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This page shows the ELO score history of the selected club - mapping their best and worst sides of all time, and their most unlikely victories and defeats based on their ELO score.

Inspired by ClubELO.com, the ELO rating system is a method of calculating and comparing the relative strengths of teams in competition. For every match played, the ELO scores of the two teams are considered, and adjusted for other factors (such as home advantage), to calculate the likelihood of the match result. When the actual result of the game is known, the ELO score is adjusted accordingly, comparing the expected outcome of the game with the actual outcome - so a victory over Manchester United will be worth more points than one over Supermarine. The resulting ELO score can be used to compare the strengths of teams over time, and to project future results based on the current form of all teams.

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A historical overview of Reading's ELO scores.

 

A list of the top 15 Reading sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  2007 Saturday, February 17, 2007 4070.53  
  2006 Saturday, December 2, 2006 4039.79  
  2012 Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4011.34  
  2005 Wednesday, December 28, 2005 3998.20  
  2008 Saturday, December 20, 2008 3990.75  
  2009 Friday, January 9, 2009 3979.87  
  2013 Saturday, February 2, 2013 3974.39  
  2011 Saturday, April 16, 2011 3962.23  
  2017 Tuesday, May 16, 2017 3904.62  
  2014 Saturday, March 22, 2014 3894.54  
  2010 Saturday, October 30, 2010 3885.11  
  2003 Saturday, August 30, 2003 3882.22  
  2004 Sunday, December 26, 2004 3878.98  
  2015 Saturday, October 17, 2015 3866.35  
  1995 Sunday, May 14, 1995 3859.54  
 
 

A list of the worst 15 Reading sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1972 Saturday, August 19, 1972 3419.74  
  1971 Saturday, November 13, 1971 3461.33  
  1977 Saturday, October 1, 1977 3468.60  
  1978 Friday, March 24, 1978 3478.27  
  1956 Saturday, March 3, 1956 3480.48  
  1975 Saturday, January 4, 1975 3487.43  
  1955 Wednesday, December 14, 1955 3492.28  
  1973 Saturday, January 27, 1973 3494.79  
  1910 Saturday, February 5, 1910 3497.46  
  1974 Sunday, February 3, 1974 3498.66  
  1909 Tuesday, December 28, 1909 3505.53  
  1976 Wednesday, March 17, 1976 3513.54  
  1957 Wednesday, September 4, 1957 3517.74  
  1923 Saturday, October 20, 1923 3524.94  
  1991 Wednesday, August 28, 1991 3525.61  
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant victories in Reading's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Liverpool (4194) vs. Reading (3787)
  Wednesday, January 13, 2010
-454.9 6.8% 1-2 +9.3 
  Reading (3650) vs. Aston Villa (4053)
  Wednesday, February 7, 1912
-277.8 16.8% 1-0 +16.6 
  Bolton Wanderers (3965) vs. Reading (3633)
  Saturday, February 23, 1901
-462.8 6.5% 0-1 +18.7 
  Reading (3567) vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (3893)
  Wednesday, August 30, 1978
-220.5 21.9% 1-0 +15.6 
  Reading (3788) vs. Sheffield Wednesday (4079)
  Saturday, January 26, 1929
-162.6 28.2% 1-0 +14.4 
  Reading (3695) vs. Manchester City (3982)
  Saturday, September 18, 1926
-161.0 28.4% 1-0 +14.3 
  Reading (3623) vs. Southampton (3908)
  Saturday, March 10, 1900
-155.0 29.1% 2-0 +21.3 
  Southampton (3883) vs. Reading (3631)
  Saturday, November 4, 1899
-382.1 10.0% 0-2 +27.0 
  Reading (3965) vs. Liverpool (4216)
  Saturday, December 8, 2007
-197.0 24.3% 3-1 +22.7 
  Reading (3736) vs. Chelsea (3986)
  Wednesday, September 23, 1987
-160.3 28.4% 3-1 +21.5 
  Reading (3618) vs. Southampton (3865)
  Saturday, February 18, 1899
-116.6 33.8% 2-0 +19.9 
  Reading (3610) vs. Newcastle United (3855)
  Tuesday, September 19, 1989
-167.6 27.6% 3-1 +21.7 
  Fulham (3943) vs. Reading (3707)
  Monday, October 19, 1964
-339.3 12.4% 1-3 +26.3 
  Reading (3609) vs. Sunderland (3845)
  Saturday, January 6, 1990
-158.5 28.7% 2-1 +14.3 
  Notts County (3947) vs. Reading (3721)
  Saturday, January 25, 1902
-357.9 11.3% 1-2 +17.7 
  Leeds United (3990) vs. Reading (3768)
  Tuesday, November 18, 1997
-285.2 16.2% 2-3 +8.4 
  Reading (3667) vs. Swindon Town (3888)
  Saturday, February 10, 1912
-95.9 36.5% 2-0 +19.0 
  Reading (3516) vs. Mansfield Town (3734)
  Saturday, April 16, 1977
-114.1 34.1% 1-0 +13.2 
  Reading (3776) vs. West Bromwich Albion (3988)
  Wednesday, September 13, 1967
-108.1 34.9% 3-1 +19.5 
  Reading (3536) vs. Preston North End (3747)
  Monday, April 12, 1971
-106.3 35.2% 1-0 +13.0 
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant defeats in Reading's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Reading (3562) vs. Bishop's Stortford (3090)
  Saturday, November 20, 1982
+563.9 96.3% 1-2 -19.3 
  Guildford City (3178) vs. Reading (3648)
  Saturday, November 27, 1937
+338.1 87.5% 1-0 -17.5 
  Brentwood Town (1965) (3180) vs. Reading (3591)
  Saturday, November 15, 1969
+305.1 85.3% 1-0 -17.1 
  Wealdstone (3172) vs. Reading (3537)
  Saturday, December 17, 1977
+259.6 81.7% 2-1 -16.3 
  Hendon (3208) vs. Reading (3569)
  Saturday, November 22, 1975
+257.9 81.5% 1-0 -16.3 
  York City (3407) vs. Reading (3740)
  Saturday, December 8, 2001
+267.8 82.4% 2-0 -12.4 
  Rochdale (3291) vs. Reading (3621)
  Saturday, March 24, 1979
+224.8 78.5% 1-0 -15.7 
  Swindon Town (3500) vs. Reading (3801)
  Saturday, December 5, 1903
+165.3 72.1% 2-1 -14.4 
  Cambridge United (3495) vs. Reading (3781)
  Tuesday, September 10, 2002
+221.8 78.2% 3-1 -11.7 
  Wolverton London and North Western Railway (3341) vs. Reading (3626)
  Saturday, April 2, 1898
+153.6 70.8% 2-0 -21.2 
  Workington (3295) vs. Reading (3573)
  Friday, November 8, 1974
+177.4 73.5% 2-1 -14.7 
  Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic (3504) vs. Reading (3780)
  Saturday, February 2, 1935
+144.5 69.7% 4-1 -24.4 
  Reading (3700) vs. York City (3431)
  Tuesday, December 19, 2000
+335.4 87.3% 1-3 -13.1 
  Shrewsbury Town (3462) vs. Reading (3730)
  Monday, August 27, 1951
+172.4 73.0% 2-1 -14.6 
  Newport County (3390) vs. Reading (3657)
  Wednesday, August 19, 1970
+163.0 71.9% 2-1 -14.4 
  Walsall (3460) vs. Reading (3726)
  Saturday, April 26, 1952
+170.2 72.7% 2-0 -21.8 
  Walsall (3436) vs. Reading (3698)
  Thursday, September 25, 1952
+161.0 71.6% 2-0 -21.5 
  Reading (3960) vs. Sheffield United (3701)
  Monday, April 25, 2011
+308.3 85.5% 2-3 -17.1 
  Northampton Town (3503) vs. Reading (3759)
  Wednesday, December 25, 1935
+123.3 67.0% 4-2 -20.1 
  Reading (3690) vs. Northampton Town (3437)
  Wednesday, August 13, 1980
+353.3 88.4% 2-3 -17.7 
 
