
       Blackpool         A  L  0-1
       West Ham Utd      H  W  3-0         Pearce, Church 2
       Leeds Utd         A  W  1-0         Church
       Brighton & HA     H  W  3-0         McAnuff 2, El-Abd (og)
       Ipswich Town      H  W  1-0         Pearce
       Cardiff City      A  L  1-3         McAnuff
       Watford           A  W  2-1         Kébé, Le Fondre
       Hull City         H  L  0-1
       Bristol City      H  W  1-0         Roberts
       Coventry City     H  W  2-0         Kébé, Roberts
       Derby County      A  W  1-0         Hunt
       Burnley           H  W  1-0         Roberts
       Middlesbrough     A  W  2-0         Hunt, Harte
       Millwall          A  W  2-1         Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre
       Portsmouth        H  W  1-0         Hunt
       Leicester City    H  W  3-1         Leig'wood, Roberts, Church
       Doncaster Rov     A  D  1-1         Pearce
       Barnsley          A  W  4-0         McAnuff, Karacan 2, Roberts
       Peterborough U    A  L  1-3         Hunt
       Blackpool         H  W  3-1         Harte, Pearce, Leig'wood
       West Ham Utd      A  W  4-2         Gorkšs, Hunt, Harte (pen), Leig'wood
       Leeds Utd         H  W  2-0         Le Fondre 2
       Brighton & HA     A  W  1-0         Harte
       Southampton       A  W  3-1         Roberts, Le Fondre 2
       Nottingham F      H  W  1-0         Leig'wood
       Crystal Palace    H  D  2-2         Gorkšs, Le Fondre
       Birmingham C      A  L  0-2

FL Championship Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. READING             46  14  5  4  36  18  13  3  7  33  23   89
 2. Southampton         46  16  4  3  49  18  10  6  7  36  28   88
 3. West Ham Utd+       46  11  8  4  41  26  13  6  4  40  22   86
 4. Birmingham C+       46  13  9  1  37  14   7  7  9  41  37   76
 5. Blackpool+          46  13  7  3  42  21   7  8  8  37  38   75
 6. Cardiff City+       46  11  7  5  37  29   8 11  4  29  24   75
 7. Middlesbrough       46   8 10  5  22  21  10  6  7  30  30   70
 8. Hull City           46  12  4  7  28  22   7  7  9  19  22   68
 9. Leicester City      46  11  6  6  36  22   7  6 10  30  33   66
10. Brighton & HA       46  11  8  4  36  21   6  7 10  16  31   66
11. Watford             46  10  6  7  32  33   6 10  7  24  31   64
12. Derby County        46  11  4  8  28  23   7  6 10  22  35   64
13. Burnley             46   7  9  7  33  27  10  2 11  28  31   62
14. Leeds Utd           46   9  3 11  34  41   8  7  8  31  27   61
15. Ipswich Town        46  11  3  9  39  32   6  7 10  30  45   61
16. Millwall            46   7  7  9  27  30   8  5 10  28  27   57
17. Crystal Palace      46   7 11  5  22  19   6  6 11  24  32   56
18. Peterborough U      46  10  3 10  41  38   3  8 12  26  39   50
19. Nottingham F        46   6  5 12  21  32   8  3 12  27  31   50
20. Bristol City        46   7  6 10  26  32   5  7 11  18  36   49
21. Barnsley            46   9  4 10  31  37   4  5 14  18  37   48
22. Portsmouth*         46  10  5  8  30  24   3  6 14  20  35   40
23. Coventry City       46   8  7  8  28  26   1  6 16  13  39   40
24. Doncaster Rov       46   4  8 11  22  35   4  4 15  21  45   36

    + after play-off
    * Portsmouth deducted ten points (administration)

Position Graph

Position Graph

Points Gap Graph

Points Gap Graph

FA Cup

R3     Stevenage1        H  L  0-1
League Cup
R1     Charlton Ath1     A  L  1-2         Morrison

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Adam Le Fondre      12   0   0   0   12    0    0   0.364
 2. Noel Hunt            8   0   0   0    8    0    0   0.195
 3. Simon Church         7   0   0   0    7    0    0   0.212
 4. Jason Roberts        6   0   0   0    6    0    0   0.353
 5. Mikele Leig'wood     5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.119
    Jobi McAnuff         5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.119
    Alex Pearce          5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.106
 8. Ian Harte            4   0   0   0    4    1    0   0.118
    Hal Robson-Kanu      4   0   0   0    4    1    0   0.105
10. Kaspars Gorkšs       3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.070
    Jem Karacan          3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.081
    Jimmy Kébé           3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.091
    Mathieu Manset       3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.176
14. Sean Morrison        0   0   1   0    1    0    0   1.000
15. Own goals            1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.021
    Line
    Totals              69   0   1   0   70    2    0   1.458

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Adam Federici       46     1     0     0     47      47
    Alex Pearce         46     1     0     0     47      47
 3. Kaspars Gorkšs      42     1     0     0     43      43
 4. Mikele Leig'wood    41     1     0     0     42      42
 5. Jobi McAnuff        40     1     1     0     42      42
 6. Noel Hunt           33+8   0     0     0     33+8    41
 7. Hal Robson-Kanu     19+17  1     0+1   0     20+18   38
 8. Jem Karacan         36+1   0     0     0     36+1    37
 9. Shaun Cummings      32+2   1     1     0     34+2    36
10. Ian Harte           30+2   1     1     0     32+2    34
11. Jimmy Kébé          30+3   0     0     0     30+3    33
12. Simon Church        19+12  1     1     0     21+12   33
13. Adam Le Fondre      17+15  1     0     0     18+15   33
14. Jay Tabb            10+9   1     1     0     12+9    21
15. Jason Roberts       17     0     0     0     17      17
16. Mathieu Manset       4+11  0+1   1     0      5+12   17
17. Joseph Mills        13+2   0     0+1   0     13+3    16
18. Andy Griffin         9     0     0     0      9       9
19. Hayden Mullins       6+1   0     0     0      6+1     7
20. Michail Antonio      2+4   0+1   0     0      2+5     7
21. Matthew Connolly     6     0     0     0      6       6
22. Bongani Khumalo      4     0     1     0      5       5
23. Bryn Gunnarsson      1+4   0     0     0      1+4     5
24. Tomasz Cywka         1+3   0     0     0      1+3     4
25. Benik Afobe          1+2   0     0     0      1+2     3
26. Brian Howard         0+1   0     1     0      1+1     2
27. Shane Long           1     0     0     0      1       1
28. Alex McCarthy        0     0     1     0      1       1
    Sean Morrison        0     0     1     0      1       1
    Jordan Obita         0     0     1     0      1       1
31. Lawson D'Ath         0     0+1   0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     1     1     0     48      48