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Trinity Mirror-owned former Reading evening newspaper, the Post, has been consigned to publishing history - TM decided the way forward is via its getreading website.
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The oldest - now only - newspaper in the Reading, started life in the early 1800s as the Berkshire Chronicle - recently sold to the Newsquest group.
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First published in 1885 as the Henley Free Press, the locally-owned Henley Standard has been a front-runner in the electronic era with some consistently lively multi-media output.
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The Newbury Weekly News was first published in 1867 but was among the first locally to embrace the internet with extensive coverage under its Newbury Today brand.
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The Wokingham Times was that area's longest-established newspaper, but is no more. Website, getwokingham, styled like Reading stable-mate getreading is now the only outlet.
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The stable-mate of the Reading Chronicle and the Slough Observer has been serving south-east Berkshire for 50+ years and its website keeps up well with the news from its patch.
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First published in 1869 - once had enviable circulation larger than the town's population. Still thriving and independent, with fifth generation Baylis family, Jason, at helm.
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Founded in 1812, and apart from a brief spell, the Express remained a family independent. It is again, acquired in 2008 by family-owned Baylis Media Ltd of the Maidenhead Advertiser.
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Founded in 1878, the Basingstoke Gazette went through it's first 99 years family-owned. Today, owned by Newsquest - part of the multi-media American-based giant Gannett.
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BBC Radio Berkshire has the benefit of Government funding for its county-wide broadcast and multi-media coverage - website perhaps not the powerhouse it should be.
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After many name and image changes, the south's commercial TV operation has found stability. Flagship programme features Fred Dinenage and Reading's Sangeeta Bhabra.
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Reading's "community" radio station, previously part of Sir John Madejski's empire, has a lively site, with news, and features about its output. Now part of the zany Jack FM brand.
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Reading Borough Council has spruced up its PR and corporate multi-media in recent years and issues frequent media news releases on the key community subjects.
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The University of Reading, in its 91st year, is in the top one percent of uni's worldwide, and its frequent news releases reflect its highly-acclaimed research work.
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Local news operation with focus on positive people-led stories publishers say encourage, inform and inspire. Now publishing The Wokingham Paper after untimely demise of the Times.
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There are several "Readings" in the USA - best-known is 88,000-population Reading city northwest of Philadelphia - it's local paper is the Eagle, backed up by its dot.com version.
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From another "Reading, USA", 16 miles north of Boston is The Advocate newspaper which feeds an excellent news service into its equally-excellent website, named Wicked Local.
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News aggregator which trawls the www for any story with the word "Reading", so can occasionally throw up book-reading topics - but it's a good source of interesting items.
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A GOAL eight minutes from time cost Reading FC at least a draw in the big six-pointer at the windswept John Smith’s Stadium. The game between two of the best footballing teams in the Championship was spoiled by a near gale from the start and driving rain into Reading’s faces in the second half. Chances were few at either end, although the Terriers had slightly the better of the first half and might have had the lead from a penalty. It was a generous decision, and justice was probably done when Ali-Al-Habsi plunged to his left to keep out Rajiv van La Parra’s spot-kick. The referee was not so forthcoming early in the second half when Reading's Lewis Grabban was clearly brought down by keeper Lewis Ward without any decision other than a corner - which riled Reading's players, including DANNY WILLIAMS, who afterwards reflected Royals' anger at what they saw as a home-town decision.

Royals had also hit the bar, but as time went by it looked increasingly as though one goal would settle it, and that came eight minutes from the end. It was a scruffy build-up with a bit of pinball round the Reading goal before the ball broke into the path of unmarked Philip Billing who hit a stunning waist-high volley from the left-side of the box. It was the sort of eyes-shut, hit-and-hope shot the Dane could try in training and miss nine times out of ten, but this one flew in. Nahki Wells was lurking offside onnthe goal-line in front of at least one defender, but the ref was never going to spoil Huddersfield's excitement. Having already made three attacking changes, Royals tried hard to save it, but two near-misses in added time just added to the frustration.

The strong wind caught both teams by surprise and the opening exchanges were scruffy. Huddersfield, who had won five in a row, and held Manchester City to an FA Cup draw on Saturday, were having the better of it without making a serious threat, while Royals were having trouble getting into gear. It was all cat-and-mouse in such an important game, but in the first half-hour it was Huddersfield who presented the greater threat. Van La Parra sent a long-range effort wide, then Elias Kachunga thumped one into the side netting from a tight angle. Jordan Obita made a great saving tackle, which led to three consecutive Huddersfield corners. After all that pressure it was Royals who went closest to goal, Roy Beerens cutting in from the left with a cross-shot which forced a brilliant flying save from Danny Ward, tipping it onto the crossbar and over.

