12:02 PM EDT, Thu August 21, 2014
The Tilehurst End 8 mins ago

Reading 1-2 Huddersfield Town - Complete Coverage

Huddersfield came to town and left with three deserved points, leaving Royals fans frustrated by a well drilled Terriers side. Who ya gonna call? Not this chap: Attwell was the referee present when the Royals ''netted'' their notorious ''ghost goal'' at Vicarage Road in 2008. The Hornets were certainly stung by THAT particular decision. However, karma came back to bite us in the backside last season - Stuart was also the man who dismissed Chris Gunter in the final ten minutes of our game up at Nottingham Forest, in November. Not really a popular bloke, then. Last week, Attwell disallowed a...
The Tilehurst End 11 mins ago

Ref-Watch: Nottingham Forest (A)

It's the August Bank Holiday Weekend, a.k.a. Reading Festival weekend - but the football doesn't stop. No rest for the wicked; this Saturday, ANDY WOOLMER has got the gig. And I'll get my coat. And wellies. Picture the scene. You're going to Reading Festival: woo. You've shelled out £200+ on a weekend ticket: boo. The festival is next week: double woo. Your ticket hasn't arrived yet: double boo. Blame Andy. He's a postman. --- But of course, none of that applies to us devoted Reading FC fans, because we're off to Nottingham! Right lads? Right...? Oh fine.* I'll come Clean (Bandit) - the...
Cottagers Confidential 13 mins ago

Fulham Lose to Wolverhampton 1-0

Fulham moves further in the wrong direction with 1-nihl loss to Wolves, this time amongst a poor performance Fulham lost to Ipswitch on the road despite having a very dominante performance. That sucked, yet there was promise of better future results based on the events and how they played. Then, this weekend, we lost again to Millwall in a game that supporters could have reasonably expected a point. Yesterday Fulham dropped their third in a row with a loss to Wolves in their mid-week match. This loss hurt more than that previous two because it felt like we deserved it. For the...
The Short Fuse 21 mins ago

Lukas Podolski close to an Arsenal exit?

After recently coming back to training from his World Cup break, he might now depart in order to secure regular playing time There's no doubting Lukas Podolski's an entertaining chap.  Not only does he understand the draw and attention a person of his stature can command through social media, but he genuinely seems like he's just as goofy and free-spirited away from the camera lens.  Having a player of zaniness around no doubt helps ease tension throughout the squad, and he helped guide, and went out of his way to back and support, Mesut Ozil last year through his first season in...
Full Coverage: Liverpool's Continuing Pursuit of Mario Balotelli

Full Coverage: Liverpool's Continuing Pursuit of Mario Balotelli

Full coverage of Liverpool's sudden and unexpected move to sign the controversial 24-year-old AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Following news earlier today that AC Milan had accepted a £16M offer for 24-year-old striker Mario Balotelli and that the player was on his way to Liverpool to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical, the Italian club have now announced his departure. Under a "Balotelli Leaves Milanello" banner, a brief statement on the club's English language website read, "Mario Balotelli drove out of Milanello at 13.30 after saying good-bye to his team-mates and the...

Milan Announce Balotelli Departure

Liverpool's sudden move for Mario Balotelli is already nearing completion, with AC Milan having now announced the player's departure. Following news earlier today that AC Milan had accepted a £16M offer for 24-year-old striker Mario Balotelli and that the player was on his way to Liverpool to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical, the Italian club have now announced his departure. Under a "Balotelli Leaves Milanello" banner, a brief statement on the club's English language website read, "Mario Balotelli drove out of Milanello at 13.30 after saying good-bye to his team-mates and the...
The Tilehurst End 2 hours ago

Competition for Moore as Henly continues great form

Stuart Moore returns from his three-match suspension this week but faces a tough task to regain the number one jersey at Basingstoke as his academy team-mate Jon Henly continues his great start to the season. Elsewhere, George Legg continues his good start to the season with back-to-back wins. Stuart Moore - Basingstoke Town (Vanarama Conference South) - League Appearances: 0 Stuart returns from his suspension this week but faces stiff competition for the number one shirt against his U21 team mate Jon Henly - who was brought in to cover for the suspended Moore but has more than seized his...
7500 To Holte 2 hours ago
Villa poach summer's most important signing from Arsenal

Villa poach summer's most important signing from Arsenal

Aston Villa have officially announced the hiring of former Arsenal CCO Tom Fox as the club's new CEO. Aston Villa have made official what we all have heard coming for a couple of days: We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Fox as chief executive. #AVFC pic.twitter.com/IgbSHLfhrO — Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 21, 2014 Fox takes over for the role vacated by Paul Faulkner when the latter stepped down in early July. Faulkner had been criticised by many as one of the primary reasons that Villa looked so lost as a football club in recent years. Those same fans should...
Roker Report 2 hours ago

Captain's Blog: Loan Deals An Annoyingly Persistent Necessity For Sunderland

"Loans will be important", says Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton. He's not wrong, but they are still annoying. "Loan market". I am not sure there are two words that fill Sunderland fans with a greater sense of disenchantment. It's not without reason, in fairness. I'm certainly not going to sit here, pretend I love it, and tell everyone they just don't get it. It's something that I find incredibly and genuinely frustrating. In recent years we've seen the likes of Danny Rose, Ki Sung-yueng, Danny Welbeck, Jonny Evans and Marcos Alonso come, win a few hearts, and be gone again...

