Transfer deadline day at Reading FC was traditionally uninteresting. The club rarely got business done, the Sky cameras completely ignored Junction 11 of the M4 and Loyal Royals were left to feed off scraps of information from less reliable media outlets.
That is until a few years ago when lovable rogue Jacob South Klein became an icon by hiding in a bush outside the Madejski Hotel, hoping to grab some fresh information. There was that iconic photo of JSK and Nigel Adkins. Then there was the sighting of Ola John, Vydra, and others.
Essentially, #Bushwatch isn't just entertainment, it's infotainment.
So we're delighted it's back.
For the second deadline day in a row, #BushWatch is trending in the United Kingdom.— Jacob South Klein (@JacobSouthKlein) January 31, 2017
We did it, people. We blooming did it. https://t.co/93Wnb4KDTj
If @CarabaoUK had any marketing sense, they'd be keeping our good friend @JacobSouthKlein dry#bushwatch pic.twitter.com/Pi23hZDMXB— Stevie Fishwick (@skinnyandwirey) January 31, 2017
The approach. #BushWatch pic.twitter.com/2D4qPSb2Y3— Jacob South Klein (@JacobSouthKlein) January 31, 2017
Update: the DHL man has pulled up. No human-shaped packages.— Jacob South Klein (@JacobSouthKlein) January 31, 2017
Not sure if @JacobSouthKlein will be busy or not today. But whatever #DeadlineDay brings, we have the @CarabaoUK cans on standby #bushwatch pic.twitter.com/3pAEkcGPML— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 31, 2017
BREAKING: Reece Oxf*rd is here. #BushWatch pic.twitter.com/m4lOfSnycr— Jacob South Klein (@JacobSouthKlein) January 31, 2017
There's plenty more where that came from, just go to Jacob's Twitter profile or search for #bushwatch on Twitter.
Your chance to say thanks
JSK tweeted a few days ago that he's trialling extending #Bushwatch beyond just hiding in a bush and looking a bit creepy. We'll let his tweets do the talking.
Each year, you guys tweet me to say "thank you" for #BushWatch - it means a lot.— Jacob South Klein (@JacobSouthKlein) January 26, 2017
So as an extension of that, I'm trialling a @Patreon page.
If you've ever wanted to go a little bit further supporting #BushWatch, by buying me a drink etc, now is your chance. It's totally optional.— Jacob South Klein (@JacobSouthKlein) January 26, 2017
If I haven't already completely put you off the idea, you can check it out here: https://t.co/KRSF1QqkrE— Jacob South Klein (@JacobSouthKlein) January 26, 2017
Right, now that they're in the post, here's a sneak preview of some #BushWatch charity items you can bid on for Eamonn next week. pic.twitter.com/nb6GBoBWvA— Jacob South Klein (@JacobSouthKlein) January 27, 2017
Stay tuned to The Tilehurst End for any news we (or JSK) hear on Transfer Deadline Day, and if you feel like you want even more bushwatch action, listen back to Jacob's appearance on the 100th episode of The Tilehurst End Podcast.