Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:37:31 BST Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:37:31 BST 1800 New Season Fixtures Released: Derby First Game Reading will start the new 2018/2019 season with a Friday night fixture at the Madejski Stadium against Frank Lampard's Derby County on 3 August. The game will be the first Championship game of the season as it was picked out by Sky Sports to be screened live, due to the interest in Lampard's first game in charge of the Rams after becoming their new manager this summer. <br/><br/> Our Boxing Day fixture this season will be a trip to Millwall, and as well as starting the season at home, the Royals will end the campaign with a home fixture against Birmingham City on Sunday 5 May. <br/><br/> <a href="/fixtures.html"><strong>Reading FC 2018/2019 - Fixture List >></strong></a></li> <P> <strong>Reading FC 2018/2019 - New Season Fixtures in full:</strong> </p> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" width="100%" style="border:0"> <tr> <th class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>DATE</b></td> <th class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>OPPOSITION</b></td> <th class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <th class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>H/A</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Fri 3 August</td> <td class="fixturesh">Derby County </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 11 August</td> <td class="fixtures">Nottingham Forest </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Mon 13 August</td> <td class="fixturesh">Birmingham City </td> <td class="fixturesh">League Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 18 August</td> <td class="fixturesh">Bolton Wanderers </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Wed 22 August</td> <td class="fixtures">Blackburn Rovers </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 25 August</td> <td class="fixtures">Aston Villa </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 1 September</td> <td class="fixturesh">Sheffield Wednesday </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 15 September</td> <td class="fixtures">Preston North End </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Wed 19 September</td> <td class="fixturesh">Norwich City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 22 September</td> <td class="fixturesh">Hull City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 29 September</td> <td class="fixtures">Brentford </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Tue 2 October</td> <td class="fixturesh">Queens Park Rangers </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 6 October</td> <td class="fixtures">West Bromwich Albion </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 20 October</td> <td class="fixturesh">Millwall </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Wed 24 October</td> <td class="fixtures">Birmingham City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 27 October</td> <td class="fixtures">Swansea City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 3 November</td> <td class="fixturesh">Bristol City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 10 November</td> <td class="fixturesh">Ipswich Town </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 24 November</td> <td class="fixtures">Wigan Athletic </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Tue 27 November</td> <td class="fixtures">Leeds United </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 1 December</td> <td class="fixturesh">Stoke City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 8 December</td> <td class="fixturesh">Sheffield United </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 15 December</td> <td class="fixtures">Rotherham United </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 22 December</td> <td class="fixturesh">Middlesbrough </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Wed 26 December</td> <td class="fixtures">Millwall </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 29 December</td> <td class="fixtures">Queens Park Rangers </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Tue 1 January</td> <td class="fixturesh">Swansea City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 12 January</td> <td class="fixturesh">Nottingham Forest </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 19 January</td> <td class="fixtures">Derby County </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 26 January</td> <td class="fixtures">Bolton Wanderers </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 2 February</td> <td class="fixturesh">Aston Villa </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 9 February</td> <td class="fixtures">Sheffield Wednesday </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Wed 13 February</td> <td class="fixturesh">Blackburn Rovers </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 16 February</td> <td class="fixtures">Sheffield United </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 23 February</td> <td class="fixturesh">Rotherham United </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 2 March</td> <td class="fixtures">Ipswich Town </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 9 March</td> <td class="fixturesh">Wigan Athletic </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Tue 12 March</td> <td class="fixturesh">Leeds United </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 16 March</td> <td class="fixtures">Stoke City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 30 March</td> <td class="fixturesh">Preston North End </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 