Reading Football Club News: September 2017

Royals Limp Out Of League Cup

19 September 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Swansea progressed to the last sixteen of the Caraboa Cup with a comfortable victory over a Reading side with insufficient fire power to mount any kind of sustained pressure on their Premier League opponents defence. After a goalless first half Swansea took the lead early in the second half when Mawson was allowed sufficient space to flick home a Sanches corner at the near post. Swansea looked in control from that point and secured their victory courtesy of a refereeing blunder from Andy Davies. Davies' poor positioning resulted in him deflecting an Evans pass to Fer on the half way line. With the Reading defence pushing forward Fer slid the ball to Ayew who ran through to curl the ball past Jaakkola. Reading had looked unlikely to find and equaliser and the second goal put the result beyond doubt.

Reading Scramble Point At Brentford

16 September 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading came away from Griffin Park with just a point, after another disappointing afternoon in the Championship. The Royals were perhaps lucky to secure even that point after being behind for most of the game to a well worked 16th minute goal from Brentford.

The home side might have expected their first win of the League season against a poor Reading side after having much the better of the first half, and thoroughly deserved their lead at the break. The Royals were improved in the second half and drew level when Moore was tripped inside the area with seventy minutes on the clock. Liam Kelly, who had a lively game for the Royals, stepped up to score the penalty to make it 1-1.

Despite coming from behind, it was Brenford that finished the stronger side. Mannone was forced to make a couple of save to keep Reading in the game, and Brentford would have won it if a further couple of efforts hadn't been put wide and high.

Brentford successfully limited Reading's possession football in the first half and should have made more of their chances. However, throughout the game, it remained a familiar story for Reading with a lack of power up front. Bodvarsson managed just a half before being substituted at the break as manager Jaap Stam tried to inject some life into the Royals. On this performance there is plenty of work for Stam to do to bring this season to life.

Reading Travel To Winless Brentford

15 September 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading travel the short distance to Brentford this weekend hoping to improve on recent results. Both Reading and Brentford have suffered slow starts to the season, with Brentford still without a league win after seven games. The Bees are favourites with That's a Goal's accumulator tips to be relegated and are one off the bottom of the table with their only points of the campaign coming from three draws. Brentford fans will see this as a great opportunity for their first full three points, playing against a 17th placed Reading side who have only picked up two wins themselves in the league.

Despite securing up some impressive signings before the transfer window closed, the Royals were unable to find the net last Saturday and slumped to a 0-1 home defeat against Bristol City. It was a frustrating afternoon for Reading who did most things right but failed to convert their chances. The game saw new signings Aluko and Edwards both involved, and they will both be hoping to build on their debuts. Aluko played the full 90 minutes, but Dave Edwards came off the bench to replace Liam Kelly and will be hoping to claim a starting place.

Bodvarsson, back from injury, started the fixture but was guilty of wasting our best chances. Manager Jaap Stam may well vary things up front for the trip to Brentford but will still be missing Kermorgant who finished last season so strongly and is seriously missed this term. Reading will almost certainly need more than one goal if they are to collect three points from this fixutre - which is a huge ask. Our last clean sheet at Griffin Park was 23 games ago.

Last season we were on the wrong end of a 1-4 scoreline, with Kermorgant scoring our only goal from the penalty spot. However, the season before that, back in the summer of 2015 we were 3-1 winners with two goals from Blackman and one from Sa. A similar result feels hard to imagine right now even against a Brentford side that is well off the form they were expecting this season. The Bees should be desperate for the win, so it could be another frustrating afternoon for the travelling Reading fans.

Recent Meetings With Brentford

14 February 2017 Championship Brentford (HOME) W: 3-2 Read report...
27 September 2016 Championship Brentford (Away) L: 1-4 Read report...
28 December 2015 Championship Brentford (HOME) L: 1-2 Read report...
29 August 2015 Championship Brentford (Away) W: 3-1 Read report...
25 April 2015 Championship Brentford (HOME) L: 0-2 Read report...
04 October 2014 Championship Brentford (Away) L: 1-3 Read report...

An Evening With Trevor Senior and Jamie Cureton

15 September 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

The Reading FC Former Players' Association will soon be hosting an evening with two goal scoring club legends. On Thursday 5th October, at the Tilehurst British Legion Club, Trevor Senior and Jamie Cureton are sure to strike the right chord with Reading fans as they discuss their time at Reading, before taking questions from fans. Both players need little introduction with their vast haul of goals that proved so vital in Reading promotions.

Trevor Senior is the highest goalscorer in Reading Football Club's history, amassing a huge 191 goals in 362 appearances during two spells with the Royals. After signing from Portsmouth, Trevor was the leading goalscorer across all four Divisions of the English league in the 1983/84 season, hitting 41 goals in all competitions. His goals helped Reading earn promotion out of the Fourth Division as Reading embarked on the best spell of their history at that time. Trevor's incredible ability to find the net led to another promotion just two years later as Reading went up as Third Division Champions with Trevor scoring 27 times.

Very few players have a career record as extensive as Jamie Cureton. Jamie has continued to score goals into his 40s and has over 300 career goals to his name. Cureton will have plenty of goals to recall, but out of all those goals the firm fans favourite is likely to be the flick past the goalkeeper in front of a packed away end at Brentford in 2002. That goal was decisive in sealing automatic promotion to send Reading back up to Division One. Having already scored 4 goals in just 20 minutes for Bristol Rovers at the Madejski Stadium in 1999, Jamie turned to Reading hero after signing in 2000. Jamie spent three memorable seasons with the Royals, scoring 55 times.

The two players will offer a rare insight into two great periods at Reading FC. It is sure to be a fascinating evening and a great opportunity to celebrate the success of two of Reading's most prolific strikers.

The perfect host for the evening is of course former Reading FC defender, and Welsh international, BBC Berkshire's Ady Williams. Like Trevor Senior, Ady had two spells at Reading Football Club. During his first spell Ady played alongside Trevor, and on return he found himself in the same team as Jamie Cureton. Ady is sure to relish his reunion with both players and provide some questions guaranteed to entertain the audience.

Tickets for the evening are on-sale for £20, which includes entry and fish and chip supper. Doors and Bar opens at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. After a break for food, a question and answer session between the players and the audience will get underway. This event seems certain to be popular so please book early on the Association's website

The Reading FC Former Players' Association aims to reunite colleagues, former players and managers of Reading Football Club. We provide a voice and help to our members, including, but not limited to, social and welfare support. The Association continues to run as a non-profit organisation with any surplus donated to local charities connected to the Association or Reading Football Club.

Bristol City Take All Three Points

09 September 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

The disappointment of losing to a late goal is always hard to take, but even more so when expectations had been raised by a good away performance at Birmingham and new additions to the squad. Typically Reading enjoyed a lot of possession throughout, but a well organised City pressed high up the pitch from the kick-off denying Reading time and space all over the pitch. Ultimately though, it was poor finishing and good goalkeeping which prevented the Royals from taking anything from this game.

In their best spell just after the interval, new signing Bodvarsson wasted two excellent opportunities to give them the lead. City 'keeper Fielding made excellent saves from Kelly in the first half and Bacuna in the second. As so often happens in football Reading were punished for their inability to convert chances into goals. With six minutes to go the Reading defence failed to deal with a high ball into the box and it fell to Flint who drilled it goalwards low and hard, and although Manone got a hand to it the ball trickled agonising just inside the post. Reading never looked likely to find a way through the City defence in the closing stages and City left with the points.