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Inside your Matchday Programme: Reading

Behind the cover of BEES issue 07

28 September 2018

“We need to take advantage of the big opportunities we are creating while on top to make games more comfortable and see out the three points.”

From the Dugout: Dean Smith’s thoughts ahead of Reading’s visit to Griffin Park


“We are keen to hear from fans regarding what we can do to help you create an intimidating, passionate wall of noise, both here at Griffin Park and following our move in 2020. Vocal support is essential in achieving our aims and aspirations.”

From the Boardroom: Mark Devlin’s behind-the-scenes update from TW8


Match Preview: Line-ups, latest news and last-five form guide. The key information ahead of #BREREA


In Opposition: Squad list, profiles and stats


Four in Focus: The Royals’ key quartet in profile


“It’s more direct under Clement. Reading try to get the ball forward quickly and utilise their wingers.”

Hot off the Press: With Jonathan Low of Get Reading


Heroes and Villains: Ollie Watkins v Jamie Cureton. Greville Waterman looks at some previous clashes with Wigan through the lens of two significant performances


“I want to be a leader in the team. I'm at the heart of the backline and see the game in front of me.”

12 Months: Chris Mepham reflects on a 12-month period that has seen him progress from B Team football to the international scene


“I felt so proud to have got to a professional football club where I felt at home.”

Griffin Park Greats: From a club in crisis to the 1971 cup run, Alan Nelmes speaks to David Lane about his time at Griffin Park


Big Book of Griffin Park: A Royal visit. We head back to September 1905 for Reading’s first trip to Griffin Park


“It was a bunch of down-to-earth boys who worked their socks off for the badge and for each other.”

History Boys: 2008/09 Uncovered: Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Marcus Bean is next up in our 2008/09 series


“Forget that gumph about ‘if there’s a one in the year’. For me, Tottenham Hotspur making the cup final was less about their prospects of winning and more a chance to celebrate his and Dave’s musical genius.”

Park Life: Nick Bruzon’s tribute to Chas Hodges, a man who “transcended club boundaries”


“Everyone is so close together in training and when we leave Jersey Road. Every day you come into work in an enjoyable atmosphere, and that’s great to be a part of. It makes all the difference.”

Brentford B: Loanee Charlie Oliver talks us through his daily routine at Jersey Road


You’re the Boss: Set up in an attacking 4-3-3 formation, there’s a La Liga flavour to Lewis Macleod’s all-time XI


“The ability to score from a dead ball situation can be the difference between success and defeat, promotion and relegation.”

Last Word: All aboard the love train. Ben Burgess closes issue 07 by discussing the importance of set-pieces


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