Enjoying or hating the no football era?

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Re: Enjoying or hating the no football era?

by tmesis » 26 Mar 2020 21:05

We played games on consecutive days as recently as 1986, playing Boxing Day and the day after. I think we drew both, 2-2 v Birmingham at Elm Park on Boxing Day, and 1-1 at Brighton the day after.

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Re: Enjoying or hating the no football era?

by 2 world wars, 1 world cup » 27 Mar 2020 09:48

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2 world wars, 1 world cup Blimey.

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Re: Enjoying or hating the no football era?

by SCIAG » 27 Mar 2020 14:13

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This is an internet myth as far as we know. There is no contemporary evidence of a foundation date or meeting. Extremely unlikely it would have been before Nov 1871.


Not before November? It definitely can't be Xmas Day then.


Eh? There was interest in setting up football clubs locally in Nov / Dec 1871 - because the FA Cup had just started with Marlow and Maidenhead competing. Henley were formed about this time. It's theoretically possible that Reading could have been formed on 25 Dec 1871 but there's no evidence to support this and it seems very unlikely that a religious holiday would have been interrupted to do this.

I was under the impression that we (along with Notts County) had entered every edition of the FA Cup. As Notts County won the FA Cup in 1894, this made us the least successful side in the competition’s history. Just looked it up and you’re right, this is not true. Maidenhead and Marlow have both entered every competition bar one, so are the most successful sides. Is this a warped version of a true fact or just a complete fabrication? Are we perhaps the team with the most consecutive entries but no victories?

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Re: Enjoying or hating the no football era?

by STAR Liaison » 27 Mar 2020 14:46

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Not before November? It definitely can't be Xmas Day then.


Eh? There was interest in setting up football clubs locally in Nov / Dec 1871 - because the FA Cup had just started with Marlow and Maidenhead competing. Henley were formed about this time. It's theoretically possible that Reading could have been formed on 25 Dec 1871 but there's no evidence to support this and it seems very unlikely that a religious holiday would have been interrupted to do this.

I was under the impression that we (along with Notts County) had entered every edition of the FA Cup. As Notts County won the FA Cup in 1894, this made us the least successful side in the competition’s history. Just looked it up and you’re right, this is not true. Maidenhead and Marlow have both entered every competition bar one, so are the most successful sides. Is this a warped version of a true fact or just a complete fabrication? Are we perhaps the team with the most consecutive entries but no victories?


With Notts demise to NL the situation has changed. Almost need to be a lawyer to write this this!

Of the current league clubs Reading has most consecutive entries into the FA Cup - every year since 1877 (the same year Notts first entered). We will hold that 'record' until Notts get back in the league when we'll have to revert to having most unsuccessful entries because, as you say, they won it in 1894 and we'll hold that record until we win the damn thing! Or something worse happens.

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Re: Enjoying or hating the no football era?

by Sutekh » 27 Mar 2020 14:59

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Eh? There was interest in setting up football clubs locally in Nov / Dec 1871 - because the FA Cup had just started with Marlow and Maidenhead competing. Henley were formed about this time. It's theoretically possible that Reading could have been formed on 25 Dec 1871 but there's no evidence to support this and it seems very unlikely that a religious holiday would have been interrupted to do this.

I was under the impression that we (along with Notts County) had entered every edition of the FA Cup. As Notts County won the FA Cup in 1894, this made us the least successful side in the competition’s history. Just looked it up and you’re right, this is not true. Maidenhead and Marlow have both entered every competition bar one, so are the most successful sides. Is this a warped version of a true fact or just a complete fabrication? Are we perhaps the team with the most consecutive entries but no victories?


With Notts demise to NL the situation has changed. Almost need to be a lawyer to write this this!

Of the current league clubs Reading has most consecutive entries into the FA Cup - every year since 1877 (the same year Notts first entered). We will hold that 'record' until Notts get back in the league when we'll have to revert to having most unsuccessful entries because, as you say, they won it in 1894 and we'll hold that record until we win the damn thing! Or something worse happens.


If you were wondering I believe that is a record of 133 successive failed entries (1877 to 2020 less 4 years for WWI and 6 years for WWII). That total could be very well reduced to 132 given the current situation.

Anyone know which is the next most unsuccessful league club?

And, for the record, I think only Marlow and maybe Maidenhead can beat that figure if you include teams at all levels of the game?


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