A historical win over QPR
Ahead of QPR’s visit to Madejski Stadium on Thursday evening, we take look back on a memorable fixture between the two clubs 10 seasons ago.
On the 30th of April 2006 the Royals met Rangers in what would turn out to be Reading’s record securing game in a famous promotion season.
Amassing 106 points, Reading broke Sunderland’s league record of 105 points in a single season, a record that the Royals still hold to this day.
The Royals faithful were in a celebratory mood from the start at the Madejski stadium on the Sunday afternoon, knowing that the club was on the verge of history, having already secured promotion to the Premiership for the first time.
Reading seemed to be well on their on the way to achieving the goal, when Dave Kitson netted his 22nd of the season five minutes before the break. It was John Oster who cut the ball back for the prolific marksman finding him with a pass across the six-yard box for the striker to tap home.
With 18 minutes to play Rangers' 25-year-old veteran, Paul Furlong, looked to have nearly spoiled the party. The QPR man popped up in the box with a smart finish to level the scores at the Mad Stad and throw a spanner in the works for the home side.
However, it seemed nothing would stop the Royals in this, their most famous of all seasons, and when a penalty was awarded to Reading after a QPR handball on the 84th minute, the Champions had their chance.
Graeme Murty stepped up to take the kick, presenting him with the opportunity to score his first goal of the season and end his record of being the only regular outfield starter yet to score for Reading during the campaign.
The 31-year-old club captain slotted the spot kick away to take Reading to the landmark point’s total of 106, sparking wild celebration in the stands and from his team-mates.