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CLUB APPEALS TO THE FANS TO HELP TEAM 'TIP THE BALANCE'

HARRIOTT BACK IN ACTION BUT UNDER-23s ARE HELD BY BAGGIES

BOSS DESPONDENT AS ROYALS 'SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT'

SWIFT ADMITS THAT 'ONE MOMENTARY LAPSE' COST THE GAME

ROYALS WOMEN HELD TO A DRAW AWAY TO NEWCOMERS WEST HAM

UNDER-18s FORCE A DRAW AWAY TO LEAGUE-LEADING SPURS

ROYALS APPOINT TOP-RATED ITALIAN AS NEW SPORTING DIRECTOR

CHIEF EXEC SAYS CLUB IS NOW IN URGENT NEED OF STABILITY

THESE ARE THE PICK OF THE DIARY DATES FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON

BURYING BORO IN FIRST PREM GAME VOTED THE MAD STAD'S BEST

THE FASCINATING STORIES BEHIND ROYALS' 6,000 LEAGUE GOALS

FROM 'GETREADING' (RIP) - 47 WAYS TO KNOW YOU'RE A ROYALS FAN!

RAIN OR SHINE? COMPREHENSIVE WEATHER FORECAST FOR READING AREA (BBC)
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LIVE TRAFFIC CAMERAS AND BUS INFO FOR THE READING AREA (RB Council)
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LIVE CAMERAS AND INCIDENT UPDATES ALONG THE ENTIRE M4 (Motorway Cameras)
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GO FROM AA TO BB - COMPLETE ROUTE PLANNER WITH TIMINGS AND TURNINGS (AA)
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GUIDE TO CURRENT ROADWORKS ALL AROUND THE AREA (Roadworks.org)
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DRIVING FAR AND WIDE - OUT OF AREA MOTORWAY TRAFFIC NEWS (Highways Agency)
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STOPPING AT MOTORWAY AND A-ROAD SERVICE AREAS? (M'way Services Online)
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RAIL JOURNEY PLANNER - ALL THE 'FROM AND TO' INFO AND FARES (National Rail)
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LIVE RAIL DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL BOARDS FOR READING AND LOCAL STATIONS (National Rail)
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BUS SERVICES PUTTING THE DING-DING IN READING AND AREA (Reading Buses)
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IF YOU'D RATHER GO ON FOOT - A GUIDE TO WALKS IN THE READING AREA (iFootpath)
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FLYING FROM HEATHROW - AIRPORT DIRECTORY AND OTHER KEY INFO (Heathrow Airport Guide)
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WHAT’S THE TIME WHEN WE GET THERE? CLOCK IN ANY MAJOR CITY (Time and Date)
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ROAD TO THE AIRPORT - TIMES AND DETAILS FOR READING RAIL-AIR LINK TO HEATHROW (Railair)
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FLYING FROM GATWICK - PARKING, FLIGHT INFO AND SHOPPING (Gatwick Airport)
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FLYING FROM STANSTED - WORLD'S BEST AIRPORT FOR LOW-COST FLIGHTS (Stansted Airport)
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FLYING FROM LUTON - ALL THE INFO ON THE GROUND AND AIR SIDE (Luton Airport)
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FLYING FROM SOUTHAMPTON - DOWN THE M3 AND UP, UP AND AWAY! (Southampton Airport)
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PLAIN SAILING OR ROUGH SEAS - CROSS-CHANNEL FERRY INFO PORTSMOUTH (Portsmouth Port)
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TO THE CHANNEL ISLANDS? LATEST ON CATS FROM POOLE AND PORTSMOUTH (Condor Ferries)
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LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE - LIVE INFO FOR CRUISING FROM SOUTHAMPTON (ABP Southampton)
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SEA TURNS YOUR TUM? LET TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN - FRANCE BY UNDERGROUND (Eurotunnel)
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The oldest - now only - newspaper in Reading town, started life in the early 1800s as the Berkshire Chronicle - now owned by the Newsquest group.
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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 under its Newbury Today brand.
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Local news operation with focus on positive people-led stories publishers say encourage, inform and inspire. Now publishing The Wokingham Paper after sad demise of the Times.
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The stable-mate of the Reading Chronicle and the Slough Observer has been serving south-east Berkshire for 50+ years and its website keeps up well with the news from its patch.
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First published in 1869 - once had enviable circulation larger than the town's population. Still thriving and independent, with fifth generation Baylis family, Jason, at helm.
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Founded in 1812, and apart from a brief spell, the Express remained a family independent. It is again, acquired in 2008 by family-owned Baylis Media Ltd of the Maidenhead Advertiser.
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Founded in 1878, the Basingstoke Gazette went through it's first 99 years family-owned. Today, owned by Newsquest - part of the multi-media American-based giant Gannett.
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Trinity Mirror-owned Reading Post, is history - so is its offspring, the getreading website. Now a pale shadow of the oldies as part of In Your Area.
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BBC Radio Berkshire has the benefit of Government funding for its county-wide broadcast and multi-media coverage - website 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 stability. Flagship programme features 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. Became part of the zany Jack FM brand - now the even zanier Sam FM!
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It started life as Thames Valley Radio 210FM - nowadays good old "210" is on 97 and 102.9FM and is owned by national radio brand Heart - which claims to be the Home of Feel Good!
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The new kids on the radio block in Reading saying they are the only place to hear the very best adult contemporary music plus news, weather and travel updates.
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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 92nd 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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There are several "Readings" in the USA - best-known is 88,000-population Reading city northwest of Philadelphia - it's local paper is the Eagle, backed up by its dot.com version.
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From another "Reading, USA", 16 miles north of Boston is The Advocate newspaper which feeds an excellent news service into its equally-excellent website, named Wicked Local.
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News aggregator which trawls the www for any story with the word "Reading", so can occasionally throw up book-reading topics - but it's a good source of interesting items.
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CLICK CHOSEN CLUB LOGO TO LINK TO THEIR LATEST INFO

