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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 175: Where Would We Be Without Yakou?

Yakou Meite led the line for Reading metaphorically and literally on Saturday with the young Ivorian’s brace earning a point in an otherwise poor 2-2 draw against Ipswich Town. The Tilehurst End Podcast, as ever desperate to focus on the positives, returns this week to place the striker front and centre of Episode 175, working out exactly what it is that is putting Meite in this sort of form, and where he goes from here. Marc Mayo, Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup, and Matt ‘PannasAndNutmegs’...


The Tilehurst End Weekend Preview: Ipswich Town (H)

Reading picked up a hard fought victory against Bristol City last weekend, but still haven’t won two consecutive matches since last December. Will that change against bottom of the table Ipswich Town this Saturday? In our Weekend Preview podcast, Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker discuss the rarity of the Royals being the favourites, the continued rumours surrounding Paul Clement’s job and the latest injury news ahead of the fixture. Plus, hear what the opposition are...


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 174: Beating Bristol

You can’t beat a win but you can ask some serious questions of how Reading got through their 3-2 triumph over Bristol City on Saturday, with the team still lodged inside the Championship relegation zone. Two quickfire equalisers and a serious deficit in the battle for shots and possession meant it was far from a cruise at the Madejski Stadium, but at the very least the fans went home feeling pretty entertained throughout a breathless 90 minutes. Chewing over all the goings on in this...

The Tilehurst End Weekend Preview: Bristol City (H)

Just how crucial is this weekend’s game against Bristol City for Paul Clement? Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker debate the manager’s job safety on the Weekend Preview podcast ahead of the clash with the Robins, as well as discussing the team news - including a lengthy injury list. As ever, we also have the opposition view, which this week comes from Bristol City fan Paul Binning, as featured on the One Stream In Bristol Podcast. Show order Bristol City Preview - 0:41 View...


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 173: Always Lose On The Welsh Side Of The Bridge

Two tough trips awaited Reading FC at the start of the week and, here we are, two games lighter and no points heavier after defeats in Birmingham and Swansea. Paul Clement’s grip on his position as manager is looking ever-more tenuous and, in The Tilehurst End podcast No. 173, Marc Mayo and Olly Allen discuss what went wrong with the defence leaky and attack flaky on the road. This week’s show also covers the major news around the Royals, answers your mailbag questions, and looks ahead to...


The Tilehurst End Weekend Preview: Swansea City (A)

After Tuesday’s defeat at Birmingham City, Reading face a second successive away game on Saturday as they travel to tenth place Swansea City. In our Weekend Preview podcast, Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker discuss the inconsistency of both sides as well as how the Royals need to tighten up at set-pieces. We also have the team news ahead of the trip to South Wales, whilst Ryan Pridmore from the Ambition is Critical podcast provides the opposition view, including his thoughts...


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 172: Smash & Grab

If you only look at the scoreline, Reading’s win over Millwall marks a significant moment in the Royals’ push away from relegation trouble — with the comfort of a two-goal cushion to boot. However, as Marc Mayo and Alan ‘Westy’ West discuss in Episode 172 of The Tilehurst End podcast, there were a few issues to consider before anyone could leave the Mad Stad too satisfied on Saturday afternoon. In this week’s show, we also answer your questions in the mailbag, preview two tricky away trips...


The Tilehurst End Weekend Preview: Millwall (H)

The pressure is back on Reading straight away after the international break as the Royals host fellow strugglers Millwall, who haven’t won away all season. In our Weekend Preview podcast for the game, Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker discuss how crucial the fixture is for Paul Clement’s job, who should start in goal, when we could start seeing academy players and more. Plus, hear the opposition view from Millwall fan Lucas Ball, who has high praise for Reading academy...


The Tilehurst End Podcast: Adam Le Fondre Interview

Sometimes it's nice to look back on happier times when Reading aren't doing so well, so that's exactly what we did by getting Adam Le Fondre on The Tilehurst Podcast! The former Royals striker joins Olly Allen to discuss his three year stint in Berkshire, which included winning the Championship in his first season, playing in the Premier League and then missing out on the play-offs on the final day back in the second tier. All of this and everything inbetween is covered in our chat with...


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 171: We Need To Talk About Paul Clement

A defeat to West Brom is bad enough, but on the back of a home loss to Queens Park Rangers? Questions have to be asked. And that’s exactly what The Tilehurst End is here to do for Episode 171 of the podcast by Reading fans, for Reading fans. Marc Mayo hosts Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup and debutant Matt ‘PannasAndNutmegs’ Lawrence for a rundown of the major errors from the owners, board, manager and players that have led to a poor week to end an otherwise reasonable run of form. A bumper...


