Reading Football Club News: October 2022

Reading Denied Points At Leaders Burnley

29 October 2022
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading left Turf Moor with nothing despite going ahead in the second half and having a clear penalty denied. The home side, sitting top of the Championship table, claimed a late 2-1 victory, four minutes into stoppage time to deny Reading any points. Meite provided for Tom Ince to score just before the hour mark, but the home side equalised ten minutes later. The late goal sealed Reading's fourth defeat in five league games as they slipped to 11th place.

Burnley Is A Test As The Royals Get Back To Winning Ways

28 October 2022
By Hob Nob Anyone?

It has been a mixed old start to the 2022/23 Championship campaign for Reading FC and manager Paul Ince.

16 games into the season, we have recently ended our run of three straight league defeats, and we do sit pretty comfortably in eighth place in the table - but we are very much an all or nothing side when it comes to results. Eight wins, seven defeats but only one draw to our name so far. If we can sort out those consistency issues, given we only sit five points off first place and top of the table, even turning a few of those defeats into draws would already have had a significant effect on our placing.

There will be optimism and confidence that we can do just that under Ince though, particularly in light of the most recent performance we put in against Bristol City. Although the visitors better dominated possession, they failed to register a single shot on target on Saturday afternoon at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, and in the second half we took full control of the game to take all three points following goals from Mamadou Loum and Andy Carroll. You can save time on finding bookmaker bonuses with if you are into that kind of thing, as there will be plenty of twists and turns in the remainder of the season.

Whilst Ince would have undoubtedly have liked to see us test their goalkeeper a little bit more than we did across the 90 minutes of action, but with 15 shots overall there is no doubt we could have slightly increased our advantage and made the game a little bit more comfortable, even though it was a decent day out for the home faithful.

Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, Ince was understandably pleased with how we had ended the run of three defeats and got back to winning ways.

"I'm very pleased it was a good performance but there's not really one game in the past six or seven that hasn't been, even if we have lost games.

"So many other teams have lost three in a row so we've got to keep fighting and performing and it's always on the day.

"Today was great and to get a clean sheet with a very young backline is phenomenal."

With a trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley next up on the cards for Ince this coming Saturday, whilst the aim will be to make it back to back victories once again to play catch up after the recent losses, Burnley will be no easy game for us as they are having a pretty decent season of their own, racking up seven wins and eight draws (losing only once) in their opening 16 matches of the year.

With three wins and two draws lifting them into third place in the table, form is clearly on their side right now, but football is not played on paper and this is as good a marker for us to lay down as any as we hit the October and November fixture crush ahead of the irrational and stupidly timed break for the 2022 World Cup out in Qatar.

Whilst the break is not ideal, we just have to ensure we leave ourselves well placed to capitalise when real football returns.

Reading End Winless Run

22 October 2022
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Shane Long and Andy Carroll, Reading's former Premier League strikers, came off the bench combining to create and score a stoppage time goal which had Premier League quality written all over it, to secure a well-deserved home win. In a match full of endeavour but generally lacking in quality, Reading were the most potent force going forward, and having taken the lead shortly after half time through Loum, never looked like losing. City made several changes after falling behind and put the Reading defence under pressure but ultimately failed to register an attempt on target throughout the entire match.
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Some of Readings Best Managers in History

20 October 2022
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading Football Club is one of the oldest clubs in English football having been established in 1871. Known as the ‘Royals’ due to their location in the Royal County of Berkshire, Reading play their home matches at the Madejski Stadium, a stadium that exhibits a thrilling atmosphere. Although some people prefer to watch the game from home, just like some casino players prefer to have a go at an online live casino uk. Having said that, it’s worth to go watch Reading at Madejski Stadium every once in a while. Let’s check out some of the men who have tried bringing success to Reading.

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew was the manager of Reading for close to 4 years and that makes him their second longest serving manager of the past 30 years. Pardew won close to 50% of his matches in charge of Reading between 1999 and 2003 and it was his first experience as a manager. During his time at Reading, Pardew helped the club achieve automatic promotion to Division One and reached the playoffs the following season in the Championship.