Keep up to date with all things Royal - info about the club, the team, tickets, souvenirs and more, including interviews and subscription video.
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Unofficial Reading FC website with plenty of well-written comment, positive and negative - but always constructive. Named after the old "Home End" at Elm Park.
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More than 200 former Reading players and managers are in the Association - the website has interesting info about great names of Royals' and Biscuitmen's past.
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Chris Lee has supported Reading FC for 40-plus years since 'Biscuitmen' days. He’s compiled a huge collection of online memorabilia including team groups from Day 1 in 1871.
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Reading's adopted Rugby Union team, survived two relegation scares before going down in 2016. Exiles spent one season in exile, returned to the Prem - and promptly relegated again.
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Reading's most consistently-successful sports club - 11 men’s and seven ladies’ teams. Elite squads at top of the domestic game and 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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Performing solidly in the National South West Division One (East). Founded in 1898 as Berkshire Wanderers, they still field a Wanderers XV.
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Originally for youngsters from non-rugby-playing schools, Abbey went senior in 1956, acquired a 22-acre site at Emmer Green and are now very successful.
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Founded 1926, now nicknamed The Rams. Originally for former pupils of Reading School. Teams in all age groups - currently National League 2 South.
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Has promoted cycling in Berkshire since 1974. With over 200 members, it is dedicated to giving cyclists the opportunity to race, ride and enjoy two-wheel life.
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Club has a proud history with past Olympic stars such as Ann Packer, Bev Callender and Britain's most successful female sprinter, Kathy Smallwood.
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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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Friendly community rowing club located on one of best stretches of upper Thames, with access to 6km of river, Caversham Bridge to Mapledurham.
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Founded as recently as 1997, Rockets had spectacular lift-off and now run age-group, ladies and seniors teams. Consistently at top end of NBL Division 1.
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Reg Fearman (still going strong at 85) brought Speedway to Reading in 1968. Smallmead closed in 2008 but Racers faithful have a team which races at Eastbourne.

