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This Royal week

25 September 2013

A look back through the history books

There have been countless memorable moments down the years for Reading supporters, but we take just this week in history to recall the highs and lows of this time down the years..

24th September 1966 - Reading 2-1 Swindon Town
George Harris, a £1,500 signing from Watford, and Pat Terry (pictured below) were causing all kinds of aerial problems for defenders in this era - and it was Terry who bagged twice to secure a 2-1 victory over local rivals Swindon Town.

21st September 1982 - 12 goal thriller
The Royals were on the wrong side of a 12 goal thriller away at Doncaster, one of the highest scoring games the Royals have been involved in.

24th September 2003 - Oxford beaten away
Reading enjoyed a League Cup night to remember exactly ten years ago this week. Away at Oxford, John Salako and Nick Forster gave the Royals a commanding second half lead. Jefferson Louis pulled one back for United, but a 90th minute goal from James Harper ensured the Royals faithful went back to school and work the next day with the bragging rights.

23rd September 2006 - United thwarted at Madejski Stadium
It was a momentous afternoon for the Royals as Manchester United - who went on to win the Premier League that year - came to Madejski Stadium for the very first time in history. And promoted Reading got off to a flyer - Kevin Doyle converted a first half penalty to give the Royals the lead, and although a certain Cristiano Ronaldo hauled United level - it was undoubtedly a day to savour for all Reading fans.

25th September 2010 - 10 men defeat Barnsley
A hugely satisfying win over Barnsley for Brian McDermott's men three years ago. After a goalless first half, the Royals had Zurab Khizanishvili sent off for two cautions - but despite the numerical disadvantage, the Royals took the lead 12 minutes from the end and then added two more in injury time! In doing so, Reading earned a fantastic 3-0 win over the Tykes.

27th September 2011 - The Bristol City comeback
More late drama in this one. Bristol City looked to be heading for all three points in this Championship game after Albert Adomah and Brett Pitman scored in either half - but with 18 minutes left on the clock, Jobi McAnuff netted - three minutes before Adam Le Fondre equalised. It was then left to Mathieu Manset to grab a 90th minute winner to complete an unbelievable turnaround - kick starting the Royals' season which ultimately ended in promotion to the Barclays Premier League!

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