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by WestYorksRoyal
02 Jun 2020 13:35
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Olise to Celtic
Replies: 32
Views: 3130

Re: Rumour - Olise to Celtic

Hadn’t realised Hammond had gone to Celtic. A bit surprised by the overconfidence on here and downplaying of Celtic lure. If Celtic want him then he’ll go and will only be a few million. As Howe has suggested we need to be cashing in on some assets. Sadly agree. £3-4m plus a sizable sell-on would l...
by WestYorksRoyal
01 Jun 2020 14:26
Forum: The Team
Topic: Championship to return
Replies: 21
Views: 1163

Re: Championship to return

QPR don't sound happy....I wonder if we agree with their sentiments.

Overall I think it'll be great to have football back, but it's clearly important for players to be consulted properly and feel safe.
by WestYorksRoyal
01 Jun 2020 14:23
Forum: The Team
Topic: The effect of the break
Replies: 36
Views: 1782

Re: The effect of the break

Will we be allowed 5 subs to help manage the playing load? Or is that a rumour? I think the break in routine and rhythm will have a negative affect on all teams; the teams who can adapt and reset quickest will do well. I'm interested in what this means for 20/21. If we finish at the end of July, do ...
by WestYorksRoyal
28 May 2020 15:14
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Rob Dickie
Replies: 49
Views: 2290

Re: Rumour - Rob Dickie

and we're skint I don't think that is the case, we are just having to work within FFP rules. The Chinese have never shown an unwillingness to put money in. FFP rules are going to have to be relaxed to allow owners to inject cash to keeps clubs afloat. Worth sticking a cheeky bet on 2021 promotion? ...
by WestYorksRoyal
22 May 2020 17:38
Forum: The Team
Topic: Biggest Reading FC injustices
Replies: 58
Views: 3618

Re: Biggest Reading FC injustices

Foul on Nicky Shorey at Man City in the last minute of our second relegation season match. Goal given, lost one nil. Good shout. Also remember Torres scoring when a yard offside at Stamford Bridge when we looked good for a point. We went down comfortably that season, but you do wonder if a great re...
by WestYorksRoyal
22 May 2020 14:11
Forum: The Team
Topic: Biggest Reading FC injustices
Replies: 58
Views: 3618

Biggest Reading FC injustices

In keeping with several threads asking people to reminisce, I'm doing one on the worst refereeing injustices we've had. 2 stick in my mind: 1) Jason McAteer not getting sent off for the penalty at Wembley. Yes, Archie should have scored and we should have won anyway, but the comeback was never on if...
by WestYorksRoyal
22 May 2020 10:55
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Olise to Celtic
Replies: 32
Views: 3130

Re: Rumour - Olise to Celtic

Any bid has to be stupid money. Otherwise they can oxf*rd off. Olise will probably be worth more in a couple of years time anyway, so good grounds to simply reject anything.
by WestYorksRoyal
20 May 2020 12:03
Forum: The Team
Topic: Players who virtually won us games/promotion/avoided relegation on their own
Replies: 44
Views: 3092

Re: Players who virtually won us games/promotion/avoided relegation on their own

I do think we’d have stayed up if Coppell had been less loyal to Sonko and instead picked someone more reliable, like Andre Bikey. But the margins were so narrow that we can blame literally everyone and still be correct. Failing to put the finishing touches to signing Gary Cahill didn't help As I r...
by WestYorksRoyal
18 May 2020 14:12
Forum: The Team
Topic: Players who virtually won us games/promotion/avoided relegation on their own
Replies: 44
Views: 3092

Re: Players who virtually won us games/promotion/avoided relegation on their own

And conceding in at least two of those games very late on. It's almost as if the goal difference wasn't the problem in the end Lost 3-1 at Fulham and also lost 2-0 at home to them. I believe that on both occasions their final goal came in injury time of each game, if Reading had managed to keep bot...
by WestYorksRoyal
16 May 2020 20:23
Forum: The Team
Topic: Any player you recall who virtually beat us on their own.
Replies: 43
Views: 3060

Re: Any player you recall who virtually beat us on their own.

