Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:06:05 BST Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:06:05 BST 1800 Tough Challenge Expected For Reading At West Brom Reading travel to fourth placed West Bromwich Albion this weekend hoping to put the midweek defeat against QPR behind them. After a poor start to the season there were signs things might be beginning to pick up for the Royals, after they recorded their first and second league wins of the season in the space of three games. That was followed by a good showing at Brentford where we were unlucky to just get the single point. However it was back to reality with a dismal first half against QPR and a resulting 0-1 home defeat - our fifth home defeat from six games. <br/><br/> That latest defeat leaves Reading with just nine points from eleven games. Meanwhile West Brom are just a single point from the top of the league after a solid start to the season that has included a 7-1 victory over QPR. <br/><br/> Reading were without top goalscorer Jon Dadi Bodvarsson on Tuesday night after he was injured before the match and both he and Sam Baldock are expected to be missing from the starting eleven at The Hawthorns. Despite being on five bookings already this season, Meite will be eligible as one came in the League Cup and he will be expected to start after signing a new four year contract in the week to keep him with the Royals until 2022. <br/><br/> Young forward Danny Loader will be hoping to make his league debut from the bench after being an unused substitute on Tuesday night. Meanwhile John O'Shea returns from suspension and will make the journey. Paul McShane and Garath McCleary are also both in contention as they attempt to complete their returns from injury. <br/><br/> Former Reading player Hal Robson-Kanu is almost certain to appear at some point later in the game from the bench. After scoring two goals so far this season after coming on as a late substitute, he will of course fancy his chances again his former club as they struggle at the wrong end of the Championship table. <br/><br/> <h3>Recent Meetings With WEST BROM</h3> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" width="100%" style="border:0"> <tr> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>DATE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>REPORT</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">20 February 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/200216.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/200216.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">12 January 2013 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premier League</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/120113.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/120113.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">22 September 2012 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premier League</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/220912.html">West Brom (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/220912.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">08 January 2011 </td> <td class="fixturesh">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080111.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080111.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">27 March 2010 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270310.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270310.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">24 February 2010 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/240210.html">West Brom (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/240210.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">13 February 2010 </td> <td class="fixturesh">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130210.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130210.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">17 October 2009 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/171009.html">West Brom (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/171009.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/760/Tough_Challenge_Expected_For_Reading_At_West_Brom 760 Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:58:16 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Make It Five League Defeats From Six At Home Consistency is the key to success in any sport, and Reading came up short at home again as their stuttering start to the season continues with a fifth defeat in their six league games at the Madejski Stadium this season. Credit has to be given to a Rangers side having a similarly difficult time for a classic away performance. They simply played with an energy which the Royals did not match. The tone was set in the opening minutes when Kelly was caught in possession just inside his own half and immediately Reading's back four were under pressure. Rangers continued to stifle Reading's attempts to attack and passed and moved with a fluidity which should have given them a half time lead. The goal they threatened to score eventually came in the sixty-fourth minute when Leinster hammered home in a goalmouth scramble following a corner. The visitors then managed the game well sitting on a slender lead successfully to take all three points. <br/><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/021018/Reading_0_QPR_1"><Strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/021018/Reading_0_QPR_1"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 0 QPR 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/759/Royals_Make_It_Five_League_Defeats_From_Six_At_Home 759 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 11:14:33 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Fourth Straight Home League Defeat Following an encouraging away win at the weekend, Reading's poor form at home continued with their fourth successive defeat by the odd goal. City, a physically strong and competent passing side, imposed themselves on the game in the early stage, taking the lead with a superbly