   

The twenty teams that Reading are most successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Doncaster Rovers 44 +5.05 
  Bradford Park Avenue 13 +4.66 
  Wycombe Wanderers 11 +3.37 
  Derby County 43 +3.21 
  Chatham Town 13 +3.16 
  West Ham United 43 +3.15 
  Wrexham 29 +2.64 
  Workington 16 +2.51 
  Burnley 43 +2.37 
  Chelsea 20 +2.15 
  Darlington 1883 25 +1.91 
  Manchester City 25 +1.72 
  Rotherham United 45 +1.68 
  Oldham Athletic 42 +1.66 
  Scunthorpe United 27 +1.59 
  Merthyr Town 19 +1.53 
  Chester 31 +1.50 
  Aldershot Town 61 +1.48 
  Northampton Town 122 +1.46 
  FC Halifax Town 22 +1.41 

The twenty teams that Reading are least successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Arsenal 14 -4.47 
  Chesterfield 30 -3.27 
  Bury 48 -3.24 
  Walsall 74 -2.89 
  Aston Villa 22 -2.68 
  AFC Wimbledon 12 -2.08 
  Oxford United 34 -2.08 
  Cardiff City 72 -1.69 
  Rochdale 16 -1.63 
  Stockport County 32 -1.56 
  Nottingham Forest 42 -1.51 
  Leyton 11 -1.47 
  Luton Town 80 -1.37 
  AFC Bournemouth 109 -1.27 
  Colchester United 64 -1.21 
  Grimsby Town 49 -1.19 
  Newport County 93 -1.10 
  Swindon Town 137 -1.09 
  Wigan Athletic 44 -1.04 
  Southport 20 -0.96