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READING FC stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches, and moved up to fourth in the Championship table, with a hard-fought win over a Huddersfield team which came to the Mad Stad as division leaders. The Terriers’ cause was not helped by card-happy referee James Linnington who sent off fiery midfielder Rajiv van La Parra after only 26 minutes, the second of his two yellow cards being for back-chat. Several other players, including Reading’s Jordan Obita, were also carded for disputing decisions, something which seems to be drastically off limits this season. It was a slightly surreal situation for Reading to be facing 10 men, after being in the opposite position themselves twice in the previous week. Royals managed to win both of those games, but hard though Huddersfield tried, they were undone by a terrific strike (right) by Roy Beerens after 41 minutes. After that Huddersfield boss David Wagner employed the classic 10-man tactics which served Royals so well - defending in depth and hoping to get something on the break. It didn’t work for them, and Reading head off to Brentford on Tuesday with a serious streak of form to defend.

Royals were a little slow out of the traps, and as though to try establishing their credentials, Huddersfield mounted a couple of dangerous early raids. Adventurous full-backs have served the Terriers well this season and Tommy Smith showed why that was so, cutting in from the right and forcing Ali Al-Habsi into a sharp save. Then Elias Kachunga tried his luck but it was deflected wide. Royals had just started getting into it when van La Parra collected this first card for crash-tackling Obita. Moments later van la Parra fell foul of the latest refereeing crusade of “don’t let anyone dispute a decision.” He saw red when not given a decision, back-chatted the referee, and promptly saw red in a different way. Royals were soon keen to make their numerical advantage pay and John Swift, ever a danger in front of goal, rattled the woodwork with a terrific strike. Obita didn’t learn from van la Parra’s plight and he was booked for a protest. Huddersfield’s defence was starting to creak, and another Swift effort from long range dipped viciously to force Danny Ward into a desperate save. Danny Williams had a volley blocked, but soon Royals were on the scoresheet. Callum Harriott, filling in for the suspended Garath McCleary, made a surging run down the right, his cross went through the pack and Beerens, coming in from the opposite wing, rattled it in via a deflection.

Now it was all about the sort of cat and mouse game the Royals had become familiar with in the past week, adjusting tactics to play respectively with and against ten. It’s acknowledged that having the extra man is not always a big deal, because the depleted team can just sit back with a full complement of defenders and hope to make a breakaway impact. Reading had setbacks of their own at the start of the second half. Obita did not appear after the break, with Tennai Watson coming in at right back and Chris Gunter switching to the left. And almost immediately Joey van den Berg joined him in the early bath. Reading had been sweating on the fitness of their midfield enforcer and he limped off to be replaced by George Evans. Inevitably it was all Reading, Watson quickly making an impact, surging down the right and pulling back to Harriott whose shot was blocked. Beerens then rounded the keeper but had too sharp an angle and only found the side netting.

But Royals could not relax. Nahki Wells, a man they have tried to sign several times, and who often scores against them, was leading the breakaways, and in one of them, Kachunga fired a low cross which luckily evaded everyone in a red shirt. Stephen Quinn replaced Swift as Royals tried to tighten things up, and it was Quinn who so nearly had the second goal, hitting a terrific shot which forced Ward into a flying save. The Terriers, however, were determined to try to salvage something and they gambled by piling more men forward. Wells almost had them level with an angled drive not too far wide of the mark. When Royals tried again to seal it, a swirling cross from Beerens had Ward back-pedalling to push the ball away, then a spectacular overhead kick from Yann Kermorgant was only just too high. Harriott was felled in the box as the clock ticked round to 90, but the referee denied Royals their penalty. Five added minutes did nothing for the fingernails of Royals’ fans, and there was an anxious moment when sub Michael Hefele headed narrowly wide for the Terriers, but that was that. MANAGER'S COMMENTS. Attendance: 17,030 (1,349 away).

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FOR the second time in four days Reading FC had to show magnificent spirit to win an away game after playing almost an hour with ten men. At Barnsley they were two-up and cantering when Garath McCleary was sent off. At the Amex they were one up and cruising when Tyler Blackett saw red. The former Manchester United defender slid into what ref Lee Probert construed as a two-footed tackle on Sebastien Pocognoli, who did the time-honoured screaming roll over and stayed down before, of course, making a miracle recovery. An almost identical tackle by a Brighton player seconds before Blackett’s, went unpunished. Reading had gone in front through skipper-for-the-night Stephen Quinn, and gave themselves a little cushion when John Swift scored again early in the second half. Towards the end Brighton brough some big guns off the bench, and one of them, Tomer Hemed, scrambled one in to set up a cliff-hanger finish which Royals survived bravely. ASSISTANT MANAGER'S COMMENTS

