Man Utd v Reading FA Cup 5th Round thread

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by Gordons Cumming » 15 Feb 2007 13:18

I personally only think we have any chance if Little plays from the start.

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by If you still hate Futcher » 15 Feb 2007 13:43

alad We'll get the draw IMO. Bring them back to the Madejski and beat them on penalties.


Given some of your previous posts I'm still not sure who you reckon will win

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by Eastside_royal » 15 Feb 2007 14:10

http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pageg ... sid=401953

Paul Parkers write up from the last FA cup encounter, only thing is it was 3-1 not 3-0 as i remember going mental when we went one up :roll:

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by Royal Rob » 15 Feb 2007 14:19

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Paul Parkers write up from the last FA cup encounter, only thing is it was 3-1 not 3-0 as i remember going mental when we went one up :roll:


It was definitely 3-0 :roll:

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by Eastside_royal » 15 Feb 2007 14:24

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Paul Parkers write up from the last FA cup encounter, only thing is it was 3-1 not 3-0 as i remember going mental when we went one up :roll:


It was definitely 3-0 :roll:


hmm just looked it up on fa site, it says 3-0 fair enough, i could have sworn we played them and it was 3-1. We didnt play them before that and get a 3-1 does anyone know?

Kinell im losing it. I was usually accompanied by a large bottle of cider on the terraces in those days :wink: :lol:


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by bassavage » 15 Feb 2007 15:22

Man Utd 1

Saha 74

Reading 2

Kitson 22
Doyle 87

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by Ian Royal » 15 Feb 2007 15:50

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Paul Parkers write up from the last FA cup encounter, only thing is it was 3-1 not 3-0 as i remember going mental when we went one up :roll:


It was definitely 3-0 :roll:


hmm just looked it up on fa site, it says 3-0 fair enough, i could have sworn we played them and it was 3-1. We didnt play them before that and get a 3-1 does anyone know?

Kinell im losing it. I was usually accompanied by a large bottle of cider on the terraces in those days :wink: :lol:


If we played them before it was pre '95

We should have gone one up on a couple of occasions but couldn't quite get it in the net. Gooding cross for Nogan who couldn't get his foot on it for an easy tap in at the far post iirc?

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by alad » 15 Feb 2007 15:57

Morely also dragged a good chance wide IIRC.

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by exileinleeds » 15 Feb 2007 16:02

I predict the only goal will be scored in the 97 minute...not sure by whom.


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by Platypuss » 15 Feb 2007 21:18

Will this be the largest TV viewing audience ever for a Reading game?

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by Jackson Corner » 16 Feb 2007 01:13

Platypuss Will this be the largest TV viewing audience ever for a Reading game?


Probaly only other one that would come close would be the 95 play off final?

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by Eastside_royal » 16 Feb 2007 09:34

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Paul Parkers write up from the last FA cup encounter, only thing is it was 3-1 not 3-0 as i remember going mental when we went one up :roll:


It was definitely 3-0 :roll:


hmm just looked it up on fa site, it says 3-0 fair enough, i could have sworn we played them and it was 3-1. We didnt play them before that and get a 3-1 does anyone know?

Kinell im losing it. I was usually accompanied by a large bottle of cider on the terraces in those days :wink: :lol:


Apparently i may not be losing it. The RFC historian was on the radio this moring and mentioned a 4-1 game at elm park just before the 3-0 game. i think that was the one i remember.

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by Ian Royal » 16 Feb 2007 10:55

I had a dream last night that we went 3-1 down with 20 mins to go and then came back to lead 4-3 with 5 mins to go.

The question is was this prophetic?


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by Eastside_royal » 16 Feb 2007 10:57

Ian Royal I had a dream last night that we went 3-1 down with 20 mins to go and then came back to lead 4-3 with 5 mins to go.

The question is was this pathetic?


Quite possibly :wink:

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by Ian Royal » 16 Feb 2007 11:11

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Ian Royal I had a dream last night that we went 3-1 down with 20 mins to go and then came back to lead 4-3 with 5 mins to go.

The question is was this pathetic?


Quite possibly :wink:


I set 'em up you knock 'em down.

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by Archie's penalty » 16 Feb 2007 12:11

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Ian Royal I had a dream last night that we went 3-1 down with 20 mins to go and then came back to lead 4-3 with 5 mins to go.

The question is was this pathetic?


Quite possibly :wink:


lol :lol:

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by Huntley & Palmer » 16 Feb 2007 13:25

Platypuss Will this be the largest TV viewing audience ever for a Reading game?


Most definitely and it should net us a cool £1.5 million in TV, gate receipts and prize money if we get through. Less £120,000 if we dont

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by Platypuss » 16 Feb 2007 13:42

Not to really go for it with our very best side seems to be a bit of a shame, then and perhaps a big marketing opportunity missed. I'd love the thought of local (neutral/big 4 "fan") kids to be going into school on Monday saying that they saw an amazing game and seeing Reading in a brand new light. Proud of what they saw from their local team and vowing to throw off their casual allegiances in future.

Unfortunately, I fear they'll just see a battling, but utimately routine defeat and remain in their glory-hunting comfort zone - "what was all the fuss about".

