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Insight: 5 in 15

19 December 2013

Royals' festive period

Every Championship team faces five games in 15 days over this festive period, and we begin our Christmas fixtures at home to Wigan this coming weekend.

With five matches and 961 miles to be covered in a little more than two weeks, manager Nigel Adkins is certain to use his full squad as we take on Wigan, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Nottm Forest and Brighton. Indeed, the boss told the press after the win at Huddersfield that in terms of team selection he will take each game on its merits.

The manager welcomes back Danny Guthrie from suspension this weekend, while he said recently that fellow midfielder Chris Baird is getting closer to a return.

Tickets for all five of our festive games are on general sale now - call 0844 249 1871, go to or visit the Madejski Stadium Ticket Office. Our new Oracle Store also sells tickets for home games, as well as half season tickets.

In our time we've seen some very interesting games over the festive period:

20th Dec 1902, Reading 6-0 West Ham
A hat-trick from Lyon gave us a win that would be repeated 105 years later!

20th Dec 1906, Reading 7-2 Luton
A hat-trick from Minter set us on the way to another festive cracker. Luton finished fourth that year while we languished in 12th.

Christmas 1913
We faced Brighton on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day(!) and thankfully won both - before also beating Millwall on 27th December.

Christmas 1919
In another packed fixture list we beat Gillingham on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day before losing to Luton on the 27th.

Christmas Day 1939, Reading 7-2 Aldershot
In the War League B South Division, Tony MacPhee scored four of our goals as we beat our local rivals in front of 3893 spectators.

Dec 22nd 1962, Reading 4-3 Port Vale
We held off the Valiants to win 4-3 at Elm Park - and interestingly we didn't play again for two months, next facing Brighton in a 5-4 defeat on 23rd February.

21st Dec 1985, Reading 4-3 Plymouth
Finding themselves 3-0 down just after half time, Reading completed an incredible comeback. Dean Horrix's penalty gave us momentum, and Trevor Senior then scored two in a minute before Kevin Bremner made it 4-3, forcing in a winner to send us 16 points clear at the top of Division 3.

18th Dec 1994, Reading 4-2 Wolves
On the way to a second placed finish in Division One, we saw off Wolves thanks to two from Michael Gilkes and one each from Simon Osborn and Jimmy Quinn. The crowd of 10,136 made it one of only seven occasions that more than ten thousand were at Elm Park during such a memorable League season.

2nd Jan 2006, Reading 5-1 Cardiff
Steve Coppell's unstoppable side demolished the visitors, with an early Steve Sidwell goal setting the tone. Ibrahima Sonko and Dave Kitson gave us a 3-0 lead but Cameron Jerome pulled one back, only for Sidwell and Kitson to both score again. In fact Sidwell was unlucky not to get a hat-trick, hitting the woodwork late on.

1st Jan 2007, Reading 6-0 West Ham
One of the most memorable games ever seen at Madejski Stadium! Brynjar Gunnarsson, Stephen Hunt, Kevin Doyle and an Anton Ferdinand own goal made it 4-0 at half time, before another from Doyle and a Leroy Lita strike made it six. Intriguingly, future Man City, Man Utd and Juventus man Carlos Tevez was an unused sub for the visitors.

10th Dec 2011, Reading 3-0 West Ham
Another cracker against the Hammers, with Alex Pearce opening the scoring and the game exploding into life when Jack Collison was sent off for a tackle on Jimmy Kebe. Simon Church scored from the resulting free kick and then got another to seal all three points.

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