ARSENAL AWAY FOR ROYALS IN EFL CUP
IN the fourth round of the EFL Cup Reading FC have landed a plum tie away to Arsenal. It is certainly a glamorous occasion, but it will not be lost on Royals supporters that in the three Premier League seasons Arsenal were the only top flight team to consistently beat Reading, and usually comprehensively. In more recent memory is that crazy 7-5 extra time win the Gunners had at the Mad Stad in a previous League Cup-tie after Reading had led 4-0. FULL DRAW: West Ham v Chelsea; Manchester United v Manchester City; Arsenal v READING; Liverpool v Tottenham; Bristol City v Hull City; Leeds Utd v Norwich; Newcastle v Preston; Southampton v Sunderland. The draw was conducted on Sky Sports, with Phil Thompson drawing the home teams and Matt Murray the aways. Matches to be played week beginning October 24th.


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Trinity Mirror-owned former Reading evening newspaper, the Post, has now been consigned to publishing history - T.M. decided the way forward is only via its getreading website.
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The oldest - now only - newspaper in the Reading, started life in the early 1800s as the Berkshire Chronicle - recently sold to 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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The Wokingham Times was that area's longest-established newspaper, but is no more. Website, getwokingham, styled like Reading stable-mate getreading is now the only outlet.
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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 and once had an enviable circulation larger than the town's population - still thriving and proudly independent, with fifth generation of 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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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. It has a good website - plus TV from Fred Dinenage and Reading's Sangeeta Bhabra.
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Reading's "community" radio station, previously part of Sir John Madejski's empire, has a lively site, 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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A hyperlocal news operation with focus on positive people-led stories that, publishers say "will encourage, inform and inspire." Now also publishing The Wokingham Paper after demise of the Times.
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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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THE permanent memorial to Reading's only Victoria Cross holder, Trooper Fred Potts, unveiled in the Forbury last year, is proving a popular addition to the town’s architecture. Fred, who died in 1943 and until recent years, was virtually unknown in the town due - mainly to his own modesty. However, the people who did know of Fred’s heroics during the Great War believed the time was long overdue to recognise his bravery with a suitable memorial in a town centre location. The Trooper Potts Memorial Trust was set up to raise the necessary funds and, backed by BBC Radio Berkshire, former Reading Mayor Cllr Fred Pugh, former MP Martin Salter, Reading College, Haslams Estate Agents and Reading-born TV personality Chris Tarrant, they achieved their aim - the bronze statue, created by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphy, was unveiled. As well as commemorating Fred Potts, it also recognises the sacrifices of the many men of the Berkshire Yeomanry who gave their lives, both in the battle for Scimitar Hill at Gallipoli, Turkey, and throughout World War One. Fred’s medal relates to an incident in August 1915, in which he saved the life of fellow-Reading soldier Arthur Andrews after both were injured by machine-gun fire as the Yeomanry charged on Scimitar Hill. For three days, during which they had virtually no food or drink, Fred ignored his own wounds to drag Arthur to safety, using a shovel as a makeshift stretcher. The amazing FULL STORY.

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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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Reading's adopted top-flight Rugby Union team, survived two recent relegation scares - but better times are likely to be ahead after new investment.
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Reading's most consistently-successful sports club runs 11 men’s and seven ladies’ teams. Elite squads at the 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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The club performs solidly in the National South West Division One (East) alongside Newbury. 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 successful - including a top Ladies’ XV.
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Founded 1926, now nicknamed The Rams, Redingensians was originally for former pupils of Reading School. Teams in all age groups - 2014/15 champs SW Nat League 3.
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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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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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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 river from 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. Currently consistently at the top end of the NBL Division 1 standings.
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The legendary (and still going strong at 81) Reg Fearman brought Speedway to Reading in 1968. Smallmead closed in 2008 but Racers faithful still have a 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 share Maidenhead's status in Conference South - and they have some lively local derbies. Mascot Stokie is even taller than a certain 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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Although the local area has racing links to dating back to Henry VIII, the first race meeting here was not until 1866. The only figure-of-eight flat course in the country.
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Basingstoke Bison play in the English Premier Ice Hockey League. Founded in 1988 as the Beavers, the club has sustained the sport in the town successfully since.
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The Hawks are one of the leading clubs in the Thames Valley, among the top 50 in the country - 2014/15 champions of National League 2 South after winning first 14 games.
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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 London and SE National League 3.
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The Blues, a focal point for the West Berkshire rugby community, are always competitive in South West Division One (East) - finishing sixth 2014/15.
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