Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:33:18 BST Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:33:18 BST 1800 Ins And Outs In the short break between seasons there has already been plenty of activity for the Royals as they make changes to their squad. However, it is mostly outs rather than ins as the club look to cut costs. <br/><br/> The big in is 25 year old midfielder Josh Laurent who has signed a two year contract with the Royals. Laurent has joined Reading on a free transfer after he failed to extend his contract at League One Shrewsbury Town. Manager Mark Bowen has described Laurent as a "hungry, vibrant, energetic young midfielder who I am sure will make an impact". Shrewsbury had a mixed season and like the Royals finished midtable, with Laurent making 42 appearances across the season in League and cup competitions, scoring 4 goals and picked up 5 yellow cards. He has previously signed for Hartlepool and Wigan, but made just a handful appearances for Wigan and spent the 2017/2018 season on loan at Bury. His Championship experience was coming off the bench for Wigan in March 2017 during a 1-0 win at Birmingham. <br/><br/> Danny Loader had already left the club after refusing a new contract, and may sign for new Premier League club Leeds United. He has been followed by Chris Gunter, Garath McCleary, Jordan Obita, Charlie Adam and Tyler Blackett - five regular first team players that leave a big whole in the squad. <br/><br/> Gunter joined from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2012 for 2.5 million pounds and made over 300 appearances for the Royals. McCleary also spent 8 years at Reading after joining from Forest and scored 27 goals during some memorable performances. Both Gunter and McCleary were expected to leave this summer after being frozen out of the squad at the start of the season by former manager Jose Gomes. Mark Bowen got them back playing in the first team, but it seemed certain they would be leaving this summer. McCleary is rumoured to be set for Oxford United who narrowly missed out on promotion after League One play-off defeat. <br/><br/> It is disappointing to see Jordan Obita leave after signing professional terms with the Royals over 10 years ago. His Reading debut was in August 2010 - an extra time substitute as a 16 year old in the League Cup. Other than loan spells Obita has spent his entire career at Reading. After spending a lot of time out with a major injury Obita made a promising return to action this season, but leaves the club as his contract expires. <br/><br/> Charlie Adam made 27 appearances for Reading after signing a one year contract last summer. Tyler Blackett spent four seasons at Reading after signing from Manchester United and is set to join FC Cincinnati in America where he would link up with former Reading manager Jaap Stam. http://www.royals.org/news/869/Ins_And_Outs 869 Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:37:06 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Season Ends With Big Defeat Reading's season ended on a disappointing note with a heavy defeat at the hands of Swansea, who by virtue of the number of goals they scored today, edged into the play-offs. Hard to believe they will be good enough to make it into the Premier League next season but stranger things have happened. Reading passed the ball well at times and there was little to choose between the teams until Yakou Meite was sent off just before half time for a silly shove on van der Hoorn who made a meal of what appeared to be minimal contact. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/220720/Reading_1_Swansea_4"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> http://www.royals.org/news/868/Season_Ends_With_Big_Defeat 868 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 10:59:40 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Mid Table Reading Beaten At Home This result has very little significance for Reading, but for Middlesbrough it was a vital three points in their scramble to safety and a place in the Championship next season. Reading started brightly but that didn't last long as the visitors showed greater urgency and desire, for obvious reasons. Reading took the lead against the run of play only to concede an equaliser on the stroke of half time. There were periods of the game which can only be described as chaotic and play swept from end to end, often as a consequence of careless mistakes costing possession. Middlesbrough played 'Warnock style' clattering into the back of Meite and others at every opportunity and scrapping for everything with the usual high foul count. Reading had a lot of the ball but Boro looked more threatening going forward. Reading's defence began to look disjointed and Roberts took advantage scoring the winning goal six minutes from time. Reading huffed and puffed but didn't look likely to score the equaliser as Boro ran down the clock. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/140720/Reading_1_Middlesbrough_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> http://www.royals.org/news/867/Mid_Table_Reading_Beaten_At_Home 867 Wed, 15 Jul 2020 11:00:30 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Early Puscas Penalty Gives Win At Charlton A third minute penalty struck confidently past Phillips gave Reading a narrow lead which they held on to for an away win which nudges Charlton closer to Division One. The victory extends The Royals unbeaten run to three games and a third clean sheet in a row. The season may be drawing to an end but Reading seem to have hit upon a way of playing which makes them very difficult to beat. Charlton, hovering above the relegation zone, certainly did not lack the desire or appetite for the win they desperately needed. They pushed hard throughout but Reading kept their defensive shape and although they lack a cutting edge they rarely looked like conceding. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/110720/Charlton_0_Reading_1">Read More...</a> http://www.royals.org/news/866/Early_Puscas_Penalty_Gives_Win_At_Charlton 866 Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:56:51 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading And Huddersfield Play Out Draw After the deluge of goals on Saturday I suppose this evening's drought was predictable. Huddersfield, desperate for points, came into the game in positive and purposeful mood. The threat of relegation does tend to focus the mind, and to be fair to Huddersfield they passed the ball quite well, dominated possession, and put Reading under pressure at times. However the way Reading are set up now, they are very difficult to break down and didn’t really look in trouble at any stage. By the end Huddersfield were running down the clock happy to take a point, and Mark Bowen had made some positive changes in bringing on Boye, McCleary and Olise to try to win the game. A draw however always looked on the cards. