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by Ark Royal
11 Nov 2020 14:33
Forum: The Team
Topic: Fragments of Elm Park
Replies: 23
Views: 1875

Re: Fragments of Elm Park

If only we had a 3d model of Elm Park, we could start to piece it back together with all the fragments still in existence, sold on toto fans or taken by fans for safe keeping (you know who you are), sold on elsewhere and then just replicate the rest. I can contribute some urine towards a recreation...
by Ark Royal
11 Nov 2020 13:54
Forum: The Team
Topic: Fragments of Elm Park
Replies: 23
Views: 1875

Re: Fragments of Elm Park

Be interesting to know what fans out there bought stuff from the auction soon after we moved into the Madstad. I was on holiday sadly and missed it; I'm sure the dugouts and maybe parts of the floodlights got sold to local non league clubs I'm also sure I saw a picture of one of the turnstiles in s...
by Ark Royal
10 Nov 2020 09:24
Forum: The Team
Topic: How many Managers have you been through ?
Replies: 67
Views: 3007

Re: How many Managers have you been through ?

Roy Bentley Jack Mansell Charlie Hurley. Maurice Evans. Ian Branfoot. Ian Porterfield Mark McGhee Jimmy Quinn Mick Gooding. Terry Bullivant. Tommy Burns. Alan Pardew. Kevin Dillon (CT) Steve Coppell (god) Brendon Rodgers Brian McDermott (1) Eammon Dolan (CT) Nigel Adkins Steve Clarke. Martin Kuhl (...
by Ark Royal
04 Nov 2020 11:56
Forum: General Football
Topic: European Leagues Thread 2012/2013
Replies: 3068
Views: 187365

Re: European Leagues Thread 2012/2013

Here's a good stat, inspired by Liverpool's 7-2 defeat at Villa and their topping the table (for now). The biggest margin of defeat in a season by a team that subsequently wins the league is six goals - a joint record held by Benfica - who lost 7-1 to Sporting in 86-87 but went on to win the league...
by Ark Royal
19 Oct 2020 10:38
Forum: General Football
Topic: The Non - League thread
Replies: 7847
Views: 578238

Re: The Non - League thread

Bracknell took care of business in the FAT against a pretty dull Sevenoaks Town outfit from IL-SE. Cracking goal from Shaquille Ishmael sealed it late on. Back to the league and FC Romania up next.
by Ark Royal
14 Oct 2020 09:54
Forum: The Team
Topic: Your first game watching Reading FC
Replies: 83
Views: 3440

Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

I don't remember (fully) my first game, but I remember the end of Bullivant's last game, when there was a pitch invasion and people were calling for him to be sacked. What year was this? I also remember (partially) a Boxing Day Game against West Brom (or maybe it was the Wolves) at Elm Park. It was...
by Ark Royal
13 Oct 2020 13:07
Forum: The Team
Topic: Your first game watching Reading FC
Replies: 83
Views: 3440

Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

1st January 1966, 3-0 win v Walsall at EP. Do not remember the game, but remember after the game my mum, dad and uncles queueing at the the back of the South Bank for tickets for the 3rd round cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday. Even at just eight years old, really fu cked off that they did not get...
by Ark Royal
08 Oct 2020 09:17
Forum: General Football
Topic: The Non - League thread
Replies: 7847
Views: 578238

Re: The Non - League thread

Great 2-1 win for Bracknell at Chertsey last night in front of 400. Late winner from Dan Bayliss pushes the Robins up to second.
by Ark Royal
28 Sep 2020 09:12
Forum: The Team
Topic: If you didn't support Reading, who would you have supported and why?
Replies: 97
Views: 3594

Re: If you didn't support Reading, who would you have supported and why?

Raith Rovers.
by Ark Royal
06 Sep 2020 16:32
Forum: General Football
Topic: The Non - League thread
Replies: 7847
Views: 578238

Re: The Non - League thread

Bracknell Town brushed aside National League South Oxford City 2-0 at Larges Lane yesterday. The Robins were very impressive - albeit against a very rusty City - and I will be a regular there this season. Another NLS side in Chippenham Town next up on Tuesday evening.
by Ark Royal
29 May 2020 15:29
Forum: The Team
Topic: 25 years ago today
Replies: 48
Views: 6745

Re: 25 years ago today

Will never, EVER get over that defeat. Still haunts me. I would suggest that every Royal knew that side would break up and our chance was gone. But then...
by Ark Royal
14 May 2020 17:13
Forum: The Team
Topic: On this day
Replies: 405
Views: 117245

Re: On this day

Jerry St Clair A quarter of a century ago :shock: today we enjoyed our greatest away performance ever. The goal highlights don't do it justice - we were brilliant that day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwxI5e06HXU


Breathtaking and we utterly destroyed Tranmere. The best away performance I ever witnessed.
by Ark Royal
11 May 2020 14:11
Forum: The Team
Topic: Exeter away August 1990
Replies: 13
Views: 2825

Re: Exeter away August 1990

Anyone remember this day? We hired a minibus...happy days.3-1 win. Yeah, first day of the season, we had Senior, Maskell and Moran upfront for the first time together, I think they all scored, Exeter were Div 4 champs and hadn't been beaten for ages at home. Lovely sunny day, great pub and fish and...
by Ark Royal
12 Apr 2020 15:56
Forum: The Team
Topic: Ray Hiron
Replies: 16
Views: 8937

Re: Ray Hiron

LUX Wow, great photos. I can see Bruce Stuckey and Gary Peters I reckon.

RIP Ray, a hero of mine.


Correct and the Donny player far right is a certain Les Chappell.
by Ark Royal
11 Apr 2020 23:16
Forum: The Team
Topic: Ray Hiron
Replies: 16
Views: 8937

Re: Ray Hiron

Much maligned by the boo-boys, even during the 75/76 promotions season, but his selfless performances helped Robin Friday and John Murray shine. His goals against Doncaster and especially against Brentford at home were vital (below). His best game? Home to Tranmere. RIP Stick. https://lh3.googleuser...
by Ark Royal
09 Apr 2020 19:57
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 175622

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: 597
Views: 175622

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: 597
Views: 175622

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: 58
Views: 20199

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: 597
Views: 175622

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...
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