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by Tony Le Mesmer
01 Jun 2020 17:32
Forum: The Team
Topic: 25 years ago today
Replies: 48
Views: 4437

Re: 25 years ago today

I didn't take it as bad as most. Don't get me wrong, when they equalised and immediately after I felt awful. But I got over it very quickly. It had been such a good season, the best in our history. I didn't see that as a failure. Just 4 years earlier, we played a home league game in front of 1,900 a...
by Tony Le Mesmer
30 May 2020 12:15
Forum: The Team
Topic: 25 years ago today
Replies: 48
Views: 4437

Re: 25 years ago today

The referee for the game was non other than the father of England cricketer Ben Foakes. It was his last game in charge before retiring.
by Tony Le Mesmer
29 May 2020 11:33
Forum: The Team
Topic: 25 years ago today
Replies: 48
Views: 4437

25 years ago today

This one is too big, needs its own thread.

29/05/1995

First Division Play Off Final

Reading 3-4 Bolton Wanderers AET.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERONNx9GL4A
by Tony Le Mesmer
15 May 2020 19:50
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

Bury abandoned league cup
tie 1995. Footage near the end at 1:15 ish

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cd0AvzWhPug
by Tony Le Mesmer
14 May 2020 19:12
Forum: The Team
Topic: Worst Reading Player
Replies: 174
Views: 23935

Re: Worst Reading Player

If you did a top ten of worst Reading players ever, I reckon half of them were signed by Tommy Burns.

Elroy Kromheer
Van Der Kwaak
Mark Reilly
Sean Evers
Paul Brayson
Andy McLaren

Take your pick
by Tony Le Mesmer
14 May 2020 19:00
Forum: The Team
Topic: Players who virtually won us games/promotion/avoided relegation on their own
Replies: 44
Views: 5023

Re: Players who virtually won us games/promotion/avoided relegation on their own

40 years of watching Reading, Nicky Forster 2002-03 is a complete standout in terms of being totally reliant on 1 player. Unplayable at times, so fast with the ball. The injury at Wolves probably cost us promotion. Caskey 99/00 and his goals from midfield that season, but I seem to recall over half ...
by Tony Le Mesmer
04 May 2020 11:24
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

Was there ever any footage of Gilkes' last minute "equaliser" at Bournemouth of the last day of the 93/94 season? The game was shown on Meridian, but they didn't include it in their highlights. Being stood in the end behind the goal, with its terrible view, I think it was months before I ...
by Tony Le Mesmer
04 May 2020 10:45
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

Royals Gems 1991/92 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4tQj22d8OV6FYpyecxmlX_R0MHiyoMsn I have been building up an archive on the channel, putting together playlists for each season in the later Elm Park era. You can visit for a browse here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9QVvY5HG5PfaF9S72ZI...
by Tony Le Mesmer
30 Apr 2020 17:21
Forum: General Football
Topic: 2019/20 Season - How will it end?
Replies: 225
Views: 8582

Re: 2019/20 Season - How will it end?

French League settled on PPG. PSG Champions, bottom 2 clubs on PPG relegated.
by Tony Le Mesmer
25 Apr 2020 17:44
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

Royals Gems 1991/92 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4tQj22d8OV6FYpyecxmlX_R0MHiyoMsn I have been building up an archive on the channel, putting together playlists for each season in the later Elm Park era. You can visit for a browse here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9QVvY5HG5PfaF9S72ZIx...
by Tony Le Mesmer
23 Apr 2020 17:14
Forum: General Football
Topic: The Non - League thread
Replies: 7511
Views: 499856

Re: The Non - League thread

National League season ends with immediate effect, promotion and relegation outcomes to be decided anon Reckon what they choose to do with promotion and relegation might well depend on what the PL/FL decide. If the PL/FL season is largely voided then the NL will follow suit. If the PL/NL complete t...
by Tony Le Mesmer
23 Apr 2020 10:39
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

by Tony Le Mesmer
22 Apr 2020 12:07
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

Got lots of snippets lined up from the 1992/93 season. An 8th place finish but for me the season that Reading really turned the corner, leading to an upswing that lasted 20 years. Rather painstaking trawling through VHS, but no better time to do this I guess! Watch this space. Have been loving thes...
by Tony Le Mesmer
22 Apr 2020 11:58
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

Full match footage of the Simod Cup Semi Final v Coventry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4lu9J5rsks
by Tony Le Mesmer
19 Apr 2020 12:17
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

2nd leg of the 1995 play off v Tranmere. 1st time ive seen footage of this. Think I spent the whole game looking through my fingers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crLZGoQx_xg
by Tony Le Mesmer
19 Apr 2020 11:54
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

Wealdstone cup tie 1985. Vinnie Jones leading the battler of Elm Park.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2KtTtr ... dex=2&t=0s
by Tony Le Mesmer
16 Apr 2020 18:16
Forum: The Team
Topic: Best XI in your lifetime. (Excluding the 106 team)
Replies: 78
Views: 22940

Re: Best XI in your lifetime. (Excluding the 106 team)

Shaka Hislop Andy Griffin Adrian Williams Keith Curle Ian Harte Scott Taylor Simon Osborne Glyfi Sigurdsson Michael Gilkes Jimmy Quinn Nicky Forster Keith Curle is a player not often talked about as one of the best we've ever had. Went on to play for England. Have we ever had a good right back bar M...
by Tony Le Mesmer
10 Apr 2020 17:44
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

Full match playlist for Wolves at home December 1994. Well worth watching right through this. Southbank in full voice throughout with many chants you don't here often these days! Scott Taylor kicking lumps out of them, got 2 players subbed by half time! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4tQj22...
by Tony Le Mesmer
09 Apr 2020 16:11
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

Good on yer, all those contributing to this thread. There is an effort underway to try and catalogue and capture all Reading's recorded match footage. The bit STAR is focussing on at the moment is the pre Madstad (1998) era. But one element this thread could also help with is the list club-produced...
by Tony Le Mesmer
09 Apr 2020 12:43
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 597
Views: 151350

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

Thanks Mes. Really enjoying this trips down memory lane. Agree with the sentiments of the 92/93 season. Really thought the club was on the upturn and some great performances that season. For me, the turning point was the performance in a League Cup tie at Watford in the midst of a biblical downpour...
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