taken goal from Pukki after fourteen minutes. The Royals dug in and prevented further damage, but apart from a good effort from Meite, did not threaten City's lead. The second half was a different story as Reading, lifted by the introduction of Barrow and Bodvarsson, deservedly leveled the scores with twenty minutes remaining. Remarkably City were back in front within a minute, Vracic finding the corner of the net through a crowded goal mouth as the Reading defence fell apart. The frustration on the pitch was mirrored in the crowd. City managed the game well to keep their lead and left Reading firmly anchored at the bottom of the league. <br/> <A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/190918/Reading_1_Norwich_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/190918/Reading_1_Norwich_2"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Norwich City 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/758/Fourth_Straight_Home_League_Defeat 758 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:13:53 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Watford Cruise To League Cup Victory The gulf in class between the Premier League and the Championship was underlined this evening as Reading were eliminated from the Carabao Cup by a very good second string Watford team. Sloppy play provided Watford with two opportunities who full advantage with two well taken goals. The Premier League side controlled the game throughout and looked far more menacing around the box than Reading. The Royals could not be faulted for their effort and commitment but they were no match for a pacey, slick passing Watford. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/290818/Reading_0_Watford_2">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/290818/Reading_0_Watford_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Watford 2 (League Cup Round 2)</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/757/Watford_Cruise_To_League_Cup_Victory 757 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 09:26:06 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Two Points Thrown Away At Blackburn Paul Clement said that his Reading team are "up and running" after picking up their first point of the season at the fourth attempt at Blackburn Rovers. However, it was a case of two points lost rather than one point gained after Reading led by two goals at half time only to concede twice in the second half. The Royals were well in control at the break after two goals from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson with Reading the better side in the first half. <br/><br/> Blackburn started the game the strongest and it looked like it would be a tough night for the Royals with Mannone making an excellent save to stop the home side taking an early lead. However Bodvarsson turned things around when he made the most of a mistake in the Rovers defence to break free and put the ball over the goalkeeper's head. That goal with just 12 minutes played saw Reading gain confidence. <br/><br/> Reading had made changes from the home defeat to Bolton and Sone Aluko and Leandro Bacuna were both back in the starting team. It was Blackett that created the second goal though on 25 minutes. A quick move down the left saw the ball crossed in for Meite whose effort was well saved. Bodvarsson was there again to smash home and put Reading 2-0 up. <br/><br/> From that point Reading should have gone on to win the game but instead Blackburn were gifted two goals by Paul McShane who had been preferred to Ilori in the centre of defence. The first on 51 minuts was a clear cut foul inside the box and Mulgrew stepped up to blast past Mannone. With 15 minutes left on the clock McShane was again judged to have fouled inside the area, although it appeared a harsh decision. Mulgrew came forward again to score his second from the penalty spot and give Blackburn a 2-2 draw and a share of the points. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/220818/Blackburn_2_Reading_2">Blackburn Rovers 2 Reading 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/756/Two_Points_Thrown_Away_At_Blackburn 756 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 09:23:56 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Southampton Winger Sims Arrives On Season Loan Southampton winger Joshua Sims has joined the Royals on a season long loan. Twenty one year old Sims made his Southampton Premier League debut as a 19 year old in November 2016, starting in a 1-0 victory over Everton and has gone on to make 13 appearances in the Premier League for the Saints over the last two seasons. After being restricted to most of those games as late showings from the bench, and only making 7 appearances in all competitions last season, Southampton are keen to give Sims more experience this season. <br/><Br/> Reading manager Paul Clement describes Sims as "a talented young player that can play on either side, he is a hard worker with a lot of ability and potential, and I'm delighted that he's joining us at Reading." With Reading's lack of success so far this season in the league Clement will be hoping Sims can make an immediate impact and is highly likely to go straight into the team. Sims will be available for selection as Reading travel to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening looking for their first points of the season. http://www.royals.org/news/755/Southampton_Winger_Sims_Arrives_On_Season_Loan 755 Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:54:40 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Poor League Start Continues As Bolton Win The inability of Reading to find the back of the net has been a problem for a long time now and it is one which is stubbornly refusing to go away. After controlling the game in the first half The Royals were caught napping at the back shortly after half time and fell behind to a calmly taken chance by substitute Wildshut. From that point onwards the outcome looked inevitable as Bolton sat back and stifled any attempts by Reading to pick their way through a tight