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/070720/Reading_0_Huddersfield_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/070720/Reading_0_Huddersfield_0"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 0 Huddersfield Town 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/865/Reading_And_Huddersfield_Play_Out_Draw 865 Tue, 07 Jul 2020 21:16:49 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Meite Hits Four As Royals Thrash Luton Reading put their recent poor form behind them with an overwhelming five goal thrashing of struggling Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Yakou Meite destroyed the Luton defence with four superbly taking goals taking his season's tally to sixteen. Mark Bowen made significant changes to the team which performed so abysmally against Brentford on Tuesday evening. McIintryre, Osho, Blackett and Pele were drafted in at the expense of Gunter, Obita, Olise and Moore. The balance of the side looked better and the whole team looked quicker, sharper and more direct than in any of the previous pre lockdown fixtures. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/040720/Luton_0_Reading_5"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/040720/Luton_0_Reading_5"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Luton Town 0 Reading 5</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/864/Meite_Hits_Four_As_Royals_Thrash_Luton_ 864 Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:34:51 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Brentford Outclass Reading There was a worrying inevitability about this comprehensive defeat at the hands of promotion chasing Brentford. Make no mistake Brentford are a good side, but they hardly needed to get out of second gear to beat a toothless and predictable Reading side. In a nutshell, Reading never looked like scoring, and three currently typical glaring defensive lapses contributed to Brentford's three goals. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/300620/Reading_0_Brentford_3"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/300620/Reading_0_Brentford_3">Match Report and Opinion: Reading 0 Brentford 3</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/863/Brentford_Outclass_Reading 863 Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:51:20 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Defeat At Derby A much improved second half showing from The Royals almost produced the two goals required to salvage an away point at Pride Park this afternoon. Derby led two nil at half time having dominated the play, but appalling goalkeeping by ex-Reading 'keeper Ben Hamer presented Andy Rinomohta with the opportunity to reduce their lead with a header seventeen minutes into the second half. Reading appeared to have the momentum to go on to draw level, but after the drinks break and several substitutions, they seemed to lose their grip on the game. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/270620/Derby_2_Reading_1"><strong>Read More...</a> http://www.royals.org/news/862/Defeat_At_Derby 862 Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:40:31 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Loader To Leave After Rejecting Contract Young striker Danny Loader is set to officially leave the club next week as his contract comes to an end. The club had offered a contract extension to the player, but presumably his agent has recommended he turns it down, and the player will now have to find a new club over the summer. It is a disappointing end to the Reading career of a player that had so much potential but failed to come up with the goods in a Reading shirt. He leaves the Royals after scoring two very well taken goals but failing to make a real impression on the first team despite a very successful record for both England and Reading youth teams. <br/><br/> Loader was expected to leave in the last transfer window to Premier League club Wolves but terms between clubs could not be agreed, but now he is free to join Wolves or whoever is prepared to stump up the cash his agent is working to secure for the player. We fully expect to hear his name again in the future, but any future success will unfortunately not be in Berkshire. <br/><br/> Meanwhile all other players who had contracts ending in June have agreed short term extensions to allow them to complete the season as Reading players. http://www.royals.org/news/861/Loader_To_Leave_After_Rejecting_Contract 861 Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:22:57 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Draw In First Game Back As Fans Locked Out Championship football is back with us again and The Royals got off to a flying start. Joao opened the scoring after seven minutes with a delightful finish from Meite's cross, which I missed as the ifollow system predictably struggled to cope with everyone logging in just before kick-off. After a bright thirty minutes, the Reading striker unfortunately was forced to leave the pitch with a significant looking hamstring injury. Morrison might have extended Reading's lead early in the second half, but was blatantly fouled in the box in the second half. The referee somehow failed to notice the infringement. To round the afternoon off, a stoppage time equaliser from Stoke denied Reading their first win behind closed doors. It’s good to be back! <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/200620/Reading_1_Stoke_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/200620/Reading_1_Stoke_1">Reading 1 Stoke City 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/859/Reading_Draw_In_First_Game_Back_As_Fans_Locked_Out 859 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 09:27:21 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Prepare For Season Re-Start Reading continued their preparations for the restart of the Championship this coming Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Portsmouth yesterday. The Royals got ready for playing behind closed doors with a friendly against League One Portsmouth inside an empty Madejski Stadium. Goals from Lucas Joao, Omar Richards and Michael Olise sealed the victory over a strong Portmsouth side. The Royals look the lead after half an hour when Swift's free-kick hit the crossbar and Joao made the most of the rebound. Reading were two goals up at half time after Richard scored at the near post from a cross. After half