Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Sun, 05 Jul 2020 16:33:53 BST Sun, 05 Jul 2020 16:33:53 BST 1800 Brentford Outclass Reading There was a worrying inevitability about this comprehensive defeat at the hands of promotion chasing Brentford. Make no mistake Brentford are a good side, but they hardly needed to get out of second gear to beat a toothless and predictable Reading side. In a nutshell, Reading never looked like scoring, and three currently typical glaring defensive lapses contributed to Brentford's three goals. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/300620/Reading_0_Brentford_3"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/300620/Reading_0_Brentford_3">Match Report and Opinion: Reading 0 Brentford 3</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/863/Brentford_Outclass_Reading 863 Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:51:20 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Defeat At Derby A much improved second half showing from The Royals almost produced the two goals required to salvage an away point at Pride Park this afternoon. Derby led two nil at half time having dominated the play, but appalling goalkeeping by ex-Reading 'keeper Ben Hamer presented Andy Rinomohta with the opportunity to reduce their lead with a header seventeen minutes into the second half. Reading appeared to have the momentum to go on to draw level, but after the drinks break and several substitutions, they seemed to lose their grip on the game. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/270620/Derby_2_Reading_1"><strong>Read More...</a> http://www.royals.org/news/862/Defeat_At_Derby 862 Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:40:31 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Loader To Leave After Rejecting Contract Young striker Danny Loader is set to officially leave the club next week as his contract comes to an end. The club had offered a contract extension to the player, but presumably his agent has recommended he turns it down, and the player will now have to find a new club over the summer. It is a disappointing end to the Reading career of a player that had so much potential but failed to come up with the goods in a Reading shirt. He leaves the Royals after scoring two very well taken goals but failing to make a real impression on the first team despite a very successful record for both England and Reading youth teams. <br/><br/> Loader was expected to leave in the last transfer window to Premier League club Wolves but terms between clubs could not be agreed, but now he is free to join Wolves or whoever is prepared to stump up the cash his agent is working to secure for the player. We fully expect to hear his name again in the future, but any future success will unfortunately not be in Berkshire. <br/><br/> Meanwhile all other players who had contracts ending in June have agreed short term extensions to allow them to complete the season as Reading players. http://www.royals.org/news/861/Loader_To_Leave_After_Rejecting_Contract 861 Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:22:57 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Draw In First Game Back As Fans Locked Out Championship football is back with us again and The Royals got off to a flying start. Joao opened the scoring after seven minutes with a delightful finish from Meite's cross, which I missed as the ifollow system predictably struggled to cope with everyone logging in just before kick-off. After a bright thirty minutes, the Reading striker unfortunately was forced to leave the pitch with a significant looking hamstring injury. Morrison might have extended Reading's lead early in the second half, but was blatantly fouled in the box in the second half. The referee somehow failed to notice the infringement. To round the afternoon off, a stoppage time equaliser from Stoke denied Reading their first win behind closed doors. It’s good to be back! <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/200620/Reading_1_Stoke_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/200620/Reading_1_Stoke_1">Reading 1 Stoke City 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/859/Reading_Draw_In_First_Game_Back_As_Fans_Locked_Out 859 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 09:27:21 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Prepare For Season Re-Start Reading continued their preparations for the restart of the Championship this coming Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Portsmouth yesterday. The Royals got ready for playing behind closed doors with a friendly against League One Portsmouth inside an empty Madejski Stadium. Goals from Lucas Joao, Omar Richards and Michael Olise sealed the victory over a strong Portmsouth side. The Royals look the lead after half an hour when Swift's free-kick hit the crossbar and Joao made the most of the rebound. Reading were two goals up at half time after Richard scored at the near post from a cross. After half time Pompey pulled a goal back before Reading sealed victory after good work from Masika set-up Olise to make it 3-1. Reading also played a friendly at Chelsea's training ground last week where they