defensive formation. Reading simply lacked the imagination and creativity to create a clear opening, failing to register a single shot attempt on target in the entire second half. This third successive defeat in the league creates the grim statistic of being their worst start to a season since 1959! <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/180818/Reading_0_Bolton_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/180818/Reading_0_Bolton_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Bolton Wanderers 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/754/Poor_League_Start_Continues_As_Bolton_Win 754 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:17:47 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Clement Ponders Team For Bolton Match The Royals will be hoping to build on their League Cup victory over Birmingham during the week and follow it up with a first League win as Bolton Wanderers visit the Madejski Stadium this weekend. Last season Reading and Bolton were battling it out at the bottom of the table to avoid relegation. Reading have carried on where they left off and two defeats see them officially in bottom place in the Championship, meanwhile Bolton have got off to a good start with four points already on the board. Bolton were beaten at Leeds in the League Cup, 1-2, but fielded a dramatically different team in that game. They will see this as an opportunity to continue their good start. <br/><br/> Reading did make changes against Birmingham on Tuesday but still put out a strong side that wasn't far away from first choice. The victory, with goals from Meite and Swift, was a big confidence boost but may have come at a price with a number of players taking minor knocks. Barrow left the pitch in the first half with an apparent hamstring problem and could well be out of action, or at least rested, against Bolton. Meite and Bacuna should be fit for selection but also had minor injuries during the match. <br/><br/> Liam Moore made his return to action and will be hoping he did enough to warrant a start in the centre of defence in the League. Ilori and McShane will also be in with a good should depending on Clement's choice of formation for a game we want to set out to win. Up front Bodvarsson could be back in the team, but Clement could opt to give Baldock and McNulty another go together. http://www.royals.org/news/753/Clement_Ponders_Team_For_Bolton_Match 753 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:43:56 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Get Watford At Home In League Cup Reading will play Watford at home on Tuesday 28 August in the second round of the League Cup. Reading were 2-0 winners over Birmingham City to progress to the second round, however Premier League Watford come straight in at the second round stage of the competition and will begin their cup campaign at Reading. Watford kicked off their Premier League season with a 2-0 home win over Brighton last weekend. <br/><br/> Our last games against Watford were in the 2014/2015 season when we lost 1-4 away and 0-1 at home. The last time we played Watford in the League Cup was also a home fixture in September 2004. Back then a side that included Hahnemann, Murty, Convey, Sidwell and Kitson went down 0-3 in a poor game at the Madejski Stadium. http://www.royals.org/news/752/Reading_Get_Watford_At_Home_In_League_Cup 752 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:27:58 BST Hob Nob Anyone? How Technology May Change Things at Reading FC <b>Micro cameras.</b><br /><br /> With the dust just settling on the thrilling World Cup in Russia, screens and cameras have been somewhat more in the footballing news than usual. VAR proved controversial, and many pundits had a lot to say about this new innovation. Overall the general consensus was that although it led to some delay and one or two overzealous decisions, more times than most it helped. It was especially good at highlighting sneaky aggressive behaviours from some of the more 'expressive' teams. <br /><br /> There will, no doubt, have to be some refining of on-pitch practices to make sure VAR runs a little more smoothly and less intrusively in time. But talking of intrusive cameras, one of the most interesting future technological developments is micro cameras, which will offer viewers unparalleled quality and choice of viewing angles. <br /><br /> Many companies are working on invisible weightless cameras that will be worn on the shirts of players. It may be a year or two after future Messis and Ronaldos wear them that readers of Hob Nob Anyone? see <a href="http://www.royals.org/man_of_match.php">our own players</a> sporting this new technology, but it is an exciting prospect nonetheless.<br /><br /> <img border="0" style="max-width:80%;" src="/images/clip_image002_0003.jpg" alt="https://gathercontent-production-miniatures-800px.s3.amazonaws.com/1532349101_8325_a29066cc1c8e2e1395c08f39226a28a9" /> <br /> <em>Future Messis will have camera-carrying kit.</em> <br /><br /> Anyone who has watched <a href="https://www.formula1.com/">Formula One</a> will know that jerkiness and unclear pictures from the on-helmet cameras diminish the experience somewhat, so the techies are working hard to ensure an optimum user experience with shirt micro cameras. This is an especially difficult challenge for soccer techies obviously, as movement is more extreme than a relatively steady car on a racing track, or a gliding skier coming down a slope. <br /><br /> With soccer players jumping, leaping and running around all over the place, there is much scope for a nearly impossible <a href="https://www.statista.com/topics/3155/television-industry-in-the-united-kingdom-uk/">viewing experience</a>. Tech companies are working on a self-levelling micro camera system that is still nearly weightless. The technology borrows mechanisms from diving technology which uses water and vacuums to make absolute steady pictures under pressure. This should ensure an excellent viewer experience, but the technology is in very early stages. <br /><br /> No longer will Reading fans be at the mercy of the cameramen and producers to choose the angle and viewpoints of the match action, they can choose themselves, and access replays as they like. If the technology develops as is predicted, several cameras may be an option, so boot micro cameras and head micro cameras can provide additional scope than just the standard shirt micro camera. <br /><br /> <b>Do Cyborgs eat Hob Nobs?