Football Manager Parallel Championship Table

Champioooooooooooooooooooooooneys In a brief update to proceedings, I've had the following league table sent to me by the good people at Sports Interactive, the brains behind the Football Manager game series: As readers may know, I am playing through the Championship season as Bolton Wanderers attempting to improve results achieved by Dougie Freedman and his bunch of slackers: Week One: Watford 1 v 6 Bolton Wanderers Week Two: Bolton Wanderers 3 v 1 Nottingham Forest Week Three: Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough - TBA The Middlesbrough game should be played later tonight. It would have...
Bitter and Blue 3 hours ago
Edin Džeko: Jovetić partnership & contract renewal

Edin Džeko: Jovetić partnership & contract renewal

In Jovetić, City may have just found the perfect foil for Edin Džeko. Edin Džeko has renewed his contract till 2018 & now stays in City till he turns 32. While we celebrate his contract extension, it’s an apt time to look at his blossoming partnership with Stevan Jovetić and a fantastic (MoTM) performance at Newcastle. Stat Alert: Džeko had 3 shots with 1 blocked & 2 off target. It doesn't portray a top performance, does it? But dig deeper & we get a different picture. Intriguing Stat: Džeko's all 3 shots were created by Jovetić!! Lets look at each of those. 3 minutes Just 3...
Liverpool Reportedly Agree Balotelli Fee

Liverpool Reportedly Agree Balotelli Fee

A mere day after Mario Balotelli went from impossible to probable, news today has Liverpool agreeing a £16M fee for the controversial striker. To say things have escalated quickly when it comes to the potential transfer to Liverpool of one Mario Balotelli would be an understatement. Yesterday, AC Milan were claiming a bid hadn't been made. The day before, nobody was seriously considering him a Liverpool target. Today, the club have agreed a £16M fee for Balotelli and the player has flown to England to discuss terms. Italian reports of him having said goodbye to his teammates have spread,...
Roker Report 3 hours ago

Gus On Why He Decided Against Signing His Son

Could Sunderland have signed Diego Poyet this summer following the expiration of his contract at Charlton Athletic? When nineteen year old Diego Poyet, Charlton Athletic's player of the season for 2013/2014, was signed by West Ham United on the 8th of July there were Sunderland fans who questioned why he didn't come here - afterall, his dad is our head coach. It would seem that although there was a possibility of it happening, Poyet Snr decided against making a move as he values his father-son relationship with Diego more than he does a professional one. Gus told the Daily Mirror: "There...
The Busby Babe 4 hours ago
Real Madrid:

Real Madrid: "Di Maria asked to leave"

According to Carlo Ancelotti, Ángel Di María has asked to leave the club. Things are happening at Real Madrid, and those things are interesting. For the first time on the record, their manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Ángel Di María wants out of the club. Di Maria asked us to leave this summer. Then, he rejected an offer from another club. If he stays here, he will be used and he will not be a problem for us, but he's the one who needs to make up his mind and find an answer to this question. While it's not entirely clear whether he wants out under any circumstances, or is...
The Liverpool Offside 4 hours ago

Family Matters

As the season stretches out ahead, Philippe Coutinho, after a disappointing start, will lean on the support of his "family" at Anfield and seek to recapture the mesmeric form which has worried Liverpool's Premier League opposition since his arrival. With the neophilia that is a common trait of the modern football fan, it does not take long for the sheen to dim on the latest sparkling talent. Although they are often loyal to a fault, the inherent ruthlessness of the modern game and the inescapable harshness of the transcience of time, mean that football fans always have one eye on the...
The Tilehurst End 7 hours ago

5 Things: Reading v Huddersfield Town

A return to Tuesday night league football saw a return to losing ways at the Madejski, with Reading notching their first defeat of the season against Huddersfield. Bucks Royal brings us his '5 Things' from a disappointing night in Berkshire. 1. The fans need to set their expectations For me, the most shocking performance at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night was in the stands, not on the pitch. It's been said incessantly in the opening days of the season that this is a young team, lacking in much-needed Championship experience - the experience that Nigel Adkins has been so keen to bring...
Bitter and Blue 7 hours ago

First impressions: Fernando

Fernando was the only summer arrival to feature in the opening fixture away to Newcastle on Sunday and whilst Fernandinho is still feeling his way back to fitness after the World Cup, there was plenty of evidence to suggest that he faces a battle to return to the side. Now it would be misleading to read too much into one match (Chelsea fans take note), but ‘the Octopus’ put in a sterling performance that would appear to personify Pellegrini’s "humble and hungry" philosophy this season. The Brazilian is the type of player upon which gritty victories such as this are secured, he was...
The Busby Babe 7 hours ago

Scholes is "genuinely scared" for United

One of United's finest footballers sees desperate decline in the club's future. Paul Scholes reinvention as a hard-tackling man of opinions continues apace. In his latest column over at the Independent, the sweet-passing clean-striking ankle-bothering former midfielder reveals that he is less than confident about Manchester United's prospects for the immediate future: I am scared for United. Genuinely scared that they could go into the wilderness in the same way that Liverpool did in the 1990s. I realise that it is just 15 months since United won the league for the 20th time in the club's...
The Fighting Cock 8 hours ago

To be or not to be

Finally being offered a season ticket at Spurs is made out to be the ultimate fantasy, but when it actually happens does it live up to the hype? Tim Sowula makes his debut on The Fighting Cock and tells us how it feels to be offered the chance to touch the Holy Grail.

Match Report: Bolton Wanderers v Middlesborough

Chris tries to forget, but is forced to remember Bolton Wanderers now-traditionally slow start to the season continued last night as they meekly surrendered a one goal lead to eventually lose to Middlesbrough in what was the most comprehensive 2-1 battering that you'll ever see. Wanderers began the game well, though Middlesbrough looked comfortable with neither Bogdan nor the flashy Boro keeper (Mr TV save 2014) having a save to make. Gradually, Wanderers fought their way into the game and took the lead when Craig Davies thumped home a penalty that he himself won after being fouled when...

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