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2007–08 Reading F.C. season

Reading
2007–08 season
Chairman John Madejski
Manager Steve Coppell
Stadium Madejski Stadium
Premier League 18th (relegated)
FA Cup Third Round
League Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: Kitson (10)
All: Kitson (10)
Highest home attendance 24,135 (19 January vs Manchester United)
Lowest home attendance 21,379 (22 September vs Wigan Athletic)

Reading Football Club played the season 2007–08 in the Premier League; only the second top flight campaign in the club's history. The team suffered an extremely poor run of form in January and February 2008, losing a club record 8 league games in a row, and the club were relegated on the final day of the season after Fulham's victory at Portsmouth saw Reading finish in 18th place.

Review and events

Pre-season

Reading travelled to South Korea to play in the 2007 Peace Cup. Reading lost to River Plate,[1] won against Lyon[2] and Shimizu S-Pulse,[3] and came second in Group B on goal difference.

In Didcot, a Reading XI won 2-0,[4] followed by a 6-1 hammering of Brentford.[5] Reading went away to Brighton & Hove Albion and won 3-1,[6] then a Reading XI drew 1-1 at a rescheduled game at Tooting & Mitcham United.[7] Reading's final pre-season game was against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, which Reading won 3-2.[8]

August

A tough start to the Premier League season saw Reading travel to Old Trafford, to play Manchester United. Reading secured a creditable 0-0 draw, despite losing Dave Kitson to a red card just seconds after the player had entered the game as a substitute; Kitson was dismissed for a lunge on Patrice Evra.[9]

Reading's first home game of the season was a midweek fixture with reigning Premier League champions Chelsea. Reading dominated the first half, and led at half-time through André Bikey's first goal for the club, smashed home after Petr Čech and Steve Sidwell collided in the Chelsea penalty area. Chelsea scored two quick goals, however, in the second half, to win the game 2-1, and Reading again had a player sent off, Kalifa Cissé, this time for two yellow cards.[10]

The following Saturday, Reading gained a badly needed win against Everton. Stephen Hunt converted from a looping throw-in in the first-half, and Reading secured a 1-0 victory.[11] In their final league fixture of the month, an injury-hit Reading, without Nicky Shorey and Graeme Murty in defence, lost 3-0 at Bolton Wanderers.[12]

On 28 August, Reading began their League Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory away to League One Swansea City. Reading again played some of the match with only 10 men, after Sam Sodje was red-carded in the 58th minute, but Leroy Lita struck the winning goal in extra-time, converting a Dave Kitson cross.[13]

September

Reading fans could have been forgiven for expecting a victory from the opening league fixture in the month at home to West Ham United, having won last season's corresponding fixture 6-0. Two goals from Matthew Etherington, however, helped West Ham to a 3-0 victory, as Reading's defence continued to struggle.[14] Another defeat followed at newly promoted Sunderland, Dave Kitson scoring a late consolation from a Nicky Shorey cross, as Sunderland won 2-1.[15]

Reading returned to winning ways on 22 September, and moved out of the relegation places with a 2-1 home victory over Wigan Athletic, Dave Kitson becoming the first Royal to score multiple times in the season, and James Harper with a late winner.[16] The next league match was an away loss to Portsmouth in an 11 goal thriller, the highest goal scoring game in the history of the Premier League to date.[17] While the two sides were equal at 2-2 early in the second half, Pompey went on to a decisive 7-4 victory. Benjani Mwaruwari scored a hat trick for the home squad in this wild match, which included a missed penalty by Nicky Shorey and scoring by Dave Kitson, Liam Rosinor, Shane Long and Nicky Shorey (later given as a Sol Campbell own goal).[18]

Again, Reading played one cup fixture in the month. Despite a spirited showing by a number of reserves, they lost 4-2 to Liverpool at home in the Carling Cup third round, with Fernando Torres scoring a hat trick.[19] John Halls and Bobby Convey scored Reading's goals.

