Many people are getting excited about the new Premier League TV deal, announced yesterday, and what it means to clubs like Reading. Local media have been sensationalising this as much as possible, using words like “TV windfall” – so let’s have a brief look at what this actually does mean for a club like Reading. Read more…
Well, in the interests of balance there always needs be someone who’s the party-pooper that points out that things aren’t quite as golden as everyone’s making out – and as it seems that’s the role I’m finding myself in more and more, here we go. After this afternoon’s seven reasons to look forward to Reading FC being back in the Premier League, here are seven reasons NOT to look forward to this.
But first, I must stress (just in case anyone takes this the wrong way!) that I’m as pleased as everyone else about the promotion yesterday – and hopefully also the Championship next week. What supporter doesn’t want to see their team play at the highest level? But as every silver lining has a cloud, maybe a small reality check is called for. Although, to be honest, most of these points only affect match-going supporters. If you support Reading via TV or radio then it’s more or less all win for you.
Reading will be aiming to make it eight wins in a row when they host Leicester City on Saturday. The Royals won the reverse fixture 2-0 earlier this year but much has changed at the King Power Stadium,most notably the manager with Sven Goran Eriksson replaced by Nigel Pearson.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game Dean Goodsell from Foxes Talk was kind enough to give us his thoughts about Saturday’s game.
I hate having to write this. I wish I could be like the vast majority of other Reading fans and rejoice in the signature of Jimmy Kebe on his contract extension, and sit back and speculate on all the players Reading are going to buy.
But sadly I can’t. I don’t know if I’m naturally suspicious, or if I’ve spent too much time with supporters of other clubs across the country, listening to the tales of their ownership changes, good and bad, but one thing strikes me. Read more…
It’s a confusing time to be a Reading supporter. In terms of what’s officially come out of Reading FC, we’ve had two very brief statements on the website and an on-pitch announcement from Sir John Madejski over the MadStad PA system. Apart from that, all other tangible information seems to be coming out of the pages of the Daily Mail.
Football League Championship, Play-Off semi-final second leg
The Scene – Cardiff City Stadium, Tuesday May 17th
Result : Cardiff City 0 – Reading 3
Part four of our greatest Reading FC moments of 2011 sees Jon Keen take a look back at a crucial play-off trip to Wales when The Royals delivered a vital performance just when it mattered, and secured a trip to Wembley.
In case you missed it yesterday, the Christmas Special of the Royals Post was released on the Get Reading website and on Itunes.
I was once again fortunate to be invited on the show to fill in for Paul on a very special show hosted at the Spread Eagle pub, a stones throw from what was Elm Park. On the show we looked back on the Leeds game, and in pub chat, handed out some Royals Post Awards for 2011, some of which caused plenty of debate amongst the panel and the listeners and a couple of Tilehurst End writers who came down to join us at the pub.
So check it out now and feel free to let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments below or via twitter @RoyalsPost
You can subscribe to the show in iTunes here
Royals Post – Episode 9 – Featuring Wimb From The Tilehurst End Plus Details Of A Special Christmas Taping
As the title gives away I was fortunate enough to be invited along by Westie and Jonny to fill in for a honeymooning Paul Williams on this week’s Royals Post Podcast and you can check out our combined ramblings here.
On the show we cover the fallout to Kebe pulling his socks up, look ahead to Leeds on Saturday and also reveal our Reading FC Christmas XI’s.
On top of all that there’s the big news that next week’s show will be recorded at the spiritual drinking home of all Reading Fans the Spread Eagle. The guys are keen for as many Reading fans to join them as possible to share their thoughts on the season so far and the season ahead so if you’ve got some spare time on Monday head down there and join us from 6.30pm.
I’ll be there as well and if you want to share any thoughts on the site please feel free to pop down and direct your abuse and criticism to me in person.
(In case people don’t know where the pub is details are here)
Thanks again to the guys for inviting me along and a reminder that the show is now available to subscribe to in iTunes here
You can contact the show directly via twitter @RoyalsPost
Amongst all the normal Premier League hype over the past week, there have been only a few mentions of the Elite Player Performance Plan (or EPPP as it is better known). But this is something that every supporter of a Football League club really ought to know all about, since this is something that could change the whole nature of the English game, and indeed threaten the existence of a good number of Football League clubs.
September 7, 2011
With the transfer window over and the squad reasonably settled until at least January, a few of us here at The Tilehurst End had a round table chat looking back at the window, our start to the season and debating what it meant for the rest of the campaign.
Present were Wimbles, urz1871, jw351, tommyrfc, Mark Lawrence and chartley1983
Join us after the jump for more and feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments section.