6 April</td> <td class="fixtures">Hull City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Tue 9 April</td> <td class="fixtures">Norwich City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 13 April</td> <td class="fixturesh">Brentford </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Fri 19 April</td> <td class="fixtures">Bristol City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Mon 22 April</td> <td class="fixturesh">West Bromwich Albion </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 27 April</td> <td class="fixtures">Middlesbrough </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sun 5 May</td> <td class="fixturesh">Birmingham City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/745/New_Season_Fixtures_Released:_Derby_First_Game 745 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:50:10 BST Hob Nob Anyone? John O'Shea Agrees Move To Reading Reading have agreed the signing of defender John O'Shea, who will complete his move from Sunderland when his contract expires this summer. O'Shea is Reading third summer signing, and like midfielder David Meyler and full back Andy Yiadom he will also arrive at Reading on a free transfer after failing to agree a new contract at his existing club. Thirty-seven year old O'Shea appears to looking for a final chance at Championship level after Sunderland were relegated to League One at the end of the season. He recently retired from International football, playing his last match for the Republic of Ireland last weekend. He played the first 33 minutes to earn his 118th cap for Ireland as they defeated the United States 2-1. <Br/><br/> Opinion is split on the signing of a player at the end of his career who has been involved in consecutive relegations with Sunderland. However there is no doubt, as Reading manager Paul Clement points out, that "John has played and won at the very highest level". After retiring from International duty, O'Shea has signed a one year contract at Reading and will be hoping to make a final impact after an impressive career with Manchester United and Sunderland. From 1999 to 2011 he made 256 appearances for United, scoring ten goals, and played in every position for the club. In the summer of 2011 he moved to Sunderland for an undisclosed fee and went on to record a further 226 appearances - the vast majority in the Premier League. http://www.royals.org/news/744/John_O'Shea_Agrees_Move_To_Reading 744 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:35:08 BST Hob Nob Anyone? David Meyler To Join On A Free Midfielder David Meyler has become Reading's second confirmed signing of the summer, following full back Andy Yiadom who will sign a four year contract with Reading next month when his contract at Barnsley expires. Meyler will join Reading, signing a two year contract, from Hull City and will also be a free signing when his contract at Hull expires this summer. <br/><br/> Twenty nine year old Meyler spent his youth at Cork City before moving to Sunderland, then in the Premier League. He failed to secure a regular first team place at Sunderland before moving to Hull City in November 2012, initially on loan. After impressing on loan he was signed up for 1.5 million pounds before the January transfer window closed and went on to become a regular in Hull's side as they secured promotion to the Premier League. <br/><br/> Meyler then went on to make 78 Premier League appearances for Hull over two spells in the top tier, and he leaves Hull after failing to agree a new contract after the club struggled in the Championship last season. His Hull City career saw him make 191 appearances and scoring 19 goals. During his successful time at Hull he also managed to hit the headlines for being on the receiving end of Alan Pardew's infamous touchline headbutt. <br/><br/> Meyler is a current Republic of Ireland International and came on as a second half substitute in Ireland's 0-2 defeat in France last week. http://www.royals.org/news/743/David_Meyler_To_Join_On_A_Free 743 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 11:52:41 BST Hob Nob Anyone? End of the Season: Now a Look into Preseason <p><img src="/images/clement2.jpg" style="max-width:100%"></p> <p>The summer holidays don't exist for a manager, that can probably be more so said for Paul Clement who wasn't exactly handed over the finest squad from Jaap Stam at the back end of the season.</p> <p>Results weren't exactly superb since Clement took the job, winning just two in eight, so he'll be desperate to make a few signings early this summer.</p> <p>The rumour mill is already starting as bookmakers release their Championship odds for next season. </p> <p>Reading are fourth favourite to go down next season and it's looking likely most will be putting their money in that direction.</p> <p>You'll get some great odds on the Royals to go up though. It's worth shopping around for odds, with a good <a href="https://www.freebets.co.uk/coral/">Coral bookmaker review</a> for the new season looking a good punt.</p> <p>It wasn't long ago Reading were in the Play Off Final, so a good summer from Clement could sent them back towards the top. </p> <p><strong>How Will Clement Approach Preseason?</strong></p> <p>The former Swansea man has already suggested he'll be a busy man, reviewing the huge imbalance within the squad.</p> <p>It's likely he will be sending plenty out of the door and has mentioned quality over quantity being the operative term.</p> <p>How much he will have to spend will be interesting. There has already been rumours that Liam Moore may leave for a bigger club. Of course, most would want to see him stay at the Madejski, but if he was to leave he would demand a huge fee.