Posts Tagged ‘Reading FC’

Fixtures, Fixtures & More Fixtures – 2012/13 Edition

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Hard to beleive how different the outlook was the last time I wrote this fixtures piece. Back then we were pondering trips to The AMEX, London Road and The Den, now it’s Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane.

By now we’ve all had time to digest the basics of the fixtures for the new season which will see us open at home to Stoke and finish with a trip to Upton Park to face West Ham. The official club site has done a great little key points article outlining some of the essential dates and what to look out for but I thought we’d take a look at some of the other impacts of the fixture list, including how far we’ll have to travel and how much away match tickets are likely to cost.

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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…

The Source of Frustration that is Simon Church

June 4, 2012 1 comment

2011/12 will go down in the annals of Reading Football Club history as one their greatest successes. Promotion to the top flight for only the second time in 141 years was achieved by a team that was more than the sum of its parts. A hodge podge of young players and veterans who’d not quite cut it in the top flight. What saw them through was an incredible self-belief that enabled previously average players to suddenly find a new gear that took them to a higher playing level than any fan dared dream in the summer. In amongst it all though is the incredibly frustrating figure of Simon Church. The Wales international started the season as Shane Long’s replacement yet by the end of it, despite some goals in big games, he’s ended it as fourth choice with a disappointing return of 7 goals in 32 games. How is it that when everyone else seems to have produced their best season for the club to date, Church has stagnated and fallen by the wayside? Is it a lack of games, faith from the manager, confidence or is he simply not very good?

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Getting the old gang back together again….?

May 18, 2012 5 comments

Every summer transfer speculation is always rife, and even more so following a promotion. And as clubs publish their lists of released players and former Royals become available, there’s discussion about which former Royals would be worth bringing back for this second spell in the Premier League.

So, just for fun, here are some thoughts on just which of the former Royals from the record-breaking 2005/06 team and the subsequent Premier League seasons we should consider re-signing.  For simplicity, I’ve only considered players who made a significant contribution or played in a reasonable number of matches, and as this my opinion piece I get to decide what a “significant contribution” or a “reasonable number of matches” actually means! Read more…

Birmingham 2-0 Reading FC – Brum Fail To Deflate Royals Fans As They Wave Goodbye To The Championship

April 29, 2012 Leave a comment

After two weeks of celebrating promotion it didn’t come as the greatest of surprises that a much changed Reading side came undone at the hands of Birmingham, who clinched fourth place in the Championship with a 2-0 win at St Andrew’s.

Despite the defeat and a miserable day weather wise, it was still another awesome day to be a Reading fan, with the traditional end of season inflatables and over 4,000 Royals fans helping create a great atmosphere, one worthy of Champions.

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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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Reading’s Promotion Party – Your Pictures And Videos

April 19, 2012 Leave a comment

We asked for your pictures and videos of our promotion party and you responded thanks to everyone who sent them in and here they are to remain here forever as a memento of that special night against Forest.

We’ll keep adding more as you send them in, so if you have any images or videos you want to add please email them to or tweet the links to us @thetilehurstend

Clicking any of the images will bring them up in full size.

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