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, 23 Oct 2020 08:46:14 BST Fri, 23 Oct 2020 08:46:14 BST 1800 Performance Lacking But Royals Go 3 Points Clear A moment of inspired forward play from Lucas Joao in the sixty-fourth minute was enough to see off a resilient Wycombe. The Reading striker controlled a long ball from Liam Moore on the edge of the Wycombe box, held off two defenders, and rifled a low shot past Allsop. It was Reading's first shot on target but it proved to be sufficient to lift Reading to the top off the Championship with a clear three point lead over second placed Bristol City. It was great result for the Royals but a far from convincing performance. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/201020/Reading_1_Wycombe_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/201020/Reading_1_Wycombe_0"><strong>Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/881/Performance_Lacking_But_Royals_Go_3_Points_Clear 881 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:21:16 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Bore Draw But Royals Stay Unbeaten Teams managed by Neil Warnock are rarely renowned for their creativity and expansive attacking football and today's trip north to take on Middlesbrough was no exception. What little flair surfaced from this dour struggle came from a very composed and confident Reading team strengthened by the return of Joao and Ejaria. Attempts on goal were few and far between, Reading having the distinction of officially registering one shot on target as opposed to Boro' who failed to manage even one in the entire ninety minutes. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/171020/Middlesbro_0_Reading_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/171020/Middlesbro_0_Reading_0"><strong>Report and Opinion:</strong> Middlesbrough 0 Reading 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/880/Bore_Draw_But_Royals_Stay_Unbeaten 880 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:15:16 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Alfa Semedo Signs For Season Reading have completed the signing of Alfa Semedo from Benfica on a season long loan. The 23 year old midfielder arrives at Reading after spending last season on loan at Championship side Nottingham Forest where he had a mixture of starts and appearances off the bench. Semedo clocked up 26 appearances for Forest and scored two goals before a very short return to his parent club. <br/><br/> He signed his professional contract with Benfica in the summer of 2018 and has played 8 times for his club scoring once. <br/><br/> Paunovic describes the player as "strong, powerful, versatile, comfortable on the ball and full of energy." - which sounds like a postitive endorsement of his new signing as he aims to keep Reading at the right end of the table this season. <br/><br/> Meanwhile former Reading defender Chris Gunter who left when his contract expired in the summer looks set to sign for Charlton Athletic. http://www.royals.org/news/879/Alfa_Semedo_Signs_For_Season 879 Mon, 05 Oct 2020 16:51:05 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Championship Winning Run Continues Today Reading chalked up their fourth successive Championship victory against a very strong Watford side. Depleted by injuries to key players, Veljko Paunovic drafted in the relatively inexperienced Holmes at full back, Aluko in midfield, and George Puscas up front. All three rose to the occasion as Reading produced a solid performance in every respect. With the quality of players available for Watford it was always going to a big test for the Royals, and there were periods when Watford put their defence under considerable pressure. However this season Reading are playing with significantly greater confidence and composure. With a combination of confident passing, disciplined defending throughout the team, and some slick passing, Reading deserved their win today. Not that it mattered, the winner came with scuffed shot from Puscas which took a wicked deflection wrong-footing Foster as it bobbled into the net. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/031020/Reading_1_Watford_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/031020/Reading_1_Watford_0"><strong>Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Watford 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/878/Championship_Winning_Run_Continues 878 Mon, 05 Oct 2020 11:14:48 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Maintain Winning Start In League Reading maintained their winning run with a fine away victory against a very physical and unimaginative Cardiff City. The Royals eased their way in to control of a goalless first half and went ahead early in the second half with Morrison header. Joao's strength and skill inside the City penalty area produced a second goal for Reading twenty minutes later. Following the goals, injuries to Araruna and Joao resulted in both players being replaced after long stoppages for treatment. A re-shuffled Reading line up were on the back foot for the final phase of the game and when Tomlin bundled the ball over the line following a corner they had to withstand some heavy pressure from Cardiff. Deservedly they played out the remaining time, including an additional ten minutes of stoppage time and took the three points the quality of their football deserved. