- Reading F.C. season 2008-09
Infobox Football club season
club = Reading F.C.
season = 2008–09
mgrtitle = Manager
chrtitle = Chairman
Football League Championship
league result =
cup1 result =
Football League Cup
cup2 result = Third Round
league topscorer =
season topscorer =
highest attendance = 20,441
lowest attendance = 18,159
Reading Football Club began the 2008–09 season in the
Football League Championship, having been relegated on the final day of the 2007–08 Premier Leagueseason.
Review and events
Reading opened their pre-season with an away game against Didcot Town, winning 9-0, [cite news | date=
2008-07-15| url=http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1343086,00.html | title=Royals hit nine to sink Didcot | work=readingfc.co.uk | accessdate=2008-08-05] with nine different scorers, including a fan who won the opportunity to play at a charity auction. After further away wins at Forest Green Rovers (2-0), [cite news | date= 2008-07-16| url=http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1344746,00.html | title=Royals edge out Forest Green | work=readingfc.co.uk | accessdate=2008-08-05] Havant & Waterlooville (1-0) [cite news | date= 2008-07-16| url=http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1345538,00.html | title=Royals edge past gutsy Havant | work=readingfc.co.uk | accessdate=2008-08-05] and MK Dons (2-1), [cite news | date= 2008-07-19| url=http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1347203,00.html | title=Royals see off MK Dons | work=readingfc.co.uk | accessdate=2008-08-05] Reading went on a three-game friendly tour of Sweden, winning their three games against FC Trollhättan(4-1) [cite news | date= 2008-07-25| url=http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1350646,00.html | title=Lita scores four in friendly win | work=readingfc.co.uk | accessdate=2008-08-05] in which Leroy Litascored all four, against Lerkils IF(1-0) [cite news | date= 2008-07-26| url=http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1351841,00.html | title=Long goal sees off Lerkils | work=readingfc.co.uk | accessdate=2008-08-05] and against Halmstads BK(3-1) [cite news | date= 2008-07-30| url=http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1353804,00.html | title=Royals see off Halmstads 3-1 | work=readingfc.co.uk | accessdate=2008-08-05] in which new signing Noel Huntscored for the first time, ultimately scoring two. Reading's last friendly, and only home friendly, was against Aston Villa, and finished 1-1. [cite news | date= 2008-08-04| url=http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1356996,00.html | title=Karacan nets in Villa draw | work=readingfc.co.uk | accessdate=2008-08-05] It was Reading's only pre-season game that they did not win.
Reading's league campaign began with a 0-0 draw at promoted Nottingham Forest. In a game of few chances,
Kevin Doylecame closest for the Royals, glancing a header goalwards from a Stephen Hunt cross, that Forest goalkeeper Paul Smith did well to tip on to the crossbar.
Two days later, the Royals enjoyed their first victory of the season, as a late
Noel Huntgoal, on his competitive debut for Reading, secured a 2-1 victory at Dagenham and Redbridge in the 1st round of the League Cup. James Henry had opened the scoring for Reading in the first half, with his first goal for the club, tapping home after Shane Longhad beaten the Dagenham goalkeeper to a cross.
Reading's first home league match followed on
16 August, a game the Royals deservedly won 2-0, Ibrahima Sonkocrashing home two headers, one in each half, both from Stephen Hunt corners.
A week later, the Royals lost a thrilling game 2 - 4 against
Charlton Athletic. Matt Hollandand Andy Gray's penalty gave the Addicks a 2 - 0 lead but Ibrahima Sonkokept up his scoring form with a thumping header before half-time. Stephen Hunt's retaken penalty completed the comeback for Reading, but further goals for Luke Varneyand Hameur Bouazzagave Charlton all three points.
The Royals returned to the Madesjki on
26 Augustwith a thumping 5 - 1 victory over Luton Townin the Carling Cup2nd Round. Noel Huntopened the scoring after nodding in brother Stephen Hunt's cross. Soon later it was the other way around, Noel Huntsliding in a cross and Stephen Huntslotted home. Alex Pearce, Jem Karacanand James Henryall got their first goals for the club. A consolation for Luton Townwas scored by Ryan Charles.
1Stoke City won 4-3 on penalties and advanced to the fourth round.
"Last updated: 22:46, 30 September 2008 (UTC)"
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