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by Ark Royal
09 Apr 2020 19:57
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 544
Views: 110228

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

[Tony Le Mesmer: There is a Royals Gems for 84-86 I believe, although sadly the 85-86 winning run is not part of it due to Strike Action.] Yes, I can see that now on the fella's promotional leaflet - such Gems as games v Bognor, Wealdstone and New Zealand but sadly not the 4-3 v Plymouth or the 2-2...
by Ark Royal
09 Apr 2020 17:01
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 544
Views: 110228

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

I was just going to ask if there was any footage of our 2-2 draw with Wolves in 85/86 which pint an end to our 13 win run but I think that’s now been answered :cry: Does anyone remember the cheap T-shirt’s the club sold at the time showing the League table on the front of the T-shirt with Reading 1...
by Ark Royal
09 Apr 2020 17:00
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 544
Views: 110228

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

I have a full match VHS of Exeter 4 Reading 6 from 93/94. Got it from Exeter somehow. Would gladly donate it to the cause.
by Ark Royal
07 Apr 2020 19:18
Forum: The Team
Topic: What got you into supporting RFC?! And when you did who was your nearest team?
Replies: 41
Views: 1111

Re: What got you into supporting RFC?! And when you did who was your nearest team?

Was it family connections? Yes. Two uncles had been watching since 1932 and 1946 and my mum watched for over 50 years. Nan lived in Rutland Road, worked at the club as a tea lady and boarded trialiists and apprentices for many years. Uncles took to me to my first game at EP on 1st January 1966 vs Wa...
by Ark Royal
02 Apr 2020 18:46
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 544
Views: 110228

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

Got lots of snippets lined up from the 1992/93 season. An 8th place finish but for me the season that Reading really turned the corner, leading to an upswing that lasted 20 years. Rather painstaking trawling through VHS, but no better time to do this I guess! Watch this space. Thanks Mes. Really en...
by Ark Royal
17 Mar 2020 14:49
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 544
Views: 110228

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Or8hL0OPw8&t=42s Early stages and goal from the FA Cup 1st Round match v Birmingham City in 1992, live on Super Sunday! This was the game that was supposed to be the breakout moment for James Lambert. It was all down hill from there unfortunately. Great voice fr...
by Ark Royal
17 Mar 2020 12:58
Forum: The Team
Topic: On this day
Replies: 369
Views: 65765

Re: On this day

1998 and the appalling capitulation against O*ford at the Manor Ground. A more disgraceful performance is difficult to recall. Only consolation was that the taxi started up and moved off the rank for Terry.
by Ark Royal
11 Mar 2020 13:53
Forum: The Team
Topic: Favourite Royals Moments?
Replies: 21
Views: 1067

Re: Favourite Royals Moments?

Loads to choose from, but In no particular order: - Newport 0 Reading 2 '85. Amazing number of fans in Somerton to see us break the record. Admit to crying at the final whistle. - Reading 2 Wolves 2 '85. Did not make it number 14, but what a night at a dangerously crammed Elm Park. - Reading 4 Plymo...
by Ark Royal
05 Mar 2020 14:20
Forum: General Football
Topic: European Leagues Thread 2012/2013
Replies: 2803
Views: 155794

Re: European Leagues Thread 2012/2013

The Turkish Superlig reads as nuts too. There are 18 teams in the league - 11 changed manager during the summer, and there have been a further 23 managerial changes in the season to date. Kayserispor are on their fourth boss. There are billions of red cards too - once week there were 8, and three m...
by Ark Royal
04 Mar 2020 16:35
Forum: General Football
Topic: European Leagues Thread 2012/2013
Replies: 2803
Views: 155794

Re: European Leagues Thread 2012/2013

The Turkish Superlig reads as nuts too. There are 18 teams in the league - 11 changed manager during the summer, and there have been a further 23 managerial changes in the season to date. Kayserispor are on their fourth boss. There are billions of red cards too - once week there were 8, and three m...
by Ark Royal
25 Feb 2020 16:35
Forum: The Team
Topic: Elm Park Years
Replies: 216
Views: 24129

