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Money, Money …. Money?

June 14, 2012 Leave a comment

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…


Due Diligence? Diligence Due!

January 24, 2012 30 comments

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…

More Questions Than Answers – further thoughts on the potential Reading FC takeover

January 22, 2012 5 comments

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.

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Well and Truly EPPPed Off!

October 24, 2011 12 comments

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.

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How McDermott could cope with Long’s departure

August 11, 2011 4 comments

August 11, 2011

Shane Long’s departure to West Brom for an estimated £6-7.5m has been finalised, and as a result Reading fans have let panic kick in. It’s happened every summer for the past few years, and will probably continue to happen for the foreseeable future. We will continue selling our best players for amazing profits and will continue replacing them with young, hungry, ambitious players.

How can McDermott and Reading fans cope with the loss of star striker Long and continue challenging for promotion from the Championship? After the jump, I’ll run through a few choices McDermott will have on his mind.

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The A-word

August 9, 2011 65 comments

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.

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Are Reading a selling club?

After the disappointing, but possibly inevitable, sale of captain Matt Mills to fellow Championship side Leicester City we thought it was about time we addressed the question – Are Reading a selling club. Here Michael Wade, Daniel Wimbush and Jon Keen attempt to tackle the debate head on – but we want you to have your say too – so get involved via Facebook and Twitter @thetilehurstend and we will publish the best views.

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