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Saying Goodbye – Cheers Griff, Brian and Tomasz

May 2, 2012 3 comments

When the team is doing badly we can’t wait to clear the decks and kick out players we don’t think are performing, but when things are going so well, it’s always that bit harder to say goodbye. Today Reading began the first steps towards building their 25-man Premier League squad by releasing 13 players, the most notable of which are defender Andy Griffin and midfielders Brian Howard and Tomasz Cykwa.

While none of the three featured heavily during our title run, all three made important contributions at some stage or another and it’s only right to remember some of those good times as they depart with our very best wishes.

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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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So Close But So Far – Reading FC’s Unused Unused Subs

March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

With so much of our time spent looking at league tables and run ins I decided to try and do something about as far away from the promotion race as possible. As such, this is going to be the first in a series of looking at what I’ll loosely term the ‘least significant Royals’ and we start today with those players who were named on the bench for Reading FC at the Madejski Stadium but were never brought on and never ended up making a Royals home appearance.

In Reading’s 14 years at the Madejski Stadium 11 players have made it as far as the bench for a Reading home game but never actually appeared on the turf in a Reading shirt. Four on the list are still at the club, with Mikkel Andersen, Jordan Obita, Brett Williams and Sean Morrison all having a chance to make that debut so we’ll look at the other seven and look what happened to them after their chance of glory at the Madejski with Reading had gone.

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Categories: Reading FC History

St Patrick’s Day XI

March 17, 2012 2 comments

17th March is a day that many use as an excuse to put on a green wig, get bladdered on Guinness and enjoy the craic. I say, rather than pretending we’re Tony Cascarino and that we’ve got an Irish grandmother, lets instead salute some of the best players that the Emerald Isle has given us (and Alan Maybury).

As usual this is my team so whilst there are probably some glaring omissions you can hold me to account in the comments section. Also, I’ve decided to adopt rugby union’s approach and I will be selecting players from both the Republic and Northern Ireland. No doubt this will offend some but probably fewer than had I been forced to include Joe Gamble and Patrick O’Kelly.

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Best Reading FC Moments of 2011 – Part 4 Play-off Pandemonium

December 24, 2011 4 comments

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.

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Royal Links – Reading Fans Still Remember The Balmy Record-Breaking Days of 1985

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Thanks to Zammo over at HNA? for flagging this one up, a great little article from former Reading Evening Post Reading reporter Clive Baskerville on Reading’s record breaking efforts during the 1985/86 season that saw promotion back to the second tier.

It features on the Total Football website which is now being edited by a Royals fan Mark Roach and it’s well worth a read here


Mad Stad Legends – Graeme Murty

October 12, 2011 2 comments

Part three of our Madejski Stadium era Reading FC legends series sees Jon Keen nominate Graeme Murty.

When Tommy Burns bought a virtually unknown winger from York City for the sum of £700,000 at the end of the 1997/98 season, no-one could have known just how far that player, Graeme Murty, and Reading FC would travel together and how he would truly become a Mad Stad Legend.

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