were defeated 0-1. <br/><br/> The club have confirmed that all season ticket holders will be able to watch the remaining nine games on the clubs "iFollow" service. This would be as an alternative to being offered a refund or credit for remaining games. Season ticket holders need to contact the club if they would like money back or credit to use for next season's ticket - or by default they will be given the iFollow access instead. <br/><br/> There have been some slight changes to kick-off times, and Reading's revised fixture list for the remainder of the season is as below. Reading are still scheduled to be back in action this Saturday at the Madejski Stadium behind closed doors, against Stoke City, with a 3pm kick-off. <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" width="100%" style="border:0"> <tr> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>DATE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>VENUE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>KICK-OFF</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">Sat 20 June</td> <td class="fixturesh">Stoke City</td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> <td class="fixturesh">3pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">Sat 27 June</td> <td class="fixtures">Derby County</td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> <td class="fixtures">1pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">Tue 30 June</td> <td class="fixturesh">Brentford</td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> <td class="fixturesh">6pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">Sat 4 July</td> <td class="fixtures">Luton Town</td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> <td class="fixtures">3pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">Tue 7 July</td> <td class="fixturesh">Huddersfield Town</td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> <td class="fixturesh">7:45pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">Sat 11 July</td> <td class="fixtures">Charlton Athletic</td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> <td class="fixtures">12:30pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">Tue 14 July</td> <td class="fixturesh">Middlesbrough</td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> <td class="fixturesh">8pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">Sat 18 July</td> <td class="fixtures">Blackburn Rovers</td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> <td class="fixtures">3pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">Wed 22 July</td> <td class="fixturesh">Swansea City</td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> <td class="fixturesh">TBC</td> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/858/Reading_Prepare_For_Season_Re-Start_ 858 Mon, 15 Jun 2020 15:28:49 BST Hob Nob Anyone? A Royal Revelation <p><strong>How crowds have accumulated over the years</strong></p> <p><img src="/images/elmpark-tilehurst-end.jpg" style="width:100%"></p> <p>Supporters are the lifeblood of football; without them, clubs would be nothing. And, that mantra has been at the core of football since the first football league season kicked off way back in 1888. For many supporters, the current lockdown has been a nightmare; with no live sport and live betting and no way to follow their beloved team through to the end of the season, fans have had to look elsewhere for entertainment.</p> <p>With horse racing and WWE the only two constant sports throughout this entire period, punters have had to grab what live sport they can. Of course, with the absence of the weekly football accumulator too, fans have had to try their hand at other forms of betting too.</p> <p>With the Championship set to resume next week, bookmakers are offering a range of promotions including free bet offers, and for existing customers, you can even claim an <a href="https://www.betandskill.com/free-spins-for-adding-cards/">add card no deposit bonus</a>.</p> <p>Whilst other forms of entertainment have come to the fore, the resumption of the Premier League and Championship - as well as League One and Two playoffs - will have been music to football fans&rsquo; ears. And, with ten games left to go in the Championship, the race for the promised land and to avoid the drop will heat up once more when the season resumes.</p> <p>Games will be played behind closed doors, however, so despite some teams having more games at home to play than others, crowds will not influence results. For Reading, eight points off the Championship playoff spots, that may even be a positive as their home form - just one win in six - is not exactly something to shout home about.</p> <h1>A Royal record</h1> <p>Since 1888 - when an average of 4,639 people went to each league match turned up in that inaugural season - Reading&rsquo;s turnstiles - at both Elm Park and the Madejski Stadium - have been visited by 16 million people, many of whom have been staunch Royals fans.