So who are we playing?: Leicester City at the Walkers… I mean King Power Stadium
Where did Leicester finish in the Championship last year? 10th
How are they shaping up after the summer? Leicester have spent this summer reshaping their squad with a number of high profile and high cost acquisitions that have made them one of the favourites for the division. Neil Danns, Paul Konchesky, Kasper Schmeichal and of course our former Captain Matt Mills have been signed by Sven and they won their opening league and cup game to start this season.
Last time we played them? Jimmy Kebe was on top form as Reading won 3-1 at the Madejski Stadium last spring
Any former Royals? The man who led the Royals out at Wembley in May shocked many when he moved across the division in a deal worth up to £5.5 million pounds. Matt Mills will certainly get an interesting reception from Royals fans.
There’s a word that seems to be cropping up more and more often these days : “Ambition.” It seems that “lack of ambition” is the ultimate insult in football, and that’s a term that’s being constantly thrown at Reading FC over recent weeks. So let’s take a closer look at “ambition” and what it means.
New Season 11/12 Preview – Reading Football fancast 091
West & Williams have returned with another episode of the Reading Football Fancast!
Check out details below and give it a listen here or via iTunes!
Yesterday we looked at the experiences of those who bought play-off final tickets in person at the Madejski Stadium, as reported to The Tilehurst End in the survey we ran in the weeks before the final. Those experiences were almost universally positive praising the whole ticket-buying process and especially the efficiency of Sales Centre staff.
Today, in the second part of this four-part series, we look at the experiences of those who purchased tickets by phone from the ticketing agency TicketZone. And if you’re wondering what the other two parts are, tomorrow we’ll look at those who purchased tickets from Ticketzone over the internet, and then we’ll tie these three strands together with an analysis of the whole tickets system, how it came about and what we’re doing with the survey results.
Now that the pain of the play-off final is starting to recede, The Tilehurst End has analysed the results of the survey we ran in May about the pain that so many experienced in the weeks before the Final – the purchasing of tickets. Read more…
Reading FC Match Preview – May 30 – Play-Off Final v Swansea City (Wembley)
So What’s At Stake Here? Only about £90 million pounds and a place in the biggest league in club football
And Who Are Standing In The Way? In case you’ve been living under a rock, Swansea City who finished third in the league and beat Nottingham Forest in the play-off semi-finals.
Any former Royals? Swansea’s manager Brendan Rodgers had 6 months as our manager here last season and spent a good 10 years here as a coach.
Can I Still Get A Ticket? At the time of press (1pm May 27) there were a handful of tickets available in person at the Madejski Stadium.
Any Bits of Key Info About Wembley? Reading have provided a full Q+A which can be found here
TV Coverage? Yes the game will be live on Sky Sports One and in Sky 3D from 2pm
At The Tilehurst End we’re interested in getting a much better idea of how the process of buying Play-Off final tickets was for everyone – both good and bad! We know some people experienced problems, but we want to get a better idea of just how widespread this was. We’re already in contact with Reading FC, the Football League, Ticketzone and Wembley, and we’d like to be able to tell them – objectively - how it all went for everyone (good and bad) rather than give them a list of problems. So we’ve put together a quick survey to help us with this.
At The Tilehurst End we’ve received a few emails and a fair number of tweets at about Reading’s ticketing arrangements for the Play-Off final, so we thought we’d take a look at what’s been good and what’s been bad about these, three days into tickets sales. The club received a lot of criticism for decisions they made prior to the FA Cup Quarter-Final with Manchester City, so just how do the decisions they made before this match stand up?
Reading FC Match Preview – May 17 – Play-Off Semi-Final, Second Leg v Cardiff City (A)
How did the first leg finish then? A 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium on Friday.
What was the game like? Both teams fought hard in a game of relatively few chances. Reading probably had the better of the tie
TV Coverage? Yes the game will be on Sky Sports One at 7.30pm
Reading FC Match Preview – May 13 – Play-Off Semi-Final, First Leg v Cardiff City
Where did Cardiff finish in the Championship? 4th
Recent form? Not the best for a team coming into the play-offs. Having been in the automatic promotion hunt for most of the season Cardiff imploded in their penultimate game and lost 3-0 at home t Middlesbrough, before a 1-1 draw with Burnley on the final day saw them slip to 4th.
Last time we played them? We drew 2-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium in February, having looked like we’d stolen all 3 points with a Manset goal in injury time, a Craig Bellamy free-kick in the 97th minute levelled things.
Any former Royals? Nope, Cardiff are a Royal free zone, though Jobi McAnuff used to play for the bluebirds.
TV Coverage? Yes the game will be on Sky Sports One at 7.30pm
Any other business? Well it’s the play-offs for a start, Reading know they’re just 180 minutes from Wembley and perhaps 270 from a place in the Premier League. Also tonight’s game kicks off at 7.45 rather then the usual Mad Stad 8pm.