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by Mid Sussex Royal
01 Jun 2020 18:44
Forum: The Team
Topic: 25 years ago today
Replies: 41
Views: 1367

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 ...
by Mid Sussex Royal
30 May 2020 14:42
Forum: The Team
Topic: The effect of the break
Replies: 36
Views: 1368

Re: The effect of the break

In my view the ‘break’ is effectivelya new season. I think we will see lots of weird results. Some teams will simply not show up, for a mid table side there will be little motivation to treat these rump games as more than a preseason run out. The old rule of thumb that you can’t judge the league un...
by Mid Sussex Royal
29 May 2020 15:06
Forum: The Team
Topic: 25 years ago today
Replies: 41
Views: 1367

Re: 25 years ago today

It was too much to take for an 8 year old! I think for anyone who was there it l must rank as their worst day watching Reading...far worse than the other three finals: Walsall - unfortunate circumstances with the own goal but we went up next season anyway Swansea - expected us to lose to a much bet...
by Mid Sussex Royal
22 May 2020 16:28
Forum: The Team
Topic: Biggest Reading FC injustices
Replies: 58
Views: 3441

Re: Biggest Reading FC injustices

Zip McAteer was the biggest one for me. Down to ten men I just don’t think Bolton would have had the legs to come back the way they did. He should have received a second yellow and the ref bottled it.


There was also a foul in the build up to the De Fratius equaliser
by Mid Sussex Royal
21 May 2020 18:31
Forum: The Team
Topic: Interesting news article coming out of Yorkshire....
Replies: 10
Views: 1767

Interesting news article coming out of Yorkshire....

I've got family in Barnsley and apparently they are considering legal action if Derby, Sheffield W and Birmingham are not docked points this season, which could potentially affect the relegation positions. We are not specifically mentioned but this is still somewhat concerning considering our owner ...
by Mid Sussex Royal
19 May 2020 20:06
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 591
Views: 134372

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

I've just emailed the club with a list of home games from the 1970's & 1980's which I remember had local TV cameras present (they used to set up in the South Bank)....not seen them emerge on utube so hopefully these can be resurrected if someone there has good media contacts.
by Mid Sussex Royal
17 May 2020 18:16
Forum: The Team
Topic: Any player you recall who virtually beat us on their own.
Replies: 43
Views: 2868

Re: Any player you recall who virtually beat us on their own.

Jagermesiter1871 Andy Johnson anyone?


Oh yeah, remember him....always used to wind up the crowd too
by Mid Sussex Royal
14 May 2020 19:18
Forum: The Team
Topic: Players who virtually won us games/promotion/avoided relegation on their own
Replies: 44
Views: 2902

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

Trevor Morley got half our goals late 90's one season, we probably would have gone down without them
by Mid Sussex Royal
07 May 2020 13:46
Forum: The Team
Topic: Worst ever Reading FC X1
Replies: 98
Views: 7982

Re: Worst ever Reading FC X1

For an actual side that played together I'd go with 1982-83 team, simply because we had the top scorer in the entire football league (Kerry Dixon) and still got relegated. We'd have been down at Christmas without his goals.
by Mid Sussex Royal
06 May 2020 20:50
Forum: The Team
Topic: Worst Reading Player
Replies: 174
Views: 16799

Re: Worst Reading Player

Half Horse If you suggested anyone other than Malcolm Swain then you are too young to have seen him "play"


Agree - and as someone else said Martin James from the same team runs him a close second
by Mid Sussex Royal
05 May 2020 15:53
Forum: The Team
Topic: Worst Reading Player
Replies: 174
Views: 16799

Re: Worst Reading Player

I know his name has already come up but surely Hope Akpan has to win this hands down. Not once do I ever remember him kicking the ball in the direction he intended to. Truly woeful. Whatever was Coppell thinking? Honorable mention to Liam Rosenior. He might have got away with his totally limited st...
by Mid Sussex Royal
01 May 2020 11:24
Forum: The Team
Topic: We simply must top this list.............
Replies: 16
Views: 1283

Re: We simply must top this list.............

I'm surprised the Middlesboro side of the mid 70's isn't on that list; won the league by 16 points when it was 2 points for a win
by Mid Sussex Royal
27 Apr 2020 18:48
Forum: The Team
Topic: Worst ever Reading FC X1
Replies: 98
Views: 7982

Re: Worst ever Reading FC X1

This is really difficult as I go back to 1970 and the fourth division days, when we finished 16th in 1972 and some of that side (Malcolm Swain and Martin James have been mentioned) played like they had signed from a Prospect Park Sunday morning side, but in fairness were probably paid peanuts. So ma...
by Mid Sussex Royal
24 Apr 2020 14:19
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 591
Views: 134372

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

There is a thread about Robin Friday on a Cardiff City messageboard I post on. They have always known I support Reading. There is a dispute about whether Friday did crap in Lawrenson’s kit bag. Does anyone know if it was true? That's been a rumour for years, I think it was his last ever league game...
by Mid Sussex Royal
18 Apr 2020 11:49
Forum: The Team
Topic: Best Reading FC performances in your lifetime
Replies: 70
Views: 12510

Re: Best Reading FC performances in your lifetime

Anybody able to provide more information on this match (HNA match report archives don’t go back this far)? Wednesday 8 December 1982 Football League Group Cup Quarter Final Reading 5-3 Watford (aet) I’d been married less than a year and been “allowed out” to see the game. Memory is a bit hazy but I...
by Mid Sussex Royal
17 Apr 2020 17:06
Forum: The Team
Topic: Best Reading FC performances in your lifetime
Replies: 70
Views: 12510

Re: Best Reading FC performances in your lifetime

Best attacking: 6-0 Vs West Ham H 2006 - Prem League...speaks for itself, needed the win too as had started to slide down the table a bit 4-0 Vs Blackpool A 1994 - absolutely murdered them second half and were applauded off at the end by the home fans Best defending: 0-0 Southampton A 2005...I'll ne...
by Mid Sussex Royal
13 Apr 2020 11:58
Forum: The Team
Topic: Ray Hiron
Replies: 16
Views: 4777

Re: Ray Hiron

Scored a vital goal at the end of the season V Lincoln (champions that season - start of Graham Taylor's success)

I'm sure its one of the few clips of us back then that's on U Tube

Never realised he was captain that season
by Mid Sussex Royal
09 Apr 2020 19:48
Forum: The Team
Topic: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube
Replies: 591
Views: 134372

Re: Old Reading Footage on VHS/film/Youtube

[Tony Le Mesmer: There is a Royals Gems for 84-86 I believe, although sadly the 85-86 winning run is not part of it due to Strike Action.] Yes, I can see that now on the fella's promotional leaflet - such Gems as games v Bognor, Wealdstone and New Zealand but sadly not the 4-3 v Plymouth or the 2-2...
by Mid Sussex Royal
09 Apr 2020 19:41
Forum: The Team
Topic: Finish the season, in 56 days?
Replies: 17
Views: 3649

Re: Finish the season, in 56 days?

Its a joke.

Wimbledon and Open Golf both in July - cancelled.

I just can't see how the games get played unless they make radical changes to next season
by Mid Sussex Royal
06 Apr 2020 17:34
Forum: The Team
Topic: What got you into supporting RFC?! And when you did who was your nearest team?
Replies: 58
Views: 9654

Re: What got you into supporting RFC?! And when you did who was your nearest team?

Family - kind of - but my parents were Southampton fans. We lived by Prospect Park though so I used to go with my brother; first game Spring 1971 and we were relegated to Div 4 for the first time at the end of that season. I never saw the appeal of following Liverpool/Leeds/Arsenal who won all the d...
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