The Reading fans’ joy lasted for only a few moments. (Image: Reuters)
Well, that’s a bit embarrassing …
Heading into Saturday’s final round of games, Championship side Reading were in a battle with Brighton over the final playoff spot for Premier League promotion. Thanks to a 2-2 draw against Burnley, all Reading needed was for Brighton to not beat Nottingham Forest and the playoff spot would’ve been theirs.
Unfortunately, just then a rumor spread through the crowd that Forest notched a late equalizer, seemingly giving Reading the result they needed. Ecstatic, hundreds of fans invaded the pitch to celebrate. But elation quickly turned into stunned silence once those fans realized that Brighton had, in fact, held on for the win. Stupid cell phone reception!
Reading fans didn’t realise Brighton had won pic.twitter.com/Eg3Q5pgl8T— James Bird (@jamesbird)May 3, 2014
As upsetting as this must have been for Reading fans, it could have been exponentially worse. Just ask Schalke fans.
On the final day of the 2001 Bundesliga season, Schalke’s players, staff and fans were celebrating their first title in over 40 years, unaware that Bayern Munich, who were losing away to Hamburg, were still playing deep in stoppage time needing only a goal to tie, and thus, steal the title from Schalke in the final seconds. It happened, and the heartbreak was incomparable.
Watch (unless you’re a Schalke fan):