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The Trinity Mirror-owned former Reading evening newspaper, the Post, is now a midweek solo edition which interchanges identity to become the getreading website and Friday paper.
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The Chronicle is the oldest newspaper in the Reading area, having started life in the early 1800s as the Berkshire Chronicle - now a locally-owned subsidiary of Scottish-based Romanes Media Group. -------------------------------------
First published in 1885 as the Henley Free Press, the locally-owned Henley Standard has been a front-runner in the electronic era with some consistently lively multi-media output.
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The Newbury Weekly News was first published in 1867 but was among the first locally to embrace the internet with extensive coverage including video under its Newbury Today brand.
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The Wokingham Times is the longest-established newspaper in that area, with a website, getwokingham, styled like its Reading stable-mate the Post, sharing some content with getreading.
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The stable-mate of the Reading Chronicle and the Slough Observer has been serving south-east Berkshire for the past 50 years and keeps up well on its website with the news from its patch.
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The Maidenhead Advertiser was first published in in 1869 and once had an enviable circulation larger than the town's population - still thriving and fiercely independent, the 'Tiser is also fully multi-media.
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The Windsor and Eton Express was founded in 1812, and apart from one brief spell, remained a family independent. It is again, acquired in 2008 by family-owned Baylis Media Ltd of the Maidenhead Advertiser.
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An independent information site for Maidenhead, giving comprehensive details and listings for businesses, restaurants and tourism in that area.
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Founded in 1878, the Basingstoke Gazette went through it's first 99 years in family ownership. Today, owned by UK publisher Newsquest - part of the multi-media American-based giant Gannett.
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BBC Radio Berkshire has the benefit of the Corporation's Government funding for its broadcast and multi-media output with county-wide website coverage - yet perhaps not the powerhouse it should be.
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After many name and image changes, the south's commercial TV operation has found it's corporate feet with a good website to match - latest from Fred Dinenage and Reading's own Sangeeta Bhabra.
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Reading's "community" radio station, previously part of Sir John Madejski's empire, has a lively site, like the station itself, with news, and features about its output. Now part of the zany Jack FM brand.
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Reading Borough Council has spruced up its PR and corporate multi-media in recent years and issues frequent media news releases on the key community subjects.
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The University of Reading, in its 111th year, is in the top one percent of uni's worldwide, and its frequent news releases reflect its highly-acclaimed research work.
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Xn is a hyperlocal news website and printed magazine for the Thames Valley. The focus is on positive people-led stories that, publishers Xn Media say, "will encourage, inform and inspire every reader."
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There are several "Readings" in the USA, best-known of which is the 88,000-population Reading city northwest of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania - it's local paper is the Eagle, backed up by its dot.com version.
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From another "Reading, USA", this time 16 miles north of Boston in Massachusetts is The Advocate newspaper which feeds an excellent news service into its equally-excellent website, named Wicked Local.
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A news aggregator which trawls the www for any story it finds with the word "Reading", so it can occasionally, therefore throw up book-reading topics - but it's a good source of interesting items.
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SPEEDWAY is unlikely to ever return to Reading - and one man who is not only disappointed but furious about that is Reg Fearman, who brought the sport to the town in 1968 (writes ROGER WARE). For many decades, Reg, now a sprightly 81-year-old, WAS Mr Speedway, both in the UK and internationally. As an explosive rider, dynamic promoter and influential administrator, he was at the heart of the sport from its post-war boom years, via the slump of the late 50's to the renewed glory era of the 60s, 70s and 80s, and back to the relative struggles of more recent times. He knows any secret worth knowing about Speedway, going back more than 60 years, and he has now shared as many of them as legally-possible - and some which are borderline! - in his autobiography, "Both Sides of the Fence". 

Whether you're one of the Reading Racers faithful, a follower of the sport generally, or just enjoy a thoroughly good read, this is a book for you. It covers Reg's career from under-age rookie at West Ham, to international rider by the age of 17 and on via a roller-coaster ride of great times, and not-so-great, to his retirement and now avid watcher of Speedway on TV. There's a fascinating chapter about his time at Reading, from how and why he introduced the sport at Tilehurst, to what he strongly-believes was the unnecessary death of Reading Racers in 2008. He tells how he reluctantly moved the Racers from Tilehurst to Smallmead, making a minor miracle happen by constructing the then-new stadium on an old rubbish tip. He tells how he negotiated, and signed a 99-year lease with Reading Borough Council in 1974, how he was reluctantly forced into selling out to co-promoters Frank Higley and Bill Dore in 1978 - and how the "99-year" golden lease was mysteriously re-negotiated to run only until 2008 instead of 2073. Allied Presentations, minus Reg, had surrendered a document which could have safeguarded the Racers through all of our lifetimes. 

Reg also makes a rather incredulous passing reference to entrepreneur John Postlethwaite, who took over the Reading Speedway promotion in latter years, leaving Bill Dore to run the Greyhound side. Reg believes Postlethwaite dropped an immediate clanger by sacrificing the Racers' name and making them "Reading Bulldogs". The obvious change back was too late to prevent the alienation of a section of the already dwindling fan-base. Subsequent attempts to move Speedway to another venue a mile or so up the A33 Relief Road towards town, have all failed, and it now seems terminally so. Although he remained, until recently, a resident of Henley, Reg has long gone from Reading, but still feels great regrets on behalf of Racers' fans, that that famous winged wheel seems destined to be just another part of local history. 

