Matches against Reading F.C.
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Reading Football Club is a professional football club based in the town of Reading, Berkshire. Formed in 1871, the club is one of the oldest teams in England, but did not join the Football League until 1920, and never played in the top tier of English football until the 2006-07 season. The club holds the record for the number of successive league wins at the start of a season (13 wins at the start of the 1985–86 Third Division campaign) and also the record for the number of points gained in a professional league season (106 points in the 2005-06 Football League Championship campaign). Reading finished champions of their division on both of these occasions. Since 1998 they have played at the Madejski Stadium which is named after the club's chairman Sir John Madejski, on the outskirts of Reading. Prior to this they played at Elm Park for 102 years.
Due to Reading not playing in the top flight until 2006, games against Chelsea have been limited, with a series of matches in the Second Division in the 1920s the only prior league meetings. In the cups, the clubs have only faced each other in the FA Cup on one occasion, in 1921, in addition to two League Cup ties, with Chelsea prevailing on all three occasions. Notable encounters include a bad tempered clash in October 2006, in which two players were sent off and Chelsea lost two goalkeepers to injury. Players who have played for both clubs include Kerry Dixon, Michael Duberry, Ryan Bertrand and Paul Canoville. Ted Drake managed both clubs and Roy Bentley managed Reading in the 1960s.
Statistics correct as of 31 January 2013