</p> <p>An experienced centre half would then be needed, but Clement may want to strengthen here anyway given the large number of goals conceded last term.</p> <p><strong>A Midfield Clearout?</strong></p> <p>The club have a huge amount of midfielders within the squad and it's likely Clement will aim for a mass clearout in replacement for added quality.</p> <p>Someone with a creative spark or box-to-box man would be ideal, and you'd think adding quality to the midfield will be at the top of the shopping list. </p> <p>The same will apply to the wing, with the club <a href="http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/sport/16226297.READING_FC__Winger_Ronan_Curtis_on_Royals__radar/">apparently monitoring Ronan Curtis</a>, Derry's talented attacking midfielder, while Steve Sidwell is also rumoured.</p> <p><strong>Another Striker!</strong></p> <p>It seems like it happens every season, but Clement will surely be on the lookout for a man who can find the net regularly. </p> <p>If the club want to place at the top end of the table next season then they're going to have to put away more chances. </p> <p>Bodvarsson was consistent enough throughout the season but still only bagged 10 in all competitions. It's an issue that needs resolving but could be heavily dictated by the kitty available.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/742/End_of_the_Season:_Now_a_Look_into_Preseason 742 Fri, 25 May 2018 17:27:44 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Safe As Disappointing Season Finally Ends Reading finished their hugely disappointing season with an impressive result at Premier League bound Cardiff City. The 0-0 draw would have been enough to keep Reading up regardless of other results, but with Burton and Barnsley both losing, Reading were always going to be safe on the final day of the Championship season. Cardiff found themselves in a similar situation with Fulham's defeat also meaning they were promoted as runners-up whatever the scoreline with the Royals. With Cardiff already promoted and Reading already safe from relegation, and with home fans eager to get on the pitch to celebrate promotion the last few minutes were spent with Reading just knocking the ball around the defence waiting for the final whistle. That summed up the game perfectly - perhaps with scorelines elsewhere the early pressure quickly evaporated and both teams then lacked urgency and were happy to settle for a point with time running out. <br/><br/> Before the match everyone was expecting Reading to take a battering at the hands of Cardiff. Before heading to a side who will be playing in the top tier next season, the Royals had let in seven goals and scored none in their last two league defeats. Reading's last 16 games had seen them earn just 2 wins. Meanwhile Cardiff had secured 11 wins over the same period and despite a wobble towards the end of the season they had still won three out of their last four games. It was a surprise to find Reading deep in Cardiff territory for the opening five minutes but soon enough the game turned and it was Reading who found the ball in their half for most of the rest of the game. <br/><br/> Despite beginning to dominate the game Cardiff struggled to really test Mannone, and were limited to longer range efforts that failed to find the target. Despite a bright start Reading found themselves on the defensive for the rest of the game and finished after notching up just a single off-target shot in the entire game. I imagine the neutral watching on Sky TV had turned off long before the final whistle. Despite taking it to the last day of the season, you always felt that Reading would stay up. Next season could be a different story if this form and this football continues. <br/><br/> Reading finished the season in 20th place and three points away from the drop. That's our lowest placing since our promotion out of the third tier in 2002. Paul Clement has a tough job ahead of him to turn Reading's fortunes around next season. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/060518/Cardiff_0_Reading_0"><strong>Cardiff City 0 Reading 0</strong></a> - Fan Opinion<a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/741/Reading_Safe_As_Disappointing_Season_Finally_Ends 741 Thu, 10 May 2018 09:57:24 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Set To Lose At Cardiff But Stay Up Reading enter the final day of the Championship tomorrow knowing that there is still an outside chance of relegation, after a hugely disappointing season. The Royals will be relegated to League One if they lose at Cardiff, Birmingham draw or win, and both Barnsley and Burton also win their games. It's a hugely unlikely situation and the most likely outcome remains a solid defeat for Reading at Cardiff City and Reading staying up thanks to someone else dropping vital points at the bottom of the table. <br/><br/> Cardiff City need a victory to guarantee second place in the table and promotion to the Premier League. Reading are seen as perfect opposition to pick up the three points they need. However, if Reading could somehow cause a shock, then just a single point would guarantee our survival regardless of other results. Sky have chosen to screen the game live (12:30pm kick-off) so they can capture the scenes as Cardiff secure promotion. It will be a strange day for Reading fans if everything goes as expected and we secure safety on the back of another heavy defeat. <br/><br/> <strong>Final Day Fixtures - How Reading could still go down:</strong> <ul> <li><strong>Cardiff -v- Reading</strong> - First of all we would have to lose at Cardiff - obviously very likely.