We Were Top Of The League - Our Best Ever!

Last updated : 07 August 2004 By Rob Cooper
Coca Cola
Reading topped the Coca Cola Championship - for a couple of hours
Reading Football Club are forever being dismissed as a 'small time' club.

Despite the huge all-seater stadium and Premiership aspirations, the criticism is in many ways justified. After all, the Royals have never played in the top flight nor won a major trophy.

Yet mega money has been invested in the swish Madejski Stadium, the academy, the team (£800,000 for Bobby Convey), a new ticketing system and even a scoreboard that can screen video replays.

As a result, on the field things have increasingly been coming together in recent seasons.

The fourth place finish of the season before last was unprecedented - yet today's 3-2 win over Brighton put the Royals top of the Football League for the first time in their history, albeit for just two and a half hours.

For a short, short time the Royals became the 21st placed team in the country - a higher position than they have ever occupied. The previous best had been 2nd in the First Division or the 22nd placed team in the country.

However, Coventry knocked Reading off their perch with a classy 2-0 win over Sunderland in a game that kicked off at 5.35pm. Wolves or Stoke will also go above the Royals tomorrow if either side win by two or more goals.

Reading's highest ever placing may not have lasted for long, and the season may be in it's absolute infancy, but it is a moment to be remembered - and represents the dramatic growth of Reading Football Club in recent seasons.

And should we win against West Ham on Tuesday we could be back at the top.

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The Coca Cola Championship Table - as it was at 5pm on Saturday 7th August

Last game played on
Saturday 7th August 2004
1Reading 11003200000100323+1
2Ipswich Town 11002100000100213+1
3Preston North End 11002100000100213+1
4Leeds United 11001000000100103+1
5Cardiff City 100000010220102210
6Crewe Alexandra 101022000000102210
7Burnley 101011000000101110
8Nottingham Forest 100000010110101110
9Queens Park Rangers 101011000000101110
10Rotherham United 100000010110101110
11Sheffield United 100000010110101110
12Wigan Athletic 101011000000101110
13Leicester City 101000000000100010
14Millwall 100000010000100010
15Plymouth Argyle 101000000000100010
16West Ham United 100000010000100010
17Coventry City 000000000000000000
18Stoke City 000000000000000000
19Sunderland 000000000000000000
20Wolverhampton Wanderers 000000000000000000
21Brighton & Hove Albion 10000000123001230-1
22Gillingham 10000000112001120-1
23Watford 10000000112001120-1
24Derby County 10000000101001010-1
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