Tag: Reading

Video of the Day: Bolton Wanderers vs Reading, May 1995

Fairy tales come in all different colours of the rainbow, but sometimes they don’t necessarily have happy endings. Indeed, sometimes two different fairy tales collide and one of them has to miss out. In Division One – the second tier – of the Football League during the second half of the 1994/95 season, there was really only one story in town. In December 1994, the Reading manager Mark McGhee, then perhaps the most highly rated outside the Premier League, suddenly upped and left Reading, the club that had given him his break in management, for the brights of the...

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Video of the Day: Reading vs Manchester United, August 1970

Football clubs have always been a bit of a bunch of suckers for pre-season tournaments. With sponsors more than happy to throw money at them and the opportunity to raise a little money from gate receipts, the temptation to give players a bit of a run out in something approaching a competitive environment has long been an offer too good to pass up. The arrival of The Watney Mann Invitiation Cup – better known as The Watney Cup – was one such curio. Running from 1970 until 1973, it pitted the two highest scoring teams from each division of...

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The 200% Podcast 37: Random Football Club Generator – Reading

Good evening everybody, with this week’s series of articles about the 1985/86 season out of the way, we’re back to our podcast this evening with another delve into the upturned monkey hat that is our random football club generator and pulled out that season’s Third Division champions, Reading. So, this week is all about new grounds versus old grounds, biscuits versus the royal family, and two goalkeepers with the same name, neither of who played for Reading. You can download this week’s podcast by clicking here, or you can subscribe through Itunes by clicking here.   https://archive.org/download/37200pc/37%20-%20200pc.mp3   You...

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The Elephant In The MadStad Boardroom

Reading Football Club was due to be purchased earlier this year, but two deadlines to make the payment to complete it have now been missed. Jon Keen has some questions for those in charge of the club. Whilst we’ve been enduring this international weekend without our own clubs playing football, it’s inevitable that talk amongst supporters turn to many other subjects. But amongst Reading supporters there’s one subject that’s very much to the fore, but which is meeting with a deafening silence from within the club.  This elephant in the room – or rather this elephant in the MadStad – is the unresolved situation regarding the ownership and financial situation at the club. Rumours have been rife since the news transpired recently that the final £20m payment from Thames Sports Investments (TSI) to Sir John Madejski for the remaining 49% of the football club has not been paid. This sum was initially due in March but was delayed then, when a new deadline of the end of September was announced. But that new deadline has now been and gone, leading to a plethora of discussion and speculation amongst supporters. The club’s terse response that “both parties are comfortable extending the deadline to finish the deal” has done very little to allay the fears of some supporters that all may not be well behind the scenes, financially. This spate of rumours...

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Brian McDermott Falls Into Football’s Moral Vacuum

Winning the Football League Championship, then, didn’t turn out to be enough for the Reading manager Brian McDermott, who left the club yesterday following its home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa at the weekend with the club’s owner Anton Zingarevich stating – and it is starting to feel as if there may be a book of stock phrases that football club owners can turn to at just about any time – that “change was necessary” at a club which has been hanging around the relegation places in the Premier League and is now separated from the bottom of it only by goals scored. It may well feel like scant reward for the manager that took them into the division against many expectations at the end of last season. Indeed, McDermott may even be wondering if he might have been better off not having taken the club into the Premier League in the first place. Such is the hysteria to stay in the division at the end of this season that impossible burdens of expectations are now placed upon managers in the division. Reading have amongst the lowest wage budgets in the Premier League this season, and as a driver of how well a team will perform over a period of months that would seem to be a more reliable indicator of what sort of final league position...

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