Record Scores

Record Victories

The criterion for inclusion is that Reading should have scored at least eight goals. Other results are included so that the list contains the highest home and away victories in the Football League, Southern League, FA Cup and League Cup. Wartime results are included in a separate section.

    1900-01  FA Q4   Chesham Generals  H  W 11-0
    1946-47  D3S     Crystal Palace    H  W 10-2
    1899-00  FA Q3   Wycombe Wand      A  W  8-0
    1901-02  S1      Wellingborough    H  W  8-0
    1969-70  D3      Southport         H  W  8-0
    1910-11  S2      Chesham Town      A  W  8-1
    1894-95  FAA R2  Old Westminster   A  W  8-2
    1935-36  FA R1   Corinthians       H  W  8-3

   Other Competitions
    1931-32  D3S     Mansfield Town    A  W  7-1
    1965-66  LC R2   Southend Utd      H  W  5-1
    1979-80  LC R1   Oxford Utd        A  W  5-1
    2008-09  LC R2   Luton Town        H  W  5-1
    2009-10  LC R1   Burton Albion     H  W  5-1
    1883-84  FA R1   South Reading     A  W  4-0

   Wartime
    1940-41  LWC R1  Clapton Orient    H  W  9-0
    1944-45  WLS     Brighton & HA     A  W  9-3
    1940-41  WLS     Southampton       H  W  8-0
    1943-44  WLS     Watford           H  W  8-2
    1943-44  WLS     Clapton Orient    H  W  8-2
    1944-45  WLS     Charlton Ath      A  W  8-2
    1941-42  LWL     Clapton Orient    A  W  8-3

If you look up Reading's biggest victory in Rothmans' or any other reference work, you will find the 10-2 victory over Crystal Palace. The omission of the 11-0 victory over Chesham Generals is something of a mystery. Admittedly it was in the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup, but the fourth qualifying round in 1900-01 equates to the first round proper in the current scheme. The Generals were a decent team as well, winning the Berks & Bucks Cup that same season.

Record Defeats

The criterion for inclusion is that Reading should have conceded at least eight goals. Other results are included so that the list contains the highest home and away defeats in the Football League, Southern League, FA Cup and League Cup. Wartime results are included in a separate section.

    1893-94  FA R1   Preston NE        A  L  0-18
    1909-10  S1      Swindon Town      A  L  1-9
    1882-83  FA R2   Royal Engineers   A  L  0-8
    1930-31  D2      Burnley           A  L  1-8
    1891-92  FA Q3   Clifton Assoc     A  L  2-8
    1956-57  D3S     Brighton & HA     A  L  3-8

   Other Competitions
    1967-68  FA R3   Manchester C      H  L  0-7
    1896-97  S1      Millwall Ath      H  L  1-7
    1947-48  D3S     Bristol City      H  L  2-7
    2013-14  LC R1   Peterborough U    A  L  0-6
    2012-13  LC R4   Arsenal           H  L  5-7  (after extra time)

   Wartime
    1915-16  LCo     Crystal Palace    A  L  1-10
    1915-16  LCo     Croydon Common    A  L  2-10
    1916-17  LCo     Fulham            A  L  0-9
    1915-16  LCo     Luton Town        A  L  2-9

Reading's 18-0 defeat at Preston is the second highest ever in a major English match, being beaten only by Preston's 26-0 win over Hyde in 1887. It is said that the referee accidentally played 30 extra minutes in the Hyde match.

Record Combined Scores

The criterion for inclusion is that the game should have included at least ten goals. Other results are included so that the list contains the highest home and away scores in the Football League, Southern League, FA Cup and League Cup. Wartime results are included in a separate section. Reading's highest scoring draw is 4-4 on nine occasions, most recently against Mansfield in 1959-60 (although the Arsenal League Cup game was 4-4 after 90 minutes).

