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Reading FC Loan-Round up: Christmas Special

Happy Holidays from all at the Tilehurst End and welcome to the final loan-round up of 2014. Seeing out the year we have news of Stuart Moore's and Royston Drenthe's loan deals for you in this *fine* Christmas period.

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Stuart Moore - Basingstoke Town (Vanarama Conference South) Appearances: 23

For the third time in a week, Stuart's Basingstoke Town side traveled to Gosport Borough - this time in league action - looking to enter the hectic Christmas schedule with a win over the side that narrowly edged them out over 210 minutes just a week earlier. Moore started in goal for the 23rd time this season, and he kept a clean sheet as a closely fought contest ended with the points shared at Privett Park.

Here's a Christmas fact for you; only one game in ALL of the top seven tiers of English football ended goalless last weekend. BOOM! You can have that one for free, on me. Call it an early Christmas present.

Anyhow, here's the rest of the Christmas fixtures for Town via the official website:

  • Friday 26th December ‘Boxing Day’: Basingstoke Town FC vs Staines Town FC – 3pm Kick off
  • Sunday 28th December: Ebbsfleet United vs Basingstoke Town FC – 3pm Kick off
  • Thursday 1st January: Staines Town FC vs Basingstoke Town FC – 3pm Kick off
  • Sunday 4th January: Basingstoke Town FC vs Eastbourne Borough FC – New Kick off time: 1pm
  • Also don’t forget to watch Basingstoke Town FC on the Soccer AM Christmas Special which airs on Christmas Day at 10am and 5pm on Sky Sports 1.

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    Royston Drenthe - Sheffield Wednesday (SkyBet Championship) Appearances: 14

    Christmas didn't come early for Royston last week though, as he was demoted to the bench at Craven Cottage following last week's defeat to Wolves. Unfortunately for manager Stuart Gray though, it didn't help. First half goals from Ross McCormack (35') and Hutchinson (45') meant that Wednesday trudged back into the dressing room 2-0 down at the break and needing a spark.

    Gray turned to our Dutch loanee to provide it, but there was to be no fairytale (of New York) comeback for the Yorkshire side. Christensen (68') made it 3-0 before Cauley Woodrow added the holly and berries on top of the Christmas pudding in stoppage time from the spot to send Fulham fans home happy with 4 goals, 3 points (two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree).

    And that just about wraps up 2014 for our loanees. It may not have been a successful year for Reading, but the same certainly can't be said for our players out on loan, especially Stuart Moore, who will be looking to carry on his good form into the New Year with Basingstoke. Meanwhile, the transfer window opens during the Christmas break, and it'll be interesting to see what happens on the Drenthe front. Anyway, that's for another time. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New year from me, see you in 2015.