6 October 1996 (League)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 READING 1
Att: 23,100

Team: Wright; Brown, Wdowczyk (Caskey 56), Bernal, Bodin; Williams (Meaker 63), McPherson, Gooding, Gilkes; Lambert (Nogan 83), Morley.

Well unfortunately I wasn't at the game although I hear it was a shite performance by both teams - with Reading marginally the less shite and therefore deserving (!) of the three points! But who cares after a great result against one of Mark 'most hated man in football' McGhee's dodgy teams. What joy for Reading to get their first away points of the season at Wolves. Excellent stuff. It seems someone was listening to me somewhere as Gilkes and Lambert were both, at last, played along side each other in the starting line up. Meanwhile, with Bobby away once again on international duty and with both Hammond and Bibbo injured, Reading continued where they left off last season - playing yet another different keeper. Is that 5 keepers so far this season? Wright stepped in goal, a Northern Ireland international on loan from Nottingham Forrest, and played an important part in keeping Reading's lead intact towards the end of the game - saving a powerful free kick 15 minutes from time.

Reading's winning goal was a stunner from James Lambert once again making a strong case for a permanent first team place. Lambert received a great pass from Darren Caskey (on from the subs bench), glided past three Wolves defenders and put the ball into the net in the 68th minute. YES! 1-0 to the R's!


Here's a match report from Gary Deards:

I have been asked to write my first official match report and so off I went to Molineaux with my pad and pen. Unfortunately, the game didn't need much reporting on and in manager speak "It's the result that counts!" And YES what a result! McScum's team wouldn't have scored if they had been playing us for another 10 hours. They were awful and played the same as they did at Elm Park when we stuffed them 3-0 last season in THAT memorable game.

Talking of stuffing, McScum did his usual trick of opening his mouth and sticking, not just his foot, but his whole leg in his mouth, when he was interviewed in the Daily Express. Basically, he says that Leicester are entitled to hate him but for Reading it is different. "I was there a while, I had done a good job and I was given permission by the chaiman to leave. The hostile and caustic criticism I have had from them really annoys me. I am waiting for the opportunity when one of my teams stuffs Reading. I hope this is the day. Yes, I pray it is"

FATTY, FATTY WHAT'S THE SCORE!!! Ha, Ha, Ha. Now F*** OFF McGhee and concentrate on your own crap side!!!!

Back to the game, we had debutant Tommy Wright (NI Goalie & Nottingham Forest reserve) playing for Bobby/Bibbo. Macca replaced Bazza and Martin Williams & Gilksey played wide. Jamie Lambert sort of played upfront/in the hole behind Morley and ran his socks off again. We defended stoutly all game and had very few chances but having said that Wright didn't have much to do either. Caskey and Meaker came on late in the game and we seemed better for it (after a few minutes uncertaintly at the back when Dariusz went off - I didn't hear any argument this time!!).

As for the goal, I didn't see a lot. James Lambert got the ball on the edge of the area and as he got to the penalty spot, the whole crowd in front of me stood up and 10 seconds later there was a massive roar from the packed away supporters. I was sitting in the Disabled section of the ground which has a perfect view until the ball gets near the goal when everyone stands up! - I hope our new ground has looked at this problem and wheelchairs will get a decent view. The Wolves supporters were a disgrace and if you think the North Stand at Elm Park is quiet then you ain't heard nothing yet. The only noise they made was to boo Richards after his mistake for the goal!

Man of the Match: Lambert (tried all day)
Dog of the Match: Bodin (gone right off the boil)

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