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by Fox Talbot
03 Feb 2018 21:16
Forum: The Team
Topic: BFT Appalling mess at home
Replies: 151
Views: 11797

Re: BFT Appalling mess at home

I'm afraid I have to disagree with Stam here.THREE times Blackett got caught in possession just fannying around. The third led to their second goal. A very poor half hour from TB.

Whole afternoon miserable. Even a fight on my bus back to the station.
by Fox Talbot
01 Feb 2018 10:51
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - Chris Martin (loan)
Replies: 309
Views: 36373

Re: CONFIMRED - Chris Martin (loan)

Martin and Elphick deals suggest a higher degree of panic - very expensively salved - than I had expected from RFC. Have our direct relegation rivals done much business in terms of incoming players ? BTW I hate the way pundits use terms like 'bodies' or 'big units' - they wouldn't dare say that abou...
by Fox Talbot
24 Jan 2018 23:00
Forum: The Team
Topic: Low away attendances
Replies: 86
Views: 4759

Re: Low away attendances

I've always wondered about how many we took to Oxford in 1976 (?) It was an evening game between Xmas and New Year, lost 0-1 to a late goal, snow. I was on a supporters coach, but I counted very, very few Biscuitmen on the terraces. So it was left to me to chin the Oxford scum. Was there too and co...
by Fox Talbot
16 Jan 2018 12:59
Forum: The Team
Topic: Reading v Stevenage FA CUP Prediction Thread
Replies: 42
Views: 1954

Re: Reading v Stevenage FA CUP Prediction Thread

Reading 1 -0 Stevenage

Weds 2 -1 Carlisle

Weds 2-0 Reading

No glory for anyone.
by Fox Talbot
10 Jan 2018 21:36
Forum: The Team
Topic: FA Cup Round 4 Draw
Replies: 57
Views: 3918

Re: FA Cup Round 4 Draw

I'd love a trip up to Carlisle. For anyone whose been to a few grounds, it's an almost mythical one to "tick off". Just to have been to an away game there is like saying you've fought dragons, as other supporters swoon in shock...No! surely there's no-one alive who's been to a game that f...
by Fox Talbot
31 Dec 2017 22:34
Forum: The Team
Topic: Record Watch 2017/18
Replies: 77
Views: 8667

Re: Record Watch 2017/18

At this rate, Man City will be a threat to 106 :lol: They look pretty damn unstoppable right now, but surely, SURELY they have to drop at least the 7pts more required.[/quote] Our record of 60 points by New Year's Day stands. If it is in fact our record. Biscuits of 85/86 >>>>>>>> Citeh of 17/18 :l...
by Fox Talbot
15 Dec 2017 10:04
Forum: The Team
Topic: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16
Replies: 3189
Views: 429391

Re: The Academy/Development squads watch thread 2015//16

Unpleasant and mildly disappointing win over an ill-disciplined Millwall. Loader and Fanyani scored early on but we conceded a soft goal on half time. In the second half there was a really ugly brawl in front us (East stand) and the ref may have been a touch lenient in sending off one from each side...
by Fox Talbot
08 Dec 2017 16:17
Forum: The Team
Topic: The Legend of Robin Friday
Replies: 14
Views: 1483

Re: The Legend of Robin Friday

Saw this article on the BBC yesterday - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42149232 - Omar Abdulrahman: Is he the best footballer you've never heard of? But can he score a 100 yarder from the Tilehurst End in front of 85,000,000 while taking a dump in Lawro's kit bag? Nice little book, very well p...
by Fox Talbot
07 Dec 2017 13:22
Forum: The Team
Topic: Tommy Jenkins.
Replies: 13
Views: 1746

Re: Tommy Jenkins.

Played three more times after Brentwood, last game v Torquay away 5.12.69 so he was probably sold exactly 48 years ago today. He played just 10 home games, league and cup, was sold for £60k, a record amount that stood for years and years and pretty much as soon as he went we started playing brillian...
by Fox Talbot
04 Dec 2017 12:41
Forum: The Team
Topic: BFTG Sunderland
Replies: 66
Views: 8049

Re: BFTG Sunderland

tbf looking back the last 30 years, we've had some really great keepers haven't we? Main 'keepers playing for Reading during my time supporting them; Scott Howie Phil Whitehead Marcus Hahnemann Adam Federici AAH Vito Mannone Pretty good list IMHO. Scott Howie? He got subbed at HT at Wycombe when we...
by Fox Talbot
05 Nov 2017 18:09
Forum: The Team
Topic: BFTG - Ramming the Rams
Replies: 51
Views: 9826

