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The Tilehurst End


A podcast on Reading Football Club, who play in the Championship. Brought to you by the writers from Reading blog, The Tilehurst End, a part of the SB Nation blog network

A podcast on Reading Football Club, who play in the Championship. Brought to you by the writers from Reading blog, The Tilehurst End, a part of the SB Nation blog network
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A podcast on Reading Football Club, who play in the Championship. Brought to you by the writers from Reading blog, The Tilehurst End, a part of the SB Nation blog network




The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 161: 2017/18 Season Review

It was a season that drifted from one version of mediocrity to another but at the very least it didn’t cost Reading their Championship status. Rounding up the 2017/18 campaign with a look across what signs we missed in pre-season, the key turning points, the false revivals and more, are Marc Mayo and Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup, in episode 161 of The Tilehurst End Podcast. A huge thank you to all who continue to listen to the show amid some poor football and a change of presenter this...


The Tilehurst End Podcast: Reading FC Women’s Special

Saturday sees Reading FC Women play their final home game of the season against Liverpool at the Madejski Stadium from 14:00 and, with the campaign having gone rather well to this point, TTE thought it was time to focus in on how the side are getting on. Ahead of the match, Marc went down to their training session to talk to England internationals and Royals midfielders Fara Williams and Jo Potter, talking all things Reading, growth in the women’s game and more. Also popping onto the...


Podcast Extra - May 7

Join Olly Allen and Tom Crocker for the final time this season as they discuss the draw with Cardiff that secured Reading’s safety. The season in general is also reviewed, as the big question is asked: just what went wrong? Plus, there’s also a look ahead to the summer and potential transfer business.


Podcast Extra - May 4

So it has come down to the final day. On this week’s Podcast Extra, Olly and Tom look ahead to a crucial last weekend of action in the Championship as Reading travel to Cardiff hoping to secure their safety. In addition, the 4-0 defeat to Ipswich cannot go undiscussed, whilst the Royals’ official player of the season was also announced last weekend.


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 160: Picking Through The Wreckage

It really was that bad. Reading lost 4-0 to Ipswich Town to round off a season in which the Royals will sit in the bottom three when it comes to home form, and still maybe overall too. Marc Mayo and Dave ‘Handbags’ Harris put on their bravest faces and provide you with grim reflections of what happened to Paul Clement’s team on Saturday, analysing how the side collapsed with four goals conceded in the final 20 minutes. News of the youth and women’s team provide a few reasons to smile,...


Podcast Extra - April 26

Chris Gunter and Tyler Blackett are in the spotlight as the 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday is reviewed on this week’s Podcast Extra. There is also a look ahead to the final home game of the season against Ipswich, with Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker joined this week by Tilehurst End editor Simeon Pickup for a first ever three-man Podcast Extra!


The Tilehurst End Podcast: South Stand Q&A

Olly is joined by Sam Stevenson, who has been a key figure in the group that have adopted the South Stand as their home in recent games to attempt to boost the Madejski Stadium atmosphere. Sam explains how the initiative began and what it’s aims are, before answering your questions and concerns.


Podcast Extra - April 19

With no midweek game, the 2-2 draw with Sunderland is top of the agenda on this week’s Podcast Extra, which also features more discussion on the South Stand initiative, the success of Reading Women and an in-depth preview to Saturday’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday.


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 159: Plodding Along

Edging slowly towards safety, Reading have reverted to something of their former selves under Paul Clement, almost like the team that started the season; good in defence, poor in attack. Breaking down exactly how the Royals are playing with the new boss now five games into his tenure, and still unbeaten at home, Marc and Dave ‘Handbags’ Harris discuss the 2-2 draw at Sunderland, answer your questions in the mailbag, and preview the trip to Sheffield Wednesday. We also provide an update...


Podcast Extra - April 12

A narrow 1-0 defeat at Fulham was better than what most fans expected at Craven Cottage, with Olly and Tom also surprised that the Whites’ goal count wasn’t more. The pair also discuss the impressive form of Liam Moore and Tiago Ilori, predict how the relegation battle may pan out and look ahead to a big game on Saturday against Sunderland.


