League Records

Record League Runs

These records give the longest runs in League matches, such as successive wins. Several runs, such as the 55 unbeaten home games in the 1930s, extended over several seasons. The (labelled) link gives the start of the run. If there are too many instances of the same run only the first and last are given. An asterisk is used to indicate a currently unbroken run, while a plus sign indicates a record set this season.

                                   All            Home            Away
        Successive wins             13 [1]          19 [1]           7 [1,2]
        Without defeat              33 [1]          55 [1]          17 [1]
        Successive defeats           8 [1]           4 [1,2,3]      15 [1]
        Without win                 14 [1]          16 [1]          21 [1]
        Successive draws             6 [1]           6 [1]           5 [1,2]
        Successive score draws       4 [1]           3 [1,2,3,4]     4 [1,2,3]
        Successive 0-0 draws         3 [1]           3 [1]           3 [1]
        Without draw                33 [1]          27 [1]          23 [1]
        Without score draw          35 [1]          40 [1]          24 [1]
        Without 0-0 draw            78 [1]          66 [1]          86 [1]
        With goal for               32 [1]          45 [1]          18 [1]
        With goal against           24 [1]          14 [1]          34 [1]
        Without goal for             6 [1,2]         6 [1]           6 [1,2,3]
        Without goal against        11 [1]           8 [1,2]         5 [1,2]

The longest overall runs can also be expressed as follows:

                                    Season         PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
        Successive wins             1985-86        13  13  0  0  25   8   39
        Without defeat              2005-06        33  25  8  0  72  18   83
        Successive defeats          2007-08         8   0  0  8   6  19    0
        Without win                 1926-28        14   0  5  9  14  36    5
        Successive draws            2001-02         6   0  6  0  10  10    6
        Successive score draws      1964-65         4   0  4  0   6   6    4
        Successive 0-0 draws        1989-90         3   0  3  0   0   0    3
        Without draw                1935-36        33  21  0 12  74  56   42
        Without score draw          2002-03        35  21  2 12  50  34   65
        Without 0-0 draw            1950-53        78  40 10 28 159 109   90
        With goal for               1932-33        32  14 10  8  86  62   38
        With goal against           1955-56        24   4  5 15  35  54   13
        Without goal for            1924-25         6   0  1  5   0  10    1
                                    2007-08         6   0  2  4   0   8    2
        Without goal against        1978-79        11   8  3  0  18   0   19

For more details on the thirteen successive wins, the 33 games unbeaten and the eleven games without conceding, see the section on League records. Some other interesting runs are given in the following table. For example, in 1951-52 Reading won twelve successive games before losing at Brighton. However they bounced back with a further seven straight wins. Similarly, a run of seven successive defeats in 1997-98 were followed by a win over Stoke, and then a further seven defeats, running into the following season.

                                    Season         PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
        Just one defeat             1951-52        20  19  0  1  58  12   38
                                    2005-07        46  32 13  1 101  32  109
        Just one win                1997-99        15   1  0 14   5  35    3
                                    1987-88        20   1  5 14  18  44    8
        Wins to nil                 2001-02         7   7  0  0  14   0   21
        Defeats to nil              1997-98         5   0  0  5   0  13    0
        Wins by 2+ goals            2005-06         8   8  0  0  22   2   24
        Defeats by 2+ goals         1970-71         6   0  0  6   2  19    0
        With 2+ goals for           2005-06        13  12  1  0  35   6   37
        With 2+ goals against       1959-60         8   2  2  4  15  19    6

The longest runs from the start of a season are:

                                    Season         PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
        Successive wins             1985-86        13  13  0  0  25   8   39
        Without defeat              1973-74        14   6  8  0  14   5   20
                                    1985-86        14  13  1  0  27  10   40
        Successive defeats          1930-31         5   0  0  5   4  26    0
        Without win                 1927-28        12   0  5  7  14  30    5

While the longest runs at the end of a season are:

                                    Season         PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
        Successive wins             1966-67         8   8  0  0  17   2   16
        Without defeat              1983-84        13   8  5  0  23  10   29
                                    2001-02        13   3 10  0  19  14   19
        Successive defeats          1997-98         5   0  0  5   1   9    0
        Without win                 2015-16         7   0  1  6   7  15    1

The eleven successive clean sheets in 1978-79 were also at the end of a season. For current runs, see here.