October

Reading began the month with a home game against Derby County on 7 October. In what proved to be a scrappy affair Reading came out with a 1-0 victory through a Kevin Doyle goal; Derby did not manage a shot on target the whole game.[20]

Next followed an away game against Blackburn Rovers on 20 October after the international break, Reading's defensive frailties away from home showed once again as they went down 4-2, Kevin Doyle netted twice after coming on as a substitute while Benni McCarthy scored twice with Roque Santa Cruz and Tugay Kerimoğlu getting the other two goals for Blackburn.[21]

Reading finished October with a home game against Newcastle United, Reading took the lead courtesy of a 53rd minute Dave Kitson goal but a clumsy Michael Duberry own goal in the 76th minute looked to have rescued a point for the Magpies, however a moment of tactical brilliance by Steve Coppell resulted in the winning goal. Shane Long was brought on in the 84th minute to promptly score the winning goal on his second touch of the ball.[22]

November

Following victory over Newcastle United, Reading travelled to Craven Cottage with hopes of a second consecutive league win for the first time in the season. A laboured performance, however, saw Fulham win the game 3-1, after Kevin Doyle's second-half equaliser had put the Royals back in it.[23]

On 12 November, Reading hosted unbeaten Arsenal under the Madejski Stadium floodlights, and were soundly beaten 3-1, Nicky Shorey slotting home a late consolation after substitute Shane Long had headed against the bar. The result ended a run of three consecutive home victories, and cemented the five-point gap in the table between Newcastle in 11th (on 18 points), and Reading in 12th (on 13 points).[24]

Reading rounded up November with an away trip to Manchester City, many saw this game as a certain victory for the home team considering both City's home record and Reading's away record. City took the lead thanks to an 11th minute goal by Martin Petrov only to be cancelled out just before half time by a well struck James Harper goal in the 43rd minute. Reading looked set to earn a hard-fought point but their hopes were dashed by a 94th minute Stephen Ireland strike. This result was Reading's sixth consecutive away defeat as they remained winless on the road.[25]

December

The month of December saw an improvement for Reading. They met Middlesbrough at home on 1 December; after an entirely forgettable first half, Dave Kitson gave Reading the lead, superbly lobbing Ross Turnbull. But with seven minutes remaining, Middlesbrough's Tuncay Şanlı headed home Luke Young's cross for his first goal for Boro. The game concluded with a 1-1 draw which is what Reading required to stay out of the relegation zone.[26]

8 December saw an impressive and unexpected win for Reading over Liverpool. With a controversial penalty after Jamie Carragher fouled Brynjar Gunnarsson in the corner of the box, Stephen Hunt put the ball into the back of the goal, with Pepe Reina not standing a chance. Steven Gerrard eventually equalised after many failed Liverpool attacks before and after from Fernando Torres. A free kick was eventually awarded to Reading following an unsuccessful tackle by Gerrard, which Nicky Shorey floated into the area, and Kevin Doyle headed in. James Harper scored a fine third and Reading, with the help of the post, kept the Reds at bay for the remainder of the match.[27]

Following a 1-1 draw away to Birmingham City, in which Stephen Hunt earned Reading a point with his second goal from the penalty spot in two games,[28] Reading scraped a controversial victory over Sunderland at the Madejski Stadium. Leading through an Ívar Ingimarsson goal, Reading conceded a penalty when Ibrahima Sonko appeared to trip Kenwyne Jones. In the final minute, Stephen Hunt poked a Shane Long cross towards goal, and Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon appeared to palm the ball away. The assistant referee gave a goal, however, and Reading celebrated a 2-1 victory.[29]

On Boxing Day, Reading travelled to West Ham, leaving Upton Park with a creditable 1-1 draw, Dave Kitson equalising Nolberto Solano's opener after Brynjar Gunnarsson had been sent off for a two-footed challenge on West Ham's Hayden Mullins.[30]

Reading's final game of 2007 was against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, where the teams threatened to eclipse the 11 goals in Reading's match at Portsmouth earlier in the season. Tottenham won the match 6-4, although Reading led three times in the second half, with goals from Kalifa Cissé and Ívar Ingimarsson and two from Dave Kitson. Tottenham controversially regained the lead after Jermain Defoe headed home Robbie Keane's saved penalty, Defoe having been two yards inside the penalty area when the kick was taken.[31]

