James Earnshaw takes a look back in this week in Reading FC's recent history.

24th April - Reading 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers 2000

Reading’s only match on this day in the last 20 years was a mid-table clash between Reading and Wycombe.

Peter Grant saw red just before half-time with Nicky Forster giving Reading the lead before Jermaine McSporggan levelled ten minutes later.

Martin Williams gave Pardew’s side the win ten minutes as Reading finished 10th and Wycombe finished 12th.

25th April: Reading 2-3 Sheffield United 2011

With two defeats from two games on this date - the other being a 2-0 defeat to Brentford in 2015- at least the club scored in this particular match.

Sitting comfortably in the play-offs, Reading stormed into a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes through Noel Hunt and Hal Robson-Kanu.

However that is where the positives ended goals from former academy star Darius Henderson and Lee Willamson scored in reply for the Blades.

Reading remained unbeaten in the league up until the play-off final; whilst Micky Adams’ side were relegated to the third tier.

26th April: Doncaster Rovers 1-3 Reading 2014

A comeback victory in Yorkshire which put Reading into the top six with just one game to go.

Stalwart James Coppinger put Donny ahead in their battle against the drop, but an Adam Le Fondre penalty on the hour mark, and a late double from Pavel Pogrebnyak won the three points for the Royals on their travels.

The game was also famous for defender Alex Pearce whipping out some skilful step overs to set-up a Pogrebnyak goal.

Reading were eventually pipped to the play-offs by Brighton, while Doncaster were relegated on the final day, and have not been back to the second tier since.

27th April: Norwich City 0-2 Reading 2009

Following the previous season’s relegation from the Premier League, Steve Coppell’s side were on track to bounce straight back.

However since the New Year the club were enduring difficult times, winning just six times in 2009.

Two late goals from Shane Long at Carrow Road sent Reading into a final-day showdown with Birmingham City at the Madejski for second spot, and automatic promotion.

Reading lost to Birmingham and also to Burnley in the play-offs, while the Canaries were relegated to League One.

With the likes of Coppell, Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt leaving the club- it was the end of successful era for the club.

28th April: Birmingham 2-0 Reading 2012

A defeat, but one which was fairly insignificant to Reading fans.

The final day of the title winning season, with promotion and the title already won, saw a sell-out away following take their usual inflatables to the Second City.

Adam Rooney and Wade Elliott gave Blues a routine victory on their way to the play-offs; but it was to be just the Royals who would grace the top flight the following season as Chris Hughton’s side fell to Blackpool in the semi-finals.

29th April: Reaing 1-0 Wigan Athletic 2017

Reading moved up to third with the win on the final home game of the season, and secured the club’s place in the play-offs.

A crucial game for Paul Cook’s Latics, defeat at the Madejski saw Wigan drop back down to the third tier after just one season in the Championship.

Yann Kermorgant’s sixth minute goal was enough to win a very stop-start game, due mainly to injuries and needless fouls throughout.

30th April: Reading 2-1 QPR 2006 - ‘M-U-R-T-Y’

The final game of the historic season, the team had the Football League point’s record in their sight.

Before kick-off the 23,000 in attendance were given placards to hold up as the players walked out of the tunnel.

‘Raise the Hoops’ was a resounding success all round, and made for a stunning sight as everyone had just 90 minutes left to savour the incredible 2005/06 season.

It was going well as Dave Kitson gave the side a first half lead; but with 15 minutes remaining Paul Furlong drew the London side level as it looked like the club would miss out on the record.

But with the minutes ticking by, Reading won a penalty and the stage was set.

Every outfield player, other than skipper Graeme Murty, had scored- so there was only ever going to be one taker.

The crowd held their breath as the Scottish international ran up to the spot, but there was no need for the nerves as he smashed the ball into the back of the net.

Cue pandemonium around the ground, and mascot Kingsley being taken to the ground by Murty and the rest of the players.

The final whistle brought the record and the trophy parade as the club could celebrate the end of a season of which Reading had romped.