</p> <p><img src="/images/madejski-empty.jpg" style="width:100%"></p> <p>By the end of that first season, 612,370 spectators had walked through what would have been incredibly rickety turnstiles. Wind the clock forward to 2020 and <a href="https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/middlesbrough-stand-time-attendance-league-18188601">the top four divisions of English football have totalled a remarkable attendance of 2.4 billion people</a>. Reading are responsible for approximately 16 million of that figure, meaning the Royals sit in 53rd place in terms of the highest total in English football.</p> <p>When you look at the teams around them, that is perhaps a poor indictment of their Championship status. For example, League Two&rsquo;s Oldham Athletic sit in 52nd with a cumulative attendance of 16.4 million and League Two&rsquo;s Grimsby Town just behind the Royals with 15.8 million.</p> <h1>The Red Devils lead the way</h1> <p>It's unsurprising that <a href="https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/manchester-united-all-time-attendance-18185377">Manchester United have the largest attendance in all four leagues with 94.1 million having spectated at Old Trafford</a>. Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle, Everton and Manchester City follow next.</p> <p><img src="/images/man-utd.jpg" style="width:100%"></p> <p>But, anything can happen in the Championship, and if Reading can put a good run together, who says the play-off spots are out of reach?</p> http://www.royals.org/news/857/A_Royal_Revelation 857 Mon, 15 Jun 2020 15:00:46 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Stoke Boss Test Positive For Virus Reading's first game back, as the Championship resumes, is still set to go ahead on 20 June, despite the opposition manager testing positive for Covid-19. Having tested negative in previous tests Stoke City boss Michael O'Neill returned a positive result on Monday and has gone into isolation. Stoke were due to play Manchester United in a friendly game yesterday but the match was cancelled shortly before kick-off. <br/><br/> No other Stoke players or first team squad staff have had a positive result, but should other positive results come through then there remains a strong chance the game could be postponed. http://www.royals.org/news/856/Stoke_Boss_Test_Positive_For_Virus 856 Wed, 10 Jun 2020 09:17:05 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Revised Championship Fixtures Released Reading are set to resume their 2019/2020 Championship season on Saturday 20 June 2020, with a 3pm kick-off at home against Stoke City. The Royals have nine games left to play to wrap up the season; five at home and four on the road. The season is now set to finish on Wednesday 22 July when Reading face Swansea City at home. <br/><br/> All remaining fixtures are expected to be played behind closed doors due to the restrictions that seem certain to remain in place throughout the period of the revised fixtures. Although a lot of games are expected to be screened live on TV, the Royals do not yet feature on any TV listings, but all dates and times are subject to change as TV schedules are agreed. <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/fixtures.html">The Final 9 Games: Updated Fixture List</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/855/Revised_Championship_Fixtures_Released 855 Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:49:11 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Championship Set To Resume Reading's season looks set to resume on 20th June, with all Championship teams set to complete their final 9 matches of the season after a break of over three months due to the virus outbreak. The news follows confirmation that the Premier League is set to resume and League One and League Two ending their seasons. There are a total of 108 Championship games left to play plus the play-off fixtures. With Reading sat firmly mid-table the remaining games will have less signficance to Royals fans compared to other clubs as the League try and wrap up the season behind closed doors. <br/><br/> Reading's last game was way back on 7 March, a 3-1 away win at Birmingham City, and there have been no Championship games since 8 March. The season stopped completely with training suspended, but Reading return to training last week ahead of the expected return to competititve fixtures. Details are yet to be confirmed but all games are expected to be screened live. http://www.royals.org/news/854/Championship_Set_To_Resume 854 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:14:08 BST Hob Nob Anyone? On This Day We are now at the point of the year when the season usually wraps up, but instead, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Reading are left with nine games left to play. With football set to resume in Germany in 9 days time and talk of the Premier League making plans to start up again, it remains unclear if the Championship will run to completion. Next season's fixtures are also likely to follow a different pattern as football adjusts to the pandemic. it is also unknown when fans will be able to return to the Madejski Stadium to watch their team. In some ways the Royals are lucky in that they were heading towards a certain midtable finish, so whatever the decisions made we will remain a Championship side - unless dramatic changes are made. <br/><br/> With no sport to watch, sports channels are filled