time Pompey pulled a goal back before Reading sealed victory after good work from Masika set-up Olise to make it 3-1. Reading also played a friendly at Chelsea's training ground last week where they were defeated 0-1. <br/><br/> The club have confirmed that all season ticket holders will be able to watch the remaining nine games on the clubs "iFollow" service. This would be as an alternative to being offered a refund or credit for remaining games. Season ticket holders need to contact the club if they would like money back or credit to use for next season's ticket - or by default they will be given the iFollow access instead. <br/><br/> There have been some slight changes to kick-off times, and Reading's revised fixture list for the remainder of the season is as below. Reading are still scheduled to be back in action this Saturday at the Madejski Stadium behind closed doors, against Stoke City, with a 3pm kick-off. <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>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>VENUE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>KICK-OFF</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">Sat 20 June</td> <td class="fixturesh">Stoke City</td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> <td class="fixturesh">3pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">Sat 27 June</td> <td class="fixtures">Derby County</td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> <td class="fixtures">1pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">Tue 30 June</td> <td class="fixturesh">Brentford</td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> <td class="fixturesh">6pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">Sat 4 July</td> <td class="fixtures">Luton Town</td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> <td class="fixtures">3pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">Tue 7 July</td> <td class="fixturesh">Huddersfield Town</td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> <td class="fixturesh">7:45pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">Sat 11 July</td> <td class="fixtures">Charlton Athletic</td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> <td class="fixtures">12:30pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">Tue 14 July</td> <td class="fixturesh">Middlesbrough</td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> <td class="fixturesh">8pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">Sat 18 July</td> <td class="fixtures">Blackburn Rovers</td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> <td class="fixtures">3pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">Wed 22 July</td> <td class="fixturesh">Swansea City</td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> <td class="fixturesh">TBC</td> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/858/Reading_Prepare_For_Season_Re-Start_ 858 Mon, 15 Jun 2020 15:28:49 BST Hob Nob Anyone? A Royal Revelation <p><strong>How crowds have accumulated over the years</strong></p> <p><img src="/images/elmpark-tilehurst-end.jpg" style="width:100%"></p> <p>Supporters are the lifeblood of football; without them, clubs would be nothing. And, that mantra has been at the core of football since the first football league season kicked off way back in 1888. For many supporters, the current lockdown has been a nightmare; with no live sport and live betting and no way to follow their beloved team through to the end of the season, fans have had to look elsewhere for entertainment.</p> <p>With horse racing and WWE the only two constant sports throughout this entire period, punters have had to grab what live sport they can. Of course, with the absence of the weekly football accumulator too, fans have had to try their hand at other forms of betting too.</p> <p>With the Championship set to resume next week, bookmakers are offering a range of promotions including free bet offers, and for existing customers, you can even claim an <a href="https://www.betandskill.com/free-spins-for-adding-cards/">add card no deposit bonus</a>.</p> <p>Whilst other forms of entertainment have come to the fore, the resumption of the Premier League and Championship - as well as League One and Two playoffs - will have been music to football fans&rsquo; ears. And, with ten games left to go in the Championship, the race for the promised land and to avoid the drop will heat up once more when the season resumes.</p> <p>Games will be played behind closed doors, however, so despite some teams having more games at home to play than others, crowds will not influence results. For Reading, eight points off the Championship playoff spots, that may even be a positive as their home form - just one win in six - is not exactly something to shout home about.</p> <h1>A Royal record</h1> <p>Since 1888 - when an average of 4,639 people went to each league match turned up in that inaugural season - Reading&rsquo;s turnstiles - at both Elm Park and the Madejski Stadium - have been visited by 16 million people, many of whom have been staunch Royals fans.</p> <p><img src="/images/madejski-empty.jpg" style="width:100%"></p> <p>By the end of that first season, 612,370 spectators had walked through what would have been incredibly rickety turnstiles. Wind the clock forward to 2020 and <a href="https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/middlesbrough-stand-time-attendance-league-18188601">the top four divisions of English football have totalled a remarkable attendance of 2.4 billion people</a>. Reading are responsible for approximately 16 million of that figure, meaning the Royals sit in 53rd place in terms of the highest total in English football.</p> <p>When you look at the teams around them, that is perhaps a poor indictment of their Championship status. For example, League Two&rsquo;s Oldham Athletic sit in 52nd with a cumulative attendance of 16.4 million and League Two&rsquo;s Grimsby Town just behind the Royals with 15.8 million.</p> <h1>The Red Devils lead the way</h1> <p>It's unsurprising that <a href="https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/manchester-united-all-time-attendance-18185377">Manchester United have the largest attendance in all four leagues with 94.1 million having spectated at Old Trafford</a>. Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle, Everton and Manchester City follow next.</p> <p><img src="/images/man-utd.jpg" style="width:100%"></p> <p>But, anything can happen in the Championship, and if Reading can put a good run together, who says the play-off spots are out of reach?</p> http://www.royals.org/news/857/A_Royal_Revelation 857 Mon, 15 Jun 2020 15:00:46 BST Hob Nob Anyone?