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Recap: History vs Foxes

10 April 2014

Our games against City

The Royals take on Leicester at Madejski Stadium next Monday 14th April, kick off 8:07pm, and we've got an interesting history against the Foxes.

Recent years
Before our game at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day, the Royals had five consecutive wins against the Foxes, with a total goal difference of 12-4 in our favour.

Of course, our most famous game came on 25th March 2006, when we secured promotion to the Premier League. With results going our way, we could in fact have lost the game and still gone up, but Kevin Doyle earned us a point to further enhance what was a record-breaking campaign.

78 years without a win!
The first game between the sides was in 1927, and it took us until 2005 to finally register a win against Leicester! At the 12th attempt, Kevin Doyle and Brynjar Gunnarsson scored to give us a 2-0 win on 28th December 2005, which coincidentally was Shane Long's first ever appearance for the club.

Sir Les!
On 29th January 2005 we hosted Leicester in the FA Cup, and we have in fact never beaten City in any cup game. On this occasion, recent signing Les Ferdinand had perhaps the worst miss in Madejski Stadium history - but let's not forget just how great a career he had, and he did of course play for the Foxes earlier so is familiar to fans of both clubs.

Cup knockout
Our first ever tie was in 1927, when City won 1-0 at Elm Park in the FA Cup. This was something of an upset, because in the previous season we reached the semi-final, our best ever cup run to date.

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