Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Tue, 23 Jul 2019 00:32:01 BST Tue, 23 Jul 2019 00:32:01 BST 1800 Reading Get Win In Spain Reading followed up a 0-0 morning draw with Malaga B to beat second tier Spanish side Extremadura in the evening. Danny Loader scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the second half after winning the penalty following a tricky run into the box. Reading used the second half of their squad out in Spain after the morning game, but some players from the morning also got extra game time as substitutes. Walker impressed in goal making some vital saves to enable the Royals to pick up their second clean sheet of the game. Yiadom was back in action after returning from International duty, while Howe and McIntryre also made further starts for Reading in defence. http://www.royals.org/news/806/Reading_Get_Win_In_Spain 806 Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:17:57 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Virginia Makes Debut In Malaga B Draw Goalkeeper Joao Virginia, who <a href="https://www.royals.org/news/802/Goalkeeper_Virginia_Signs_On_Season_Long_Loan">signed on a season long loan from Everton</a> last week, made his debut as a Reading side drew 0-0 with Malaga B this morning. Virginia was reported as making some saves as he kept a clean sheet during his first game for his new side. Against Malaga's B team, a fourth tier Spanish league side, the Royals effectively also fielded their B team with some exceptions. The Reading side did feature John Swift and Sam Baldock. Omar Richards also played in an eleven that also included Watson, Odimayo, Osho, Boadu, East, Frost and Holsgrove. <br/><br/> The other half of Reading's squad are due to play second tier Extremadura UD this evening. <br/><br/> Virginia remains Reading's only incoming player so far this summer, but Gomes is reporting to be looking at other players that he can bring in on season long loans in order to avoid transfer fees and long term wage bills. One player that Gomes is reported to be interested in is Chelsea's Ethan Ampadu after Chelsea managed Frank Lampard confirmed that Ampadu will be going out on loan this season. Welsh International defender Ampadu may well attract interested from other Championship clubs so it will be interesting if Gomes can tempt him to Berkshire. http://www.royals.org/news/805/Virginia_Makes_Debut_In_Malaga_B_Draw 805 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:28:29 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Spanish Pre-Season Friendlies Continue Reading will face Malaga B and Extremadura UD next in their <a href="https://www.royals.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=185946">pre-season build up in Spain</a>. The Royals will play both sides in friendlies on Tuesday with half the team playing Malaga B in the morning and the second half of the squad lining up against Extremadura. Malaga B and in the fourth tier of Spanish football with Extremadura, who Reading will play in the evening with a 18:30 kick-off, in the second tier. <br/><br/> The games follow <A href="https://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/2019/july/report--royals-edged-by-sevilla-in-friendly/">Reading's 1-2 friendly defeat against Sevilla</a> on Saturday evening. After no goals in the first half Novakovich put the Royals ahead before a penalty was scored by the home side with three quarters of the game played. Sevilla then went on to score a late winner. <br/><br/> Reading did well against a strong Sevilla side and again chose to play two different teams in each half, with the second half dedicated to younger members of the squad and those yet to make a real impression on the Reading starting eleven. The first half saw Walker in goal with Moore, McIntyre, Blackett and Howe in defence. Rinomhota, Swift, Olise, Barrow, Loader and Meite made up the rest of the team. The main talking point of the first half was assistant manager Jorge Mendonca getting sent off after protesting to the referee about the treatment of Danny Loader who was subject to some heavy challenges. In the second half Reading's team included Andresson, Watson, Osho, Richards, East, Holsgrove, Frost, Baldock, and Novakovich. <br/><br/> Novakovich was also on the score sheet last week in <A href="https://www.royals.org/news/801/Loader_Gets_Three_In_Friendly_Win">Reading's 10-0 friendly win over Gibraltar United.</a> <br/><br/> Meanwhile, Reading fans are still waiting to hear if any further players will be added to the squad before the new season. We look set to rely on a much smaller squad with younger players needing to have an impact after the departure of several experienced players. As a result Reading remain one of the favourites for relegation next season, however if Gomes can carry the form through it might be worth betting against - try some <a href="https://www.888sport.com/blog/sport-betting-guide/types-of-bet/lucky-31-bet">lucky 31 tips</a>. <br/><br/> Nelson Oliveira now seems unlikely to sign for Reading after his release by Norwich City. Oliveira had been a strong possibility signing after training with Reading throughout the summer. That followed a successful loan spell at the end of the last season. Instead it is being reported he is set to sign for Greek side AEK Athens. http://www.royals.org/news/804/Spanish_Pre-Season_Friendlies_Continue 804 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:08:26 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Bodvarsson Leaves