A look back at past victories over Huddersfield TownWith the visit of 16th-placed Huddersfield to Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening, we look back at some memorable victories over the Terriers.
The Royals lost both Sky Bet Championship meetings against Huddersfield last season, but did knock the West Yorkshire club out of the FA Cup in January on the way to Wembley. There have been some tight scorelines over the years between the two sides with victories often determined by a single goal.
The first time the two sides met was back on the 25th October 1975 in the old Division 4, Reading running out 2-0 winners at Elm Park. Gordon Cummings and Bruce Stuckey were the scorers for the Royals that day, and Reading went on to finish a respectable 3rd in the table with Huddersfield finishing two place behind in 5th. But we reflect on some more recent meetings...
Huddersfield 0-1 Reading
FA Cup third round
3rd January 2015
The Royals visited West Yorkshire looking to book their place in the FA Cup fourth round but found the Terriers stiff opposition on the day. A tight game was decided by a second half Nick Blackman strike that was set up by Hal Robson-Kanu. The effort was the game’s only shot on target from both sides but the tense affair was made easier for the Royals late on when Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg was sent off for a second bookable offence. Though not the most enthralling of cup ties, the win was the first victory in an impressive cup run for the Royals, who made it all the way to Wembley, before losing in a semi-final cup classic to eventual winners Arsenal.
Reading 1-0 Huddersfield
Carling Cup third round
28th October 2003
Reading welcomed Division Three Huddersfield to Madejski Stadium in what seemed to be a straightforward fixture for the Royals. Huddersfield however made it far from easy for Reading and despite the visiting 'keeper Ian Gray being the busier of the two shot stoppers, the Terriers forced several chances of their own. Jon Stead came close for the visitors in the second half, and Andy Booth also gave the Royals a scare when he blazed his shot just wide minutes later. It wasn’t until the 83rd minute that Reading made the breakthrough, Nicky Forster finding the back of the net and continuing his scoring run in the competition, having scored in the two previous rounds.
Reading 1-0 Huddersfield
Nationwide Division Two
18th August 2001
The meeting early on in the Division Two season was another tight affair between the teams but this time it was an early goal that separated the sides. Nicky Forster’s 8th-minute strike was enough to give Reading the points. What was memorable about this clash however was the season that both clubs went on to enjoy. Whilst Huddersfield fought their way to 6th and a play-off semi-final, eventually being knocked out 2-1 over two legs by Brentford, the Royals earned automatic promotion to Division One. After a good start, Reading went on to finish second amassing an impressive 84 points along the way.
Reading 4-1 Huddersfield
Nationwide Division One
28th January 1997
Four years previously, the two sides met at Elm Park in the ground’s penultimate season. The Division One was clash an open affair and a match to remember for Royals fans. It was Huddersfield that made the better start on the day though, when after nine minutes Andy Payton put the Terriers into the lead, but this was as good as it got for the visitors. The Royals reacted quickly to falling behind and four minutes later the scores were level courtesy of Trevor Morley. After a further two minutes the scoreline had been turned on its head, when Reading took a 2-1 lead through Keith McPherson.
At this point it was clear the Royals were getting into their stride and despite Huddersfield making efforts to get back into the game, on the half hour mark Reading struck their third of the match. It was Barry Hunter who this time found the back of the Huddersfield net, giving Reading a commanding lead. Despite having a two goal cushion the home side did not rest on their laurels in the second half with Stuart Lovell completing the 4-1 drumming when he scored on the 82nd minute, putting the result beyond doubt and sending Elm Park faithful home happy.
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