Re: Elm Park Years

Great family history there Ark. My dad had only a passing interest in Reading but he did play local league football. My two brothers and I have always followed Reading and living in Beecham Road, 2 roads away, and going to junior school in Wilson Road, just 1 road away, meant that we were regulars ...
by Ark Royal
25 Feb 2020 14:45
Forum: The Team
Topic: Elm Park Years
Replies: 216
Views: 24129

Re: Elm Park Years

Seeing mention of the crowd for that Saints game I have looked back at other crowds over 20,000 since 1955 as a reference point and because my mate John went to the FA Cup game that year when the attendance was 26,500 and we drew 1-1 (never mind the replay). Other cup games:- 1960 2-1 v Norwich 22,...
by Ark Royal
25 Feb 2020 14:34
Forum: The Team
Topic: STAR's RFC Hall of Fame 2020
Replies: 28
Views: 1211

Re: STAR's RFC Hall of Fame 2020

Silver Fox
Ark Royal Looking forward to this as I am presenting the award for one of this year's inductees. Sworn to secrecy however.


Oooh, in person or live via satellite? If the latter it has to be Bobby or Marcus doesn't it?


In person.
by Ark Royal
24 Feb 2020 20:29
Forum: The Team
Topic: Elm Park Years
Replies: 216
Views: 24129

Re: Elm Park Years

I've seen somewhere on this thread one poster wishing he had the programme for his first game v Gillingham which I've guessed was 1 Jan 1986. Another poster was after the prog for Barrow at home on 22 Jan 1972. From our enormous store of home progs I've managed to locate both - so for a £2 donation...
by Ark Royal
24 Feb 2020 20:21
Forum: The Team
Topic: Elm Park Years
Replies: 216
Views: 24129

Re: Elm Park Years

In terms of attendances at EP, whilst an incredible 24,046 (the official recorded attendance) squeezed in for the Southampton cup game in 1978 - I was there and remember just seeing a sea of heads - just how they got 33,042 in there for the record gate against Brentford in 1927 in a largely 'the sa...
by Ark Royal
24 Feb 2020 14:18
Forum: The Team
Topic: STAR's RFC Hall of Fame 2020
Replies: 28
Views: 1211

Re: STAR's RFC Hall of Fame 2020

Looking forward to this as I am presenting the award for one of this year's inductees. Sworn to secrecy however.
by Ark Royal
06 Feb 2020 17:18
Forum: The Team
Topic: Elm Park Years
Replies: 216
Views: 24129

Re: Elm Park Years

Started off (in '66) by always standing on the Town End with my uncles. Made sense as we only had to walk from/to my gran's house in Rutland Road. Had a season ticket for the Norfolk Road 'B' stand between 1974-78 as season tickets for the terraces did not exist at that time. Switched to the Tilehur...
by Ark Royal
05 Feb 2020 14:22
Forum: The Team
Topic: BTFG - Cardiff Away Cup
Replies: 8
Views: 1227

Re: BTFG - Cardiff Away Cup

Old Man Andrews
Nameless
NewCorkSeth Having seem the goals I cant believe we managed to score 3 goals of that quality. Really impressive.


The general quality of our goals this season has been very high, plentyof real crackers.

Favourite goal of the season thus far, Nameless?


Think Swift's goal at Preston after THAT pass from Adam.
by Ark Royal
04 Feb 2020 14:34
Forum: The Team
Topic: February perspective
Replies: 33
Views: 2282

Re: February perspective

The Championship is nuts. Just looked at the league table and no team is unbeaten over the last five games, but conversely every team in the division has won at least one of those five games - except Reading.
by Ark Royal
24 Jan 2020 15:17
Forum: The Team
Topic: Thames Valley Royals
Replies: 19
Views: 1160

Re: Thames Valley Royals

Strange that the article does not mention yet another twist in the story: ex-Reading legend and stalwart Maurice Evans leading O*ford to their first major trophy vs Jim Smith's QPR. I remember being totally shocked at the time of the announcement, but never thought that it would go through as I knew...
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