For Millwall Reading's mission to reduce the squad, reduce the wages and also get some much needed money into the club continued today with the sale of Jon Dadi Bodvarsson to Championship side Millwall. Bodvarsson had a year left to run on his contract with the Royals after signing from Wolves in the summer of 2017, and the club took the decision to cash in while there was still some value left in the player. It is reported that the Royals received 750,000 pounds from the sale of Bodvarsson - a significant amount of money as we fight financial issues. <Br/><br/> Bodvarsson's time at Reading was hampered by injury and not always being given a place in the starting eleven. Out of his 56 appearances for the Royals 25 were from the bench - but he still came up with the goods. When he did get minutes on the pitch he worked hard, impressed, and scored goals - a total of 17 during his time at the club. Reading fans will be sorry to see him leave. <br/><br/> The first team squad is already much smaller with a long list of players that have already left this summer and just the one incoming loan signing so far. The departing players list is still expected to grow before the new season kicks-off next month: <p><strong>Players Signed</strong></p> <ul> <li>Joao Virginia (Everton - Loan)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Departing Players</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Millwall)</li> <li>Liam Kelly (Feyenoord)</li> <li>Joey van den Berg (NEC Nijmegen)</li> <li>Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)</li> <li>Danzell Gravenberch (released)</li> <li>Paul McShane (released)</li> <li>John O'Shea (retired)</li> <li>Callum Harriott (released)</li> <li>George Legg (released)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (end of loan)</li> <li>Lewis Baker (end of loan)</li> <li>Saeid Ezatolahi (end of loan)</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/803/Bodvarsson_Leaves_For_Millwall 803 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:25:02 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Goalkeeper Virginia Signs On Season Long Loan Reading have signed Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia on a season long loan. Portuguese Virginia is just 19 years old and comes to Reading without making an appearance for Everton so far after a year at the club. Last season he spent the season in goal for the Everton Under 23 side who won the league with Virginia keeping some vital clean sheets. <br/><br/> Virginia has played for Portugal's Under 17s, Under 19s, and Under 21s. His time playing club youth football was spent at Benfica before a move to Arsenal's youth set-up in 2015. He appears to be well known to Reading boss Jose Gomes who is expecting the young keeper to compete for the position of first choice goalkeeper. He comes to Reading fully expecting to play the first senior football of his career and it should be a great opportunity to both Reading and the player, after learning his trade at some of the biggest clubs in the game. http://www.royals.org/news/802/Goalkeeper_Virginia_Signs_On_Season_Long_Loan 802 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 10:22:50 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Loader Gets Three In Friendly Win Reading's pre-season preparations out in Spain continued as they crossed the border to play Gibraltar Premier Division side Gibraltar United. The Royals ran out clear winners, hitting ten goals with no reply. Danny Loader scored a second half hat-trick as The Royals fielded two different sides, swapping all eleven players at half time with the score at 3-0. The game was used to give most of the squad players a run out and as result gave a chance to a lot of young academy graduates. <br/><br/> Holsgrove scored two goals with Novakovich getting the other before the half time break. Reading fielded a stronger side in the second half with senior players Walker, Moore, Blackett, Swift and Barrow joining McIntyre, Rinomhota, Barrett, Meite and Loader in a line-up which Gibraltar struggled to contain. Loader won a penalty for Meite to score from the spot before getting on the scoresheet himself. After a second Loader goal defender McIntrye scored from close range. Meite, Barrett and a third Loader goal completed a very comfortable win. <br/><br/> Jordan Obita, who continues to make a return from his long term injury, failed to make an appearance but is still expected to be available to Gomes when the season kicks off next month. <br/><br/> Reading travel to Sevilla on Saturday night in what will be much tougher pre-season fixture for the Royals. Sevilla finished sixth in La Liga last season with former Reading player Daniel Carrico making 38 appearances during the season after becoming a vital player for the side after his short and uneventful spell in Berkshire. http://www.royals.org/news/801/Loader_Gets_Three_In_Friendly_Win 801 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:27:52 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Kelly Departure Confirmed Midfielder Liam Kelly has left the club as Reading continue to shrink their wage bill due to financial concerns. Former Reading manager Jaap Stam, now manager of Dutch side Feyenoord, has signed Kelly on a two year contract in a deal expected to be worth up to &pound;500,000 in transfer fees to the Royals. Money remains tight at Reading so the deal should be beneficial to both clubs with the transfer fee perhaps lower than it might have been for a young player that