I was newly-installed Sports Editor of the Reading Chronicle when Reg first strode into Tilehurst in 1968. I was quickly won over by his charisma and total enthusiasm for the sport, and I gave the Racers the extensive coverage they merited - at that time often attracting bigger crowds than the football team up the road at Elm Park. In the early 70s I was also co-announcer at Tilehurst with Diddy David Hamilton, great times when Reg's marketing skills had the old stadium rocking at capacity every week. I have remained a friend since, sharing good times with Reg and the two wives who have each supported him massively throughout his career. After the untimely death through illness, of his first wife Joan - a huge help to him in Reading days - Reg is now married to Eileen, who spent many hours proof-reading his book, and can mix Speedway stories with the best of them! They live in the Peak District near Stoke.

In his heyday, Reg was as tough a businessman as you could ever meet, and made a small fortune - but it was never just about the money. He simply loved Speedway - and still does - and for the most part, the sport, and its personalities loved him in return. If "love" didn't quite cover it in every case, then grudging admiration from his rivals certainly did. Anyone of any relevance in Speedway is mentioned in his book, with personal observations from the man who knew them all. "Both Sides of the Fence" is published by History Press, with forewords by Reg's great friend, the legendary Swedish rider, five times world champion Ove Fundin, and by fellow-promoter John Berry. 

Signed copies of "Both Sides of the Fence" are available to READING GUIDE readers for £15 plus £2 postage in the UK, (£10 postage Australia/New Zealand), at Sales, 19 The Heights, Leek ST13 7LQ.

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Keep up to date with all things Royal with their official website, giving info about the club, the team, tickets, souvenirs and more, including interviews and subscription video.
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An unofficial Reading FC website always full of well-written comment, positive and negative - but always constructive - about the Royals. Named after the old "Home End" at Elm Park.
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More than 200 former Reading players and managers are in the Former Players' Association - the website has interesting info about great names of Royals' and Biscuitmen's past.
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Reading's senior semi-pro football club play their Hellenic League home games at Scours Lane, Tilehurst. With new investment, the club is set for an exciting period of expansion.
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Reading's adopted top-flight Rugby Union team, survived a relegation scare in 2012/13 and look forward to better times ahead. The website has comprehensive news, info and video.
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Reading's most consistently successful sports club runs 11 men’s teams and seven ladies’ teams, with both elite squads at the top of the domestic game with many international stars.
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Reading Cricket Club operates in tandem with the adjacent Reading Hockey Club, providing a two-pronged elite sports operation at the extensive Sonning Lane site.
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The club finished its 2012/13 season a creditable third in the National South West Division One (East). Founded in 1898 as Berkshire Wanderers, the Reading RFC still fields a Wanderers XV.
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Originally founded for youngsters from non-rugby-playing schools, Abbey went senior in 1956, later acquired their own 22-acre site at Emmer Green and have competed successfully since.
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Now known as The Rams, the Redingensians club was founded in 1926, originally for former pupils of Reading School. It runs teams in all age groups at its complex in Sonning.
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Reading CC has been promoting cycling in Berkshire since 1974. With over 200 members, the club is dedicated to giving cyclists the opportunity to race, ride and enjoy life on two wheels.
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The club has a long and proud history with past Olympic stars such as Ann Packer, Bev Callender and Britain's most successful-ever female sprinter, Kathy Smallwood.
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Elite Soccer School provides after school clubs, school holiday courses, birthday parties and much, much more for boys and girls from the age of 5-14, in and around Reading.
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A friendly community rowing club located on one of the best stretches of the upper Thames, with access to 6km of beautiful water from Caversham Bridge to Mapledurham lock.
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Founded as recently as 1997, the Rockets had such spectacular lift-off that they now run age-group, ladies and seniors teams. They are National Division One champions 2012/13.
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The legendary (and still going strong at 80) Reg Fearman brought Speedway to Reading in 1968. Smallmead closed in 2008 but the Racers faithful still have hope - and a good website.

AND OTHER SENIOR SPORTS CLUBS AND VENUES NEARBY…

The Magpies have an extremely proud, and unique football boast - their York Road ground is the world's oldest football ground used continuously by the same club.
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Basingstoke Town share Maidenhead's status as members of the Conference South - and they have some lively local derbies. Stokie the Mascot is even taller than a certain Kingsley Royal!
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Few sporting venues can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse. It was Queen Anne, staying at Windsor Castle in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse.
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Newbury Racecourse is more than 100 years old, combining heritage with everything a modern sports and events venue can offer. It was constructed in 1904/05 - at a cost of £57,240!
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Although the local area has links to racing dating back to Henry VIII, the first race meeting at Royal Windsor was not until 1866. It's the only flat figure-of-eight course in the country.
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The Hawks are one of the leading clubs in the Thames Valley, among the top 50 in the country, and are currently on the up again after a rare lean spell in their fortunes.
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Bracknell RFC has an illustrious pedigree, founded in 1955 by Welsh and Cornish men new to the New Town area. 2012/13 champs of South West Division One (East).
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The Blues, a focal point for the West Berkshire rugby community, finished the 2012/13 season comfortably mid-table in South West Division One (East).
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