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Squad Travel To Holland

13 July 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading have taken a squad of 21 players on a brief pre-season visit of Holland, that will finish on Friday night with a friendly against Saudi Arabian top tier side Al-Taawoun. The Royals will be training in Oosterbeek with most of the first team squad. New signing Anssi Jaakkola has flown out with his new team mates, but fellow goalkeeper Jonathan Bond misses the trip due to injury. Those involved in Euro 2016 will also miss out on Holland but are expected to return to pre-season training next week.

The squad includes a number of academy graduates as the Royals look to "build from within" for the new season. Meanwhile Reading won 2-1 with the remainder of their Under 21 side at Billericay Town last night. The Royals took the lead before the home side equalised, and the Royals needed a late goal to beat the Isthmian League side.


Discussion On This Story:

 Top Flight

» 12 Jul 2016 12:56

We're taking an under 21 side to Billericay tonight.

Anyone have an idea what our squad will look like for tonights game?

Bet365 are offering 2.25 on a Reading win this evening. That looks a decent price for a friendly away to an Isthmian league side. I saw Wealdstone take on QPR under 21s the other day and QPR beat them comfortably. It was only 2-1, but Wealdstone didn't really threaten a professional QPR youth side.

Wealdstone are better than Billericay and our under 21's are better than QPR's. I fancy our lads to win in Essex tonight. I just want to be sure we're taking a decent squad there though first before I pull the trigger on my bet.

Are Kuhl, Samuel, Fosu, Stacey, Kelly, Hyam, Dickie etc. gonna be in Billericay tonight? Or are they all in Holland?


» 12 Jul 2016 13:05

Pretty sure they all travelled to Holland.

 Top Flight

» 12 Jul 2016 13:06

The official website used to have plenty of news and information on it.

We don't even know what squad Jaap has taken to Holland. We have no team news ahead of tonights game at Billericay. I bet most of you didn't even know that we were taking a side to Essex tonight.

What has happened to the RFC media department?

Charles Watts. Can you please find out what our squad will be this evening in Billericay and write a little piece on it for me.
Thanks Charles.


» 12 Jul 2016 13:44

Also the trip to The Netherlands and playing some top team from Saudi on Friday hasn't exactly been well reported. Guess it was all last minute though so perhaps there's a bit of extenuating on their behalf. But then the OS should have posted something by now so just goes to show how utterly inept the club is at communicating.


» 12 Jul 2016 14:43

The club has made numerous cut-backs to staff across the board, and done so very quietly. Perhaps the media team is no exception to that. But keeping the fans up to date seems less of a priority these days.

Off topic, but after AZ bolted leaving us with huge debts, budgets were cut throughout the football club, including planned preventative maintenance. We still haven't increased that budget to where it used to be or should be. You can see some of the effects of this as you walk around the outside of the stadium, with weeds growing on the roof in the gutters, and rust here, there and everywhere. It will cost us more to put these sort of things right than it would have to prevent them. Perhaps the owners are thinking short-term.

 Pepe the Horseman

» 12 Jul 2016 15:40

Someone's been reading hobnob.

Full list of squad members who are part of the tour to Holland:
Ali Al Habsi
Anssi Jaakkola
Lewis Ward
Tennai Watson
Jordan Obita
Jake Cooper
Danzell Gravenberch
Paul McShane
Robert Dickie
Zak Jules
George Evans
Joey Van den Berg
Danny Williams
Liam Kelly
Craig Tanner
Garath McCleary
Yann Kermorgant
Deniss Rakels
Dominic Samuel
Joseph Mendes
Gaston Campi


» 12 Jul 2016 16:00

Mentions Bond's injury but nothing about Kuhl, Stacey or Fosu.

 Lower West

» 12 Jul 2016 18:51

Shakeout has started. League 1 loans this year perhaps.

 The Cube

» 12 Jul 2016 23:10

On the Billericay website, it says that Reading promised to bring "a very strong side" (discuss), and that Reading won 2-1.

And apparently it rained a lot.


» 12 Jul 2016 23:12

Did anybody actually go tonight?


» 13 Jul 2016 08:55

After the game but backed us for £30 at 6/5

 Top Flight

» 13 Jul 2016 09:03

I had a tenner on at 2.25 on Bet 365
I also had a tenner on it on the Betfair exchange at 2.3
Then after we went a goal up, someone on the betfair exchange was laying us off for 2.1, so I slapped another tenner on it at 2.1 when we were leading.

I was sweating on the result though because Billericay equalised and we needed a winner in the last 10 minutes to win the bet.

I also put a tenner on Lincoln Red Imps coming in at half time with the scores level. That was on at 2.75. I thought a disorganised Celtic would struggle in the first half to break down the Red Imps. But I thought Celtic would come good in the second half. The price was too short to back Celtic in the second half so I left it alone. Celtic were awful last night. I also backed Leyton Orient to win at Wealdstone which they duly obliged. So it was a good night from a betting point of view.

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