Reading fans invade pitch wrongly thinking they clinched promotion playoff spot

imageThe 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!

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):

H/T Deadspin


Premier League, Surviving on Top: Part two


In part two of our examination of the history and impact of relegation from the Premier League, we take a look at the statistical odds and financial impact for each club.

There is still hope for recently-relegated Wigan, Reading, and QPR. Clubs that are relegated to the Championship have a 60% chance of returning to the Premier League the following season — though none that were relegated last year made their way back.

For clubs that are promoted to the Premier League, there is an 82% chance that they will be relegated the following year, evidenced by Reading this year. Newly promoted Cardiff City hopes to channel the momentum to make sure that doesn’t happen next year:

The financial implications of relegation cannot be overstated. Next season, Premier League clubs will receive 30 times more yearly revenue from TV rights than teams in the Championship. Just one year of relegation can cripple a team’s finances.


Tomorrow, we look at the relegation hardships that teams endure, as well as the compensation received to help soften the financial blow. All of this is leading up to FOX Soccer’s coverage of the final Premier League matchday with nine games live on broadcast across the FOX family of networks.



Forgetting something ref?

In the second half of the match between Reading and Liverpool, Referee Mark Clattenburg tried to issue a yellow card for Danny Guthrie’s foul of Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge. The only problem is, Clattenburg had left his notebook, which contained his yellow and red cards, in the locker room at halftime.

Thankfully, the fourth official was able to provide the assist and make sure that Guthrie saw the physical evidence that he was getting booked.

It just goes to show you that (surprise!) even the top officials aren’t perfect.


The Barclays Premier League relegation battle continues to heat up, with Aston Villa grabbing a huge 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp was at a loss to explain how his side had lost the game after missing several chances to go further in front against Villa.

The defeat leaves QPR rooted to the bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety and Redknapp admits the result could have a big impact on their survival hopes.


Relegation-threatened Reading pulled off the improbably on Saturday, scoring three goals in the final ten minutes to come back and defeat West Brom 3-2. Watch their incredible late victory!


Check out Clint Dempsey’s long-range goal in Tottenham's 3-1 win over Reading. Deflection or not, it was Deuce’s first goal at White Hart Lane. What a way to start 2013 for the American!


Gareth Barry saved Manchester City from a slightly embarrassing home draw against lowly Reading on Saturday, heading home the game winner in stoppage time. While City’s performance left a lot to be desired — they should have won handily against relegation-threatened Reading instead of barely scraping out a 1-0 victory — three points are three points, no matter how you get them.