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Record - 1,103 minutes without conceding

No club in the Football League has gone as long in competitive action without conceding a goal as Reading - goalkeeper Steve Death and his teammates kept out opposition players for 1,103 minutes of action across the course of two seasons in 1979.

Reading had been well-placed in the Easter period of the 1978/79 and were searching for promotion back to Division 3 at the second attempt.

But, after six wins and a draw from seven games across February and March, they hit a bit of a sticky patch and picked up just a single point from the next three games.

On March 24th, a sixth-minute goal at Spotland was all that was needed for the Lancashire club to take the points on that afternoon... but little did we know that that would be the last time Steve Death would take a visit to the back of his net in league action for almost five months!

11 more games followed that season, against Grimsby (4-0), Port Vale (0-0), Crewe (2-0), Portsmouth (2-0), Bournemouth (0-0), Aldershot (4-0), Hartlepool (0-0), Darlington (1-0), Halifax (1-0), Wimbledon (1-0), Port Vale (3-0).  While Steve Death picks up most of the plaudits, the whole team contributed to an incredible effort which resulted in lifting the Division 4 title in May.

The question was: how long would that run go on for?

The answer came on the opening day of the 1979/80 league season... the Royals were finally breached just before the half-hour mark in what would eventually be a 2-2 draw against Brentford at Elm Park.  1,103 minutes had officially been counted since Royals supporters had seen their team concede in the Football Club... at the time, no professional club in the country could say the same.

In 2009, Manchester United's Edwin van der Sar helped Manchester United to surpass that figure in the Premier League.

But in the Football League, our long-standing record goes on!