January

2008 started badly for Reading as Ibrahima Sonko was sent off after only four minutes of a home match against Portsmouth on 1 January, for fouling Benjani Mwaruwari in the penalty area. Niko Kranjčar missed the resultant penalty, but Sol Campbell bundled the ball over the line a few minutes later after a mistake from Marcus Hahnemann. Reading failed to make much impact against Portsmouth after that, and the extra work-rate required due to being a man down showed in the second half when John Utaka outpaced Nicky Shorey for a second goal after 66 minutes to give the visitors a 2–0 victory.[32]

Just a week after losing 6–4 to Tottenham Hotspur in the league, Reading had an opportunity to give a better account of themselves in a FA Cup Third Round match at White Hart Lane. Fielding effectively a reserve team, Reading earned a replay at Madejski Stadium through a 2–2 draw and another two goals for Stephen Hunt.[33]

Reading returned to league action at Villa Park, and despite an injury to Michael Duberry, and the absence of Ibrahima Sonko and André Bikey to the African Cup of Nations, Steve Coppell opted to play Brynjar Gunnarsson in defence in first half, and Kalifa Cissé in the second half, despite the availability of reserves team captain Alex Pearce. Reading fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Villa, James Harper scoring a late consolation goal for the Royals.[34]

Soon Reading played Tottenham Hotspur again in the 3rd Round Replay at home. Robbie Keane scored the only goal as Tottenham Hotspur went to win 1-0 and go into the hat in the 4th Round Draw.

Next Reading played Manchester United at the Madejski Stadium, despite a spirited performance Man U broke the deadlock on 77 minutes with a goal from Wayne Rooney, then in injury time Ronaldo wrapped up the points condemning Reading to their 5th straight defeat.

Reading then played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea dominated the match and took a deserved 1-0 lead curtosey of a 33rd minute goal from Michael Ballack, despite numerous chances that proved to be the final score.

February

February started miserably for the Royals. First, they lost against fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers at home 0-2 with the goals coming from Dave Kitson and Kevin Nolan. After a seventh straight Premiership loss to Everton, Reading dropped into the relegation zone.

Reading went to Everton trying to get a win. Everton proved too strong and beat Reading 1-0 through a Phil Jagielka goal just after the hour mark.

Reading's next game was at home to Aston Villa. Shorey scored their first goal for five matches in the 90th minute for the Royals, but it was all to late as Villa had scored 2 goals earlier on in the match through Ashley Young and Marlon Harewood and so Reading lost 2-1.

March

March started well for Reading, taking a complete turn around. Their first match was against Middlesbrough at the Riverside. The match was a hard fought battle and looked set to be a draw. However in injury time, James Harper scored the winner, making the final score 1-0. This match moved them out of the relegation zone and into 14th place.

Reading beat Manchester City 2-0, at home, to make it 6 points out of 6. Shane Long and substitute Dave Kitson scored for Reading.

Reading soon went to Liverpool. Reading went 1-0 up after a screamer from Marek Matejovsky. Liverpool won the game 2-1 in the end. In their next game, Reading beat Birmingham 2-1, as Bikey scored both goals for Reading, making Mauro Zarate's equaliser trivial. Reading drew against Blackburn in their final game in March, Marek Matejovsky being controversially sent off for two yellow cards.

April

Reading went to St. James' Park to play Newcastle United in the league. The Royals were beaten 3-0 with goals from: Obafemi Martins (18), Michael Owen (43) and Mark Viduka (57). This was only the start of a bad month for the Royals. Reading played fellow relegation rivals, Fulham at home. 24,221 fans saw a 2-0 defeat as Brian McBride scored within 25 minutes. The Royals' day was over when Fulham sub, Erik Nevland, scored a 90th minute goal to see the Reading's hopes of staying up getting harder by the game.

Arsenal away was next. The Royals were not on form on the road and it showed. Reading lost 2-0 to the Gunners, Emmanuel Adebayor (30) and Gilberto Silva scored. Wigan Athletic, away, was next up for the Royals. The 0-0 draw was a fair result for these sides. If Reading lost their next game they could have been in the drop zone.

May

Reading's goal drought continued into May, as the club slipped into the relegation places following a 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham. Robbie Keane's first half goal was enough to seal all three points for Tottenham, for whom Radek Černý made an important late save from a Liam Rosenior shot.

