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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 164: No False Dawns In This Club

Reading fell to a second defeat in a row away to Nottingham Forest on Saturday and TTE are back with Marc Mayo and Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup tackling the key issues from the City Ground. Paul Clement’s 4-4-2, the entertainment factor and the all important goals are the focus of the Recap with Liam Moore’s situation up for debate in Pubchat. We then answer your Mailbag questions and preview the cup clash with Birmingham in Any Other Business. As always The Tilehurst End Podcast can be...


The Tilehurst End Weekend Preview - Nottingham Forest (A)

With Reading travelling to Nottingham Forest this weekend for their first away game of the season, Olly Allen is joined by Simeon Pickup to preview the trip to the City Ground. Recovering from the last-minute defeat to Derby and playing the role of underdogs are discussed, as are the pair’s preferred line-ups for the fixture against the expected promotion contenders. In addition, Olly speaks to Forest fan Rich Ferraro to get the opposition view ahead of Saturday’s game. Show...


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 163: Will Derby Defeat Push Reading Into Deadline Day Deals?

It was a new season but the same old story in terms of the result. Reading’s opening day defeat to Derby had many reducing what little optimism they had going into the new campaign and The Tilehurst End podcast gets into the why and how of Friday’s game. Marc Mayo is joined by Jonny Williams and Dave ‘Handbags’ Harris to review the 2-1 loss before previewing how the Royals might fare on deadline day. There are also your questions in the mailbag, a look at how the other Reading teams begin...


The Tilehurst End Weekend Preview - Derby County (H)

The Podcast Extra is dead, long live the Weekend Preview! Your new weekly additional podcast is now focused solely on Reading’s upcoming fixture. Kicking off the season, Olly Allen is joined by Simeon Pickup, and the pair look ahead to the first game of the season against Derby County as well as giving their predictions for the Championship season. Olly is also joined by Rams fan Andy Buckley-Taylor, who gives the opposition view ahead of Friday night’s clash. Show order Derby Preview -...


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 162: Here We Go Again

The only way is up, some might say, after a disappointing campaign last time out but the fact of the matter for Reading FC heading into 2018/19 is that there really is a way to go down. If the mood 12 months ago was doomed optimism, pessimism reigns supreme as The Tilehurst End podcast returns under host Marc Mayo, this week accompanied by Alan ‘Westy’ West and Ben Greenwood. From pre-season friendlies to transfer incomings and outgoings, your thoughts and questions to the opener against...


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...