</li> <li><strong>Birmingham -v- Fulham</strong> - Birmingham would need at least a point to move above us, which is going to be very difficult against a Fulham side who themselves have to win to have a chance of second place. Fulham will need Reading to help them out at Cardiff or it's the play-offs for them.</li> <li><strong>Derby -v- Barnsley</strong> - Barnsley have to win at Derby. However Derby need at least a point to be sure of a play-off finish.</li> <li><strong>Preston -v- Burton</strong> - Burton have to win at Preston. Preston must win to have any chance of catching Derby and stealing the last play-off place.</li> </ul> <p> All the teams that need to get results to send Reading down are playing against teams that themselves need results to have a shot at promotion. It's unthinkable that both Barnsley and Burton could win on the road against play-off chasing teams. With everything considered it seems very unlikely that Reading could end up in the bottom three on the final day - but it's definitely not impossible. </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/740/Royals_Set_To_Lose_At_Cardiff_But_Stay_Up 740 Sat, 05 May 2018 22:26:37 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Still Not Safe After Late Collapse If Reading manage to hang on to their Championship status next week they can count themselves very lucky indeed after today's inept performance. All the shortcomings of the current Reading squad surfaced in the final twenty minutes of the most important game of an extremely poor season. Individual errors and a lack of character contributed to an unbelievable capitulation to a fairly average Ipswich side. The lack of application and commitment was inexcusable from a group of professional footballers. The result puts Reading at greater risk of taking a drop in to League One and yet remarkably they still may survive even if they get thrashed away to a Cardiff City side playing for an automatic promotion spot next week. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/280418/Reading_0_Ipswich_4"><Strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/280418/Reading_0_Ipswich_4">Reading 0 Ipswich Town 4</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/739/Reading_Still_Not_Safe_After_Late_Collapse 739 Sun, 29 Apr 2018 15:13:21 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Three Games To Secure Championship Football Reading hit the road this weekend hoping to take some of their home form with them on their travels. Since Paul Clement took over as Reading boss after the departure of Jaap Stam, the Royals have picked up 7 points from a possible 9 to ease relegation fears. Although Reading are still not yet safe from the drop, a victory at Sheffield Wednesday would almost certainly mean that the Royals will be playing Championship football again next season. <Br/><br/> However, a Reading defeat combined with a Barnsley victory at Leeds United would make for very nervous times as the season draws to a close. After Saturday's trip to Hillsborough, Reading wrap up the season with a home game against Ipswich Town before ending the season at promotion chasing Cardiff City. With just three games left it is definitely all to play for as Reading, Bolton, Birmingham and Barnsley all look to drop each other into the final relegation place with Sunderland and Burton already looking doomed. Reading fans will be keeping their eyes on the scores at Birmingham who play at home against Sheffield United and Bolton who host already promoted Wolves. Reading could off course stay up without winning another game, but it would be great to secure some points and avoid the bottom three due to our own efforts. <Br/><br/> Sheffield Wednesday themselves weren't far from the bottom three earlier this year, but four wins from their last six games has guaranteed them a mid-table finish and they will go into the game with nothing to play for. Having picked up form recently they are favourites for the win and also have the luxury of the return from injury of a number of first team players. Clement will have the same squad to pick from this week after last weekend's 2-2 home draw with Sunderland. Bacuna will still be missing from the team due to suspension after his red card at Fulham. On-loan Tommy Elphick, who looked so good on his arrival, could return before the end of the season as he has returned to training but this game will come too soon. <Br/><br/> Reading's recent form against Sheffield Wednesday has been excellent despite our FA Cup defeat at Hillsborough earlier this season. Before that we were undefeated in six games against them including a 2-0 away win in our last league fixture at their place. Kermorgant and Popa scored the all important goals in that fixture roughly this time last year. Earlier this season we shared the points in a game with no goals at the Madejski Stadium. <Br/><br/> <h3>Recent Meetings With Sheffield Wednesday</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="fixtures">26 January 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260118.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260118.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">25 November 2017 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/251117.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/251117.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">17 March 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/170317.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/170317.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">10 December 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/101216.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/101216.