Top Of The League?

Last updated : 24 August 2003 By Rob Cooper
The Royals will go top of the First Division for the first time in their 132-year history if they beat Rotherham tomorrow.

Alan Pardew's side are poised in second place ready to overtake Crystal Palace who do not play again until Tuesday.

Reading have seven points out of a possible nine on the board. Our record is only shy of the magic 100% because of a controversial late penalty awarded against us on the season's opening day at Ipswich.

Stoke, another side who could potentially go above Reading, also do not play until Tuesday. The high-flying Potters are at home to Millwall on Tuesday evening, another side who have made an electric start to the season.

If Reading were to top the league it would be their highest ever placing in their history as they would then be ranked twenty-first out of ninety-two league teams. Their previous highest is twenty-third, a position they held temporarily last season.

These indeed are exciting times for Reading Football Club, tomorrow's match, given Rotherham's weekend win over West Ham, is sure to be a cracker.