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THE NEW SEASON STARTS AT HOME TO PRESTON
THE Royals start their 2016/17 Championship season at home to Preston North End on Saturday 6 August. At first glance it seems not too taxing - except that Preston finished last season as the form team in the division, and were 2-1 winners in the last game at the Mad Stad. That was one of the far too many occasions where Reading conceded a crucial goal in added time, and a draw would probably have been a fairer result - but Simon Grayson’s team did more than enough to show that if they are even stronger this time then they will be a real handful for Jaap Stam’s first competitive game. The first away game will be the following Saturday at Wolves, where Royals suffered one of many farcical defeats last time around. They conceded a goal to ex-Reading man James Henry just before half-time and despite 80percent possession in the second half couldn’t find an equaliser. Talking of “farcical”, next up, on Wednesday 17th is the long trek to Newcastle. That’s a classic case of “computer says no” because someone at the Football League should have put in a bit of human input and decided that was a ridiculous punishment of Reading supporters who might have enjoyed that journey on a Saturday, but not midweek.

One of the two “westward” M4 derbies, at Cardiff comes up early on at 27 August, while the first date with Bristol City is at home on 26 November. The first “eastwards” M4 local dates are at Brentford on 27 September, and Fulham away on 3 December. The Boxing Day game is home to Norwich, and New Year’s Eve home to Fulham. The other New Year game, on 2 January, is at Bristol City. Newcastle come to town on Tuesday 7 March - perhaps karma for their fans after Reading’s midweek trip there. The eagerly-awaited games with Aston Villa are at home on Tuesday 18 October and away on 15 April. The season ends with what could be a tricky trip to promoted Burton on Sunday 7 May. This is the FULL SEASON LIST from the club website. In the first round of the Football League Cup, Royals have been drawn at home to Plymouth.

ROYALS MOURN DEATH OF ACADEMY BOSS EAMONN
READING Football Club have announced that their highly-respected and highly-successful Academy manager Eamonn Dolan has died aged just 48. The former West Ham, Birmingham and Exeter City player and manager, had been battling cancer for the past year. News of his death immediately brought tributes from throughout the football world, and the leading Royals’ fan group on Facebook is to make an official request for the North Stand at the Madejski Stadium to take Eamonn’s name. Club statement. Dolan joined the Royals in 2004 and led the Academy through a golden era, which saw 32 junior players come through the ranks to make their first team debuts with Reading. He was also a valuable first team assistant to all of the managers throughout his time at the club, and on one memorable occasion was caretaker-manager for the Royals in a Premier League match away to Manchester United. Royals players past and present also paid their tributes.


JAAP STAM and his Orange army came breezing into the Mad Stad on Monday and immediately instilled a sense of anticipation amongst Reading FC fans badly disillusioned after the past three seasons. Former Manchester United, Lazio and Holland hard-man Stam, 43, was officially installed as manager - three weeks after everyone knew he would be - and brought with him two of his fellow junior coaches at Ajax, Andries Ulderink and Said Bakkita, left and right respectively in the picture. Club statement.

The group has undoubtedly been brought in by Brian Tevreden, another junior coach at Ajax who joined the Royals as head of international football development/technical director in February. Since then he has emerged as a serious front-line player at Reading, either in, or about to be in, the director of football role held for the previous 20 years by Nick Hammond.

Tevreden and Stam were together on the coaching staff of Dutch giants Ajax for the past two years, Stam as assistant coach with the reserve team, Tevreden within the reserve and junior structure, as were Andries Ulderink and Said Bakkati. At face value, the appointment of Stam, is a gamble, because he has no senior management experience, no first-hand knowledge of the Championship, and probably limited knowledge of current English League players. However, he is highly-respected within the game, and still revered by Manchester United fans as one of their finest-ever players. Now he has to prove himself as a boss. Fans have mixed feelings about the appointment, but most on social media are happy to give him a chance, and happy that what was appearing to be a dangerously-lengthening manager-less gap, has now closed. He certainly spoke impressively, with quiet enthusiasm about his hopes for what he and his team can achieve at Reading.

There was a stir at the press conference where Stam’s appointment was officially announced, with former Royals owner, now joint chairman, Sir John Madejski, saying in so many words that he did not agree with the decision to sack Brian McDermott. He wished Stam the best of luck, but his comments are likely to have upset the club’s Thai owners, one of whom was sat two seats away. Later chief executive Nigel Howe, one of Madejski’s faithful group of lieutenants, broke ranks with his old pal, and expressed disappointment at Madejski’s comments. He also confirmed that SJM plays very little role in the running of the club these days - self-evident from the fact that he had no power to prevent McDermott being sacked after just six months.

In other Royals news, the club has announced that the proposed pre-season tour of Slovenia has been cancelled and that five key pre-season friendlies will be held. The schedule starts away to junior partner club Boreham Wood on Saturday 9 July. That’s followed by a trip to Lincoln City on Saturday 16 July, then away to Swindon on Tuesday 19 July. On Saturday 23 July the Royals will be away to newly-promoted Wimbledon. The final warm-up game, the supposed “prestige” date, is against Bournemouth at the Mad Stad on Friday 29 July. Slightly embarrassing that, considering how far apart the clubs were in status in the opposite direction just a few years ago.

Going back to the Dutch theme, the club’s first signing of the summer has been unveiled as Danzell Gravenberch a defender from FC Dordrecht, who had been training with the Royals for several weeks. The club have also been linked with Legia Warsaw defender Bartosz Bereszynski, with some Polish media reporting that the signing is complete. On the outward side - maybe we should call it Rexit - Ollie Norwood is said to be interesting Hull City, while Bournemouth are apparently set to pounce for Jake Cooper. Eddie Howe’s many visits to the Mad Stad last season were thought to be with a view to taking Michael Hector on loan from Chelsea, but apparently he sees more potential in the promising, but still very raw, Cooper. Will be interesting to see which side the youngster is on when Royals face the Cherries in the last pre-season match - and might even be interesting to see if Howe also takes either of them to Southampton, now that Ronald Koeman has gone to Everton. Also gone from the Mad Stad, as well as last season’s six loan players, are Simon Cox, Anton Ferdinand and Wales hero Hal Robson-Kanu.


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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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Ice Hockey has been thriving in Bracknell for many years, with Bees playing home games at the John Nike Leisure Centre. Ambitious new team management in place for season 28.
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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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