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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…

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Top Ten Reading FC Moments Of 2011 – Part 1: Baggies Beaten

December 14, 2011 1 comment

The Scene: FA Cup Third Round game at the Madejski Stadium

Result: Reading 1-0 West Brom

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Youth Matters – The Royals Academy In Focus

March 31, 2011 8 comments

Hello and welcome to the first of what I hope will be many posts here on The Tilehurst End.

I thought I’d start by looking at a topic that divides opinion for fans of almost every club, is the club’s Youth Academy set-up a success?

For Reading Football Club, the desire to make the club financially self-sufficient has led to an increased focus on the Academy over the past few seasons. The logic is that players who come through the ranks will be A) cheaper than bringing players in, and B) will be brought up with the club ethos, making it easier for them to come into the team and hopefully more inclined to stay long term.

In terms of measuring success I’m going to look at it two ways;  from a financial and a performance standpoint. In terms of finance, that’s the amount of money generated by the Academy through player sales, and from a performance standpoint, the number of first team players to have come through the club’s youth system.

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