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Reading Complete Signings of Tomasz Cywka & Jason Roberts

January 26, 2012 3 comments

Pic Courtesy Of Reading OS

The Russian revolution continues to gather pace at Reading as the club officially confirmed the signings of Derby’s Tomasz Cywka and Blackburn’s Jason Roberts. Cywka is a 23 year old attacking midfielder who can play through the middle or on the wing and has signed an initial six-month deal with a club option to extend beyond that point. Roberts is a name that will be more familiar to fans, with the 34 year old striker having spent time at a number of clubs including Bristol Rovers, Wigan and most recently Blackburn.

So let’s look a bit more closely at Reading’s latest recruits and speculate how they might fit into the Reading team.

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Football Aid 2012 Update – There’s Still Time To Bid For Your Chance To Play At The Madejski Stadium

The Reading FC Community Trust have once again shown magnificent support and joined forces with Football Aid, allowing football fans the opportunity to grace the hallowed turf and play on their Field of Dreams at the Madejski in 2012, while at the same time raising funds for charity.

Our magical event allows Reading supporters to ‘Live the Dream’ in an authentic match day experience. Players will gain exclusive access to the pitch and tunnel areas, pull on their own personalised shirt in the official changing rooms, walk down the tunnel to the sound of a cheering

crowd and ultimately to step out on the hallowed turf and represent their club in a never to be forgotten 90 minutes of football.

The matches have also been supported by a host of Royal legends, with the likes of Michael Gilkes, Mick Gooding, Lawrie Sanchez and many more all lending their valuable support in recent years, by playing alongside or managing the supporters in the hugely enjoyable matches at the Madejski.

Getting involved couldn’t be easier, just visit http://www.footballaid.com, select Reading and your position, then place your bid – it really is that simple. And with most starting bids for positions at just £170, booking a position could turn out to be the best bargain you’ll ever bag! Bidding is open from now until the middle of March, depending on what position you want to play.

So if you’re keen to secure your place on your Field of Dreams this season, why not visit www.footballaid.com today to make sure you’re part of the team! Alternatively if you’d like any additional information, you can call Football Aid on 0131 220 5999 or email info@footballaid.com.

Football Aid celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2010 and have allowed over 12,225 football fans the chance to ‘Live the Dream’ in more than 460 matches. They are a groundbreaking organisation which generates funds annually by hosting charity football matches at iconic stadiums all over the UK. The unique concept was the brainchild of businessman and Football Aid Chairman Craig Paterson and funds raised from the event will benefit the work of a charitable project nominated by the club, as well as projects nominated by Football Aid’s parent charity Field of Dreams.

Newsbites – 10th August 2011

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Newsbites – 10th August 2011

Reaction to Shane Long’s departure is naturally the hot topic in this edition of Newsbites…

How Shane developed at Reading (Reading OS) – the official site here rounds up Shane Long’s career at Reading, tracking his path from a £20,000 18-year-old to the £6m striker he is now.

Jobi: Good luck to Longy (Reading OS) – the captain reacts to the sale of our star striker.

New boy reveals Baggies plan (Clubcall) – a few words from Shane himself about his plans for the future, including the possibility of making his debut against Man Utd this weekend.

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Longing For More – July 6th, 2011

July 6, 2011 3 comments

Longing For More – July 6th, 2011


Something sits rather unhealthily when Sky Sports News teased with the prospect that Reading values the half-season-wonder striker Shane Long at £10 million buckaroos. The leading men at Reading will fall over in sheer excitement and probably in a mental breakdown over astonishment caused if the Royals get an astounding eight-figure sum for a striker who was picked up for £30,000. The transfer market is frankly becoming rather ridiculous.

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The Play-off Ticket Experience – Part One

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

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…

Chris Armstrong – A Look Back On The Career Of One Of Football’s Good Guys

April 24, 2011 4 comments

April 24, 2011

Former Reading FC left back Chris Armstrong

Tomorrow afternoon Chris Armstrong will lead out both teams at the Madejski Stadium, giving both players and fans the chance to show their appreciation towards a truly inspirational player, who has legitimately touched thousands of those in the football family and beyond.

Armstrong retired in March after revealing he’d been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis back in December 2009, admitting that his body could no longer handle the rigours of top-level football. The fact that Armstrong battled back through not just MS, but a serious knee injury, to play seven times for the Royals this season is a testament to the character, determination and strength of the man.  Below the jump we’ll be doing our best to honour the former Bury, Oldham, Blackpool, Sheffield United and Reading fullback, we liked to call Stretch.

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How to make a small fortune from football. (Part Three)

April 5, 2011 1 comment

In part one of this article I discussed the unique set of factors that have come together at Reading FC and have created a situation where Sir John Madejski has been able to defy conventional wisdom and make money out of owning a football club.  These key factors are finding a football club that’s relatively run-down and without significant debts , which can bought relatively cheaply; the presence of a co-operative local council to enable land purchase and ease planning permission; a suitable location in an affluent area with good communication links; and taking a long term view and investing in infrastructure rather than gambling success on big money players.

In the second part I went through the actual numbers involved, and showed that the sum owed to Sir John on the club’s balance sheet in the form of Chairman’s Loan is now £25.8M – the terms of which are heavily weighted to the advantage of the football club.  Now it’s time to tie those two strands together and to look at how Sir John can turn his investment into an actual profit.  Because the obvious point, and his biggest problem right now, is that he makes no money or realises none of his profit whilst his investment is tied up in the club.

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