Wednesday, 18 May 2011

My Reading FC... well Kid's really!!

I've got to start by saying!!.... Bravo Mr Brian McDermott and the whole of the Reading fc squad for such an emotional performance last night!!

What am I going on about I hear some say...
So last night after a nail biting season and a frustrating first leg of the play-offs, Reading FC made the very exciting final and so entails a trip to Wembley in the next few weeks for Me and my brood... This morning saw Kid up and so Excited that he was watching the Reading FC Premiership Seasons DVD in his football shirt, singing away and when asked several times, refusing to take of his beloved shirt to get ready for school... He ended up going to school with it on... I thought his teachers could get him out of it save the arguments... In other words I wimped out lol.

We sadly couldn't go to the game as it was in Cardiff and it was a school night (and quite frankly we couldn't afford it). So we decided to entertain a few friends, who also weren't making the trip over the bridge and into Wales. We had decided to burn some meat on the BBQ and watch the game in comfort... and with a few beers... obviously. Bradders brought round a projector so we could watch it on the big screen which excited the boys and their need for gadgets.... OK I was quite excited too... It was pretty cool who needs the pub ay!! A few beers were consumed by the boys and a few fruit based cocktails were had by the girls... and most importantly Kid was allowed a coke even though it was 7.30pm, which is usually the time he is in bed... This amused him!! Kid stayed up late and sung and screamed his little heart out as he does. He proceeded to stuff a lot of food down his face and I am actually surprised he wasn't projectile vomiting with the excitement of the first amazing goal By Shane Long.

Kid is an avid Young Royal and he will be forever more I don't doubt. A season ticket holder for his 4th year running this will be his first trip to Wembley to see his beloved team battle for promotion. He is a huge fan of several of our players, Shane Long is his favourite at the moment though and when he scores you can see the excitement in his eyes... if the loud screaming and dancing doesn't give it away... which is so lovely/funny to see. I think this is his first ever role model and maybe even his first love lol and I am quite happy (and relieved) for it to be him and not someone random like Dappy from N-Dubz... But I am sure, if he was to see him score at Wembley, the home of football, it will no doubt be the moment of his life that he will cherish forever... No Pressure Shane!! He's met Shane plenty of times and we joke and say 'look Kid there's your mate Shane' and he loves having his pic taken with him whenever an opportunity appears. I do think that his Love of Shane Long has come from his 2nd cousin Alison, who from the moment he arrived at RFC has had a huge crush on him. Alison is also a huge Reading fan and is very passionate about the game and her team and very vocal about the fact that Girls watch football too!! She was brought up with her Dad (my uncle) taking regular trips to Elm Park and often taking her with him. She attends the games in which she can but often works on the concourse behind the bar so she can still be part of the action. She has spent years babysitting Kid on and off and is very influential to his Reading FC love.

I often get asked about the language involved in and around football and whether I think it's suitable for someone of Kid's age?.... My response is always the same... What is said and done at football STAYS at football!
Rhys knows that the words said at footy are wrong and that he mustn't repeat them outside of football. He knows that if he was to repeat anything said he wouldn't be able to attend football as a punishment. Football goes hand and hand with bad language and I feel this will never change so instead of fighting against it we have to embrace it and work around it. We are very clear on the rules about Kid going to football and Kid knows his boundaries. Boundaries are often stretched by children and as he gets in to his teens I am expecting him to try it on more and more... But let him try it I say, all kids need to experiment with pushing their boundaries it's natural and healthy BUT it is how the parent deals with it that makes the difference. I am quite strict with Kid and I believe the fact he is very well behaved in Public places and with other Adults is from his strict boundaries and being thrown in to Social situations from an early age. (basically I don't take no S**t!! lol). What are your opinions on Children at football???...

Anyway I have all my fingers and toes crossed awaiting our boys battle to join QPR in the new premiership campaign... but lets just say the fun and games of our trip to Wembley will make an excellent future post... Good Luck Boys...

To Be Continued.....







