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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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GUIDE COMMENT: READING'S band of crocks are limping towards the play-offs - and with two games to go, the last place up for grabs is still in their hands. If they win at Doncaster and again at home to Burnley, then a place in the top six will be guaranteed. If they get there it will be a testimony to their ability to overcome an horrendous injury list. Manager Nigel Adkins, sportingly, has not used that as an excuse for some pretty awful performances, not least at home - this was Reading's first Mad Stad success in eight starts. But the injury list just goes on growing.

Of the starting eleven in this match, Sean Morrison is still getting up to full match sharpness after a long lay-off, Danny Guthrie agreed to a recall - which he later regretted - Danny Williams (knee) and Garath McCleary (back) are both having to "manage" their injuries, and before kick-off Pavel Pogrebnyak volunteered to go on the bench, despite not being fit enough to start. Jordan Obita, who had a hand in both goals, has also been out injured recently. And during the game, Guthrie limped off, and Hal Robson-Kanu, deputising for Pog, went off in the first half with what looked like a broken nose. But, to their credit, Royals came through. Boro's season is effectively over - in fact definitely is now - but they are no mugs with a very strong line-up on paper. Yet Reading sunk them with two early goals, and might well have had more late in the game.

As they have done in virtually every one of their recent home flops, the Royals started at a lively pace - and for once they made it count. Danny Williams showed the way, forcing Dimitrios Konstantopoulos into a sharp save in the opening moments. And just nine minutes were on the clock when Jordan Obita swung in a tantalising cross from the left. With defenders watching the onrushing Garath McCleary, Adam Le Fondre nipped in for his 14th goal - and his first since January. Five minutes later it was two. A wickedly swerving free kick from Obita, this time from the right, was obligingly headed into his own net by George Friend in the midst of a pack of players. Soon after came the first new injury blow of the night. HRK took a swinging elbow in the face and went off with what looked like a broken nose. That brought on The Pog - then it was Jobi McAnuff's turn, clattered by a late tackle which saw him limp away painfully. It was a surprise he came out for the second half.

Early in the second half, Guthrie, who was rushed back after his calf injury, had to give in and will surely now be out of the last two regular season games. Luckily Hope Akpan, who was also out injured until last Friday, was fit enough to take over and was soon in the thick of the action, sparking a slick move which ended with Pog heading just over. Boro had enjoyed little flurries of pressure just before and just after half-time, but by the 75-minute mark they were lucky to be only 2-0 down. Alfie forced a save with a neat header, then hit the bar with another headed chance. Pog then went for the "worldy", weaving past three defenders, only to see his shot brilliantly saved by the diving keeper. Alex Pearce sent a header just too high from a corner - but Lee Tomlin almost put a dent in the party atmosphere after Chris Gunter's rare mistake gave him a chance which he blazed over. In the end, Royals, as they say in football speak, had "managed" the play well enough to be thoroughly deserving winners - a decent reward for the 17,000-plus fans who stuck with them after that woeful seven game home run. NIGEL ADKINS was full of praise for the way his battered troops came through with a win. CLUB MATCH REPORT.

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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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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.

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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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Finchampstead CC is renowned as one of Berkshire’s best, with two full-sized grounds in a picturesque countryside setting in the village. It's a Berks county venue.
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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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READING FC have gone into partnership with the Turkish club Galatasaray in a move designed to further the interests of both clubs. Is this link a good idea?

Poll started 27/02/2013. Vote to see the results.
      YES - Galatasaray is one of the giant clubs in Europe and to be in partnership with them is a massively prestigious step. Royals can swap scouting ideas, tactics and commercial information.

      NO - It has disaster written all over it. Galatasaray may be a big club, but it has a tarnished reputation for the behaviour of some of its fans. What happens when the Royals next play Leeds who had fans killed in Istanbul in 2000?

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