Following Reading’s 2-2 draw with Blackpool in the FA Cup Third Round, the Royals face the task of doing it all again up by the Seaside.

Goals from Sam Baldock and Danny Loader rescued a replay for Mark Bowen’s side at the Madejski.

In preparation for the game at Bloomfield Road, we take a look at five of the best FA Cup replays for Reading FC fans.

5. 2-3 v Manchester United; 2006

Reading’s inaugural Premiership season was the sides’ highest finish in the history of the club, climbing to eighth spot and only missing out on a UEFA Cup spot on goal difference.

The FA Cup journey that season started at home to Championship side Burnley, which Reading won 3-2 after goals from Shane Long, Leroy Lita and Sam Sodjie.

The fourth round was similarly high scoring, another 3-2 win against Championship opposition in Birmingham City.

The fifth round was a glamour tie, with the club travelling to Premiership champions Manchester United.

Michael Carrick opened the scoring at Old Trafford as the game was going the way the form guide suspected it would, but with 20 minutes to go Icelander Brynjar Gunnarsson levelled for the Royals as they earned a respectable draw, and the chance to bring Sir Alex Ferguson’s side back to the Mad Stad.

A near sell-out crowd witnessed another high-scoring encounter, with the Red Devils powering into a 3-0 lead with just six minutes on the clock.

But Steve Coppell’s side were not used to losing, and goals from Dave Kitson and Lita brought the deficit back to just one, with the away side on the ropes.

Unfortunately it was not to be and Reading fell at the fifth round stage, but they bowed out with their heads held high.

4. 5-2 v Huddersfield 2016

The 2015/2016 season had started very promising, with Steve Clarke taking Reading to third by October.

However it was revealed that he had opened talks with Fulham on replacing their outgoing manager and the wheels totally fell off as the side slumped to a 17th place finish in the Championship.

But there was some joy for the Berkshire side, as they reached the FA Cup Quarter-Final for the second successive season.

The journey began at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield, a repeat of the same tie from the season before.

The game burst in to life in the remaining 30 minutes as the team shared four goals in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Jamie Paterson opened the scoring before Matej Vydra pulled Brian McDermott’s side level.

With three minutes to go Hal Robson-Kanu looked to have stolen the tie but deep into stoppage time Nakhi Wells earned his Terriers side a replay.

8,000 fans turned out the following midweek, and were treated to a goal fest.

Paterson and Tommy Smith put the away side in a commanding lead, before Jonathan Hogg’s red card turned the game on its head.

From the resulting free-kick Lucas Piazon cut the lead and the second half was all Reading.

Vydra scored a second half hatrick and Spanish loanee Alex Fernandez finished off the rout as the side progressed to the fourth round 5-2.

Reading went on to beat Walsall and Premier League side West Brom en-route to a Quarter-Final against Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace.

It was not to be a repeat of the previous season’s trip to Wembley though, as the Eagles progressed 2-0 and went on the reach the Final.

3. 3-2 v West Brom 2010

Reading reached their first FA Cup Quarter Final for 83 years as the side knocked out the Baggies in a fifth round replay.

The run began against Liverpool, a tie which we will gloss over as it may or may not feature later in the countdown.

The reward for beating the Reds was a home tie with Burnley, and an 87th minute winner from Gylfi Sigurdsson set up a Round of 16 tie with West Brom.

At the Madejski Jimmy Kebe scored the quickest ever FA Cup goal as he netted inside nine seconds before Robert Koren levelled the two sides later in the first half.

In an ill-tempered game both Shane Long and Yousuff Mulumbu saw red as both sides finished with ten men.

Simon Church made it 2-1 with 15 minutes to go before Joe Mattock took the tie to a replay in the 87th minute.

The replay was to be one of the most memorable occasions for Reading fans as Sigurdsson scored an extra-time winner.

Koren and Kebe both traded goals, as they also did in the first game, but a Koren second after half time looked to have settled the game in the home sides favour.

However Brian Howard stepped up and equalised in the 93rd minute to take the tie to extra time.

Five minutes into the extra period youngster Sigurdsson scored one of the biggest goals of his Reading career to send the Royals through to a Quarter Final tie with Aston Villa.

The sell-out crowd were in ecstasy as McDermott’s men raced into a 2-0 lead, with one foot in the Wembley semi-final, only for a John Carew hatrick and a goal from Ashley Young to break Reading hearts and send the Villans to the last four.

2. 2-1 v Liverpool 2010

A close call between this and the game that tops this countdown, the famous win at Anfield will live long in the memory of Reading fans.

A near sell-out saw a battling performance and looked to be going incredibly well when Church put Reading 1-0 up.

However the lead lasted less than ten minutes as captain Steven Gerrard drew the side’s level and forced a replay.

In the midst of a snowstorm, the Reading fans and players travelled up with the hope of becoming the first Reading side to win at the famous old ground.

The performance was great, and the side were unlucky to find themselves 1-0 down after an own-goal from loanee Ryan Bertrand in first half stoppage time.

Then in the final minute of stoppage time, Reading were awarded a penalty.

Up steps the young Sigurdsson, the coolest man on Merseyside, to slot home his penalty and take the tie to extra time.

Just ten minutes into the additional period fellow Icelander Gunnarsson pulled off a delightful nutmeg and delivered a delicious cross for Long to notch, in front of the Kop, and complete the turnaround, writing their names into Reading folklore.

1. 3-0 v Bradford City 2015

And so our number one; a historic night in Berkshire as Steve Clarke’s men became the first Reading side to reach the last four since 1927.

Having knocked out Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City and Derby County on the way to a Quarter-Final, the Bantams were the first side to face the Royals that were not in the same division, as Bradford were from the division below.

However having knocked out Chelsea the round before, Phil Parkinson’s side were the media’s darlings, hoping to add Reading to a list of upsets.

The first fixture at Valley Parade was scrappy and a game of no real quality, finishing 0-0.

A near sell-out crowd at the Madejski anticipated a close game but with just six minutes on the clock Robson-Kanu sent the home fans into a frenzy, and one which intensified when Garath McCleary doubled the lead just three minutes later.

Reading never really looked like losing after that point, and Felipe Morias getting himself sent off did not help the away sides cause.

Jamie Mackie put the icing on the cake to make it 3-0, and saw Reading walk out at Wembley for an FA Cup Semi-Final with Arsenal.

Everyone knows what happened next as an extra time goal from Alexis Sanchez broke Royals hearts- but the game and atmosphere against Bradford will forever be a happy memory for fans associated with the club.

Hopefully the game in Lancashire can find its way onto one of these lists in the future, and kick start an enjoyable FA Cup run for Bowen’s side.