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by Joe » 16 Feb 2007 13:45

From bbc.co.uk/sport

Reading director of football Nick Hammond could be forgiven for having felt a little queasy when the Royals were drawn to face Manchester United in this weekend's FA Cup fifth round.


Paul Parker shinned it inside the near post and basically made me look stupid

Nick Hammond

Not so much because of the mountainous obstacle that had been put in their path, more the memory of the last time the sides met in the competition.

An Eric Cantona-inspired United won the 1996 meeting at Elm Park 3-0, seeing off a Reading side who had Hammond in goal, despite the keeper having suffered from chicken pox all week.

"My main memory of the game is feeling so unwell that I was hoping the game would be called off because of the weather," Hammond told BBC Sport.

"I had been ill all week. I came in to training on the Monday with some spots and saw the physio who identified them at chicken pox.

"The club immediately sent me home so I wouldn't infect any of the other lads, but home at that stage was Plymouth so it was a long way to go.

"I was in my late 20s and chicken pox can hit you badly at that age so I spent most of that week tucked up in bed feeling very poorly.

"I came back to Reading on the Friday and stayed at a hotel. By then, I knew I would have to play on the Saturday because Bobby Mihailov, our Bulgarian international keeper, was injured.

"The doctor gave me a special type of medicine that they don't normally prescribe but I had a really uncomfortable night. When I got up and looked out of the window everywhere was white from frost and I remember thinking 'please call this game off'."

Form guide

Sep 23 2006:
Reading 1-1 Man Utd

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Dec 30 2006:
Man Utd 3-2 Reading
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Unfortunately for Hammond the match beat the cold snap and United, bidding for back-to-back FA Cup final appearances, cruised into the last 16.

Ryan Giggs put the previous season's beaten finalists in front, but it took a freak goal from Paul Parker to break Reading's stubborn resistance before Cantona added gloss to the victory.

"It was very cold and, because I wasn't feeling well, that was not helpful," remembers Hammond, groaning as he relives the pain of illness, as well as defeat.

"Cantona's goal was a bit of a one-on-one and I vaguely remember that, but the goal that sticks in my mind is Parker's.

"I had anticipated the cross and tried to nick a yard to give me a chance to go and get the cross. But Parker attempted to cross it and instead caught it with the outside of his right boot. He basically shinned it inside the near post and made me look stupid."

There seems little chance of the modern-day Reading looking daft as the sides meet again in Saturday's live BBC game.

Since the former Arsenal and Plymouth keeper was appointed Reading's director of football in 2003, the club have reached heights never before seen in their long history.

At 135 years of age, the Premiership's newest club is also its oldest - and much of the credit for their new-found status belongs to Hammond.

His first task after being appointed in the wake of Alan Pardew's acrimonious departure from the club was to appoint Steve Coppell as his replacement as manager - a decision which has proved to be inspired.

Hammond was also the mastermind behind the deal to bring Kevin Doyle to the club in a £78,000 move from Cork City, one of the best pieces of business in recent Premiership history.


Steve is excited. I know he is. For him to take a team back to Old Trafford is special

Nick Hammond

"I had worked so closely with Alan Pardew and had such a good relationship with him, that when he left the expectation was probably that I went with him.

"So when the club offered me the director of football role it was a real career decision that I had to make.

"The role I do now is vastly different from what I anticipated it would be. It has been a very steep learning curve for me.

"Steve is at the coalface and takes a game-by-game approach. My job is to support him in every way but to make sure we have a mid-term and long-term view. Managers these days are under such pressure for results that the majority of them will only ever see short term."

That short-term view this week turns to Old Trafford, as Coppell returns to the Theatre of Dreams in which he once boasted the lead role.

If he is excited, he doesn't show it, his anticipation hidden by an ice-cool demeanour that has ensured success has not gone to his team's heads.

But Hammond insists his manager can't wait to return for another meeting with United, who beat Reading 3-2 at Old Trafford in their last game of 2006.

"Steve is excited. I know he is. He lives for his football and for him to take a team back to Old Trafford is special," says Hammond.

"When we played in 1996 it was one of the club's biggest ever games. It was a massive game for everyone involved at Reading and everyone in the town.

"We are fortunate now that we are in a position where we have a massive game every week. But Saturday is a fantastic opportunity for us because we are in the latter stages of the best domestic cup competition in the world and we are going to one of the greatest clubs in the world."

Reading's meteoric rise from Championship also-rans to Uefa Cup contenders under Coppell has led his former Old Trafford boss Tommy Docherty to tout his former winger as a possible replacement when Sir Alex Ferguson retires.

And Hammond admits his biggest challenge as director of football is now to keep a firm grip on the manager who has transformed the club's fortunes.

"We need to be aware that Steve Coppell's stock has risen enormously since he has been here off the back of the job he has done here - and rightly so.

"Anyone out there at the top level looking for a football manager will potentially have Steve on their wish list and we are aware of that. I think Steve is happy at Reading but we cannot be blase about it and will be doing everything we can to get him to sign a new deal."

It is a safe bet that it was a situation that the director of football saw coming - and that Hammond will handle it better than a Paul Parker cross.

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by Niko » 17 Feb 2007 03:38

i reckon it will be 2-1 (to manure) or 2-2, with either the 1 goal or 2 coming from each of our strikers (kitson and/or doyle). i wanted to say one of the central midfielders but i couldnt work out who'd be playing there...

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