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 158: Putting The Mad Back In Madejski

It’s time to ramp up the noise levels at the Madejski Stadium and Saturday’s win over Preston saw a new fan initiative kick off with a gaggle of noisy Royals stationed in the South Stand. On this week’s TTE Podcast we explain what it is and discuss how to boost the atmosphere at Reading, helped along by a second straight home triumph for Paul Clement. Marc Mayo and Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup also run through your questions in the mailbag, chat the daunting midweek trip to Fulham, and...


Podcast Extra - April 5

Should we have seen the defeat at Villa coming? Olly and Tom look back on Paul Clement’s first loss as Reading manager, including Dave Edwards’ first career red card and some worrying statistics. There’s also praise for LFE Apprentice of the Year Danny Loader, whilst Saturday’s clash with play-off contenders Preston is also previewed.


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 157: Clement Claims A Win

There were a number of heroes from Reading’s 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers but the thankful thing is that the Royals came away with three massive points to kick off the Paul Clement era. Marc Mayo and Jonny Williams go over the game in detail in the latest TTE Podcast, analysing the dogged determination, tactical nuances and, yes, luck that brought Reading a vital victory. As always The Tilehurst End Podcast can be taken in via PodBean, YouTube or


Podcast Extra - March 29

The international break was anything but quiet for Reading, so Olly and Tom return with plenty to talk about. This week’s discussion focuses on the Royals’ change of manager - the pair analyse Jaap Stam’s departure before running the rule over the prospects of the new man in the hotseat, Paul Clement. His first game in charge is against QPR on Friday, a fixture that is also previewed on the Podcast Extra.


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 156: STAR Hall of Fame ft. Sir John Madejski, Brian McDermott, Kevin Doyle & Nick Hammond

It’s always nice to catch up with the old gang and TTE were able to do just that at the 2018 STAR Hall of Fame induction evening, during which 25 icons of Reading FC were recognised. Marc Mayo and Ben Greenwood were down at the Mad Stad, where we had our own display table and everything, to discuss what these sort of events mean to the club and grab a few soundbites off of the inductees. In the podcast, Brian McDermott and Kevin Doyle come along for a quick chat before Sir John Madejski...


The Tilehurst End Emergency Podcast: Stam Sacked

The departure of Jaap Stam was confirmed on Wednesday morning by the club with Marc Mayo and Olly Allen convening for an emergency podcast to discuss what went wrong, what went right, and where we go from here. Analysing the club’s state of affairs and the potential replacements, the guys also give their favourite moment under the Dutchman, and what he has to do to succeed in the dugout. As always The Tilehurst End Podcast can be taken in via PodBean, YouTube or


Podcast Extra - March 15

Olly and Tom discuss a defensive horror show at Wolves, discuss the goalkeeping situation, praise a positive(ish) financial report and look ahead to the trip to Norwich at the weekend in the latest Podcast Extra. There were some problems with the audio whilst recording, but rest assured, normal service will resume after the international break!


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 155: Defending Is For Wimps

There was something different about Reading throughout this past week but sadly results stayed more or less the same. With less posssession and more chances, but worse defending and more poor game management, the Royals’ home draws versus Bolton and Leeds are the focus of The Tilehurst End podcast this week, hosted by Marc Mayo with Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup his guest. After recapping the match actio, Newsbites scours the stories around the club you may have missed before we open up the...


Podcast Extra - March 8

Olly and Tom take an in-depth look back on Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers, including a discussion on debutant Tom Holmes’ performance, the tight relegation battle and the decreasing Mad Stad attendances. Saturday’s game against Leeds United is also previewed, with team news and predictions.


Podcast Extra - March 1

Should Leandro Bacuna have taken the penalty against Sheffield United? Would Reading have gone on to win the game if he’d scored? Will Mick McCarthy replace Jaap Stam? Can the Royals beat Wolves?! It’s a Podcast Extra full of questions this week, and Olly and Tom attempt to give you the answers!