Re: BFTG - Ramming the Rams

Of course the top 6 is in reach, an 8pt gap with 2/3rds of the season to go is nothing. We need to carry this form on for a prolonged period though. Positive signs. We need 74-75 points for 6th therefore 56-57 points from 30 games. Do-able but it's damn near automatic promotion form required from h...
by Fox Talbot
29 Oct 2017 10:49
Forum: The Team
Topic: BFTG - Middlesbrough
Replies: 154
Views: 11618

Re: BFTG - Middlesbrough

With Seth on this mainly. Thought we were the bettter side first half, only down due to JVBs customary howler. Still in the game at until second goal despite injury disruptions. We're getting beat not hammered which is a small consolation. Unlike last season luck has not been on our side. Or AAH. Sm...
by Fox Talbot
20 Oct 2017 14:22
Forum: The Team
Topic: Worst ever Reading Player
Replies: 204
Views: 21044

Re: Worst ever Reading Player

Home attendances from 1971/2 are interesting (well nearly) and the fluctuation which characterises our traditionally fickle support. Look at the crowd against Barrow at home, although I suspect there was some sort of deal for Arsenal tickets attached to it. The Barrow players must have got stage fr...
by Fox Talbot
17 Oct 2017 11:36
Forum: The Team
Topic: Worst ever Reading Player
Replies: 204
Views: 21044

Re: Worst ever Reading Player

1971-72 was our lowest finish in the league - 16th in Div 4 - largely because Charlie Hurley decided to try youngsters towards the end of the season. We still had a shout at promotion in mid-March then collapsed with two wins, three draws, ten defeats. Our last home match had Martin James - who real...
by Fox Talbot
13 Sep 2017 07:50
Forum: The Team
Topic: Rival Watch
Replies: 1365
Views: 145138

Re: Rival Watch

Fox Talbot's Law states that one of the top two in the Championship after 7 games will go up automatically.

(Based on data from the dozen or so seasons)

So that's our chances halved already :cry:

Impossible to state a preference between Leeds and Cardiff.
by Fox Talbot
04 Jul 2017 17:29
Forum: The Team
Topic: Checkacrowd Trophy
Replies: 46
Views: 4435

Re: Checkacrowd Trophy

The joke is on the Oxford United and Coventry fans though - crowds boycotted the tournament throughout then when the final comes around 45k Cov fans pay through the nose to go and watch it. Unbelievable really. Cov haven't been promoted or even in a promotion race since 1967! They've had one good d...
by Fox Talbot
03 Jul 2017 21:25
Forum: The Team
Topic: Summer Ins and Outs
Replies: 326
Views: 45056

Re: Summer Ins and Outs

AthleticoSpizz wrote:Even better side dish Fox!

Where the heck did you pull that one from?


Unforgettable glory days of pre-season 1970-71, IIRC. Man U (Watney Cup), Glentoran (a), Telstar (a) .... we're on our way .... to Div Four for the first time. :cry:
by Fox Talbot
03 Jul 2017 15:28
Forum: The Team
Topic: Summer Ins and Outs
Replies: 326
Views: 45056

Re: Summer Ins and Outs

Hard to gauge the standards, but with a ground capacity of just over 3 1/2k, they sound far from sleeping giants. As a side dish, once managed by Jack Mansell. And we played them there in a preseason friendly in 1970. We won 4-2 but can't read too much into that as we were being compared to Brazil ...
by Fox Talbot
21 Jun 2017 11:51
Forum: The Team
Topic: 2017/18 Championship Fixtures
Replies: 47
Views: 5209

Re: 2017/18 Championship Fixtures

For those who appreciate home matches evenly spaced out the list isn't terrific.

5 x with over a fortnight between home games, rising to 28 days at one point.
5 x two home games in 3/4 days

and for the purists / old-timers just the 5 x 14 days traditional routine.
by Fox Talbot
24 May 2017 13:22
Forum: The Team
Topic: An analysis of promoted teams in the play-off era
Replies: 34
Views: 4221

Re: An analysis of promoted teams in the play-off era

Emphasised what a missed opportunity our2008 relegation was.

On his stats and as we thought anyway we should have done much better in 2007-8 and lasted a few more years on the back of that.
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