The Tilehurst End Weekend Preview: West Brom (A)

After a promising point at Brentford and then a poor defeat to QPR, it might be best to expect absolutely anything as Reading travel to West Brom this weekend. Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker discuss the Royals’ chances at the Hawthorns in the latest Weekend Preview podcast, as well as putting forward their preferred line-ups for the game. Who should start up front with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson injured? Why does Sone Aluko keep getting picked?! In addition, our View From The...


TTE Podcast Episode 170: A Curious Point & A Trip Down Memory Lane

It was a late goal that denied Reading a useful win at Brentford on Saturday and The Tilehurst End podcast returns to determine if the draw is one to feel good about despite the initial feeling of a missed opportunity. Two rather fortunate goals gave the visitors a fighting chance at Griffin Park and, with the hosts down to ten men, a headed equaliser still meant that Reading were the first team to avoid defeat away to the Bees this season. With the QPR game previewed ahead of Tuesday...


The Tilehurst End Weekend Preview: Brentford (A)

It’s a tricky trip to Brentford for Reading this weekend as they look to build upon their 3-0 win over Hull, a result which has given Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker a bit of hope in this week’s podcast. The pair also discuss the Royals’ team news, including how Paul Clement moves the defence around after John O’Shea’s red card and whether Mo Barrow should be restored to the side from the start. Our opposition view this week comes from Billy Grant from Brentford podcast...


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 169: Inconsistency Has Its Benefits

Yet another dour defeat was followed up by the first home league win in 182 days this week as Reading FC showed that inconsistency at least means you occasionally win. With a week off before the trip to Brentford, the mood has certainly been lifted around the Mad Stad thanks to the 3-0 beating of Hull, but will it last? Joining Marc Mayo to chew over the position Paul Clement’s team find themselves in are Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup and Paula Martin, who updates the show on all things...


The Tilehurst End Weekend Preview: Hull City (H)

After suffering a fourth straight home league defeat on Wednesday night, is the Madejski Stadium really the place Reading will want to be playing at against Hull this Saturday? The clash with the Tigers is the focus of our Weekend Preview podcast, with Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker also discussing Chris Gunter’s role in the team, whether we could see Saeid Ezatolahi feature and why Josh Sims needs to be starting. Plus, we hear from Hull fan Kathryn Batte on the ever...


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 168: Victory In The North

It came from unlikely sources; Tiago Ilori... Leandro Bacuna... Preston... but the points counted all the same as Reading remembered that winning feeling to step off the bottom of the table on Saturday. That 3-2 win in Lancashire is the subject of Episode 168 of The Tilehurst End podcast with Marc joined by Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup for the recap, a round-up of the fortnight’s major Royals news, your questions from the mailbag, and a preview of Wednesday’s game versus Norwich. As always...


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 167: The State Of Reading FC

For the first time in the Mad Stad era, Reading have ended a gameweek bottom of the Championship. With frustration aplenty and questions needing answers asap, The Tilehurst End Podcast takes a special in-depth look at how the club is doing, top to bottom. Joining host Marc Mayo to do that is former TTE editor Dan ‘Wimb’ Wimbush with everything on the agenda, from the amount of transfer gossip fans receive to the public visibility of the owners, the figures calling the shots on transfers,...


The Tilehurst End Weekend Preview: Sheffield Wednesday (H)

Can Reading build on two draws away on the road and finally get their first league win of the season at home to Sheffield Wednesday? Olly Allen is joined by the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker to preview the clash, included the Royals actually being favourites with the bookies and who may have staked a claim in the League Cup defeat to Watford. In addition, this week’s opposition view is provided by Owls supporter Elliott Jackson. Show order Aston Villa Preview - 1:03 View From The Town End...


The Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 166: Glimmers Of Hope

Signs of progress are beginning to filter through at Reading FC after a smash-and-grab draw at Aston Villa followed a faultering but useful point off Blackburn. Discussing the week’s matches as well as a solid win for Reading Women, some late loan rumours, your questions in the mailbag, and a duo of home games before the international break are Marc Mayo and Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup. As always The Tilehurst End Podcast can be taken in via PodBean, YouTube or iTunes. Furthermore, thanks...


The Tilehurst End Weekend Preview - Aston Villa (A)

Reading remain winless in the Championship after four games...will that change against Aston Villa on Saturday? Olly Allen is joined by the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker to preview the trip to Villa Park, including a discussion on the Royals’ mentality issue as well as which players might be dropped after the draw at Blackburn. In addition, Olly speaks to Aston Villa fan and managing editor of 7500 to Holte, James Rushton, to get his thoughts ahead of the fixture. Show order Aston Villa...