Today’s a really special day for us at The Tilehurst End: the site’s now a decade old (although the podcast is two years younger). Yep, it’s been a full 10 years since Dan Wimbush - founder, former editor and former podcast host - set the website up in its original guise.
Reading was a very different football club back then: Brian McDermott was coming to the end of his first full season in charge of a club that had been out of the Premier League for a few seasons, while Sir John Madejski was nearing the end of his spell as owner.
The last decade has been quite the roller-coaster. One promotion, one relegation, two play-off final losses, one FA Cup semi-final defeat, three takeovers and nine permanent managers. Following this club is rarely dull, is it?
Covering it as a fan site isn’t either. Writing about Reading is at different points thrilling - when the Royals are on a winning streak and on the hunt for promotion, depressing - when a losing streak makes relegation seem inevitable, or tedious - when the global shutdown of football leaves you with nothing to write about...
What keeps us going in the bad times and brings us so much pleasure in the good is knowing that people are reading, so we owe you a huge thank you. Thank you for backing TTE for an entire 10 years - whether it’s reading the site, supporting us on social media, Patreon or anywhere else, it’s all deeply appreciated.
This site’s motto is “by the fans, for the fans”, and there have been a lot of hard-working Reading fans behind the scenes in the last 10 years. A big thanks from TTE to the editorial chaps behind the scenes - Marc Mayo, Olly Allen, Adam Jones, Jonny Williams, Steve Curtis and Will Jones, our regular and semi-regular writers past and present, and all our occasional contributors.
Our aim’s always been to cover the club in an informative, measured way. At a time when sensationalist clickbait and over-the-top social media reaction seem to be becoming increasingly popular (or at least financially lucrative), we try to offer something different. We don’t always get it right (I’m sure you can think of examples), but we give it our best shot.
Here’s to another 10 years.