still has plenty of potential for the future. <br/><br/> Kelly perhaps under performed last season and could prove a real asset to Feyenoord. Reading fans will be hoping a good sell on clause was included in the transfer with Reading due to receive a big payment from the four million pounds selling on of Jack Stacey from Luton to Bournemouth this week. Kelly played 94 times, scoring nine goals, for the Royals after signing professional terms in the summer of 2014. He had his best spell at the club under his new manager Jaap Stam before gradually falling out of favour over the last season. <br/><br/> Meanwhile Reading continue to look for a buyer for striker Sam Baldock who has been told he is surplus to requirements at Reading. Gomes is looking to remove the wages of another perhaps over-paid player after Baldock failed to impress last season. Like other players the club are looking to off-load he may be difficult to shift as he will be sitting on a very nice contract at Reading and other clubs are unlikely to want to meet demands for similar wages at their new clubs. Garath McCleary and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson are in similar positions after being told they are not in Gomes' plans for the new season. Transfer fees will not be a issue as Reading will accept almost any offer to cut their losses and take the wages down to enable new, lesser paid, players the chance to join the squad. http://www.royals.org/news/800/Kelly_Departure_Confirmed 800 Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:28:29 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Championship Season Starts With Owls Visit Reading will start the new 2019/2020 Championship season with a home fixture against Sheffield Wednesday. The new season begins early with The Owls kicking off the season at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday 3 August. Our first away game is the following weekend with a visit to Hull City, followed by another home game against Cardiff City. A difficult opening month to the new season sees us travel to West Bromwich Albion and just relegated Huddersfield Town. <br/><br/> Boxing Day is a home fixture against QPR, and the busy festive spell sees Reading hit the road with games at Preston North End on Sunday 29 December and Fulham on Wednesday 1 January 2020. The season wraps up on Saturday 2 May with a home game against Swansea City. <br/><br/> After two consecutive twentieth placed finishes in the Championship, the Royals will be hoping to improve this term and avoid a relegation battle. However, we already look set for a tough season with a "soft" ban on incoming transfers in place as Reading look to offload players, make some money, and substantially reduce player wages. <ul> <li><a href="/fixtures.html">Reading FC 2019/2020 Championship Fixtures in full</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/799/Championship_Season_Starts_With_Owls_Visit 799 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:27:22 BST Hob Nob Anyone? New Season Fixtures Released <ul> <li><a href="/fixtures.html">Reading FC 2019/2020 Championship Fixtures in full</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/798/New_Season_Fixtures_Released 798 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:14:58 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Twentieth Placed Finish After Goalless Draw Reading may not have finished the season on a high note but at least it ended on a happy one. With nothing at stake for either side in this final fixture of a difficult season, a goalless outcome was always on the cards. Reading should have won, and deserved to win, due to the chances created, and a greater desire to play some attacking football. Jose Gomes took advantage their hard earned Championship safety to play three academy players up front, and the skill and confidence demonstrated by those three (Loader, Olise and Barrett) gave Reading the edge in a lively first half. Reading had three very good chances to take the lead but let City off the hook on each occasion. There was a party atmosphere to celebrate surviving the relegation battle and the success of manager Jose Gomes in arresting the decline of the club in the second half of the season. Jose, I am sure, appreciated the Portuguese influence evident in shirts, banners and flags amongst the crowd. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/050519/Reading_0_Birmingham_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/050519/Reading_0_Birmingham_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Birmingham City 0</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/797/Twentieth_Placed_Finish_After_Goalless_Draw 797 Tue, 07 May 2019 09:42:15 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Loader Goal - First Of Many? Despite defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday it was still a very satisfactory weekend for the Royals. Although we were already safe from relegation, it was mathematically confirmed with a game spare as Rotherham were beaten at West Bromwich Albion. That defeat meant <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47994364">Rotherham were relegated</a> and will join Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town in League One next season. There was more good news for Reading fans as England youth International Danny Loader got off the mark with his first senior goal for the club. And what a strike it was as he collected the ball from a Gunter throw on the left, turned past his