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Best start in seven years

24 September 2013

Royals quickly out the blocks

After Saturday’s victory against Derby, one journalist remarked to Nigel Adkins that the Royals boss must be pleased with his side’s start to the season.

“I’m pleased you’ve said that,” responded Reading’s manager. “I think the statisticians could take a look at it – but I’m sure it’s up there with the best starts in the last few years for Reading.”

Well the number crunchers have done their stuff, and it has indeed been a bright beginning to the campaign; the 3-1 win at Pride Park has ensured that the Royals have made their best start to a league season in seven years.

Nigel Adkins’ squad have accrued 15 points from their first eight games, a tally which has only been bettered once in the last ten years – when our history makers of 2005/06 picked up 17 points in the same time span, despite an opening day defeat to Plymouth.

After eight games in our last second tier season, back in 2011, Reading had secured just eight points – though of course still went on to secure the Championship title!

“This is the most successful period in the club’s history,” Adkins continued. 

“When you come down from the Premier League, rightfully there’s an expectation that you’ll be in the race. On Saturday the players put in a really good team performance and there’s a momentum and spirit which is exciting.”  

Watch the highlights from our win over Derby on our official YouTube page. Extended highlights are available on Reading FC Player.  

SeasonPoints After Eight Games
2002/03 Ten
2003/04 Fourteen
2004/05 Fifteen
2005/06 Seventeen
2006/07 Thirteen
2007/08 Seven
2008/09 Fourteen
2009/10 Six
2010/11 Twelve
2011/12 Eight  
2012/13 Four
2013/14 Fifteen


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