I seem to remember Brian Jensen managing to single handedly keep us out for Burnley a couple of times. We had a couple of losses at Turf Moor which were daylight robbery.
by WestYorksRoyal
16 May 2020 14:07
Forum: The Team
Topic: Any player you recall who virtually beat us on their own.
Replies: 43
Views: 3060

Re: Any player you recall who virtually beat us on their own.

Remember that game stopped Bournemouth reaching the play offs and they moaned about us trying to buy our way out of the League because of the Butler signing. Ironic now given how much they spent to get promotion from the Championship. Combined with how most of the major money they've spent in the P...
by WestYorksRoyal
16 May 2020 14:04
Forum: The Team
Topic: Players who virtually won us games/promotion/avoided relegation on their own
Replies: 44
Views: 3092

Re: Players who virtually won us games/promotion/avoided relegation on their own

Great shout on Fozzy in 02/03. I still think we'd have won the playoffs without his injury against Wolves. Not sure how Harper won POTS.

Moore in 17/18 is not a bad shout. Very good season in a poor team. No surprise Brighton were interested at the time, but he hasn't really kicked on since then.
by WestYorksRoyal
15 May 2020 13:43
Forum: The Team
Topic: Ex -Player Podcasts (Cureton/McShane)
Replies: 23
Views: 5682

Re: Ex -Player Podcasts (Cureton/McShane)

Sutekh Elm Park Royals has posted a couple more podcasts with Nicky Shorey and Simon Osborn

Good listening. I'd have grilled Shorey on his poor form in 07/08, including his aberration of a performance against Fulham, a little more though.
by WestYorksRoyal
14 May 2020 16:41
Forum: The Team
Topic: Any player you recall who virtually beat us on their own.
Replies: 43
Views: 3060

Re: Any player you recall who virtually beat us on their own.

Peter Whittingham had a good game against us once. Scored a 30 yard + screamer and set up their second as we lost 2-1. Fairly even game otherwise and he was definitely the difference.
by WestYorksRoyal
12 May 2020 12:27
Forum: The Team
Topic: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?
Replies: 28
Views: 1937

Re: Most underrated/"does a job" player for Reading?

Chris Makin in 05/06. Only played a small role, but filled in for Shorey for over a month and we barely missed him. Decent shout to John Oster that season too.
by WestYorksRoyal
05 May 2020 19:12
Forum: The Team
Topic: Worst Reading Player
Replies: 174
Views: 17269

Re: Worst Reading Player

My shout is Marcus Williams. How many games did he play? Or if it's not too harsh on a 19 year old, Joao Virginia.
by WestYorksRoyal
04 May 2020 11:29
Forum: The Team
Topic: Finance
Replies: 362
Views: 46931

Re: Finance

its an odd one that 7k limit. I can see the benefits, but how does it work if a team gets relegated from the Premier, and a player is on 50k a week? Also, if any sort of normality is returned, nearly all players will be on 7k. Where is the motivation to push yourself for a bigger wage? Or will bonu...
by WestYorksRoyal
04 May 2020 10:43
Forum: The Team
Topic: Finance
Replies: 362
Views: 46931

Re: Finance

I have 2 big financial thoughts from the current situation. One small positive and one big concern. Firstly, surely FFP will have to be relaxed in the short term? Could this get us off the hook in the short term? The concern is around economic fallout and geo-politics. A recession is coming and we a...
by WestYorksRoyal
14 Apr 2020 20:58
Forum: The Team
Topic: Finance
Replies: 362
Views: 46931

Re: Finance

Bollocks. Dress it up how you want, but spending way more than your income and selling assets to yourself is getting into debt and circumventing the rules. A few years here and there to make a big step followed by paying it off. Fine. But this is a decade of miss spending on shit to a huge scale. I...
by WestYorksRoyal
09 Apr 2020 20:17
Forum: The Team
Topic: Finish the season, in 56 days?
Replies: 17
Views: 3774

Re: Finish the season, in 56 days?

2 weeks for playoffs, so 40 - 45 days for 9 games. Perfectly doable
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