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…
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.
Reading will be aiming to make it eight wins in a row when they host Leicester City on Saturday. The Royals won the reverse fixture 2-0 earlier this year but much has changed at the King Power Stadium,most notably the manager with Sven Goran Eriksson replaced by Nigel Pearson.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game Dean Goodsell from Foxes Talk was kind enough to give us his thoughts about Saturday’s game.
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…
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.
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.
In case you missed it yesterday, the Christmas Special of the Royals Post was released on the Get Reading website and on Itunes.
I was once again fortunate to be invited on the show to fill in for Paul on a very special show hosted at the Spread Eagle pub, a stones throw from what was Elm Park. On the show we looked back on the Leeds game, and in pub chat, handed out some Royals Post Awards for 2011, some of which caused plenty of debate amongst the panel and the listeners and a couple of Tilehurst End writers who came down to join us at the pub.
So check it out now and feel free to let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments below or via twitter @RoyalsPost
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