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by Victor Meldrew
14 Jun 2018 13:29
Forum: International Football
Topic: BETTING THREAD - 2018 World Cup
Replies: 55
Views: 683

Re: BETTING THREAD - 2018 World Cup

Surely Russia will raise their game if only for the opening fixture of a home World Cup or will they do like we did (IIRC) in 1966 and produce a dull stalemate of 0-0? On top goalscorers betting I think it is difficult especially with Brazil likely to share the goals around-maybe Lukaku to get a few...
by Victor Meldrew
13 Jun 2018 10:54
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour: Stephen Ireland
Replies: 136
Views: 9003

Re: Rumour: Stephen Ireland

I think the marketing people at the club will be asking the Football League shortly to change our name to London Irish. Justification will be that we have more Irish players than the rugby team and that nowadays Reading is almost a London suburb.. The shame is that unlike in the days of Long and Doy...
by Victor Meldrew
11 Jun 2018 13:14
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - David Meyler
Replies: 82
Views: 11830

Re: CONFIMRED - David Meyler

I see alot of people talking about his 'character'. Any specific evidence of this? You don't make someone Captain of the Republic of Ireland Team without having certain qualities. Last year far too often. We looked totally bereft of fight. What qualities would those be? Frankly dubious about the si...
by Victor Meldrew
11 Jun 2018 12:12
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - John O’shea signs for Reading
Replies: 239
Views: 18660

Re: CONFIMRED - John O’shea signs for Reading

But you are assuming that O'Shea was bought in to improve out 1st XI. Considering the aim appears to be for him to take up a coaching role in 12 months time, challenging for a starting place in the 1st XI would not seem to be a priority. Not every signing is made with the primary function of immedi...
by Victor Meldrew
11 Jun 2018 12:11
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - John O’shea signs for Reading
Replies: 239
Views: 18660

Re: CONFIMRED - John O’shea signs for Reading

But you are assuming that O'Shea was bought in to improve out 1st XI. Considering the aim appears to be for him to take up a coaching role in 12 months time, challenging for a starting place in the 1st XI would not seem to be a priority. Not every signing is made with the primary function of immedi...
by Victor Meldrew
10 Jun 2018 21:04
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - John O’shea signs for Reading
Replies: 239
Views: 18660

Re: CONFIMRED - John O’shea signs for Reading

O'Shea doesn't seem, to me, to fit with those two or any decent version of improving our first XI. And that is what makes him seem like a continuation of previous policy of signing people on reputation because their available, without a coherent strategy for how it improves our actual team on the f...
by Victor Meldrew
08 Jun 2018 22:03
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Liam Moore to Brighton
Replies: 154
Views: 24803

Re: Liam Moore to Brighton

Brighton have had a £8m bid for Aston Villa defender James Chester rejected. This implies that they cannot reach an agreement with Reading on a fee for Liam Moore, and are looking elsewhere. Maybe he will be staying at RFC. If it isn't Brighton it will be someone else. Moore is reasonably affordabl...
by Victor Meldrew
05 Jun 2018 15:38
Forum: The Team
Topic: Strikers.
Replies: 97
Views: 13294

Re: Strikers.

I know he wasn't a roaring success when here on loan (neither was the subsequently great Glenn Little when on loan) but I wonder if Lewis Grabban is worth another punt. He has scored goals regularly at this level, last season for both Sunderland and Villa and earlier for Bournemouth, and I think wou...
by Victor Meldrew
04 Jun 2018 22:11
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - John O’shea signs for Reading
Replies: 239
Views: 18660

Re: RUMOUR- John O’shea set to sign for Reading

The Sunderland Echo says that he will sign as a player (not as a coach) on a one-year contract. Not sure why he would want to move down South although he was on loan at Bournemouth at the start of his career. As somebody already posted, O'Shea was part of a defence that gave away a lot of goals fro...
by Victor Meldrew
04 Jun 2018 21:38
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED - John O’shea signs for Reading
Replies: 239
Views: 18660

Re: RUMOUR- John O’shea set to sign for Reading

The Sunderland Echo says that he will sign as a player (not as a coach) on a one-year contract. Not sure why he would want to move down South although he was on loan at Bournemouth at the start of his career. As somebody already posted, O'Shea was part of a defence that gave away a lot of goals from...
by Victor Meldrew
30 May 2018 11:46
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Liam Moore to Brighton
Replies: 154
Views: 24803

