Reading FC's nickname is The Royals due to the club's location being the Royal County of Berkshire, but they were also known as The Biscuitmen. The 2020/2021 season will mark the 150th Reading birthday, as the side is one of the oldest clubs in England. Named after Sir John Madejski, former chairman, the Madejski Stadium is the team’s home ground.
It was just recently that Reading made its debut in the top-flight. In 2006 manager Steve Coppell won the Championship with 106 points, and the Royals entered the top tier of English football. During their first season, they had an impressive run, ranking 8. The club would've even qualified for Europa League playtime if it had made just a single point more. This achievement won Steve Coppell, the Manager of the Year Award, which can also be considered as Reading's most significant silverware.
Reading FC Transfers
Shane Long from Cork City for £75,000 in 2005 – Long was signed to Cork City on a scholarship in 2004 by the then boss Pat Dolan. Later Dolan lost his job and his successor Damien Richardson awarded Long with his League of Ireland debut. However, the youngster was given just a single opportunity to play during his stay at Cork City. Pat Dolan played a crucial role in Long's move to The Royals. Dolan's brother Eamonn who is also a football coach, was Reading's manager in 2005 and, following his brother's advice, signed Long. This transfer ended up working out magnificently for the English side. The forward made 11 appearances in his first Reading season, and although he wasn't the main figure responsible for the club's first-ever promotion to the Premier League, he contributed to the cause. Long later became a regular starter, and after scoring 21 times in 44 games in 2011, he was bought by West Brom for £5.1 Million in 2011.
Gylfi Sigurdsson from Breidablik on a free transfer in 2005 – The Royals attracted Sigurdsson from Iceland side Breidablik while she was still a teenager. Following two half-season loan spells in 2008/2009, the midfielder started playing regularly for the English club in 2009/2010. He concluded this season with a total of 20 goals in 44 matches and was named Reading's Player of the Year. His impressive display earned him a move to the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim for £5.20 Million in 2010. Sigurdsson later played for Tottenham, Swansea, and mainly Everton.
Greame Murty from York City for £1 Million in 1998 – The defender's career started out with Middlesbrough's youth academy and York City's senior squad. Prior to joining Reading, Murty had played in 5 seasons for York, being an important figure in the line-up. In 1998 the sides agreed on a £1 Million deal, which was the most significant transfer in both clubs' history. Murty spent most of his playing career with The Royals and was part of the squad that managed Premier League promotion. Making 339 appearances in 11 years with Reading, he later joined Southampton on a free transfer only to play in 6 matches before announcing his retirement.
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