with re-runs of historic fixtures and previous cup finals and league deciders. It seems like a good opportunity to have a quick look at games on this day when Reading ended their league seasons on time: <br/><br/> <strong><a href="https://www.royals.org/matdoc/070517.html">7 May 2017: Burton 2 Reading 4</a></strong><br/> Reading wrapped up the regular 2016/2017 season with a hugely enjoyable trip to Burton Albion and an equally excellent third place finish. The Royals were already guaranteed a play-off position in the Championship with plenty of games spare but found themselves well behind Newcastle and Brighton who took the automatic promotion places. The season had been a massive surprise and unexpected success under the management of Jaap Stam. Some found it difficult to believe that Reading had picked up 85 points without actually looking that good. Mendes, Obita, Kermorgant and Grabban scored the goals as Reading were clear 4-2 winners. It set us up well for the play-offs and a two leg victory over Fulham... before the epic failure at Wembley and the eventual 4-3 defeat on penalties to Huddersfield. <br/><br/> <strong><a href="https://www.royals.org/matdoc/070516.html">7 May 2016: Blackburn Rovers 3 Reading 1</a></strong><br/> The season before also ended on 7 May and was the opposite of the win at Burton. Reading slumped to a 17th place finish, despite starting the season as genuine promotion contenders. It was a dramatic turn around as the season just got worse as it went on. On the final day a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn summed it up. Kermorgant scored Reading's only goal after 31 minutes - but we were already two down at that stage and we went on to lose with little resistance. A season to be forgotten. <br/><br/> <strong><a href="https://www.royals.org/matdoc/070511.html">7 May 2011: Reading 2 Derby County 1</a></strong><br/> Rewind another five years and, like 2017, we again finished the season in a Championship play-off position. A 2-1 home victory over Derby County saw us finish in 5th place, after we had already confirmed a play-off finish the week before. And also like 2017 it would end in play-off final failure - this time at the hands of Swansea City who took their place in the top tier of English football. The win over Derby at the Madejski Stadium was a strange one as Brian McDermott put out a weakened team and rested players ahead of the play-off fixtures. Harte scored from the penalty spot and Robson-Kanu wrapped up the win in the second half. Shane Long received the fans' player of the season award but found himself sitting on the bench for the whole game as Reading eased to a win. http://www.royals.org/news/853/On_This_Day 853 Thu, 07 May 2020 16:44:21 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Top Performers for Reading FC - 2019-20 http://www.royals.org/news/852/Top_Performers_for_Reading_FC_-_2019-20 852 Thu, 07 May 2020 16:19:41 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Keepers And Defenders - Staying Or Going? <p>There is huge uncertainty across football with clubs and players unsure of when they will return to action, and what that will mean for completing the season. There are also question marks over players contracts, some of which will expire in the summer when games could be set to play. We look at Reading's goalkeepers, and some defenders to see how they could be placed when football returns.</p> <p><strong>Rafael</strong></p> <p>Rafael has made a huge impact on the team and he has put in some fantastic performances so far since arriving on a free last summer. He still has two full years left on his contract and, as a popular first choice keeper, looks set to stay at Reading. This would be great for the team and it would also mean that they have someone solid who they can rely on. If you want to bet on him to save a certain amount of goals then there are various <a href="https://5starpokies.com/best-sports-betting-websites-in-australia-top-8-sportsbooks">sports betting sites</a> can help.</p> <p><strong>Sam Walker</strong></p> <p>28-year-old Sam Walker has admitted that he has a big decision to make at the end of this campaign. Walker has been a bit of a part-time player since he made the switch from Colchester and he has a year left on his contract with the Royals. He would have been hoping to become Reading's first choice keeper, but Rafael has firmly claimed that spot. If the chance arises for him to play football, day in, day out for another team then we can expect him to leave. With other young goalkeepers coming up through the academy it seems unlikely he will be offered a new contract over the next season.</p> <p><strong>Jokull Andresson</strong></p> <p>The Icelander looks to have signed a brand-new contract. This is going to keep him at Reading until 2022. The 18-year old signed his new contract in November and, although he is yet to make his first team debut, he made his first appearance in a senior matchday squad for our FA Cup replay against Cardiff. Andresson, the brother of Axel, is likely to be loaned out next year, assuming Sam Walker stays put, to get some first team experience and further his development.