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">23 January 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230116.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230116.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">19 August 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190815.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190815.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">31 January 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/310115.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/310115.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">20 September 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200914.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200914.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">08 February 2014 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080214.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080214.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">02 November 2013 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/021113.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 2-5</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/021113.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/738/Three_Games_To_Secure_Championship_Football 738 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:54:49 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Paul Clement Asks Royals To Step Up For Final Games <p><img src="/images/clement.jpg" style="max-width:100%;"></p> <p>Paul Clement described Reading&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/140418/Reading_2_Sunderland_2">2-2 draw against bottom side Sunderland</a> a missed opportunity and has issued a rallying cry to his players to step up and secure their Championship status after a truly forgettable season.</p> <p>Their draw against the Black Cats perhaps sums up the clubs problems, with the club being saved by a late equaliser from Yann Kermorgant. That leaves them five points ahead of the drop zone with three to play.</p> <p>Barnsley have the opportunity to close that gap by three points with their game in hand against Nottingham Forest next Tuesday, which means there&rsquo;s still plenty to play for.</p> <p>Clement wasn&rsquo;t impressed with Saturday&rsquo;s performance and has encouraged the players to play smarter. Following the game he said, &ldquo;The more we play like we did against Sunderland, the more it&rsquo;s in the lap of the gods what will happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>Despite this, Clement has lost only two of his five games in charge of the Royals, both against teams challenging for automatic promotion, while they&rsquo;ve also picked up vital wins against Preston and QPR.</p> <p>Sheffield Wednesday is next for Clement. Bookmakers across sites like <a href="http://www.top100bookmakers.com">www.top100bookmakers.com</a> are placing the South Yorkshire side as clear favourites, despite sitting just three places above Reading in 16th.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a big game for the club, who could help calm the nerves of those around the Madejski with a win, but Ipswich at home the following weekend is the one that could really put daylight between them and the bottom clubs with a win. </p> <p>Ipswich are without a manager and have one just one of their last five games, so are there for the taking. Clement is <a href="https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/clement-issues-rallying-call-to-reading-fc-players-for-final-three-matches/">staying calm about the situation</a>, following a relegation battle with Swansea last season.</p> <p>He added, &ldquo;We need points in the next three games to make sure we're safe but we have to make sure we don't get in the situation where we have to get a result otherwise there is a consequence.&rdquo;</p> <p>So far this season Reading have managed to avoid that. They&rsquo;re yet to enter the relegation zone this season and their fate will remain in their own hands if Clement can continue their current run of form. </p> <p>He believes his side are ready to step up to the challenge, and next week&rsquo;s Ipswich game could be the day it gets sealed. It&rsquo;s certainly the game where the points look available. Going to Cardiff on the last day of the season needing a result is not where Clement wants to be. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s not where we want to be either!</p> http://www.royals.org/news/737/Paul_Clement_Asks_Royals_To_Step_Up_For_Final_Games 737 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:08:45 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Clement Keeps His Unbeaten Home Record With so much at stake for both sides the tense and cautious first half of this match was to be expected. However when Liam Kelly put Reading ahead from the spot after twenty minutes the game quickly gathered momentum culminating in a chaotic finale in which both teams spurned excellent opportunities to snatch the crucial winning goal. The 2-2 draw may have lacked nothing in terms of drama but left Sunderland almost certainly relegated and Reading far from safe. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/140418/Reading_2_Sunderland_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/140418/Reading_2_Sunderland_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 2 Sunderland 2</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/736/Clement_Keeps_His_Unbeaten_Home_Record 736 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:28:23 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Paying Third Highest in Agents Fees <p><img src="/images/kermie.jpg" alt="Yann Kermorgant" style="max-width:100%; width:100%;"></p> <p>The Championship table is upside down, at least according to a new report that has revealed the staggering amounts paid to agents in the Championship.