A look at some of our victories over Charlton Athletic through the yearsWith the upcoming visit of Charlton Athletic to the Madejski this weekend, we look back at four memorable victories over the Addicks through the years.
Charlton first visited Elm Park back in April 1922, a meeting that took place in Division Three (South) with the visitors coming away 2-1 winners that day. Since then the clubs have met 38 times in League and Cup, the Royals winning on 14 occasions to Charlton's 13, with 11 draws between the two sides.
Reading 1-0 Charlton
3rd December 2013, Sky Bet Championship
In December 2013 the Royals met Charlton at the Madejski with one goal enough to separate the two sides on the day. The newly-relegated Royals were favourites heading into the game and the home side got off to a great start by taking the lead on the 13th minute. Billy Sharp found the net for the Royals on his full debut, putting Reading into what would turn out to be an unassailable 1-0 lead.
Charlton 0-1 Reading
5th April 2014, Sky Bet Championship
The clash later on that season at the Valley also happens to be our most recent victory over Charlton. The same score-line separated the sides in the Championship fixture, but this time a Danny Williams strike on the 74th minute was enough to give the Royals the points and hand them a five point cushion in sixth place. The result spelt trouble for the Addicks, who only sat two points above the drop-zone when the final whistle blew. Reading would go on to have a disappointing end to the campaign, eventually finishing 7th, a point outside the play-off places. Relegation-threatened Charlton would eventually manage to avoid the drop.
Reading 2-0 Charlton
18th November 2006, FA Barclays Premiership
Reading and Charlton’s only meeting at the Madejski in England’s top tier was a rather one-sided affair back in November 2006. The newly-promoted Royals, who had just ened a run of four straight defeats, were revitalised and in confident mood after a 3-1 win over Spurs the previous weekend. Their fortunes were in stark contrast to Charlton who sat bottom of the Premier League with only eight points on the board after 12 games. Steve Coppell’s men ran out comfortable winners on the day, with goals from Seol Ki-Hyeon and Kevin Doyle in front of 24,000 at the Mad Stad. It was the then-Charlton manager Les Reed’s first game in charge in an unhappy spell that would see him replaced just over a month later. 2006 was again a season of contrasting fortunes for the two clubs with Charlton eventually relegated after nearly 10 years in the top flight and the Royals going on to have their highest ever finish in the Premier League, ending the campaign in an impressive eighth.
Reading 2-1 Charlton
07 May 1995, Division 1
The last game of the regular League season in Division 1 was a meeting between the two clubs at Elm Park. Reading, who sat third in the League, were having a great season and with the Addicks mid-table many would have predicted a straightforward victory for the home side, however this turned out to be far from the case. Reading took an early lead in the sixth minute when Lee Nogan raced clear to chip the onrushing keeper. Charlton would not lie down and pressed for an equaliser. Despite several acrobatic saves from Royals keeper Shaka Hislop, the Addicks finally got the breakthrough on the 74th minute when Dean Chandler headed home. Just as it looked that the Royals would have to settle for a point centre-back Ady Williams came up from the back to head the winner from a last minute corner, handing the Royals all three points. Reading would go on to miss out on promotion that season by the skin of their teeth, losing a heartbreaking play-off final at Wembley 4-3 to Bolton Wanderers.
Can we take it to 15 wins against the Addicks when we meet at Madejski Stadium this Saturday? We kick off at 3pm; tickets are cheaper when bought in advance. Click here for full information.