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Reading’s fiercest historic rivals were Aldershot, before they went out of business in 1992, though feelings of enmity remain between those supporting Reading and Aldershot Town, Aldershot’s historic successors. However, the two clubs still haven’t met in a competitive game, and aren’t likely to in the near future with Aldershot Town being out of the Football League at the moment.
Reading’s other local rivals are Oxford United and Swindon Town, and their rivalry is often referred to as the “Didcot triangle”. However, Oxford and Swindon nurture a fiercer animosity towards each other than towards Reading.
The club was founded in 1871, in a public meeting organized by Joseph Edward Sydenham, who would become their first club secretary. Their original ground was Reading Recreational Ground, but they moved around a lot before settling down at the newly built Elm Park in 1896, which was a result of their going professional the year before. They remained there for 102 years, moving to their current home of Madejski Stadium in 1998.
Reading were admitted to the Football League Third Division South in 1920, and apart from a stint in the Second Division between 1926 and 1931, they remained there until they were relegated to the Fourth Division in 1971.
But after that, they started climbing the ladder slowly, and their hard work was rewarded in 2006/07, when they reached the top flight for the first time in history and achieved their best ever league finish – eighth in the Premier League.
But they returned to the Championship in 2008, and apart from one more campaign among the elite in 2012/13, they’ve been here ever since.
Reading’s top cup results remain the 1927 and 2015 FA Cup semifinals.