On 35 minutes Huddersfield could have had the breakthrough. Isaiah Brown made ground from midfield, running straight at the defence. Tyler Blackett slipped as he challenged him and appeared to just win the ball, but Brown saw the challenge coming and went sprawling. Referee Tony Harrington immediately gave the spot kick. Van La Parra decided it was his to score, but telegraphed the kick and Al-Habsi plunged to his left to push the ball round the post. That seemed to inspire Royals, and for a few minutes they pounded the Huddersfield goal. From Obita’s free kick wide right, Jordon Mutch forced a sprawling save from Ward. From the corner, a training ground routine saw Obita curl one narrowly over - then another Obita cross saw Grabban head one a foot wide of the far post. Huddersfield caught their breath and finished the first half with a flourish. Al-Habsi saved from both Jack Payne and Chris Lowe before former Royals target Nahki Wells found room to spin and send one just wide.

The second half started in torrential rain, with chances at both ends. Beerens set up Danny Williams, but the midfielder could only volley into the ground and into the arms of Ward. At the other end the ever-dangerous Wells cut in from the left and fired across the goal and just wide of the far post. On 52 minutes Royals thought they had a nailed-on penalty. Williams threaded a perfect ball through to Grabban who beat Ward to it but was then brought down by the keeper. Referee Harrington, so decisive earlier, somehow interpreted it as a corner. Royals were generally on top now, but a Huddersfield break ended with Kachunga volleying narrowly over after a clearance broke to him. A little flurry of home pressure saw Al-Habsi save from Wells and then punch clear a dangerous inswinging corner by Aaron Mooy.

Into the last 20 minutes and Royals played three attacking cards. First Adrian Popa made his first “serious” outing for the club - his previous one having last six minutes as a sub - replacing the unusually quiet Garath McCleary. Then John Swift and Yann Kermorgant came on in place of Grabban and Mutch. It was very bold by Jaap Stam, and it almost paid off when Kermorgant’s low cross towards Popa was just intercepted by Ward. But eight minutes from the end the wheels came off. The ball pinged around the penalty area before Billing came steaming in from the left to crack an unstoppable volley. Royals claimed in vain that Wells, lurking on the goal-line, was offside and interfering with play. There was still time for Royals to try to save it, and into added time Kermorgant took a trademark free kick from the edge of the area which beat the wall and the keeper, but landed on the roof of the net. There was still time for one more attempt, Liam Moore driving through the middle and latching on to a flick on by Kermo - but the half-volley was just too high, and that was that. MANAGER'S COMMENTS.


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Trinity Mirror-owned former Reading evening newspaper, the Post, has been consigned to publishing history - TM decided the way forward is via its getreading website.
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The oldest - now only - newspaper in the Reading, started life in the early 1800s as the Berkshire Chronicle - recently sold to the Newsquest group.
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First published in 1885 as the Henley Free Press, the locally-owned Henley Standard has been a front-runner in the electronic era with some consistently lively multi-media output.
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The Newbury Weekly News was first published in 1867 but was among the first locally to embrace the internet with extensive coverage under its Newbury Today brand.
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The Wokingham Times was that area's longest-established newspaper, but is no more. Website, getwokingham, styled like Reading stable-mate getreading is now the only outlet.
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The stable-mate of the Reading Chronicle and the Slough Observer has been serving south-east Berkshire for 50+ years and its website keeps up well with the news from its patch.
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First published in 1869 - once had enviable circulation larger than the town's population. Still thriving and independent, with fifth generation Baylis family, Jason, at helm.
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Founded in 1812, and apart from a brief spell, the Express remained a family independent. It is again, acquired in 2008 by family-owned Baylis Media Ltd of the Maidenhead Advertiser.
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Founded in 1878, the Basingstoke Gazette went through it's first 99 years family-owned. Today, owned by Newsquest - part of the multi-media American-based giant Gannett.
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BBC Radio Berkshire has the benefit of Government funding for its county-wide broadcast and multi-media coverage - website perhaps not the powerhouse it should be.
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After many name and image changes, the south's commercial TV operation has found stability. Flagship programme features Fred Dinenage and Reading's Sangeeta Bhabra.
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Reading's "community" radio station, previously part of Sir John Madejski's empire, has a lively site, with news, and features about its output. Now part of the zany Jack FM brand.
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Reading Borough Council has spruced up its PR and corporate multi-media in recent years and issues frequent media news releases on the key community subjects.
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The University of Reading, in its 91st year, is in the top one percent of uni's worldwide, and its frequent news releases reflect its highly-acclaimed research work.
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Local news operation with focus on positive people-led stories publishers say encourage, inform and inspire. Now publishing The Wokingham Paper after untimely demise of the Times.
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There are several "Readings" in the USA - best-known is 88,000-population Reading city northwest of Philadelphia - it's local paper is the Eagle, backed up by its dot.com version.
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From another "Reading, USA", 16 miles north of Boston is The Advocate newspaper which feeds an excellent news service into its equally-excellent website, named Wicked Local.
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News aggregator which trawls the www for any story with the word "Reading", so can occasionally throw up book-reading topics - but it's a good source of interesting items.
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Keep up to date with all things Royal - info about the club, the team, tickets, souvenirs and more, including interviews and subscription video.
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Unofficial Reading FC website with plenty of well-written comment, positive and negative - but always constructive. Named after the old "Home End" at Elm Park.
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More than 200 former Reading players and managers are in the Association - the website has interesting info about great names of Royals' and Biscuitmen's past.
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Chris Lee has supported Reading FC for 40-plus years since 'Biscuitmen' days. He’s compiled a huge collection of online memorabilia including team groups from Day 1 in 1871.
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Reading's adopted Rugby Union team, survived two recent relegation scares but finally went down at the end of last season. Now on the up again.
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Reading's most consistently-successful sports club - 11 men’s and seven ladies’ teams. Elite squads at top of the domestic game and many international stars.
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Reading Cricket Club operates in tandem with the adjacent Reading Hockey Club, providing a two-pronged elite sports operation at the extensive Sonning Lane site.
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Performing solidly in the National South West Division One (East). Founded in 1898 as Berkshire Wanderers, they still field a Wanderers XV.
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Originally for youngsters from non-rugby-playing schools, Abbey went senior in 1956, acquired a 22-acre site at Emmer Green and are now very successful.
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Founded 1926, now nicknamed The Rams. Originally for former pupils of Reading School. Teams in all age groups - currently National League 2 South.
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Has promoted cycling in Berkshire since 1974. With over 200 members, it is dedicated to giving cyclists the opportunity to race, ride and enjoy two-wheel life.
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Club has a proud history with past Olympic stars such as Ann Packer, Bev Callender and Britain's most successful female sprinter, Kathy Smallwood.
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Provides after school clubs, school holiday courses, birthday parties and much, much more for boys and girls from the age of 5-14, in and around Reading.
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Friendly community rowing club located on one of best stretches of upper Thames, with access to 6km of river, Caversham Bridge to Mapledurham.
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Founded as recently as 1997, Rockets had spectacular lift-off and now run age-group, ladies and seniors teams. Consistently at top end of NBL Division 1.
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Legendary (and still going strong at 83) Reg Fearman brought Speedway to Reading in 1968. Smallmead closed in 2008 but Racers faithful still have website.

