Newcastle 1-2 Reading
A second half brace from substitute Adam Le Fondre sealed the Royals first ever win at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon.
The odds and the weather were against both Brian McDermott's men and their hardy travelling supporters, and despite a battling first half display heads could have dropped when Yohan Cabaye's spectacular free-kick put the Toon in front.
However the home fans were silenced by yet another magnificent Reading fightback, as Le Fondre bundled home birthday boy Jimmy Kebe's cutback, before brilliantly firing past Krul after debutant Hope Akpan's initial snapshot rolled into his path.
History was made - and it was a superb night to be involved with Reading Football Club,
Booked: Williamson (foul 56), Debuchy (foul 79)
Booked: Kelly (foul 67), Kebe (Unsportsmanlike conduct 90)
The hail didn't relent as the second half got underway - with Shola Ameobi curling a harmless effort wide five minutes in.
Danny Guthrie, playing against his former paymasters, had an opportunity to replicate Cabaye's first half strike with a free-kick 25 yards from goal shortly before the hour mark - but could only bend his shot over the bar.
There was half a chance for Pogrebnyak five minutes later - as Kebe nodded down a long ball into the box, which the Russian drove over the bar on the half volley.
It was then that Brian McDermott elected to give a Premier League, and Reading debut - to Hope Akpan. The young midfielder replaced Garath McCleary, with Jobi McCanuff moving out to the left wing.
But it was another substitute that would have the key effect - as Adam Le Fondre replaced Guthrie, and seconds later had leveled the scores.
A superb raking crossfield ball from Leigertwood put Kebe away down the right hand side - and the Malian's cutback was bundled home by the prolific number nine. A deserved reward for a vocal away support.
That wasn't it. Seventy seven minutes on the clock and Reading's ultimate super sub had his brace - a long ball at the far post was nodded down by kebe, Akpan's snapshot was mis-hit - but fell invitingly for Le Fondre who finished superbly past a helpless Krul.
Ameobi had a half chance to level the scores once more with 88 minutes on the clock - but panicked somewhat on the left hand side of the area before ballooning a shot over the bar.
That was that for the Toon. Reading saw the game out magnificently, and were resilient to the last kick - as Andre Marriner's whistle signalled a historic first win at St. James' Park.