Elm Park was home for the Royals for over 100 years, until they moved to Madejski Stadium.
The first game was held on 5th September 1896 between Reading and a Roston Bourke’s XI - which saw Reading leading 7-1 before the match was prematurely ended due to torrential weather. The final competitive match at Elm Park saw Reading play Norwich City on 3rd May 1998.
The ground consisted of four stands: North (Known as Norfolk Road), South (Tilehurst Terrace, also referred to as the South Bank), West (Tilehurst End) and East (Reading End, also referred to as the Town End). Both the North and South Stands were covered, while the East and West Stands were uncovered terraces. The East Stand was reserved for away supporters, as well as a small section of the North Stand.
Our greatest ticket revenue at Elm Park was on 27th January 1996, when the club hosted Manchester United in the fourth round of the 1995/96 FA Cup.
The record attendance was achieved in 1927 when 33,042 watch Reading beat Brentford 1-0 in the fifth round of the 1926/27 FA Cup. As a result of the Taylor Report, Reading were forced to implement changes to the ground which reduced the capacity to 14,800.
Elm Park will remain a vital part in Reading’s history, playing host to some memorable moments.