AND OTHER SENIOR SPORTS CLUBS AND VENUES NEARBY…

The Magpies are flying high and have a unique football boast - their York Road ground is the world's oldest football ground used by the same club.
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An ambitious, progressive club but last season 'Stoke couldn't avoid relegation to Evo-Stik Southern Prem. Mascot Stokie walks even taller than Kingsley Royal!
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Few sporting venues match the history or rich heritage of Ascot. Queen Anne, staying at Windsor Castle in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse.
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Newbury Racecourse is more than 100 years old, combining heritage with a modern sports/events venue. Constructed in 1904/05 - at a cost of £57,240!
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The local area has racing links to dating back to Henry VIII, but the first race meeting here was not until 1866. The country's only figure-of-eight flat course.
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Founded in 1988 as the Beavers, the club has sustained the sport in the town since. The Bison play in English Premier Ice Hockey League - 2015/16 champs.
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One of the leading clubs in the Thames Valley, Hawks are among the country's top 50 - 2014/15 champs of National League 2 South but now back in that division.
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Bracknell RFC has an illustrious pedigree, founded in 1955 by Welsh and Cornish men new to the New Town area. Now in National League 3 South West.
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The Blues, a focal point for the West Berkshire rugby community, are always competitive, and often siccessful in South West Division One (East).
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THE permanent memorial to Reading's only Victoria Cross holder, Trooper Fred Potts, unveiled in the Forbury last year, is proving a popular addition to the town’s architecture. Fred, who died in 1943 and until recent years, was virtually unknown in the town due - mainly to his own modesty. However, the people who did know of Fred’s heroics during the Great War believed the time was long overdue to recognise his bravery with a suitable memorial in a town centre location. The Trooper Potts Memorial Trust was set up to raise the necessary funds and, backed by BBC Radio Berkshire, former Reading Mayor Cllr Fred Pugh, former MP Martin Salter, Reading College, Haslams Estate Agents and Reading-born TV personality Chris Tarrant, they achieved their aim - the bronze statue, created by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphy, was unveiled. As well as commemorating Fred Potts, it also recognises the sacrifices of the many men of the Berkshire Yeomanry who gave their lives, both in the battle for Scimitar Hill at Gallipoli, Turkey, and throughout World War One. Fred’s medal relates to an incident in August 1915, in which he saved the life of fellow-Reading soldier Arthur Andrews after both were injured by machine-gun fire as the Yeomanry charged on Scimitar Hill. For three days, during which they had virtually no food or drink, Fred ignored his own wounds to drag Arthur to safety, using a shovel as a makeshift stretcher. The amazing FULL STORY.


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      YES - It's a really imaginative scheme which will add to matchday experience.
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