Reading FC are an English professional football club, based in Reading that plays in the Championship. The club competed in the 2012–13 Premier League season, having gained promotion at the end of the 2011–12 season, after winning the Championship.
Reading are nicknamed The Royals, due to Reading’s location in the Royal County of Berkshire, though they were previously known as The Biscuitmen, due to the town’s association with Huntley & Palmers. Established in 1871, the club is one of the oldest teams in England, but did not join The Football League until 1920, and had never played in the top tier of English football league system before the 2006–07 season.
The club holds the record for the number of successive league wins at the start of a season, with a total of 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 with 106 points in the 2005–06 Football League Championship campaign. Reading finished eighth in their first ever season as a top flight club and remain in The Championship for the 2016/17 season after a mid-table finish.
The club played at Elm Park for 102 years until they moved to the new, state of the art Madejski Stadium in 1998, which was named after the club’s Chairman Sir John Madejski.
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Ground:Madejski Stadium (Capacity: 24,161)
Top Goal Scorer:Trevor Senior - 191 goals
Home Kit:Royal Blue and White hooped shirt, Royal Blue shorts and White socks
Away Kit:African Violet shirt, African Violet shorts and Purple socks
Mascot:Kingsley The Lion
Honours Championship / Football League Division 2
Winners: 2005-06, 2011-12 Runners-Up: 1994-95
League One / Football League Division 3
Winners: 1925-26, 1985-86, 1993-94 Runners-Up: 1931-32, 1934-35, 1948-49, 1951-52, 1994-95, 2001-02
League Two / Football League Division 4