</p> <p>While the Royals are struggling in 19th place, they've paid a huge GBP2.85million in agents fees, the third highest in the division. </p> <p>It's a worrying figure for the club, who have failed to build on the progress in the play-offs last term. What that means is that if they're to bounce back next season those fees may be even higher.</p> <p>Only Aston Villa and Sunderland have larger fees, with the former paying over GBP5.5million. At least they're challenging though.</p> <p>Bookies and sites such as <a href="http://www.betandskill.com/">Bet and Skill</a> continue to have us down as second favourite for every game, while the Villans are hotly tipped to return to the Premier League.</p> <p>Amazingly, Wolves, who have been heavily helped by Jorge Mendes paid just GBP2million in agents fees, which would perhaps say some remain confidential.</p> <p>That looks the case within the transfer of Tiago Ilori, whose transfer is omitted from the <a href="http://www.thefa.com/news/2018/apr/03/payments-fees-intermediaries-030418">official FA list of agents fees</a>. </p> <p>Included in the list is the record fee for Sone Aluko and moves of Leandro Bacuna and Joey van der Berg. </p> <p>New contracts for Yann Kermorgant, Liam Kelly and Jordan Obita are also included on top of a number of youth contracts. </p> <p>Agents fees have been a worry for some time now on football, and it's perhaps why The FA have gone to the lengths they have to pass law to reveal them. </p> <p>What's perhaps most frustrating from a Reading point of view is that on the pitch it hasn't done us any favours. </p> <p>Aluko has netted just twice and Leandro Bacuna has made just 13 appearances for the club. You can't help but feel the fees should at least be representative of the position in the table.</p> <p>Otherwise that's GBP2.85million squandered. Wasted when it could have been spent on another signing. </p> <p>It isn't just in the Championship where the fees are phenomenal though. As you can imagine, the figures in the Premier League are baffling. Liverpool have spent over GBP200million in the last year, while even Bournemouth have forked out over GBP7million.</p> <p>What's perhaps most shocking is further down the leagues. In the National League, that's non-league football, Leyton Orient spent nearly GBP40,000 while Hartlepool United, a team who have had severe financial problems have spent almost GBP19,000.</p> <p>If there ever needed to be a sign that players and their agents are taking over the beautiful game, here it is. And you have to worry it's only going to get worse. </p> http://www.royals.org/news/734/Reading_Paying_Third_Highest_in_Agents_Fees 734 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:10:11 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Chris Gunter's Chinese Fan Club Is Just Fantastic <p><img src="/images/gunter.jpg" alt="Chris Gunter playing for Wales" style="max-width:100%; width:100%;"></p> <p> It's fair to say Chris Gunter is a Welsh football legend. He's the nation's all-time appearance holder and has yet to even hit his 30s. But still, it's somewhat of a surprise when an entire nation, other than Wales, really takes to him.</p> <p>Wales' trip to China revealed one of the most surprising things to the world of football perhaps of all time. Chris Gunter is an absolute footballing icon in China. Yes, really.</p> <p>Of course, don't take our word for it. Check out the video below:</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cyl3kHaQmSo" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>On a serious note, Gunter was out there with the Welsh national team to take part in the China cup alongside China, Czech Republic and Uruguay. It was a special week for the right-back as he surpassed the late Gary Speed's record to become his country's most capped outfield player of all time. </p> <p>And he has a fairly decent time of it too. Despite the Royals' lowly form, Gunter played the full 90 minutes against China in their 6-0 win and enjoyed 79 in their defeat against Uruguay in the Final.</p> <p>It was a tough test for Gunter, who had to go up against the likes of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and a side in which <a href="http://www.worldcuptips.com/">World Cup tips</a> are suggesting will challenge into the latter stages.</p> <p>Wales of course narrowly missed out on the World Cup, so it'll be a free summer for Gunter, along with much of the rest of the squad. Only Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has any real hope of being on a plane to Russia, with the Icelandic national team. It'll be their first World Cup tournament, following their incredible journey at Euro 2016, which saw them knock out England. Bodvarsson was a part of that team and will be out to cause a few surprises once again. </p> <p>Elsewhere this week, Anssi Jaakkola remained on the bench for Finland in their draw with Macedonia and Leandro Bacuna got a full 90 minutes for Curacao in their 1-1 draw with Bolivia. Modou Barrow also got a game for The Gambia in their 1-1 draw with Central African Republic.</p> <p>In the next few days, it'll be back to the job in hand as The Royals welcome back their new history maker and a Chinese legend. That counts for nothing though this weekend as Paul Clement looks to turn around Reading's fortunes in the Championship.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/733/Chris_Gunter's_Chinese_Fan_Club_Is_Just_Fantastic 733 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:04:48 BST Hob Nob Anyone?