</p> <p><strong>Coniah Boyce-Clarke</strong></p> <p>Like Andresson, Boyce-Clarke has also appeared on the bench for the Royals this season in the FA Cup but is yet to make a first team appearance. The teenager is a very exciting prospect for the club and he is an England youth international as well. He has just turned 17 in March and he is going to be a regular for the under 23's. The Royals were keen to keep him on the books and he has signed a three-year contract. He looks set to have a very bright future.</p> <p><strong>Luke Southwood</strong></p> <p>Luke Southwood is a very highly rated player and is contracted to Reading until the summer of 2021. He has spent this season on loan at Scottish Premier League club Hamilton, where he has been having the best spell of his career so far. Before football was shut down due to Coronavirus he was on a run of three straight clean sheets &ndash; which included a 1-0 away victory for his side at Rangers. Things are certainly moving in the right direction now for Southwood and this summer looks to be a huge one for him &ndash; whether it is getting a contract extension at Reading or perhaps making a permanent move to get regular first team football. </p> <p><strong>Chris Gunter</strong></p> <p>Onto some of our defenders and Welshman Chris Gunter has been in the spotlight this season after being frozen out of the first team squad by Gomes only to return to some great form in the first team under Mark Bowen. It has been a real up and down time for Gunter but the second half of the season has been all up. However, his contract runs out in the summer and a lot of people believe that he is not going to be retained despite being a terrific player this year. He has been in Berkshire since the 2012. Gunter is still only 30 years old and he is not going to be short of offers either.</p> <p><strong>Michael Morrison</strong></p> <p>The former Birmingham City centre back has been a fantastic addition to the squad after arriving last summer, and he has also formed a fantastic partnership with Liam Moore too. Morrison has another year on his deal and he is a very valuable player. He will find competition for his place thanks to the emergence of Tom McIntyre, but looks set to continue where he left off when football continues.</p> <p><strong>Matt Miazga</strong></p> <p>Matt Miazga is set to return to Chelsea at the end of May, where he has two years left on his contract with his parent club. He hasn't played as much as he wanted this season after suffering with an ankle injury, but was fully back in action before football was suspended, scoring during Reading's 3-1 victory at Birmingham City in our last match. Should football re-start over the summer then Reading will hopefully be able to extend Miazga's contract so he can stay at Reading until next season.</p> <p><strong>Liam Moore</strong></p> <p>The 27-year old has stepped up to his role and has lead by example for the Royals this season. More doesn't look to be heading anywhere right now after signing a huge five-year contract in 2018. He still has three full years left under contract and it is unlikely right now that any club would be willing to buy up that contract. However, that hasn't stopped rumours flying around and there was talk of an exit in January, with interest from <a href="https://www.wba.co.uk/">West Brom</a> as they chase promotion to the Premier League. Should Moore go in the summer it will only be due a very large offer.</p> <p><strong>Jordan Obita</strong></p> <p>The left-back experienced a nightmare with a long-term injury and was out for a total of two seasons because of his knee. His future was in doubt before making a spectacular return to the first team. As every game passes, he continues to improve with more game time under his belt. He had already returned to the form he had before his injury and has age on his side as he grows further as a player. Obita is likely to want to return the faith the club put in him should a new contract come his way &ndash; which surely it will. His contract expires at the end of June, and it would be a massive disappointment if he leaves on a free. If there is any reasonable contract offer made by the club then Obita should put pen to payer and remain at Reading player next season.</p> <p><strong>Tom McIntyre</strong></p> <p>The <a href="https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scotland/">Scotland</a> international has progressed in leaps and bounds this year and hopefully has a strong future with the club. After breaking into the first team this season he has made nine appearances, including five league matches. He has a year left to run on his current contract but should find that extended in the summer as he is a strong prospect that the club should be holding onto.</p> <p>As well as Chris Gunter and Jordan Obita who are shortly out of contract there are six other senior players who will be leaving this summer unless new contracts can be negotiated. The list includes Vito Mannone, Tyler Blackett, Garath McCleary, Adrian Popa, and Danny Loader.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/851/Keepers_And_Defenders_-_Staying_Or_Going? 851 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:53:15 BST Hob Nob Anyone?