New gear available to buy in-store and onlineWe are pleased to have recently launched the ‘R13’ range of club fanwear, which is available to buy in the Madejski Stadium Megastore and online at readingfcdirect.co.uk now.
The range is named in honour of the football club’s longstanding number 13 – the Royals fans!
It was a pre-season friendly at Madejski Stadium in 2001 that saw 21,874 fans turn out to see the Royals face a full-strength Tottenham Hotspur side. Due to the tremendous support from the fans throughout the tie, Alan Pardew decided to honour the Reading supporters in a unique way. With no player wishing to take the ‘unlucky’ 13 squad number, it was formally allocated to the fans. This was the first time a football club had honoured its supporters in such a way.
Check out our five new items in the R13 range below, each with its own story…
South Bank Polo
In 1913 Reading Football Club toured Italy and beat Genoa, AC Milan, Italian champions Pro Vercelli 6-0 and the full Italian national team 2-0. This prompted the leading Italian newspaper to write: "without doubt, Reading FC are the finest foreign team seen in Italy."
In 1983 a proposed merger between Reading Football Club & Oxford United FC to create Thames Valley Royals began. Both sets of supporters embarked on a series of demonstrations against the proposed merger and following a Reading board meeting on 12 May the Reading Evening Post jubilantly bannered the news across its front page on 13 May: "We've Won! Merger Off."
Reading’s highest ever score was recorded on January 13th 1897 in a friends against a representative side from the Reading Wednesday League. With the score 10-0 at half-time Reading didn't let up –the final score was 24-0.
Reading Football Club won their opening 13 league games of the 1985/86 season. This set a record for all divisions of the Football League which stands to this day.
An inspirational Reading FC player and captain during the 1990s was Phil Parkinson. With 13 letters in his name, he enjoyed the nicknames Parky, Psycho and Captain Marvel.