On this day 12 years ago, Reading came out on the wrong side of a play-off classic, losing 4-2 to Swansea City.

The Royals' first trip to the New Wembley, Brian McDermott's men were trailing 3-0 at half-time.

Bringing it back to 3-2, and hitting the post, before the half hour mark, Scott Sinclair completed his hattrick late on and Brendan Rodgers was victorious against his former side under the arch.

A day full of tears and upset, Reading would win the Championship title 12 months later.

But, where are that side now?

Adam Federici- Retired

A product of the club's fabled academy, the Aussie keeper was already a firm fan favourite by the time the play-off final came around.

Playing every second of every match the following season, he won the Golden Glove on route to promotion in 2011/12.

Fighting with future England international Alex McCarthy for the number one shirt, it is unfortunately Wembley in 2015 that most supporters remember when thinking of Federici.

Letting Alexis Sanchez's shot squirm beneath his body in the FA Cup semi-final, he departed at the end of that season with almost 250 club appearances to his name.

Continuing his career with Bournemouth, Stoke City and Nottingham Forest, he retired in 2021 in his native Australia with MacArthur FC.

Andy Griffin- Retired

An experienced Premier League performer before joining Reading, initially on loan in 2010, his consistent performances brought him plenty of praise.

Not having his best game under the Wembley arch, famously giving away a penalty, the former Stoke and Newcastle full-back lost his place to Shaun Cummings the following season but still earned a medal with nine appearances.

Leaving in 2012 with 72 appearances to his name, Griffin departed the professional game after a season with Doncaster Rovers.

He is now a coach at a football college in the Midlands.

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Matt Mills- Retired

Club captain Mills endured a difficult relationship with Royals fans after a gesture made against Queens Park Rangers, but his header after half-time gave fans hope at Wembley.

Leaving at the end of the season to join Leicester City, it did not work at the King Power Stadium but he went on to enjoy long spells with Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest.

Bouncing around the Football League until 2020, Mills retired while at Forest Green Rovers in 2020.

Zurab Khizanishvili- International coach

A vastly-experienced defender who's career stretched for 20 years and took in stops in Scotland, England, Turkey and his homeland of Georgia, Khizanishvili spent two loan spells in Berkshire.

Impressing at the back-end of 2009/10, he returned for the whole 2010/11 campaign.

Featuring 27 times as the Royals finished fifth, he was another who did not have his best game at the Home of Football.

Continuing to play until 2017, he is now a coach for the Georgia national team- where he earned 92 caps as a player.

Ian Harte- Agent

A legend of the British game after almost 300 appearances for Leeds United in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Republic of Ireland favourite departed after the club's financial demise.

Spending time in Spain with Levante, before returning with Sunderland and Blackpool, he caught McDermott's eye while playing in League Two for Carlisle United.

Despite being 32, the left-back had netted 18 goals for the Cumbrians, prompting Reading to part with £100,000 and take him down south.

100 appearances later and with a Championship title under his belt, the veteran departed a club icon.

Playing until 2015, not long before his 40th birthday, Harte is now a football agent.

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Jem Karacan- Scout

An academy graduate who rose through the ranks under Steve Coppell, the tenacious midfielder would go on to become a key first team regular until his departure in 2015.

Hitting the post at Wembley, which would have made it 3-3, the Turkish international was cruelly denied the chance to play during the following season's title run-in after suffering a long-term injury against Leeds United.

Struggling with injuries throughout his Royals career, he left with over 170 appearances to his name and continued playing until this year.

Retiring only this year, he does regular commentaries for BBC Berkshire as well as scouting for former club Millwall.

Mikele Leigertwood- Coach

A Football League promotion specialist, going up with Crystal Palace, QPR and Reading, the midfielder was initially only a loan player at Wembley.

Signing permanently in the summer of 2011, he scored the all-important winner against Nottingham Forest in April 2012 to secure promotion to the Premier League.

Struggling with injury, Leigertwood played less than 40 times over the next two campaigns and was released in 2014.

Looking to remain in the game and trialling with Forest ahead of a potential move, a hip injury forced him into retirement.

Returning to Reading off-field in 2016 as Academy Loan Manager, he is now the Under-18s manager under Academy Director, Michael Gilkes.

Jimmy Kebe- Poker

Picked up under Coppell in 2008, it took some time to bed in but under McDermott the winger flourished.

Playing almost 200 times for the club, Kebe was a true maverick in Berkshire with a wicked delivery from wide.

Ian Holloway kept him in the Premier League with Crystal Palace in 2013/14, but he only featured six times.

Struggling to regain any sort of the form he had in RG2, the 39-year-old retired in 2015 and now plays professional poker.

Jobi McAnuff- Pundit and FA Board Member

One of the games 'good guys', nobody has a bad word to say about McAnuff.

Making over 700 club appearances in a career lasting over 20 years, the winger played for Reading more than any of his other seven clubs.

Arriving under Rodgers in 2009, he played more than 200 times and captained the club to Premier League promotion in 2012.

Departing in 2014, he is strongly associated with Leyton Orient after helping them back to the Football League and stepping up after the tragic passing of manager Justin Edinburgh.

Linked to the manager job in Reading every time it becomes available, the Jamaica international is seen most weeks on Sky Sports and was elected to the FA Board.

Shane Long- Reading

Albiet only for another month, Long is still technically a Royals player.

Signing as a teenager back in 2005, Long turned from boy to man in Berkshire.

Hitting 25 goals in 2010/11, it remains his best individual tally in a season.

After over 200 appearances he left in 2011 and spent a decade in the top-flight, most prominently for Southampton.

Emotionally returning home last summer, he scored twice in 32 games as the club were relegated to League One.

Hinting at retirement after the final-day defeat at Huddersfield Town, the club have announced he has been released from his contract.

Noel Hunt- Inteirm manager

Another still at the club, Hunt played over 150 times from 2008 until 2013 and earned his coaching stripes with the likes of Swindon Town and Wigan Atheltic.

Returning last year as Under-21 manager in the Academy, the former striker was drafted in as interim first-team manager last month following the dismissal of Paul Ince.

Drawing three and losing two of his five matches in charge, it looks likely that a fresh set of eyes will take over first-team duties next season.


Simon Church- Mindset coach

Rising through the Academy, Wales international Church played over 100 times in five years.

Rarely a regular starter and more of an impact player, 2010/11 saw him play more games than any other campaign but score the fewest of his three years as a main star.

Making more of an impact in the title-winning year, scoring seven times, Church was released upon promotion to the Premier League.

Struggling with injuries, he was forced to retire in 2018 aged just 30.

Hal Robson-Kanu- Turmeric Co.

Famed for his Euro 2016 goal for Wales, 'HRK' rose through the ranks in Berkshire and played over 200 times.

Staying at the club until 2016, he spent a few years in the Premier League with West Brom until 2021.

Never officially retiring, the 34-year-old has been focusing on his start-up company, The Turmeric Co., and is seen on Sky Sports as a pundit.