Reading and Cardiff City have been regular competitors over the last decade, having met in eight of the previous 10 seasons.

It was the Bluebirds who prevented Reading from reaching their first ever FA Cup Final in 1927, beating Royals 3-0 in the semi-final.

With Saturday’s FA Cup game fast approaching, we look back at a memorable fixture between the two sides.

Reading 1-1 Cardiff: 26 December 2008

What looked to be an average Boxing Day fixture burst into life in the final minutes with the sides sharing the points.

Steve Coppell’s side had recovered well from the previous season’s relegation from the Premiership, not dropping out of the top three from November until April.

Reading were sat second throughout the Christmas period and welcomed Dave Jones’ in-form Cardiff side who were in the midst of a 13 game unbeaten period which stretched to the end of February.

The game itself was a close encounter between two sides who were determined not to lose.

With the game ticking toward a goalless draw, the ball dropped to Michael Chopra in the box who powered a low strike past the helpless Adam Federici.

However as the game was looking like a first defeat in six, a corner was whipped in by Stephen Hunt and Federici, the Australian goalkeeper who had gone up for the last attack of the game, headed a shot which was cleared off of the line but got back up to slam in the rebound and send the Mad Stad rocking.

Although only a draw, it felt like a win for those in blue and white hoops as they snatched a point from the jaws of defeat.

But the season was only downhill from then as the club won just two more home games all season and plummeted to fifth in the table, losing in the play-off semi-finals to eventual winners Burnley.