AND OTHER SENIOR SPORTS CLUBS AND VENUES NEARBY…

The Magpies are flying high, now one step from the Football League. They have a unique boast - York Road is the world's oldest football stadium used by the same club.
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An ambitious, progressive club but failed to make it out of the Evo-Stik Southern Prem last season. They hope for better this time. Mascot Stokie walks even taller than Kingsley Royal!
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Few sporting venues match the history or rich heritage of Ascot. 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 a modern sports/events venue. Constructed in 1904/05 - at a cost of £57,240!
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The local area has racing links dating back to Henry VIII, but the first race meeting at Windsor was not until 1866. The country's only figure-of-eight flat course.
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Founded in 1988 as the Beavers, the club has sustained the sport in the town since. The Bison play in English Premier Ice Hockey League - 2015/16 champs.
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Ice Hockey has long been a favourite sport in Bracknell, but the old Bracknell Bees hit trouble and now play as the Hornets in National League 2 South.
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One of the leading clubs in the Thames Valley, Hawks are among the country's top 50 - 2014/15 champs of National League 2 South but now back in that division.
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Bracknell RFC has an illustrious pedigree, founded in 1955 by Welsh and Cornish men new to the New Town area. Now in National League 3 South West.
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The Blues, a focal point for the West Berkshire rugby community, are always competitive, and often successful in South West Division One (East).
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ON the night when Reading FC clinched a place in the Championship play-off final at Wembley in 2017, there was almost as much drama off the field as on it. Because while Jaap Stam's team battled to their heroic 1-0 win over Fulham, in the boardroom the deal was being signed and sealed to sell a majority shareholding to Chinese billionaire sister and brother, Xiu Li Dai and Yongge Dai (right). For the past six months, the previous Thai owning consortium had reportedly been ready to sell a controlling interest. The Thais intended to keep 25pc of the club shares and the entire "Royal Elm Park" development project around the stadium. The sale was not sanctioned immediately by the Football League, but a Royals club statement confirmed that a potential deal was still in progress. CLICK HERE for club statement.

It was in November that the pair’s interest was first revealed, but it’s believed the Football League was originally cautious about sanctioning their takeover because questions had previously been raised about their aborted bid to buy Hull City in August last year. That was apparently vetoed by the Premier League, reportedly not for a problem with the brother and sister, but because of others involved in their bid. Yongge Dai and Xiu Li Dai are among the wealthiest and most influential people in China. Their father is a former head of the China Central Bank, and the pair are billionaires on the back of a network of underground shopping malls in cities across China.

In early 1992 the Chinese government began to look for alternative uses for a number of huge Cold War-era underground bomb shelters. Joining forces with her younger brother, Xiu Li Dai, then living in London and married to British teacher Tony Hawken, formed Renhe Commercial Holdings, an investment company which started to transform several former military bunkers into shopping malls. Profits were generated through shop rents and management lease deals and by 2008 Renhe had earned a listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Having built the empire of shopping malls to over 30 Chinese cities, Renhe sold that side of the business last year for a billion US diollars, investing instead in major expansion of an agricultural wholesale markets business it had acquired in 2015. The company website lists its “business model” as : (a) the leasing or providing of space in the form of trading halls or open areas to traders for the trading of agriculture produce; (b) the leasing or providing of warehouses, icehouses and other designated space to the traders for the storage and packaging of agriculture produce; (c) the provision of transportation and third-party logistics information services to traders; (d) other value-added services including packaging of the agricultural produce.

Xiu Li has appeared in a recent version of the influential Forbes Rich List as having a net worth in excess of two billion dollars. She and Mr Hawken were divorced in 2014, rather bizarrely because he was quoted as saying he did not enjoy the lifestyle of a billionaire, or the time they spent apart while she was on business in China. They met on a blind date after she arrived in England in 1991, and it was whilst living in South Norwood, near Croydon, that Xiu Li developed her interest in football, attending various Premier League matches with the couple’s son, William. On the back of that, Xiu Li and her brother bought a Chinese League club, then based in Shaanxi, but now relocated to the capital, and known as Beijing Renhe. That, presumably, will become a sister club to the Royals, although in recent seasons it has not been a great success, suffering relegation two years ago to its present Division One status, finishing fourth there last season. The club plays at the 31,000 capacity Beijing Fengtai Stadium.

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