    1893-94  FA R1   Preston NE        A  L  0-18 [18]
    1946-47  D3S     Crystal Palace    H  W 10-2  [12]
    1982-83  D3      Doncaster Rov     A  L  5-7  [12]
    2012-13  LC R4   Arsenal           H  L  5-7  [12]  (after extra time)
    1900-01  FA Q4   Chesham Generals  H  W 11-0  [11]
    1935-36  FA R1   Corinthians       H  W  8-3  [11]
    1956-57  D3S     Brighton & HA     A  L  3-8  [11]
    1903-04  S1      Tottenham H       A  L  4-7  [11]
    2007-08  PL      Portsmouth        A  L  4-7  [11]
    1909-10  S1      Swindon Town      A  L  1-9  [10]
    1894-95  FAA R2  Old Westminster   A  W  8-2  [10]
    1891-92  FA Q3   Clifton Assoc     A  L  2-8  [10]
    1894-95  FA Q1   Clifton Assoc     A  W  7-3  [10]
    1930-31  D2      Stoke City        H  W  7-3  [10]
    1945-46  FA R1   Aldershot         A  L  3-7  [10]
    1993-94  D2      Exeter City       A  W  6-4  [10]
    1938-39  D3SC R3 Crystal Palace    A  L  4-6  [10]
    2007-08  PL      Tottenham H       A  L  4-6  [10]

   Wartime
    1915-16  LCo     Croydon Common    A  L  2-10 [12]
    1944-45  WLS     Brighton & HA     A  W  9-3  [12]
    1915-16  LCo     Crystal Palace    A  L  1-10 [11]
    1915-16  LCo     Luton Town        A  L  2-9  [11]
    1941-42  LWL     Clapton Orient    A  W  8-3  [11]
    1939-40  WLS     Southampton       A  W  6-5  [11]
    1943-44  WLS     Watford           H  W  8-2  [10]
    1943-44  WLS     Clapton Orient    H  W  8-2  [10]
    1944-45  WLS     Charlton Ath      A  W  8-2  [10]
    1940-41  WLS     Coventry City     A  L  3-7  [10]

The sequence of scores in the game at Doncaster was (Reading scores first): 0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 2-3, 2-4, 3-4, 3-5 at half time, 4-5, 4-6, 5-6 and 5-7 at full time. Back in those days the teleprinter on Final Score was actually that, so the result came through as D-O-N-C-A-S-T-E-R 7 (oh sh*t!) R-E-A-D-I-N-G 5 (hurray!). I have seldom been so elated by a Reading defeat.

In the 7-4 defeat at Portsmouth the sequence of scores was: 0-1, 0-2, 1-2 at half time, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 3-5, 3-6, 3-7, 4-7. Reading also missed a penalty with the score at 2-3. The 6-4 defeat at Tottenham later in the same season was a more see-saw affair: 0-1, 1-1 at half time, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6. The Portsmouth game is the highest aggregate score in Premier League history (11 goals). The 10 goals in the Spurs game has been equalled four times since (Spurs 9 Wigan 1, Man Utd 8 Arsenal 2, Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3, West Brom 5 Man Utd 5).

The sequence of scores in the 7-5 defeat to Arsenal in the League Cup was: 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, 4-1 at half time, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4 after 90 minutes (well 95 actually), 4-5 at half time in extra time, 5-5, 5-6, 5-7 at full time. This is the joint highest aggregate score in League Cup history, having been equalled by the 6-6 draw between Dagenham and Brentford in 2014.

League Doubles

A double is when a side beats another in both League games, home and away. Reading's record number of doubles in a season is ten in 2005-06. They failed to achieve a single double in 1982-83 or 2012-13. The record number of doubles by other teams against Reading is seven in 2007-08 and 2012-13, while they have prevented any doubles on twelve occasions (going undefeated at home always helps). The highest aggregate is 12 in 2000-01 (nine for, three against). The lowest aggregate is just one (against Luton) in 1995-96

Against individual teams, Reading have done the double over Exeter on no less than thirteen occasions, with the Grecians only managing one in return. Bristol City have done the double over Reading nine times, while the Royals have six doubles over the Robins. The record aggregate is 15 against Bristol City.

The highest aggregate win in the home and away League games is 11-2 against Mansfield in 1931-32 (4-1 at home, 7-1 away), while the highest defeat is 1-10 against Bristol Rovers in 1998-99 (1-4 away, 0-6 at home). The highest total score is 16 goals against Aldershot in 1934-35 (5-2 away, 5-4 at home) and Southport in 1969-70 (2-6 away, 8-0 at home).

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