Record Overall Runs

Reading's record runs in all competitions (including the Southern League) are as follows:

                                   All            Home            Away
        Successive wins             12 [1]          17 [1]           5 [1,2,3,4,5]
        Without defeat              23 [1]          33 [1]          11 [1]
        Successive defeats           8 [1]           5 [1]          14 [1]
        Without win                 14 [1,2]        10 [1]          23 [1]
        Successive draws             6 [1]           5 [1,2,3]       5 [1,2,3]
        Successive score draws       4 [1,2,3]       4 [1,2]         5 [1]
        Successive 0-0 draws         2 [1,...,21]    3 [1]           3 [1,2]
        Without draw                32 [1]          32 [1]          34 [1]
        Without score draw          32 [1]          42 [1]          34 [1]
        Without 0-0 draw            91 [1,2]        74 [1]          93 [1]
        With goal for               29 [1]          36 [1]          18 [1]
        With goal against           27 [1]          20 [1]          37 [1]
        Without goal for             6 [1,2]         6 [1,2]         6 [1,2,3]
        Without goal against        11 [1]           8 [1]           5 [1]

If the Southern League days are excluded, the record number of successive away defeats is 13 in 1929-31. This run also formed part of a run of 21 away games without a draw (W1 L20). The record for away games without a win is 22 in 1952-54. The overall record for conceding goals is 26 consecutive games in 1988-89, while the home record is 14 games in 1953-55.

League Runs Against Individual Teams

Against individual teams, Reading's record League runs are as follows. The (labelled) links give the corresponding team records. An asterisk is used to indicate a currently unbroken run.

                                   All            Home            Away
        Successive wins             10 [1]          12 [1]           6 [1]
        Without defeat              17 [1]          24 [1*]          9 [1]
        Successive defeats           7 [1]           4 [1,2]        10 [1]
        Without win                 13 [1]           9 [1,2]        15 [1,2,3,4*]
        Successive draws             6 [1]           5 [1]           5 [1,2]
        Successive score draws       4 [1,2,3,4]     4 [1]           4 [1]
        Successive 0-0 draws         3 [1]           3 [1]           2 [1,...,9]
        Without draw                24 [1]          18 [1]          24 [1]
        Without score draw          40 [1]          24 [1]          24 [1]
        Without 0-0 draw            78 [1*]         44 [1*]         45 [1*]
        With goal for               21 [1]          27 [1]          15 [1]
        With goal against           21 [1]          19 [1]          23 [1,2]
        Without goal for             4 [1,...,9]     7 [1]           5 [1]
        Without goal against         6 [1]           7 [1*]          4 [1,2]

Also see the section on League doubles.

League Season Records

These records give the highest and lowest totals over a Football League or Premier League season. The different numbers of games played are not taken into account, however see the ranking of seasons by average points per game. Also see the records for League doubles.

                                  High             Low
        Wins                        31 [1]           6 [1]
        Draws                       19 [1,2]         2 [1]
        Score draws                 15 [1,2]         1 [1,2]
        0-0 draws                    9 [1,2]         0 [1,2,3,4,5]
        Defeats                     26 [1]           2 [1]
        Goals for                  112 [1]          36 [1]
        Goals against               96 [1]          32 [1]
        Goals total                174 [1]          75 [1]
        Goal difference            +67 [1]         -39 [1]
        Goal average             3.094 [1]       0.500 [1]
        Clean sheets for            26 [1]           5 [1,2]
        Clean sheets against        24 [1]           2 [1]
        Points (2 per win)          65 [1]          30 [1]
               (3 per win)         106 [1]          28 [1]

