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How history was made

21 January 2014

7-1 victory analysed

Saturday's thumping 7-1 win over Bolton was certainly an afternoon to remember, and with the help of RFC statistician Nigel 'Strap' Meek, we've taken a look at the victory in an historic context.

-The last time we scored seven goals was against Barnsley at Elm Park on 29th December 1979. 5,488 people saw Gary Heale and Pat Earles get two apiece, with Richie Bowman scoring a penalty; Ollie Kearns and Mike Kearney also on the scoresheet. Just a few weeks earlier we'd been thrashed 7-1 away to Chesterfield.

-Reading hadn't won in five games before that thrashing of Barnsley, so there was relief around Elm Park as we played our last match of the 70s in some style. But Tykes boss Allan Clarke was furious, and ordered his players to spend a day down a Yorkshire coal mine as a result! And TV star Michael Parkinson had come to the game as an opposition fan, but left the match before full time in disgust!

-Between that 1979 match and Saturday, we therefore went 1,798 games without scoring seven goals, which is the equivalent of watching Reading for three whole months, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week!

-At a rough estimate, since 1979 you'd have had to travel about 200,000 miles home and away to see us score seven goals.

-It was the first time we've ever scored seven goals at Madejski Stadium.

-Saturday was our 200th win at Madejski Stadium, from 396 games played, keeping our win percentage here at just above 50%.

-We've scored 642 goals at Madejski Stadium, at an average of 1.62 per game - so it would normally take us 388 minutes to score seven goals at home, but on Saturday it took just 66 minutes!

-Including Saturday's game, Hope Akpan has played in 12 League games undefeated this season.

-We haven't had a better first half since 1967.

-Only on three occasions have we enjoyed a better recorded first half: 5-0 vs Brighton in 1949, 5-1 vs Brentford in 1955 and 5-0 vs Aldershot in 1967.

-Adam Le Fondre scored the 115th hat-trick in Reading FC history, and our first since back in September 2008 when Kevin Doyle got three against Sheffield Wednesday.

-In total, we've had 140 hat-tricks or better: Arthur Bacon has our record with six goals in one game, while Ron Blackman scored four in a match on two separate occasions.

-It was the 11th time we've had five different scorers in one game.

-The last time we scored four goals in the first half, we sadly went on to lose! Arsenal were the victors of course, taking a 7-5 extra time win in the Capital One Cup.

-We had a very barren run between 1967 and 1990, when we only scored four first half goals once in that 23 year-gap.

-It was the 1,773rd win in our history, from a total of 4,377 games played. Our historic win percentage is therefore 40.5%.

-Le Fondre now has a hat-trick for every one of his clubs, scoring five trebles in total. On two of those occasions he's gone on to get four goals in a match.

-Ron Blackman has an incredible 11 hat-tricks for Reading, while Les Chappell and Trevor Senior each have seven. In total, 65 Reading players have scored a hat-trick for us.


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