Reading were relegated to the Championship on the final day of the season, despite securing a 4-0 victory away to Derby. Reading's strikers found their form a little too late, as Dave Kitson, Kevin Doyle and Leroy Lita all added to James Harper's first-half goal. Fulham beat Portsmouth in their final game of the season to condemn Reading to relegation. Reading's fate was confirmed when Portsmouth lost to Fulham 1-0.

Squad

First-team squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Marcus Hahnemann
2 Scotland DF Graeme Murty[note 1]
3 England DF Nicky Shorey
4 Mali MF Kalifa Cissé[note 2]
5 Senegal DF Ibrahima Sonko
6 Iceland MF Brynjar Gunnarsson
7 England MF Glen Little
8 England FW Leroy Lita
9 Republic of Ireland FW Kevin Doyle
10 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Hunt
11 Wales MF John Oster[note 3]
12 England FW Dave Kitson
14 England DF John Halls
15 England MF James Harper
16 Iceland DF Ívar Ingimarsson
17 United States MF Bobby Convey
No. Position Player
18 Nigeria DF Sam Sodje[note 4]
19 England DF Liam Rosenior
20 Ivory Coast MF Emerse Faé[note 5]
21 Republic of Ireland GK Graham Stack[note 6]
22 Cameroon DF André Bikey
23 Ecuador DF Ulises de la Cruz
24 Republic of Ireland FW Shane Long
25 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Bennett
28 Czech Republic MF Marek Matějovský
29 England DF Michael Duberry
30 Mali MF Jimmy Kébé[note 7]
32 Australia GK Adam Federici
33 England DF Scott Golbourne
34 England MF James Henry
35 Republic of Ireland DF Alex Pearce[note 8]
47 Hungary DF Péter Máté

Reserve/Academy squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26 Kenya DF Curtis Osano
27 England DF Aaron Brown
36 Denmark GK Mikkel Andersen
37 Wales MF Hal Robson-Kanu
38 England DF Adam Bygrave
39 Wales FW Simon Church
No. Position Player
40 Turkey MF Jem Karacan
41 England GK Ben Hamer
42 Australia MF Oliver Bozanic
43 Iceland FW Viktor Illugason
44 Republic of Ireland MF Scott Davies

Left club during season

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
19 South Korea MF Seol Ki-Hyeon (to Fulham)
No. Position Player
31 England FW Simon Cox (to Swindon Town)

Transfers

In

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee
16 May 2007 DM Mali Kalifa Cissé Portugal Boavista €1,000,000[35][36]
2 August 2007 DM Ivory Coast Emerse Faé France Nantes £2,500,000[37]
31 August 2007 DF England Liam Rosenior Fulham Undisclosed[38]
12 December 2007 DF Bulgaria Radoslav Vasilev Bulgaria Slavia Sofia Undisclosed[39]
7 January 2008 MF Czech Republic Marek Matějovský Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav Undisclosed[40]
28 January 2008 MF Mali Jimmy Kébé France Lens Undisclosed[40]

Out

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee
31 August 2007 MF South Korea Seol Ki-Hyeon Fulham Undisclosed[41]
31 January 2008 FW England Simon Cox Swindon Town Undisclosed[42]

Loans out

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name To
Season-long loan[43] DF Nigeria Sam Sodje Charlton Athletic
Season-long loan[44][45][46] GK Republic of Ireland Graham Stack Wolverhampton Wanderers
31 July 2007 January 2008[47] DF Republic of Ireland Alan Bennett Southampton
Season-long loan[48] DF Kenya Curtis Osano Rushden & Diamonds
31 August 2007 January 2008[49] FW England Simon Cox Swindon Town
11 August 2007 14 October 2007[50][51] GK England Ben Hamer Brentford
24 July 2007 Season-long loan[52] MF Republic of Ireland Scott Davies Aldershot Town
18 October 2007 6 January 2008[53][54] MF Turkey Jem Karacan[note 9] Bournemouth
19 October 2007 19 January 2008[55][56] FW Wales Simon Church[note 10] Crewe Alexandra
[57] DF England John Halls Preston North End
2 November 2007 3 January 2008[58][59] MF England James Henry Bournemouth
2 November 2007 3 January 2008[60][61] DF Scotland Alex Pearce Bournemouth
November 2007 12 January 2008[62][63] DF England Scott Golbourne Bournemouth
20 November 2007
[64][65][66][67][68]
22 April 2008 DF England Adam Bygrave Gillingham
1 January 2008 End of season[69][70] GK England Ben Hamer Brentford
[71] DF England John Halls Crystal Palace
29 January 2008 End of season[72] FW Wales Simon Church[note 10] Yeovil Town
30 January 2008 End of season[73] FW England Hal Robson-Kanu[note 11] Southend United
31 January 2008[74] 17 March 2008[75] MF England James Henry Norwich City
31 January 2008 End of season[76] DF Scotland Alex Pearce Norwich City
5 March 2008[77] 19 April 2008[78][79] FW England Leroy Lita Charlton Athletic
7 March 2008 End of Season[80] DF Republic of Ireland Alan Bennett Brentford
20 March 2008 End of Season[81][82] MF Turkey Jem Karacan Millwall
27 March 2008 End of Season[83] DF England Aaron Brown Walsall

