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Academy Get Bristol Rovers, Pompey and Yeovil

28 July 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading will take part in the EFL Trophy (Johnstone's Paint Trophy) this season after being invited as one of the 16 Premier League and Championship clubs with a Category 1 status academy. The Royals weren't in the original 16 clubs to be invited to take part, but were called on after several of the countries "biggest" clubs declined the change to be involved. The format of 48 clubs from League One and League Two combined with 16 academy sides from the top two tiers of English football is on trial for this season only.

The competition usually involves just the lower two divisions of the Football League. Reading, and the other academy teams, will be required to field at least 6 under-21 players in their starting eleven in all fixtures. The format will allow Reading to play a mixture of academy and fringe first team squad players as they look to progress in the competition - which finishes at Wembley Stadium on 2nd April 2017.

The Royals have been drawn in Southern Group A, which includes Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth, and Yeovil. As an academy side entry, Reading will play two games away followed by their final fixture at home. The away games are Bristol Rovers on 30 August 2016 and Portsmouth on 4 October 2016. The home fixture is expected to take place at the Madejski Stadium on 8 November 2016 against Yeovil Town. The games take place in the International breaks - the only useable breaks in the fixture lists - which may have put off some of the invited academy sides.

The 16 academy sides include Leicester City, Southampton, West Ham United, Stoke City, Chelsea, Everton, Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Norwich City, Middlesbrough, Brighton and Hove Albion, Derby County, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, and Reading. Last year saw Barnsley lift the trophy with Wembley victory over Oxford United.

No Squad Numbers For Fosu, Stacey and Kuhl

26 July 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading have revealed their squad numbers for the new 2016/2017 Championship season. The numbers revealed a few possible surprises with Jonathan Bond claiming the number 1 jersey and Jaakkola taking number 31. A number of squad players, who have been involved pre-season, are missing from the list giving a heavy hint they may not expect to be involved at the Madejski Stadium this season. The missing list includes Fosu, Stacey and Kuhl. New signing Joey Van Den Berg will wear shirt number 4 this season, while John Swift will be number 8. Joseph Mendes will be the club number 9 with Gravenberch number 28. Zak Jules finds himself in the official squad list and will be given 22 for the new season.

  • 1 Jonathan Bond
  • 2 Chris Gunter
  • 3 Jake Cooper
  • 4 Joey Van Den Berg
  • 5 Paul McShane
  • 6 George Evans
  • 7 Roy Beerens
  • 8 John Swift
  • 9 Joseph Mendes
  • 10 Deniss Rakels
  • 11 Jordan Obita
  • 12 Garath McCleary
  • 13 Reading Fans
  • 14 Dominic Samuel
  • 16 Oliver Norwood
  • 18 Yann Kermorgant
  • 21 Stephen Quinn
  • 22 Zak Jules
  • 23 Danny Williams
  • 26 Ali Al Habsi
  • 28 Danzell Gravenberch
  • 29 Josh Barrett
  • 30 Tennai Watson
  • 31 Anssi Jaakkola
  • 38 Liam Kelly

Pre-Season Victory At Swindon

20 July 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading secured a 2-1 friendly win at Swindon Town last night - but had to come from behind after the home side took a first half lead. The Royals fielded a very young side that was missing most of the first team and gave the impression that Reading had taken an under-21 side to the County Ground. Despite the game being nothing more than a friendly, Reading took nearly 1,500 supporters to their old rivals. Reading's late goals were a big bonus to the travelling fans to make sure we claimed a victory more important than the game's status might suggest.

There was plenty of opportunity to see some of Reading's new signings with new goalkeeper Jaakkola playing the full match, and John Swift and Mendes playing a half each. Jaakkola was beaten when the ball took a deflection on the way into the back of the net just before half time. Reading looked far from convincing at the back, but were brighter with their attacking play, although we needed to rely on goals from two substitutes to secure the win. Rakels replaced Samuel in the first half and Stacey replaced Barrett with just over quarter of an hour to go. Rakels made it 1-1 from close range after a cross from Tanner on the right, and Stacey made it 2-1 with 88 minutes on the clock when he made a cut run, cut into the area and placed the ball past the goalkeeper for the winner.

Reading Team: Jaakkola, Keown (Long), Dickie, Jules (Griffin), Campi, Kelly (Rinomhota), Barrett (Stacey), Swift (Evans), Tanner, Mendes (Fosu), Samuel (Rakels).

Dutch Influx Continues As Beerens Confirmed

16 July 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

The influx of Dutch into Reading FC has continued with the confirmed signing of winger Roy Beerens. Beerens has been on the radar for some time and signs from German top tier club Hertha Berlin on a three year contract. Jaap Stam spoke very highly of the player on his arrival as he continues to build his new squad ready for the new season.

The 28 year old player spent two seasons at Hertha Berlin after a career that has included spells at Dutch sides AZ Alkmaar, Heerenveen and PSV Eindhoven. Beerens is a light weight player in size, but is reported to be strong and fast and can play down either wing. Beerens will link up with fellow recent signings Joey van den Berg and Danzell Gravenberch as Reading FC continues to take on a more and more Dutch look.