</b> <br /><br /> Who would have thought, when this website was founded in 1994, that it would only be 22 years later when the idea of cyborgs playing on our beloved pitch became a realistic proposition rather than just a sci-fi fantasy. <br /><br /> In Zurich two years ago the first ever Cyborg Games was held and it was a solid success. As technology, human health and sporting activity move inexorably together, the options for football become more and more interesting. On our pitches semi-cyborg football games could become an interesting additional to the <a href="http://www.royals.org/fixtures.html">traditional matches</a>. <br /><br /> There is little doubt in most people's minds that watching a field full of robots play against one another would not be anywhere near as appealing as watching two teams of humans, it may even be a little bit sad. But watching an enhanced human team play another enhanced human team will keep the interest levels high and the robotics side may make things even more interesting. Think of it as a kind of human Robot Wars, but playing football, not a fight to the death. This also has the scope <a href="https://sports.betway.com/en/sports/cat/esports/">to give whole additional levels of interest to the online betting community</a>.<br /><br /> <img border="0" style="max-width:80%;" src="/images/clip_image004_0001.jpg" alt="https://gathercontent-production-miniatures-800px.s3.amazonaws.com/1532349101_8684_542decf93ed4a845588c36c31b5a41f5" /> <br /> <em>On the pitch in the future?</em> <br /><br /> The Beautiful Game doesn't really need innate enhancing or disrupting, but futurists and technologists are trying to build a beautiful technological game as a complement to the original. Even if the end product doesn't end up being a success, there is no doubt that many ancillary and corollary technological lessons will be learned. A hob nob-nibbling semi-cyber goalie may yet be seen on our pitches, even if it is just a twenty minute taster warm up for the crowd, before the <a href="http://www.royals.org/news/742/End_of_the_Season:_Now_a_Look_into_Preseason">real human match</a>. <br /> Trials at the first ever Cyborg Games show a success in games where people were slightly enhanced with cyborg-esque elements. Initially this technology is being used for disabled people, and it brings a whole new meaning to the phrase level playing field. <br /><br /> <b>Progressive Press Conferences.</b> <br /><br /> At the moment press conferences can feel slightly stale. This may be a format in need of revitalisation and technology will probably be able to help. In tennis, Roger Federer famously referred to his obligation to attend press conferences after all matches like going to speak to his psychotherapist every day. This may not be the ideal format to get the best from the athlete and for the listening sports consuming public. <br /><br /> Several tech companies are developing systems that combine artificial intelligence, <a href="https://www.google.com/search/howsearchworks/algorithms/">algorithms</a> and social media. These platforms will enable the fans to be the ones who ask the questions, alongside the media professionals. This isn't perhaps a novel idea, it just sounds like a Twitter Q and A session, but that isn't quite the case.<br /><br /> <img border="0" style="max-width:80%;" src="/images/clip_image006_0000.jpg" alt="https://gathercontent-production-miniatures-800px.s3.amazonaws.com/1532349102_3170_c05c822ee69cb9045f66a8024bea8d98" /> <br /> <em>Tech may help keep future Jurgens more engaged.</em> <br /><br /> What these new platforms do is use AI and algorithms to increase the quality of questions that, let's be honest, isn't always very high if Twitter alone is used. The AI actively seeks out originality of thought in the fans' and press members' submitted questions, then compares them with the archived store of all the particular athlete's previously asked questions, and then compares them to an archive of all other press conference questions and answers and works out which are most likely to elicit an interesting response, all happening in real time. <br /><br /> This format will allow us to see how often the public come up with better questions than the media professionals. Also, if the athlete or Reading FC player knows he or she is getting the best quality questions that human and computer thought combined can offer, then they can't really complain too any more. </p> http://www.royals.org/news/751/How_Technology_May_Change_Things_at_Reading_FC 751 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:03:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Get First Win Of The Season Reading delivered a much needed confidence boost for the team and fans alike with a 2-0 home victory over a poor Birmingham City in the first round of the League Cup. Reading's first win of the season was comfortable enough thanks to two good goals - one in the first half from Yakou Meite and a stunning second half free kick from the boot of John Swift. In the end this was a straight forward victory with Reading enjoying the better of the match and looking solid for their win without ever looking over impressive apart from two well taken goals. <br/><br/> Paul Clement made changes for this League Cup game but the changes weren't over dramatic and the starting eleven was clearly a very strong side rather than a reserve team. Sam Walker got his first start in goal and Moore was finally recalled to the side after his summer transfer drama. Swift was back in the team after sitting it out during our weekend league defeat at Nottingham Forest. Up front we started with both Baldock and