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FRENCH YOUNGSTER FROM ACADEMY SIGNS A THREE-YEAR DEAL

BOSS PLEASED SO FAR IN PRE-SEASON - BUT WANTS NEW PLAYERS

ROYALS LOSE TO PEN AND LATE GOAL AGAINST EURO GIANTS SEVILLA

YOUNG PORTUGUESE KEEPER FROM EVERTON IS FIRST LOAN SIGNING

ICEMAN MELTS AWAY - BODVARSSON COMPLETES MOVE TO MILLWALL

BOSS PLEASED WITH HOW PLAYERS ARE ADAPTING TO HIS TACTICS

ROYALS ROCK GIBRALTAR WITH TEN IN THE FIRST TOUR FRIENDLY

EXODUS CONTINUES AS KELLY JOINS OLD BOSS STAM AT FEYENOORD

YOUNGSTERS SHINE AS ROYALS WIN FIRST PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

SHOREY RETURNS TO JOIN LEDGE AND GILKSEY ON ACADEMY STAFF

IT'S FAREWELL CARABAO, HELLO CASUMO AS ROYALS' NEW SPONSOR

'READING WAY' - MISSION STATEMENT FROM CHIEF EXEC AND OWNER

HOME TO SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY ON OPENING DAY OF NEW SEASON

A LOCAL DERBY AT WYCOMBE IN THE CARABAO CUP FIRST ROUND

NEW SEASON STARTS AUGUST 3rd - ALL THE KEY 2019/20 DATES

EURO CHAMPS CHELSEA AT MAD STAD IN FINAL PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

SOME NEW LAWS OF THE GAME FOR NEXT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON


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LIVE TRAFFIC CAMERAS AND BUS INFO FOR THE READING AREA (RB Council)
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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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BUS SERVICES PUTTING THE DING-DING IN READING AND AREA (Reading Buses)
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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, first published in 1867, incorportes NewburyToday website - and as of May 2019, is owned by Newbury News and Media Ltd, part of the Iliffe Media Group.
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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 very pale shadow of the oldies as part of automatically-edited 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 - so 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 as Meridian. Flagship programme features evergreen 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 94th 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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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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The Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) which hosts the official Royals Hall of Fame - a must-see for Elm Parkers and Mad Stadders!
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Running junior and senior teams and Academy sessions for players between 5 and 16 years old. Also run a senior team in the FA National Futsal League Division 2.
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Reading's adopted Rugby Union team, about to have their final season at the Mad Stad before moving to Brentford FC. Now back in the Prem.
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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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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 86) brought Speedway to Reading in 1968. Smallmead closed in 2008 but Racers faithful have a team which races at Swindon.

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. Exciting re-launch ready for 2019/20
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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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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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29/12/2012 BREAKING NEWS: LINKS TO THE TOP LOCAL SOURCES - AND READING USA
WITH traditional newspapers under increasing pressure from "new media", both of the local newspapers, the Post and the Chronicle have made dramatic changes in recent years. The end of 2014 brought the "last Post" - after nearly 50 years, the old Evening Post adjusted to a twice-weekly, Wednesday and Friday offering, and now is only a website. more...

Reader Poll
2016 is likely to be the year plans are fully approved for a huge development around the Madejski Stadium. Is that a good idea?
Poll started 18/03/2016. Vote to see the results.
      YES - It's a really imaginative scheme which will add to matchday experience.
      NO - Let's just stick to football and forget all the peripheral stuff!

What's On - 17th JUL 2019
Leisure, Museums
AT HOME WITH ART - TREASURES OF THE FORD COLLECTION

Leisure, Days Out
CURIOUS ABOUT READING? FACT-FINDING WALKS

Leisure, Exhibitions
ONCE UPON A TIME - THE CHANGING FACE OF WALLINGFORD

Leisure, Theatre
PRIVATE LIVES

Leisure, Theatre
KING LEAR - PROGRESS THEATRE OPEN AIR AT ABBEY RUINS

Leisure, Theatre
AMELIA

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LA BOHEME

Leisure, Museums
TALES FOR TOTS - STORY TIME FOR UNDER 5's

Leisure, Arts
OPEN STUDIO - CERAMICS

Leisure, Theatre
THE LADYKILLERS

Local Information,
FARMERS' MARKET IN WOODLEY

Business to Business,
WOKINGHAM AND BRACKNELL BUSINESS BISCOTTI NETWORKING EVENT

Leisure, Days Out
CRUISE ON THE BASINGSTOKE CANAL

Leisure, Theatre
CHILDREN'S STORY TIME AT THE MILL

Leisure, Days Out
UK WOLF CONSERVATION TRUST VISIT WEDNESDAYS

Leisure, Theatre
SINODUN PLAYERS - PRIVATE LIVES