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  1. Royals one striker short of a complete team

    Jon Keen

    Twenty-four hours after Reading's 1-1 draw against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium, I've been reflecting on how much more this match has taught us about whether Nigel Adkins' team is developing into one ready to bounce back straight to the Premier Leagu...

    Blog | August 11, 2013
  2. Guthrie the key in Royals' work in progress

    Jon Keen

    After considerable speculation, Loyal Royals got the chance to see how manager Nigel Adkins would deploy his new signings on Saturday, as well as how those signings would fare in a competitive match. And, they would have liked what they saw -- after...

    Blog | August 03, 2013
  3. One piece in jigsaw missing for Adkins

    Jon Keen

    The day Loyal Royals have been waiting for will be here Saturday -- the day that heralds the end of 74 days without competitive football for Reading FC. But many cynics would suggest that for the vast majority of last season Reading were anything b...

    Blog | August 02, 2013
  4. International faces show MadStad ambition

    Jon Keen

    Even before the players returned from their summer break this week, Reading had made a statement of intent by signing four internationals who manager Nigel Adkins will be hoping will play a major part in the team's push to return to the Premier Leagu...

    Blog | July 05, 2013
  5. Nolan hammers final nails into Royals Premier League coffin

    Jon Keen

    Reading's Premier League season ended with a whimper as they lost 4-2 to West Ham at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday. Despite the fact that over recent years Reading have seemed to nearly always beat West Ham, they couldn't even meet the obligations as...

    Blog | May 19, 2013
  6. Mixed feelings over McCarthy call-up

    Jon Keen

    One of the few bright sparks of a pretty dismal season for Loyal Royals was given official confirmation today with the announcement that England manager Roy Hodgson has called young Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy into his squad for the end of seaso...

    Blog | May 16, 2013
  7. Damp squib as City too strong for Royals

    Jon Keen

    With Reading already relegated and Manchester City now managerless, licking their wounds from the FA Cup final defeat to Wigan, and no doubt waiting for season's end and a new hand on the tiller, there wasn't much enthusiasm for Tuesday's match. Even...

    Blog | May 14, 2013
  8. Fun to be a Royal again as Adkins claims first win

    Jon Keen

    A fellow supporter likened Saturday's match to a round of golf - in the same way that it's a nice walk spoiled by all the golf, Saturday was likely to be a nice day out in the sun spoiled by a game of football. But in the end it was anything but that...

    Blog | May 04, 2013
  9. The impact of relegation - fatal or recoverable?

    Jon Keen

    Previously, I looked at whether Reading's relegation was inevitable - now I'll discuss what it means to the club in the short-term. There are two key areas where this relegation impacts the club. The first area is player retention. Almost invariab...

    Blog | May 01, 2013
  10. Reading relegation inevitable - or just bad transfers?

    Jon Keen

    Two days after Reading's relegation back to the Championship was finally confirmed, there are three main subjects on the lips of Loyal Royals. The first is one that's been under discussion for most of the season, as this slow-motion car-crash rel...

    Blog | April 30, 2013
  11. Wooden spoon shared as Royals relegated

    Jon Keen

    So the day that was long expected has come at last. The lack of quality on show from Reading and QPR put them both out of their misery and saw the duo relegated from the Premier League as they played out a tame, goal-less draw. No one should real...

    Blog | April 28, 2013
  12. Relegation a step closer for Royals after second-half sucker punc...

    Jon Keen

    Reading's relegation moved one step closer to reality today as they lost 2-1 to Norwich at Carrow Road, a defeat made so much more painful as they had been playing with a greater confidence than for many matches, looking a much better team than Norwi...

    Blog | April 20, 2013
  13. McCarthy saves the game, but cant save the season

    Jon Keen

    Amid all the controversy about minutes of silence, the return of former manager Brendan Rodgers, sacked by Reading in December 2009, went largely unmentioned. But Royals took their first point from a Rodgers team since then, thanks to a spirited seco...

    Blog | April 13, 2013
  14. Player of the Season quandary for Loyal Royals

    Jon Keen

    One of the sure signs that the end of the league campaign is getting closer and closer is the player of the season vote, and Loyal Royals will be voting for their choice at the home match with Liverpool. But in such a disappointing season for Reading...

    Blog | April 11, 2013
  15. Farce as Madejski muddies pre-match silence waters

    Jon Keen

    Reading chairman and ex-owner Sir John Madejski has caused controversy by muddying the waters over the minute's silence to be held before the match against Liverpool on Saturday - and done nobody any favours in the process. Because Reading host ...

    Blog | April 10, 2013
  16. Season summed up in a single game as Reading fail again

    Jon Keen

    Anyone wanting to see everything that's gone wrong with Reading's season, all bundled up into a single 90-minute package, would just have to watch this one match. For the 2-0 home defeat to Southampton contained all the elements which have made Readi...

    Blog | April 06, 2013