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by Fox Talbot
17 Oct 2017 11:36
Forum: The Team
Topic: Worst ever Reading Player
Replies: 192
Views: 17206

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: 1155
Views: 111811

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: 3565

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: 38483

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: 38483

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: 3957

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: 3230

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.
by Fox Talbot
19 May 2017 09:12
Forum: The Team
Topic: SHIRTS FOR FINAL
Replies: 4
Views: 871

Re: SHIRTS FOR FINAL

JIM wrote:Royals to wear home team shirts for final. :D :D :D :D :D :D (sky tv)


Omen-wise this is very bad news.

100% success in yellow, 0% success in hoops at Wembley.
by Fox Talbot
19 May 2017 09:06
Forum: The Team
Topic: A pundit just backed us!
Replies: 36
Views: 5706

Re: A pundit just backed us!

Sutekh wrote:
bobby1413 wrote:
Top Flight wrote:Oh no. Please pundits, don't be backing us. Back Huddersfield. I like us being the underdogs.


This.

In fact this should be added to the Reading FC badge - maybe in Latin to make it all fancy


Something like "peritorum, qui non favent,"


BILGE!
by Fox Talbot
18 May 2017 10:08
Forum: The Team
Topic: Tinpot
Replies: 77
Views: 8990

Re: Tinpot

Glory Boy wrote:"Anyway Tinpot suits them, like Massive suits Wednesday and Mighty or Dirty (old school) suits Leeds"

Hmmm........really struggling to think of what is the most appropriate word that suits Brighton.


Tosspot.

We can have the T-Pot derby next season (subject to Hudders, of course).
by Fox Talbot
17 May 2017 09:05
Forum: The Team
Topic: Opposition fans back from the game
Replies: 1588
Views: 333882

Re: Opposition fans back from the game

A little bit of payback for 2008 in my view. Yeah, Fulham were the better team with better footballers and all that ... BUT there's a streak in the English game about making the most of your resources to win a match against the odds. Which Jaap did. Which Nottm Forest did in the European Cup in 1980...
by Fox Talbot
08 May 2017 20:59
Forum: The Team
Topic: YTF is everyone scared of Fulham FC??
Replies: 73
Views: 7745

Re: YTF is everyone scared of Fulham FC??

Don't really want to start a new thread on this, but - what's the record for the number of times we've played one team in a season? After the playoffs we would've played Fulham 4 1/2 times. Think we played Bristol Rovers five times. We played Fulham three times in the league cup one year, think the...
by Fox Talbot
04 May 2017 13:03
Forum: The Team
Topic: YTF is everyone scared of Fulham FC??
Replies: 73
Views: 7745

Re: YTF is everyone scared of Fulham FC??

I saw the 2-4 there and the 0-5 there. We really struggle against their fast, nippy, forwards. In the abandoned game here I thought they were the better side in the first half and beating them 1-0 in the re-arranged was hard work. They've gained a few more points (3) than we have in the second half ...
by Fox Talbot
20 Mar 2017 13:12
Forum: Club Policies
Topic: Car Park Renewals
Replies: 65
Views: 6860

Re: Car Park Renewals

Kes irs totally right - the mistakes were made in the design of the stadium accesses. Whoever came up with that abomination had no idea about the dynamics of pedestrian flow and the need to keep peds and vehicles separate where possible, and look to minimise, points of contact. As another illustrat...
by Fox Talbot
02 Mar 2017 16:07
Forum: The Team
Topic: Loan Watch 2016/17
Replies: 170
Views: 37934

Re: Loan Watch 2016/17

genome wrote:Since Cooper joined on loan, Millwall have kept 9 successive clean sheets in all competitions.


And Partick Thistle, with added Niall Keown, have won their last four, in Cup Qfs and top half of table.
by Fox Talbot
03 Feb 2017 08:52
Forum: The Team
Topic: Rival Watch
Replies: 1155
Views: 111811

Re: Rival Watch

BR0B0T wrote:Which season did we come 3rd in a two-horse race for the title?


False 3rd. More like 4th in a 3 horse race?
by Fox Talbot
30 Jan 2017 13:22
Forum: Club Policies
Topic: Green Park Match Day Parking
Replies: 249
Views: 30570

Re: Green Park Match Day Parking

Just after the Costco entrance by the bollards, the road was blocked by a barrier, a huge no entry sign and a bloke dressed in yellow. He seemed quite happy for people to drive on the other side of the bollards and barrier which is what I did. One or two vehicles were coming towards us, but once th...
by Fox Talbot
29 Dec 2016 15:24
Forum: The Team
Topic: Dear Stattos - Penalties
Replies: 69
Views: 9916

Re: Dear Stattos - Penalties

Just did a manual count We have had ten penalties, five scored, five missed, four scored from rebound 8) Kermy missed / Kermy scored rebound. Kermy missed / GMac scored rebound. GMac missed / GMac scored rebound. What's the other one? 80% success rate of converting missed pens is something else! 50...
by Fox Talbot
27 Dec 2016 16:20
Forum: The Team
Topic: Dear Stattos - Penalties
Replies: 69
Views: 9916

Re: Dear Stattos - Penalties

Morley headed in his own penalty against an ex reading keeper (Francis? ) v Huddersfiled I think at the end of the 90s That's the only headed rebound I can remember going back a fair few seasons - so two in just a few games is remarkable. Remind us all - how many missed pens have we scored on the r...
by Fox Talbot
18 Dec 2016 16:01
Forum: The Team
Topic: Reality Check?
Replies: 99
Views: 13351

Re: Reality Check?

Using statto.com to see what happened to clubs in 3rd place in the Champ after 22 games, i.e. like us today - over the past ten years. None were promoted automatically. 6 made the play-offs. 2 finished 7th. One finished 13th, one finished 16th. Points gained at this stage - the spread is 38-43, aver...
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