For those of you who have not had the pleasure of  Reading fc before here's a bit of history...
Reading Football Club was formed in 1871. The early matches were played at Reading Recreation Ground and other local venues before moving to Elm Park on 5th September 1896 and then to the Madejski Stadium in 1998. Reading spent several seasons back in Division Two (the former Division Three), after years of bouncing up the lower leagues, until the arrival of John Madejski as Chairman in 1990 and Mark_McGhee as manager soon afterwards revitalised the club. Under their leadership, Reading became committed to a policy of attractive, attacking football. Steady progress, including a flourishing Youth scheme and the introduction of several international players to the first team, led to the Royals becoming Division Two Champions in 1993-94. Reading thus became the only club to have won the Championships of the Second, Third, Third (South) and Fourth Divisions. Even the controversial resignation of Mark McGhee in December did little to halt the team's progress, as joint player-managers Mick Gooding and Jimmy Quinn led the side to an eventual second place, the highest ever achieved by Reading.

1998 saw Reading Football Club leaving Elm Park (its home for 102 years) and relocating to the Madejski Stadium, a splendid purpose-built, 25,000 all-seater ground where there is limitless opportunity for development and progress. The first season at Madejski Stadium was disappointing as the team failed to find any real consistency and finished tenth in Division Two, and after a poor start to the 1999/2000 season, manager Burns was sacked in September 1999. He was replaced on a caretaker basis by former reserve team boss Alan Pardew and the appointment was made permanent a month later. Pardew's first few months in charge were difficult as he made his imprint on a struggling team, and the Royals were in the relegation zone at Christmas. But between February and May the team produced championship form, winning 12 and drawing 4 of their closing 20 fixtures to secure a ten top finish. It had been a difficult season during which many changes were made, but one that left supporters in an optimistic frame of mind after a highly encouraging final three months. Pardew's side eventually had to settle for third place and the play-offs, where they were very unfortunate to lose 3-2 after extra time to Walsall in the Millennium Stadium final.
In the 2001/2 season, the Royals finally did return to Division One, securing the second automatic promotion spot on the season's closing afternoon. Promotion was achieved largely due to two separate runs of seven consecutive victories in November and January, the Club enjoyed an average home crowd of more than 14,000 - the highest figure for 50 years. 

The following campaign was another highly successful season as the Royals reached the play-offs in their first season back in Division One, before Wolves ended dreams of the Premiership in the Play-off semi-final. 
The Club was then dealt a blow in September 2003 when Pardew accepted West Ham United's offer to become new manager at Upton Park, and the board turned to former Crystal Palace, Brentford and Brighton boss Steve Coppell, who made a solid start to his reign by steering the club to a ninth-placed finish, just three points outside the play-offs. In 2004/5 the club continued to compete in the top half of the newly-named Championship, only missing out on the play-offs on the final day of the season. And in 2005/6, following the record £1million signing of Leroy Lita, Reading enjoyed a truly incredible season which stands out as the undoubted highlight of the club's 135-year history. A 2-1 opening day defeat at home to Plymouth Argyle showed little of what was to come as the Royals then went on a brilliant run, losing just one more league game and romping to the title with a record points total of 106 points. On their way they recorded 31 wins, 13 draws and just two defeats, scoring 99 goals and conceding just 32. Promotion to the top flight for the first time was assured with a 1-1 draw at Leicester City, with the title coming a week later thanks to a 5-0 triumph at home to Derby County. And, in fitting style, Sunderland's points total record was beaten on the final day of the campaign at a euphoric Madejski Stadium, when popular club skipper Graeme Murty converted a late penalty - his first goal in five years - to hand the Royals a 2-1 win at home to Queens Park Rangers.

The first Premiership season was equally as breathtaking, with the Royals finishing an incredible eighth, just one place below a UEFA Cup finish. Unfortunately that form could not be repeated in the next campaign as we were relegated on the final day of the season on goal difference. Steve Coppell then left a year later after an agonising play-off semi-final defeat to Burnley; Brendan Rodgers soon stepping in.
Rodgers remained in place until December of 2009, when Brian McDermott took over, initially on a temporary basis. McDermott led us to an historic FA Cup quarter final, including a sensational replay win away to Liverpool along the way, as well as a superb run of League form.

McDermott is still in great form and has recently lead us through in yet another FA Cup campaign and a successful League campaign seeing us 5th in the league and Playing Cardiff in the Play offs... After a frustrating 0-0 at home in the first leg of the play offs, Last night (17/05/11) we won an astonishing 3-0 to be flung to the Final at the home of football, Wembley.... TBC

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