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Vital QPR takes a look at Championship side Reading

FACTS & FIGURES

Founded: 1871

Nickname: The Royals

Ground: Madejski Stadium (22,224)

Manager: Brian McDermott

SELECTED HONOURS

Football League Championship - Winners: 2006
Football League Division One - Runners Up: 1995

Football League Division Two - Winners: 1994
Football League Division Two - Runners Up: 2002

Football League Third Division - Winners: 1986
Football League Third Division (South) - Winners: 1926

RECORDS

Record Attendance: 33,042 v Brentford (FA Cup, 1927) At Elm Park

Record league victory: 10-2 v Crystal Palace (Third Division, 1946)

Record league defeat 0-18 v Preston North End (FA Cup, 1894)

Record Buy: 2,500,000 - Emerse Fae from Nantes

Record Sale: 6,500,000 - Kevin Doyle to Wolverhampton Wanderers

Record Appearances: Martin Hicks - 500 - 1978-1991

Record Goals: Ronnie Blackman - 158 - 1947-1954

PREVIEW

Reading had the season of two halves last time out, with Brendan Rodgers proving a dramatic flop in attempting to succeed Steve Coppell, attempting to change the Royals style of play.

In Brian McDermott Reading had a caretaker that hit the ground running, and reverted back to Coppell's familiar and more effective style of play of no-frills 'winning football'.

The cup victory over Liverpool will live long in the memory for Royals fans, and now they must take the same gusto and vigour into the new campaign and maintain their form.

Prediction: 7

If Reading were to maintain the same level of form and style of play it's quite possible that they will be in the fight for the playoffs, despite a perceived lack of investment.

It may well depend on how much longer John Madejski continues to supply the squad with money, but there is a very real chance that if he does - the Royals will be there and there abouts.

The form of Jimmy Kebe and Jobi McAnuff will be key and they are two talents that Reading must keep if they are to challenge.




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Date:Thursday August 5 2010

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