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/260920/Cardiff_1_Reading_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/260920/Cardiff_1_Reading_2"><strong>Report and Opinion:</strong> Cardiff City 1 Reading 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/877/Reading_Maintain_Winning_Start_In_League 877 Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:41:37 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Lewis Gibson Loan Confirmed Reading have confirmed the signing of Everton defender Lewis Gibson on a season long loan deal. Gibson played at the Newcastle academy before joining Everton in the summer of 2017. He is yet to play a competitive fixture for the Toffees and spent the second half of last season on loan at League One Fleetwood. At Fleetwood he played 11 times in the league (including both play-off semi final legs). He also featured for Everton's U21 side in the Football League Trophy. http://www.royals.org/news/876/Lewis_Gibson_Loan_Confirmed 876 Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:37:12 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Defeat 9 Man Barnsley Reading took full advantage of two huge errors of judgement by Barnsley's centre backs to claim their second win of the season against a very organised and competitive Barnsley side. Having dominated the game for forty minutes Barnsley were reduced to ten men when Helik foolishly brought down Joao as the Reading striker chased down along ball. Ironically immediately before that incident Rinomhota had denied Barnsley a goal with an incredible block from Ludewig. Reading had rarely threatened the Barnsley goal up to that point but the numerical advantage allowed them to take more control in midfield. Mid way through the second half the ball bobbed around in front of the Barnsley goal following a Reading corner and Yakou Meite nodded the ball over the line from close range. A minute later Barnsley's other centre back, Anderson, decided to handle the ball outside his own box and received a second yellow card leaving the visitors down to nine men. That was pretty much game over. Olise put the result beyond doubt with an exquisitely executed volley from outside the box when the ball was cleared from a corner. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/190920/Reading_2_Barnsley_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/190920/Reading_2_Barnsley_0"><strong>Reading 2 Barnsley 0</strong> - Match Report and Opinion</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/875/Reading_Defeat_9_Man_Barnsley 875 Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:36:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Start League Campaign With Victory Inspired by an outstanding exhibition of forward play from Lucas Joao Reading, under new manager Veljko Paunovic, were able to get off to a winning start to this season's league campaign. It was an impressive and thoroughly deserved win for the Royals. With a blend of superb individual skill, sharp and incisive passing and disciplined defending throughout the team, Reading controlled the game from start to finish. Derby enjoyed a lot of possession without threatening to get back into the game after a confident and cohesive Reading side had taken a two goal lead though Joao and Ejaria by half time. There were many aspects of this Reading performance to be admired but if there was one feature which stood out was the quality of decisions made by the whole team when in possession. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/120920/Derby_0_Reading_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/120920/Derby_0_Reading_2"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Derby County 0 Reading 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/874/Reading_Start_League_Campaign_With_Victory 874 Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:17:11 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Bowen Leaves Club Former manager Mark Bowen has made a clean break of it and left Reading Football Club. And who can blame him? After being unfairly dumped as first team manager just as the new season was about to get underway, he was offered to move back to his old position as director of football but has chosen to depart. Bowen may not have been a popular choice when he was installed as manager last October, but he leaves with much respect for his time at the club and his conduct as manager. He also was successful in guiding the club to a mid-table finish from a relegation position on arrival and did let to justify being relieved of his position. <br/><br/> In our forum polls, over 80% of Reading fans think that getting a new manager in is the wrong decision, and over 60% are underwhelmed or worse that the new manager is Veljko Paunovic. It is clear that fans are not happy with the club's decision to remove the manager, the chief executive, and be left without a director of football with just days to the new season. It is unnecessary chaos at a time when stability is needed. http://www.royals.org/news/873/Bowen_Leaves_Club 873 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:24:03 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Another Season Another Manager It's now barely a surprise when Reading FC's owners make stupid decisions to replace yet another manager who has been given hardly any time and done what might be considered a reasonable job. This this around it is Mark Bowen