Football Scarf in the colours of
- Premium football scarf in the colours of Reading
- No logos, no badges, no branding - 100% unofficial
- Made in Great Britain of pure Saxony wool
- In stock - usually despatched within 24hrs
- Length: 72 inches (183 cm)
- Width: 10 inches (25 cm)
- Recorded delivery worldwide
- UK: 2 - 4 working days
- Europe: 5 - 7 working days
- Rest of the World: 5 - 10 working days
Nickname: The Royals
Ground: The Madejski Stadium
- English Second Tier Champions: 2006, 2012
- English Third Tier Champions: 1926, 1986, 1994
- English Fourth Tier Champions: 1979
The Royals? Something to do with Reading’s location in the Royal County of Berkshire we think. Older Reading supporters will have unhappy memories of a proposed merger with rivals Oxford United which Robert Maxwell attempted in the early 1980s. The proposed name of the new team was Thames Valley Royals.
Both sets of supporters protested against the merger and Maxwell eventually gave up the idea and went back to insider trading, stealing from pensioners and suing Private Eye Magazine.
Reading used to call themselves the Biscuitmen (a much better nickname) because biscuit manufacturer, Huntley & Palmers, had their biggest factory in Reading. Diehard Reading fans seem to agree with our view on the Royals vs Biscuitmen debate – their main fanzine is called Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading was formed in 1871; although it is one of the oldest teams in England, the Royals did not join the Football League until 1920. They had not played in the top tier of English football until the 2006–07 season which turned out to be the club’s best season ever with an eighth place finish.
Famous fans include television and radio presenter Chris Tarrant who allegedly used to present his Capital Radio Breakfast Show wearing a Reading scarf. Other supporters include cricket commentator John Arlott, former Goodie Bill Oddie and “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” singer Leo Sayer.
Reading Legend? It has to be Robin Friday. Despite a fondness for late night drinking and heavy smoking, Friday scored 55 goals in his three years at Reading and was player of the year in his first season. Once, when red-carded for a nasty challenge on Liverpool’s Mark Lawrenson, he legged it into the Liverpool dressing room and crapped in Lawrenson’s kit-bag. Now you know why Lawro never has a good word for Reading on MOTD.