Jaap Stam

A no nonsense central defender in his playing days, Jaap Stam achieved enormous success in English football at Manchester United. The Dutchman was manager of Reading between June 2016 and March 2018, and it was his first full managerial position. Stam led the club to the Championship playoffs in his first season but struggled in the following campaign. Having come so close to the Premier League, Stam left the club on the back of a poor run of results.

Steve Coppell

Steve Coppell is the longest serving Reading manager since 1989 and he was at the club for over 5 years between 2003 and 2009. Coppell was an experienced manager by the time he joined Reading and is arguably the best manager in the history of the club. In his second season, Coppell took Reading to the Premier League, winning the Championship and setting a new league record of 33 games unbeaten. The first campaign in the Premier League was hugely successful and Reading finished 8th but the club were relegated the following season.

Veljko Paunovic

Veljko Paunovic joined reading in August 2020 and the Serbian arrived having left his previous role at Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire. Things started well for Paunovic, and he even won the Manager of the Month Award for September in the Championship. Reading narrowly missed out on a playoff place in the 2020/21 season but Paunovic still did well. Unfortunately, Reading received a six-point deduction the following season and Paunovic left the club by mutual consent in February 2022.

Brian McDermott

Going back to December 2009 and we come to Brian McDermott, who has had two spells as manager of Reading. Having initially started as a caretaker manager, McDermott enjoyed some good FA Cup runs with Reading and took them to the Premier League in 2012. McDermott was awarded the Premier League Manager of the Month for January but was sacked two months later and the club were relegated.


Reading have enjoyed some fantastic times with the above-mentioned managers at the club. Both Coppell and McDermott can claim to be the best managers in the history of the club, having taking Reading to the topflight. However, the job done by Pardew, Stam, and Paunovic cannot be underestimated.

Royals Down To Ninth After Third Straight Defeat

18 October 2022
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading squandered a two goal lead at Swansea City to end up on the wrong end of a 3-2 score line, which made it three straight defeats. After a promising start to the season, the Royals have now picked up just one point from a possible twelve and have dropped to ninth in the table. This was always expected to be a tough away fixture and it was Swansea that got off to the better start. Reading, with Meite starting up front and Joao and Carroll both on the bench, scored against the run of play after 26 minutes. Hoilett crossed for Loum to record Reading's first shot of the evening. The ball came back off the keeper to allow Meite to put Reading ahead. The Royals doubled their lead just six minutes later with Meite turning provider for Ince to put the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the back of the Swansea net. That was where Reading's contribution to the game ended with Swansea taking full control of the game.

The home side pulled one back before half time from a corner and pulled level on the hour mark. A winner for Swansea was always likely and it came on 74 minutes with an impressive long range effort that beat Lumley back in the Reading goal.
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Reading Suffer Another Defeat

15 October 2022
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Rejuvenated by the appointment of interim manager Richard Beale following the sacking of manager Steve Bruce at the beginning of the week, the Baggies produced a perfect away performance to lift themselves out of the bottom three with only their second victory of the season. Royals' fans will be disappointed with the result, but Albion were sharp and focussed from the kick off, playing with an intensity in the first quarter of the match which put Reading on the back foot and produced the opening goal after twenty-five minutes. A sweeping cross field pass by Gardner-Hickman found Phillips wide on the right who shrugged off a feeble challenge by an isolated Guinness-Walker, who overall played well, to beat Bouzanis at the near post. The level of communication between the Albion players when defending was evidence of a team immediately benefitting from the fresh and positive influence of an interim manager.
Reading 0 West Bromwich Albion 2:

Reading Enjoy Easy Home Win Over Huddersfield

01 October 2022
By Hob Nob Anyone?

A good crowd at the SLC Stadium, boosted by the presence of hundreds of young fans taking advantage of the reduced prices, sat in the sunshine and enjoyed seeing Reading cruise to their fifth home win of the season. The result never looked in doubt. Tom McIntyre headed Reading into the lead after twenty-nine minutes from an Ince corner, and seven minutes later Town defender Lees deflected Hendrick's cross past 'keeper Nicholls to give Reading a two goal cushion. Although Huddersfield's toothless attack never looked likely to penetrate Reading's defence, the crucial third did not arrive until ten minutes from the end when Meite muscled his way past a couple of Town defenders, continuing his run to tap in his first goal of the season with Nicholls stranded.