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📜 Here to help with a little homeschooling | Lesson Four: History

This is the first week back at homeschool for kids after the Easter 'holidays' and we want to lend some daily assistance this week by offering a Reading twist to your children's learning...

23 April 2020

The Easter holidays are over and it's back to school for the kids! Homeschooling continues to be fun, fascinating...but also challenging for young ones and parents alike.

So we're here to help with a few homeschooling activities this week.

Monday we tackled geography. Tuesday it was maths and yesterday we tackled foreign languages. And on the Royals curriculum on Thursday is history.

It feels like we are experiencing a little history in the making during this difficult period. And this is a good time to test your knowledge of what has gone before in relation to key moments in the club's long existence!

Answers are at the bottom if you want to scroll down a little further. See how you get on.


Question 1
Reading Football Club was founded in 1871. But who was the ruling Royal on the throne in England at the time?


Question 2
On 27th March, a motion was tabled in parliament by Labour MP Martin Salter. It read, "That this House congratulates Reading Football Club on securing promotion to the Premier League for the first time in its 135 year history in record breaking time which included a record run of 33 games without defeat; congratulates Club Chairman John Madejski, Manager Steve Coppell, Captain Graeme Murty and all the players and staff at Reading Football Club on their fantastic achievement; applauds the importance of the partnership between Reading Football Club and Reading Borough Council which helped deliver the Premiership quality Madejski Stadium vital for the Club's success; and looks forward to Reading FC achieving further success next season with victories against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea."

But which Prime Minister was in power at the time, presiding over the Houses of Parliament in March 2006?


Question 3
In 1988, Reading won at Wembley! The Simod Cup Final proved to be our greatest achievement for a number of years and winning at Wembley remains very special.

But which other teams won at Wembley that season, lifting the FA Cup and the League Cup in the 1987-88 season?


Question 4
The club have had a number of successful Americans in their ranks in recent years - Matt Miazga, Marcus Hahnemann, Bobby Convey, Danny Williams...

But which five players, who have pulled on the shirt for the Royals at Madejski Stadium, share their surnames with former US presidents (three in total)? This will take some research!


Question 5
The fastest goal in Premier League history was scored by a former Royal. Can you name him and who did he score it against?

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1) Queen Victoria

2) Tony Blair

3) Former Royal Lawrie Sanchez scored the winning goal for Liverpool in what was a famous FA Cup win over Liverpool that summer. And the team Reading beat in the Simod Cup Final, Luton Town, went on to lift the Littlewoods Cup in April of 1988, beating Arsenal.

4) Full-back Dan Harding shares his surname with Warren G Harding, the president in the early 1920s. Peter Grant who was a Royals regular in our second season at the Madejski shares his surname with Ulysses S Grant whose term ran between 1869-1877. And Jake, Stuart and Andrew Taylor all share their surname with 19th century president Zachary Taylor. Dan Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln) and Jonny Hayes (Rutherford Hayes) made the bench but never played for Reading at the Madejski.

5) Shane Long scored in less than 8 seconds against Watford for Southampton in April 2019.


Want more?

Education is one of our Community Trust's key pillars and our coaches have put together some worksheets and fun activities for children to take on during the COVID-19 lockdown!

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