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JUST when it looked as though it would be a typical Reading FC deadline day, with nobody in and nobody out, the club pulled off what, at face value, seems a smart bit of business. Royston Drenthe, apparently so unfit and unmotivated that he was not even given a squad number, and not used despite the club's horrendous injury list, has been shipped out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday until January 1. Inwards, Glenn Murray has joined the Royals from Crystal Palace on loan, also until January 1, to get match time as he recovers from a serious knee injury which kept him out for the first six months of the 2013/14 season. Before, the Cumbrian-born striker was a prolific scorer with Brighton, (53 in 118 games) and Rochdale (21 in 42). At Palace he has so far scored 37 in 95 games. A key to him choosing Reading ahead of other interested clubs was probably his past involvement with Reading coach Dean Wilkins, who signed him when manager of Brighton. Encouragingly @GM_83 tweeted that he was joining Reading with a view to a permanent move. Ironically, the reason Palace felt able to release him was their own loan signing of ex-Royals favourite Kevin Doyle.

As for Drenthe, it's doubtful the Owls will be picking up all of the jumbo wages the former Real Madrid winger was rashly paid when the previous owner excitedly signed him a year ago, but to get even half the financial liability off the books for a while would be good business. Every penny he's been paid in the past six months has effectively been "dead" money. The tragedy is he has plenty of natural ability and plenty of personality, but not the attitude to make that work for an employer. Royals fans on Twitter have almost unanimously battered him and mocked Wednesday for taking him. That, however, could be a bum-biter if they manage to motivate him in a way Nigel Adkins and Reading could not. He will not, however, be eligible for Wednesday against the Royals on September 20.

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READING FC went to Middlesbrough with only the most super-optimistic of their fans expecting as much as a draw. With the side still decimated by injuries, most feared a repeat of the previous week's thumping at Forest. Boro may have thought the same, but any over-confidence they may have had over the Royals' plight quickly evaporated. After surviving early pressure thanks to a couple of smart saves from Adam Federici, Royals went ahead after just seven minutes with a nifty team move, and never looked back. Simon Cox was the match-winner, taking up from Ryan Edwards' approach work and slotting a fine goal. The morale boost was immense and Reading, as they say, "managed the game" with increasing comfort. They survived one scare when a scramble resulted in the ball hitting the woodwork, and Feds made a couple more decent stops - but it's fair to say, not many away teams will win at the Riverside this season. FULL REPORT from the Reading FC website.



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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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IN the third round of the Capital One Cup, Reading FC have been drawn away to Derby County. It's not particularly the glamour tie the club would have hoped for, and it's a seriously tough assignment, but by then Royals would hope to have some of their huge number of injured senior players back in action. Full draw, made on Sky TV by pundit Peter Beagrie and Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells: Chelsea v Bolton, Arsenal v Southampton, West Brom v Hull City, Crystal Palace v Newcastle, Leyton Orient v Sheffield United, Cardiff City v Bournemouth, Sunderland v Stoke, DERBY COUNTY v READING, Liverpool v Middlesbrough, MK Dons v Bradford City, Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday, Burton Albion v Brighton, Swansea City v Everton, Shrewsbury v Norwich City, Fulham v Doncaster, Tottenham v Nottingham Forest. The Reading match will be played on Tuesday 23rd September.





















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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.

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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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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?

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      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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