Released

Date Position Nationality Name Joined Date
16 May 2008[84] DF England Aaron Brown Yeovil Town 11 August 2008[85]
16 May 2008[84] DF England Adam Bygrave Weymouth 25 May 2008[86]
16 May 2008[84] DF Ecuador Ulises de la Cruz Birmingham City 3 March 2009
16 May 2008[84] DF England John Halls Brentford 25 September 2008
16 May 2008[84] MF Wales John Oster Crystal Palace 11 August 2008
16 May 2008[84] GK Republic of Ireland Graham Stack Plymouth Argyle 18 July 2008[87]
3 July 2008 DF Kenya Curtis Osano Rushden & Diamonds July 2008[88]

Competitions

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 18th 12 August 2007 11 May 2008
Football League Cup 28 August 2007 25 September 2007
FA Cup 3R 5 January 2008 15 January 2008

Source: Competitions

Premiership

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 10 6 22 41 66 −25 36 8 2 9 19 25 −6 2 4 13 22 41 −19

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A
Result
Position

Source: [ ]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Fixtures and results

Table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 27 6 5 80 22 +58 87 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Chelsea 38 25 10 3 65 26 +39 85
3 Arsenal 38 24 11 3 74 31 +43 83 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Liverpool 38 21 13 4 67 28 +39 76
5 Everton 38 19 8 11 55 33 +22 65 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round
6 Aston Villa 38 16 12 10 71 51 +20 60 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
7 Blackburn Rovers 38 15 13 10 50 48 +2 58
8 Portsmouth 38 16 9 13 48 40 +8 57 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round 1
9 Manchester City 38 15 10 13 45 53 −8 55 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round 2
10 West Ham United 38 13 10 15 42 50 −8 49
11 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 13 14 66 61 +5 46 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round 3
12 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 45 65 −20 43
13 Middlesbrough 38 10 12 16 43 53 −10 42
14 Wigan Athletic 38 10 10 18 34 51 −17 40
15 Sunderland 38 11 6 21 36 59 −23 39
16 Bolton Wanderers 38 9 10 19 36 54 −18 37
17 Fulham 38 8 12 18 38 60 −22 36
18 Reading (R) 38 10 6 22 41 66 −25 36 Relegation to 2008–09 Football League Championship
19 Birmingham City (R) 38 8 11 19 46 62 −16 35
20 Derby County (R) 38 1 8 29 20 89 −69 11

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 via 2007–08 FA Cup
2 via UEFA Fair Play ranking (0.8 of a point ahead of Fulham)
3 via 2007–08 Football League Cup
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Competition
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

