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Going for a Song - A Familiar Story...


The poll being conducted by Reading FC brought back to me an article on this very subject I wrote and published elsewhere back in August 2011. Three years later I think it's still relevant.

Catch a falling STAR

URZZ1871 makes a plea to STAR to take a risk and to show some leadership by getting publicly involved in the conversation about the mess that is the current Reading FC ownership situation.

Madejski Moments - Reading 3-2 Middlesbrough

As Loyal Royals dream of a quick return to the Promised Land, Jon Keen takes a look at a special day in our history, the 3-2 win over Middlesbrough in August 2006.

The Choices of Chairman John

URZZ1871 takes a look at where Reading FC are heading off the pitch, and, in particular what choices - if any - Royals Chairman Sir John Madejski has open to him.

Tawdry and offensive journalism at its best

For some reason, the Reading Chronicle today published an astounding article exposing the problem of football hooliganism, and particular amongst reading supporters. No, it's not April Fool's day...

Football by No's: In praise of clever footballers

urzz1871 shares some thoughts on how it's not just effort, workrate and footballing skills that matter - footballing intelligence is vital too.

Reading Resolutions

As an eventful but depressing 2013 turns into 2014, urzz1871 shares the New Year's Resolutions he'd like to see from Reading over the next few weeks.

Middlesbrough v Reading: Player Ratings

urz1871 gives his player ratings from our dismal 3-0 defeat at The Riverside, while you have your chance to vote for your player of the match.

Middlesbrough 3-0 Reading

Christmas, what Christmas? urzz1871 looks back on another woeful display from Reading in a 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.

To boo - or not to boo?


As the sound of booing becomes more prevalent at Reading home matches, URZZ1871 asks if it’s ever acceptable – or helpful - to show your displeasure so obviously during games.

Five Things: Huddersfield - Reading


After a couple of days letting the dust settle after a 3-point smash and grab raid to West Yorkshire, @urzz1871 comes up with up five takeaways from the match at Huddersfield.

The Adkins Enigma: Just what plans are you making?

Fresh from a 2-1 home defeat against Bournemouth it's time to take a long-term view at the tactics employed by Nigel Adkins and to see if there's a method behind some of the madness.

How Bon Jovi Relegated Reading

It only takes a small thing to start something big and while we've all long bemoned a multitude of factors that got us relegated, here we look at how something quite innocent could have played a...

Peterborough 6-0 Reading - Player Ratings

Here's my scores for each player out of ten, together with a bit more detail on their performances, which although it's harsh is as objective as I can make it. I'm not going to single out...

Royals Rout Reaction

Jon Keen gives his thoughts and match reaction after seeing Reading receive a six-goal humiliation by a rampant Peterborough side in the League Cup and London Road

Five Things : Reading v Watford

Continuing the series of things to ponder resulting from each match, here’s this week’s points for discussion, argument or shooting down in flames.

The future's bright - the future's EPPP!

How Reading FC's announcement of Category One EPPP Status is the best news to come out of the club in years.

The day the "Reading Way" died?

Reading blogger urzz1871 gives a personal view on what the sudden sacking of Brian McDermott says about Reading FC and its new way of working.

Safe-Standing at Reading FC?


A review of the FSF's safe-standing campaign and how it relates to Reading - together with what Reading supporters can do to support the campaign.


Brighton Breezy.... - Brighton 1, Reading 1 (Friendly!)

Reading FC's 1-1 draw to the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, 7th August 2012.

Getting the old gang back together again....?


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...

Due Diligence? Diligence Due!


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...

Well and Truly EPPPed Off!

Amongst all the normal Premier League hype over the past week, there have been only a few mentions of the Elite Player Performance Plan (or EPPP as it is better known). But this is something that...

How to make a small fortune from football. Part 3

In part one of this article I discussed the unique set of factors that have come together at Reading FC and have created a situation where Sir John Madejski has been able to defy conventional...

How to make a small fortune from football. Part 2

Yesterday in the first part of this article I talked in general terms about the four unique factors surrounding Reading FC which enabled Sir John Madejski to work a miracle and make money out of...

How to make a small fortune from football. Part 1

It’s a well–known truism that there is only one way to make a small fortune from owning a football club – and that’s to start off with a large fortune! And as the cost of trying to compete with the...

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