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Pain of Premier League Exile Over

April 20, 2012 1 comment

Afternoon, two games left to go in the season but most Royals fans have one eye firmly on next season’s Premier League campaign. After the joy of Tuesday night Jamie Butler makes his Tilehurst End debut looking at the steps that led back to the Premier League after a four year absence.

A recent BBC programme featuring on another Southern based side to play in blue and white hoops highlighted a “4 year plan” to achieve Premier League football at Loftus Road. Strange then, how Reading’s own “4 year plan” has panned out since relegated on that Sunny day in May 2008 at Derby and this post shall serve to highlight some of the least enjoyable milestones for Reading fans along the way.

Our first game back in the Championship was a Sunday kick-off away to Nottingham Forest which saw a team with Stephen Hunt playing at Left Back grind out a 0-0 draw in a largely forgettable game. For the first part of the 08/09 season, Reading looked to be heading back to the Premier League in style with Stephen Hunt and Jimmy Kebe dominating each wing week in, week out. 5 straight wins culminating with a classy 3-1 victory away to fellow promotion chasers Birmingham on the Saturday before Christmas 2008  had many Royals fans believing we were following the gold paved road back to weekly MoTD coverage and visits of the country’s biggest clubs.
Hunt goal

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