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Reading FC Newsbites: Feb 13-19

We revive an oldie from TTE times past, as we look back on the pick of the Reading FC news stories from the last 7 days.

Millwall v Leicester City - The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

We know that sometimes life gets in the way of keeping up to date with Reading Football Club matters, so here's something that might help you out. We've brought back one of our old features where we recap the pick of the stories around the club from not just here on TTE but other media outlets.

This Week On The Tilehurst End

Player In Focus Ali Al-Habsi

How does our resident shot-stopper compare to his predecessors? So far you've given Ali rave reviews.

Loan Round-up - Feb 14th

Plenty of Reading youngsters are out and about on loan and TalkMurtyToMe has plenty of analysis on the performances of Craig Tanner, Zak Jules, Jake Cooper and Dom Samuel.

Reading 3-2 Brentford

What a better way to spend Valentine's Day than watching Reading come from behind to beat the Bees? If you missed it, you can check out the full match report here, while you can also see how Wosty rated the players, with Garath McCleary impressing.

TTE Podcast Episode 118

Marc and Wimb delved into all the week's big talking points on Wednesday night including a detailed look at the promotion race, whether Jaap is getting his subs right and much more.

Watching Reading's Scottish Doppelgangers

Missing Elm Park? Never had the chance to visit our former home? Let Jon Keen tell you how you can get the next best thing to a time machine.

Injury Update - Key Trio Set To Return

We may not have had a game at the weekend but there was still time for the club to give us an injury update, where it's pretty good news.

Catching Up With Our January Signings

Our newest columnist takes a look at how our five January signings have been getting on so far.

Opinion: It Shouldn't Matter If This Team Is Ready To Go Up

Think another year in the Championship might help us long-term? Olly challenges that view.

Opinion: Is Stam's Substitution Policy Damaging Reading FC's Promotion Chances?

Fresh from discussing the topic on this week's Podcast - Marc takes a look at how Stam's subs compare to his peers in the Championship & Premier League.

Mental Health And Football

Our regular columnist Hunty looks into the issues surrounding mental health and the beautiful game, in a two-part interview with Colin Dolan, the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Football Association. Check out Part 1 & Part 2.


From Elsewhere...

Reading To Subsidise Pensioner Travel

Get Reading cover the news that the football club will offer pensioner's discounted travel after the council confirmed that free travel for pensioners on football busses would have to stop due to budget cuts. Nicely done Reading FC.

Ulderink Looks Ahead To Huddersfield

Some comments from the Reading No2 on the club's official website on Tuesday's game, a fixture which he's confident we can get something out of.

Leeds Game Moved For TV

Reading's game with Leeds on April first will now kick off slightly later so it can be shown live on Sky.

Watch The Blackburn Game For £5

Another smart ticketing deal from the club, who've confirmed those who buy an adult ticket for the Leeds game can then pick up one for the Blackburn game for a fiver.

Trialist Bags Hat-Trick in U18 Rout

One for the future? The Reading Chronicle details a hat-trick for a young trialist.

Mixed Week For U23's

It's been an up and down week for Martin Kuhl's side. Firstly they lost in the PL Cup to Sheffield United before bouncing back on Sunday against Manchester United's youngsters.


And Finally.....

We may be out of the FA Cup but Jake Cooper and Shaun Cummings both played major parts in a dramatic win for Millwall over Champions Leicester.

Plus, He'sssssss back! The Yak has returned to English football with Coventry.


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