FA Cup

Main article: 2007–08 FA Cup

Football League Cup

Player details

Appearances

No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 United States Marcus Hahnemann 38 0 38 0 0 0 0 0
2 Scotland Graeme Murty 28 0 28 0 0 0 0 0
3 England Nicky Shorey 38 2 36 2 1 0 1 0
4 Mali Kalifa Cissé 25 1 11+11 1 2 0 1 0
5 Senegal Ibrahima Sonko 16 0 15+1 0 0 0 0 0
6 Iceland Brynjar Gunnarsson 20 0 18+2 0 0 0 0 0
7 England Glen Little 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
8 England Leroy Lita 18 2 10+4 1 2 0 2 1
9 Republic of Ireland Kevin Doyle 36 6 34+2 6 0 0 0 0
10 Republic of Ireland Stephen Hunt 40 6 37 4 2 2 1 0
11 Wales John Oster 18 0 12+6 0 0 0 0 0
12 England Dave Kitson 36 10 34 10 0 0 2 0
14 England John Halls 3 1 0+1 0 0 0 2 1
15 England James Harper 41 6 38 6 1 0 2 0
16 Iceland Ívar Ingimarsson 35 2 33+1 2 1 0 0 0
17 United States Bobby Convey 24 1 12+8 0 2 0 2 1
18 Nigeria Sam Sodje 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
19 England Liam Rosenior 19 1 15+2 1 2 0 0 0
20 Ivory Coast Emerse Faé 11 0 3+5 0 1 0 2 0
22 Cameroon André Bikey 24 3 14+8 3 1 0 1 0
23 Ecuador Ulises de la Cruz 10 0 6 0 2 0 2 0
24 Republic of Ireland Shane Long 32 3 29 3 2 0 1 0
28 Czech Republic Marek Matějovský 14 1 14 1 0 0 0 0
29 England Michael Duberry 16 0 13 0 1 0 2 0
30 Mali Jimmy Kébé 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
32 Australia Adam Federici 4 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
33 England Scott Golbourne 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
34 England James Henry 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
35 England Alex Pearce 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
Players who appeared for Reading no longer at the club:
19 South Korea Seol Ki-Hyeon 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
31 England Simon Cox 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0

Starting 11

No.
Pos
Nat
Name
MS Notes
1 GK  USA Marcus Hahnemann 38
2 RB  SCO Graeme Murty 28
16 CB  ISL Ívar Ingimarsson 34
22 CB  CMR André Bikey 16
3 LB  ENG Nicky Shorey 38
19 RM  ENG Liam Rosenior 17
15 CM  ENG James Harper 41
6 CM  ISL Brynjar Gunnarsson 18
10 LM  IRL Stephen Hunt 38
12 CF  ENG Dave Kitson 29
9 CF  IRL Kevin Doyle 34

Goal Scorers

Place Position Nation Number Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW England 12 Dave Kitson 10 0 0 10
2 FW Republic of Ireland 19 Kevin Doyle 6 0 0 6
3 MF England 15 James Harper 6 0 0 6
MF Republic of Ireland 10 Stephen Hunt 4 2 0 6
5 DF Cameroon 22 André Bikey 3 0 0 3
FW Republic of Ireland 24 Shane Long 3 0 0 3
7 DF Iceland 16 Ívar Ingimarsson 2 0 0 2
DF England 3 Nicky Shorey 2 0 0 2
FW England 8 Leroy Lita 1 0 1 2
10 Own Goal 1 0 0 1
MF Czech Republic 28 Marek Matějovský 1 0 0 1
DF England 19 Liam Rosenior 1 0 0 1
MF Mali 4 Kalifa Cissé 1 0 0 1
MF United States 17 Bobby Convey 0 0 1 1
DF England 14 John Halls 0 0 1 1
TOTALS 41 2 3 46

Disciplinary record

Number Nation Position Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
22 Cameroon DF André Bikey 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
24 Republic of Ireland FW Shane Long 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
16 Iceland DF Ívar Ingimarsson 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
4 Mali MF Kalifa Cissé 4 1 0 0 1 0 5 1
3 England DF Nicky Shorey 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
10 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Hunt 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
29 England DF Michael Duberry 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
6 Iceland MF Brynjar Gunnarsson 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
28 Czech Republic MF Marek Matějovský 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
2 Scotland DF Graeme Murty 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
5 Senegal DF Ibrahima Sonko 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
12 England FW Dave Kitson 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
23 Ecuador DF Ulises de la Cruz 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
19 England DF Liam Rosenior 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
8 England FW Leroy Lita 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
17 United States MF Bobby Convey 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
9 Republic of Ireland FW Kevin Doyle 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
15 England MF James Harper 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
11 Wales MF John Oster 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
19 South Korea MF Seol Ki-Hyeon 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 58 5 4 0 3 0 65 5

Team kit

Reading's kit for the 2007–08 was manufactured by Puma, and the main sponsor was Kyocera.

2007–08 home colours
2007–08 away colours
2007–08 third choice colours

Notes

References

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