Reading F.C.

Reading Football Club (/ˈrɛdɪŋ/ (listen) RED-ing) is a football club based in Reading, Berkshire, England. The team play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. The current manager is Veljko Paunović.[2]

Reading
Full nameReading Football Club
Nickname(s)The Royals,
The ‘Ding (unofficial),
The Biscuitmen (historic),
The Kennetsiders (historic)
Founded1871; 150 years ago (1871)
GroundSelect Car Leasing Stadium
Capacity24,161[1]
OwnerDai Yongge and Dai Xiuli (majority)
ManagerVeljko Paunović
LeagueEFL Championship
2020–21EFL Championship, 7th of 24
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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 and Palmers. Established in 1871, the club is one of the oldest teams in England, but did not join The Football League until 1920, and first played in the top tier of English football league system in the 2006–07 season. 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, but were relegated after just one season back in the top flight.

The club played at Elm Park for 102 years, from 1896 to 1998. In 1998, the club moved to the new Madejski Stadium, which is named after the club's former chairman Sir John Madejski.

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 the professional league season with 106 points in the 2005–06 Football League Championship campaign. Reading then finished eighth in the 2006–07 Premier League, their first-ever season as a top-flight club.

During the 2014–15 FA Cup, the club reached the semi-finals, and reached the quarter finals the season after. They also reached the championship playoff final in the 2016–17 EFL Championship season.