McNulty with Bodvarsson ending as an unused substitute. <br/><br/> McNulty should be pleased with his performance that included setting up the first goal with an excellent ball to Meite. Overall we were not particularly strong up front but the defence was again impressive with sold performances from the back four. Defensively we clearly have plenty of options now Moore clearly up for the challenge and there was even time to O'Shea to make an appearance from the bench late on and show he can still do a job. In goal Walker did nothing wrong and should provide some competition for Manone. <br/><br/> League Cup first round games are miles away from the demands of a League game, but there were plenty of positives for Reading to take into their home fixture with Bolton on Saturday. Clement clearly has a good squad to pick from and options to pick from in nearly every position. It may be early days but three points are a must on Saturday against a side that Reading should expect to beat if they are to do anything this season. Before that we have the interest of the second round draw that takes place on Thursday. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/140818/Reading_2_Birmingham_0">Reading 2 Birmingham City 0</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/750/Reading_Get_First_Win_Of_The_Season 750 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:30:23 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Plenty Of Changes Expected For League Cup Game Reading manager Paul Clement looks set to make plenty of changes tonight as Birmingham City visit the Madejski Stadium for a first round League Cup tie. The Royals might enjoy a break from the league after two straight defeats sees them bottom of the very early Championship table. Birmingham haven't done much better and have just a single point to show from their league games with a 2-2 home draw against Norwich and a 0-1 defeat on the road at Middlesbrough. <br/><br/> Last season Reading got through two rounds of the League Cup before a third round exit at home to Swansea City. This time around Reading have a tougher start against Championship opposition and will be looking to use the tie to give some match action to players who have been forced to wait their turn. The same will apply to the visitors who are certain to also mix up their starting eleven for a match that has little significance. <br/><br/> For Reading we should see players who have been on the bench make some starts and that could include McNulty up front, Richards in defence and both Swift and O'Shea will be hoping to get some game time to make a claim for a starting place in the league. New signing Sam Walker is likely to be given a chance in goal after signing from Colchester in the summer. <br/><br/> Last season Birmingham City were 2-0 winners against Reading in the league at the Madejski. So Reading will be hoping to repeat their away performance from the last campaign when goals from Bodvarsson and Evans secured an away win by the same score line. Our last cup game against City was way back in January 2007 whenre we were 3-2 winners on the road. <h3>Recent Meetings With Birmingham City</h3> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" width="100%" style="border:0"> <tr> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>DATE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>REPORT</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">02 January 2018 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/020118.html">Birmingham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/020118.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">26 August 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260817.html">Birmingham (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260817.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">31 January 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/310117.html">Birmingham (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/310117.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">13 September 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130916.html">Birmingham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130916.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">09 April 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/090416.html">Birmingham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/090416.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">08 August 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/080815.html">Birmingham (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/080815.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">22 April 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/220415.html">Birmingham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/220415.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">13 December 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/131214.html">Birmingham (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-6</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/131214.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">22 March 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/220314.html">Birmingham (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/220314.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">28 September 2013 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/280913.html">Birmingham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/280913.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">28 April 2012 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/280412.html">Birmingham (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/280412.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">06 November 2011 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/061111.html">Birmingham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/061111.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/749/Plenty_Of_Changes_Expected_For_League_Cup_Game 749 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:26:44 BST Hob Nob Anyone?