Re: Liam Moore to Brighton

Surely the price is going to come down to whatever is in the release clause of his latest contract. Having said that, £3m is a laughable figure from those who clearly have no clue of his potential value or ability. He's 25, destined for the top flight and has every chance of establishing himself in...
by Victor Meldrew
29 May 2018 13:09
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Liam Moore to Brighton
Replies: 154
Views: 24803

Re: Liam Moore to Brighton

Brighton keen on offering a bid with Baldock who we’re keen on. I think he’s replaceable but we should absolutely rinse them as much as we can. Baldock. 90 goals in 287 league apps. Roughly 1 goal in 3. 29 years old. Best return was the 34 in 83 games at Bristol City 5 years ago. Since then 18 in 8...
by Victor Meldrew
27 May 2018 12:21
Forum: General Football
Topic: LOLiverpooLOL - Next Season
Replies: 6298
Views: 260657

Re: LOLiverpooLOL - Next Season

Cracking game of football where Liverp0ol needed to take advantage of their early supremacy but Salah's injury made things more difficult. Without the keeper's errors Real might have won anyway and there is no doubt that they have some team and squad and proven by winning 3 years on the trot, someth...
by Victor Meldrew
25 May 2018 10:28
Forum: General Football
Topic: THE BETTING THREAD
Replies: 5717
Views: 256936

Re: THE BETTING THREAD

I won on the colour of the Queen's hat on Saturday. I put 5 euro on yellow at 9/1. It looked lime/green to me tbh, but Paddy Power paid out on yellow. Royal Ascot will be the next time there is betting on her hat colour (or maybe on Oaks or Derby day next weekend). Would you mind sharing your thoug...
by Victor Meldrew
25 May 2018 10:21
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Summer Transfers
Replies: 126
Views: 18440

Re: Summer Transfers

From BBRB this morning... ReadingFC boss Paul Clement has been giving a transfer window update He says the club are 'close' to another couple of signings in the next fortnight, with 'maybe' an attacking player later on in the window More with @willow1871 all morning: Maybe reading too much into tha...
by Victor Meldrew
23 May 2018 10:55
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Michael Krmenčík
Replies: 20
Views: 3514

Re: Rumour - Michael Krmenčík

Was thinking yesterday (and today) of what kind of strikers we need. One of our better combinations was Lovell and Nogan, both small but quick and good finishers. Later we had the physical Kitson plus the all-rounder Doyle (probably the best combination we have ever had) and then Shane Long, a great...
by Victor Meldrew
23 May 2018 10:20
Forum: General Football
Topic: CheLOLsea
Replies: 8922
Views: 349297

Re: CheLOLsea

I'm quite happy with most of the squad but how, just how, is Phil Jones going and Smalling isn't ? Not just that clown Jones but also:- Young Rashford Lingard Stating the bleeding obvious but our chances really are slim. :| If playing to his potential Rashford is one of the most exciting youngsters...
by Victor Meldrew
21 May 2018 13:22
Forum: General Football
Topic: CheLOLsea
Replies: 8922
Views: 349297

Re: CheLOLsea

Ahhhh I forgot the Phil Jones factor....Christ I've just seen he's in the WC squad......LOL I'm quite happy with most of the squad but how, just how, is Phil Jones going and Smalling isn't ? Not just that clown Jones but also:- Young Rashford Lingard Stating the bleeding obvious but our chances rea...
by Victor Meldrew
21 May 2018 13:11
Forum: General Football
Topic: We're ManchesteROFL United, we do what we want
Replies: 3403
Views: 151774

Re: We're ManchesteROFL United, we do what we want

Can't really disagree with the first bit...for the most part it's been dull as fook However JM >> LVG >>>>>> Moyes I wouldn't have LVG above Moyes. Purely on the amount of money he spent while failing Moyes bought FeLOLaini QED And Mourinho always brings him on when they play the last 20 minutes or...
by Victor Meldrew
21 May 2018 12:51
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: RUMOUR - Marcus Maddison
Replies: 48
Views: 12120

Re: RUMOUR - Marcus Maddison

Would be very pleased with this one.
Our playmakers, Kelly and Swift have both underperformed this season ( injuries haven't helped) so this player would be a welcome addition.
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