marker and unleased a fantastic effort from outside the box into the top right corner of the Middlesbrough goal. <br/><br/> As well as immediately becoming a contender for Reading's goal of the season it got conversation going on what the future holds for Loader as he become one of Reading's youngest ever goal scorers. At just 18 years old to have already established himself in the first team and got on the scoresheet is a huge achievement. Neil Webb remains as Reading's youngest scorer, despite playing in midfield, after making his Reading debut when 16 years old and scoring his first goal only a month after his 17th birthday. Neil Webb went on to make 72 appearances for the Royals, scoring 22 goals before his career took him to Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest and of course England. He is perhaps the most successful player to have began his career at Reading. He went on to earn 26 England caps, scoring 4 goals for the three lions. <br/><br/> Everyone will be hoping the club manage to hold on to Danny Loader as he is sure to attract interest from other clubs. If he does stay with the Royals then he is currently 190 goals behind the Reading FC's record goal scorer, <A href="http://www.readingfcformerplayers.co.uk/news/52/After_the_Football_-_Trevor_Senior">Trevor Senior</a>. Senior scored an insane number of goals off all parts of his body during two stays with the club, including hitting an incredible 41 goals in the 1983-1984 season. It seems unthinkable that any Reading striker will ever come to Senior's haul in that season. His strike rate was over a goal every two games across his Reading career which made him such a prolific goalscorer. <br/><br/> Reading's top league goalscorer of all time is Ron Blackman who scored 158 league goals, and a further 9 FA Cup goals. While Trevor Senior got his goals over 362 appearances, Blackman was just 24 goals short of Senior's record despite playing 240 times for the Royals. Sandwiched between Senior and Blackman in our top scorers table is Jimmy Wheeler with one more goal in all competitions than Ron Blackman. It's hard to appreciate just how many goals those three legends scored. Jimmy Quinn 'only' scored 94 for the Royals, although he hit 40 goals in just one season in 1993-1994. In more recent times fans like to remember Dave Kitson and Jamie Cureton, but they are both much further down the list with 62 and 55 goals respectively. <br/><br/> With Oliveira and Meite both out injured for Sunday's final game of the season, at home against Birmingham City, it will be interesting to predict the result and who might get on the scoresheet. Apart from Loader and Meite our only other scorers in the last 9 games are Rinomhota, Baker and Barrow. Many people like to track goals scored in past games to help figure out how the next game might play out, as this way they can make more accurate bets on sites like <a href="https://sport.netbet.co.uk/">NetBet sports betting</a>. Without this information, understanding the odds of a game would be certainly more difficult. <br/><br/> Reading have struggled to find a consistent goal scorer in recent seasons, and have struggled as a result. Meite will finish the season as leading goalscorer with just 13 goals. Last season Barrow and Bodvarsson were top of the charts for the Royals but only found the net 10 times. The last time we had a striker that hit more than 20 goals in a season was Shane Long, now the holder of the fastest ever Premier League goal, when he scored 25 goals all the way back in the 2010-2011 season. After another disappointing campaign we will be hoping for a big improvement next season - and hopefully a striker emerging who can consistently find the back of the net. It would be unfair to put that level of expectation on Loader at such an early stage of his career, but hopefully he can chip in at least with a few more goals next season to help us on our way to a higher placed finish. http://www.royals.org/news/796/Loader_Goal_-_First_Of_Many? 796 Wed, 01 May 2019 17:16:36 BST Hob Nob Anyone? John O'Shea Confirms Retirement John O'Shea may have played his last game for Reading after officially confirming his retirement from playing. O'Shea has had an incredible career but only came to Reading at the start of the season on a one year contract as a back-up player. As a result, he only featured for the Royals ten times this season, playing eight Championship games and two league cup games. His last appearance was when he came on as a 72nd minute substitute in our 1-1 home draw against Rotherham on 23 February 2019. O'Shea will be expected to use his long and varied experience in the game to take up a coaching role in the future. <Br/><br/> His time at Reading will be easily forgotten after his success in the game came much earlier in his career with Manchester United. He played more than 250 times for the Red Devils and earned 118 caps for the Republic of Ireland. While with Manchester United he won 14 trophies, including the Champions League, before moving to Sunderland in 2011. At Sunderland things gradually went downhill as he was part of the team relegated to the Championship and then relegated again to League One. As Sunderland went down O'Shea took the opportunity to move back to the Championship with Reading but found his opportunities to start matches limited, despite Reading struggling at the wrong end of the table. http://www.royals.org/news/795/John_O'Shea_Confirms_Retirement 795 Wed, 01 May 2019 12:58:55 BST Hob Nob Anyone?