that is being relieved of his duties for no good reason as manager of the Reading FC first team. It's more of a shoulder shrug than anything else as Bowen steps aside in favour of another unknown manager who will turn up for a bit, do ok as Reading bump around the bottom half of the table, and then get sacked next summer or earlier. <br/><br/> You have to feel sorry for Bowen who was appointed Reading manager only in October last year and guided Reading to a respectable mid-table finish with 14 wins from 40 matches. He did all that was really expected of him. Bowen is expected to remain at the club but will shrink back behind the scenes, perhaps in his previous position. <br/><br/> The new manager is Veljko Paunovic who managed American side Chicago Fire in the MLS between 2015 and 2019, where he took them to the play-offs ones season but in his other seasons did a thoroughly average job. Paunovic was an attacking midfielder or striker in his playing days, and is a young manager at just 43. It's a strange appointment and not a very exciting one. But as always we wish Paunovic well and obviously hope he is successful. <br/><br/> Reading's owners put out a statement that quite frankly sounded like a load of old bollocks: <i>"This has been a process and this appointment has been made only after long, careful consideration. After meeting with him, we found Veljko to be an exceptional candidate who impressed us immediately. I am sure he is the right man for Reading Football Club. I'm delighted he has agreed to sign as our new manager." <br/><br/> Paunovic takes over as Reading manger just a week before the new season kicks-off with the Royals playing Colchester United at the Madejski Stadium in the Leage Cup next Saturday. Our first league game is Saturday 12 September - a trip to Derby County. Expectations for the new season are not high. <br/><br/> In better news, Reading have finally secured the services of Ovie Ejaria, who finally joins the Royals permanantly on a four year contract. http://www.royals.org/news/872/Another_Season_Another_Manager 872 Sun, 30 Aug 2020 10:43:26 BST Hob Nob Anyone? All Change At The Top Reading FC are making dramatic changes behind the scenes as they shuffle around the board room - and manager Mark Bowen is strongly rumoured to be set to return to his Director of Football role. The club have already confirmed that Nigel Howe is no longer the Chief Executive, but he will remain at the club as "vice-Chairman". Dayong Pang will become the new chief executive to replace Howe. <br/><br/> Howe has been credited with bringing stability back to the club after returning a second time to become CEO, so it seems a strange decision to replace him immediately before the start of a fresh season. The same may apply to Mark Bowen if he finds himself removed from the manager's position with the new season set to begin. <br/><br/> <strong>Club Statement:</strong> <br/><br/> <i>Howe will return to his previous position as Vice-Chairman and resume responsibility for the property side of the business incorporating into his role the completion of the development of our new state-of-the-art training facility, Bearwood Park, and the future plans for the site at Hogwood Park. He will also continue in his role as a member of the EFL board. <br/><br/> Mr Dayong Pang, who has worked closely with Mr Dai for a number of years, will now step up to assume the role of Chief Executive. <br/><br/> Owner Mr Dai Yongge would like to thank Nigel for his hard work in his capacity as CEO and looks forward to his continued contribution to the club and its owners moving forward. He would also like to wish Mr Dayong Pang every success in this new and important role. </i> http://www.royals.org/news/871/All_Change_At_The_Top 871 Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:48:43 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading FC: New Season Fixtures In Full Reading FC's fixtures for the new 2020/2021 Championship season have been released this morning. The new Championship season is scheduled to kick-off on Saturday 12 September, about a month later than normal, and the Royals will begin with a trip to Derby County. Despite the late start to the season it will finish as planned on Saturday 8 May when Reading will end the season with a home match against Huddersfield Town. League games will come thick and fast to fit a full season's fixtures in and there are midweek games on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening's for the majority of weeks. <br/><br/> Reading's first competitive fixture will be on Saturday 5 September as they start the new season with a home League Cup fixture against Colchester United at the Madejski Stadium behind closed doors. It is still not clear if football league clubs will be able to open their doors to some fans in October or if we will have to wait longer to watch live football again. <br/><br/> Other interesting dates in Reading's fixture calendar include an away trip to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday 23 February and home Boxing Day fixtures against Luton Town. <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/fixtures.html">Reading FC Fixtures 2020/2021 Season - Full Fixture List</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/870/Reading_FC:_New_Season_Fixtures_In_Full 870 Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:42:17 BST Hob Nob Anyone?