Posts Tagged ‘Premier League’

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…


7 Reasons NOT To Look Forward To Reading FC Being Back In The Premier League

April 18, 2012 16 comments

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.

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A Right Royal Run: Three reasons for Reading’s remarkable rise

April 7, 2012 1 comment

4-2 to the RoyalsAs we head into the final five games of the season, fully in control of second place and with Southampton in our sights at the top of the table, life as a Reading FC fan is incredibly sweet.

When we look back at our season – should we go on and achieve promotion to the Promised Land – there are three major things that have happened that have helped inspire our rise up the Championship and into the top two. The arrival of Anton Zingarevich, the signing of Jason Roberts and the brains behind the machine, Brian McDermott, choosing to stay at the club, amidst speculation of a move to Premier League strugglers Wolves. Read more…

The Pros and Cons Of Promotion

May 25, 2011 9 comments


I find myself in a bit of a quandary about next week’s playoff final. On the one hand I’m very excited (who wouldn’t be at seeing their side play their first game at the new Wembley?) but on the other I’ve got another sensation as well. I’ve got this nagging feeling that maybe I don’t really want Reading in the Premiership and that I’m actually quite content with where we are. Perhaps that sounds stupid to many but at the moment I’ve got an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. Which one to listen to? Clearly being in the top flight will benefit the club financially but if I’m being completely honest, I’m not sure that really impacts on my match day enjoyment and as a fan, isn’t that the most important part? Well below the jump are what I can see as the pros and cons of promotion and please bear in mind that they are all completely self-centred!

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West & Williams: Can Reading Afford Not To Go Up?

May 6, 2011 2 comments

West & Williams, May 6, 2011

Morning all! here’s the latest article from our resident podcast host and all round good guy Westie, who asks whether Reading can afford to miss out on promotion to the Premier League this season….

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The Promotion Paradox

 Of course, every football supporter wants their team to be playing in the top division, and to see them competing with the best.   So with preparing for the play-offs there’s understandable excitement  in the air – noticeably much more excitement that the last play-off “adventure” in 2009, when the team’s spirit had evaporated over the previous few months and everyone knew we were destined to fail.  But this year there is a tangible feeling that this is quite possibly our time again. 

But we’ve been there before, and we know what the Premier League is like, so the excitement is tinged with a certain amount of worry, for me at least.  Being a match-going supporter of a team in the Premier League is quite horrible compared with supporting one in the Championship, so it’s a bit of a paradox.    Yes we all want to go up – but will we enjoy it if we get there?  Read more…

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