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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




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!


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 154: That’s Entertainment

Few expected both of Reading’s matches with Derby this season to be thrilling encounters but Saturday’s 3-3 draw meant that 12 goals had gone in across their clashes, leaving the Mad Stad faithful oddly entertained. For all the criticism of the Royals’ boring ways in 2017/18, credit is due for this outing with Marc Mayo joined by Simeon Pickup - aka BucksRoyal - to digest an interesting week for the team. That draw as well as the 1-1 scoreline at Nottingham Forest are covered in the...


Podcast Extra - February 22

Olly and Tom return after their own 10 day hiatus to discuss Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest, the upcoming clash with promotion challengers Derby County, the latest injury news, as well as Reading’s removal from the FA Youth Cup.


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 153: By Far The Nicest Team, The World Has Ever Seen

The way Reading seem to be doing everyone else a favour is a central theme that Marc and Westy pick up on in this week’s The Tilehurst End Podcast. Episode 153 kicks off with a recap of the 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough before pubchat returns and the guys discuss what needs to happen should the Royals do away with manager Jaap Stam in the summer. Of course, the imminent threat of relegation is also on the agenda as we look ahead to the trip to Nottingham Forest, as well as how best to...


Podcast Extra - February 8

No prizes for guessing what the main topic of conversation is for this week’s Podcast Extra - Jaap Stam. Olly and Tom delve into the rumours about the Dutchman being sacked, giving the players two days off and being linked with the Leeds United job (not all in one go!). The pair also look back on a poor performance against Millwall last weekend and preview Saturday’s long trip up to Middlesbrough.


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 152: Hanging By A Thread

A behind-the-scenes factoid for producing a Reading FC podcast: it helps when we know who the manager is. And while it may have been a long time coming in many fans’ minds, Jaap Stam’s position in charge of the club seems to be increasingly precarious following a 2-0 defeat to Millwall, which came in spite of a reprive away to Burton just days earlier. Those two games are on the menu for Marc Mayo and BucksRoyal - aka Simeon Pickup - this week as Episode 152 takes place against the...


Podcast Extra - February 1

There was plenty for Olly and Tom to discuss on this week’s Podcast Extra, with much of the chat focused on a busy last few days in the transfer window for Reading. The pair recap the window as a whole, praise a long awaited league win for the Royals and also look ahead to this weekend’s clash with Millwall.


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 151: Who’s Ready For Relegation Royals?

We’re out of the Cup and well away from the play-offs, so best get ready for the reality of a Championship relegation battle as Reading take on two crucial fixtures in the week ahead. After losses to Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday, Marc and Handbags pick up the pieces and work out how the Royals will fare away to bottom club Burton before a no doubt feisty encounter versus Millwall. We also answer your questions in the mailbag, check up on the youth and women’s teams, and discuss the...


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