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Only our fifth quarter final since 1871

15 February 2015

Royals make a little history

The Royals have made the quarter finals of this year's FA Cup and in doing so created a little bit of history.

Since the club was formed in 1871, coincidentally the first year the FA Cup was played, we have only reached the quarter finals four times before this weekend.

The first occasion was back in 1901, when we lost out to eventual winners Tottenham Hotspur.

In 1927 we had our best ever run, reaching the semi finals before again losing to the eventual winners, this time Cardiff City.

It took until 2010 for our next quarter final, and we raced into a 2-0 lead at home to Aston Villa, only to lose 4-2.

A year later Brian McDermott's team repeated the feat, and an injury-hit Reading team only lost 1-0 away at Man City - again the eventual winners.

And now Steve Clarke's side have made the last 8 thanks to a 2-1 win at Derby County this weekend.

In addition, in the fifth round stage Reading were the only team in the competition never to have reached the FA Cup final.

Clarke has a great record in the competition, having won it as a player and coach at Chelsea, as well as reaching the final as assistant manager at Liverpool.

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