The 65 points in 1978-79 translate to 91 points under three points per win. The 30 points in 1930-31 translate to 42 points. Reading have scored 100 or more goals in all competitions on five occasions: 1951-52 (117 goals in 51 matches - 112 in the league), 1932-33 (113 in 48 - 103 in the league), 2005-06 (111 in 54 - 99 in the league), 1935-36 (104 in 48 - 87 in the league), and 2000-01 (100 in 56 - 86 in the league). In addition, they scored 115 in just 42 wartime matches in 1940-41. They have conceded 100 goals only once, in 1930-31 (100 goals in 45 matches - 96 in the league).

The records for home games are as follows:

                                  High             Low
        Wins                        19 [1,2,3,4,5]   4 [1]
        Draws                       10 [1,2]         0 [1]
        Score draws                  8 [1,2,3]       0 [1,2]
        0-0 draws                    5 [1,2]         0 [1,...,17]
        Defeats                     11 [1,2]         0 [1,2,3,4]
        Goals for                   73 [1]          19 [1]
        Goals against               37 [1]           7 [1]
        Goals total                 98 [1]          39 [1]
        Goal difference            +50 [1]         -10 [1]
        Goal average             6.125 [1]       0.697 [1]
        Clean sheets for            17 [1]           3 [1,2]
        Clean sheets against        12 [1]           0 [1,2,3]
        Points (2 per win)          41 [1,2]        20 [1]
               (3 per win)          60 [1]          20 [1]

The 41 points in 1975-76 and 1978-79 translate to 60 points under three points per win. The 20 points in 1920-21 translate to 28 points. The records for away games are as follows:

                                  High             Low
        Wins                        13 [1,2]         1 [1,2,3,4]
        Draws                       11 [1,2]         1 [1,2]
        Score draws                  9 [1,2]         0 [1]
        0-0 draws                    6 [1]           0 [1,...,27+]
        Defeats                     16 [1,2,3,4,5]   1 [1]
        Goals for                   41 [1,2]         9 [1]
        Goals against               63 [1]          18 [1]
        Goals total                 88 [1]          32 [1]
        Goal difference            +23 [1]         -41 [1]
        Goal average             2.278 [1]       0.255 [1]
        Clean sheets for            11 [1,2,3]       0 [1,2,3,4,5]
        Clean sheets against        14 [1,2]         2 [1,2]
        Points (2 per win)          24 [1]           6 [1]
               (3 per win)          46 [1]           8 [1]

The 24 points in 1978-79 translate to 31 points under three points per win. The six points in 1930-31 translate to seven points.

Reading's League Records

Reading hold three major League records. The 106 points in 2005-06 is the highest number of points in a season by any team. The record under two points per win is 74 points by Lincoln City (1975-76). Lincoln would also have gained 106 points under three points per win, whereas Reading would have gained 75 points under two points per win.

The thirteen wins in 1985-86 is the best start to a season by any team, being two ahead of the 11 by Tottenham (1960-61), Newcastle (1992-93) and Fulham (2000-01). It is also only one behind the all-time record of 14 wins at any time held by Manchester United (1904-05), Bristol City (1905-06), Preston (1950-51) and Arsenal (2001-03).

Steve Death's 11 consecutive clean sheets at the end of the 1978-79 season (1103 minutes) is a Football League record. Millwall (1925-26) and York City (1973-74) also have 11 clean sheets, but with a shorter total time. The record was been surpassed in the Premier League, by Edwin van der Sar of Manchester United who kept 14 consecutive clean sheets (1311 minutes) in 2008-09.

The 33-game unbeaten sequence in 2005-06 is a record for outside the top division in a single season. The top division record is 38 in Arsenal's unbeaten season (2003-04). Huddersfield went 43 games unbeaten, but this was spread over two seasons (2010-12) and had a play-off defeat sandwiched between them. The top division record is 49 games by Arsenal spread over three seasons (2002-05).

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