New Website

I'm currently working on a replacement site for 'The Biscuitmen', which will take a bit of time but I'm very pleased with the way it's looking so far. The new project will be far more streamlined and modern looking, plus there will be a few sister sites. A couple of these are already online: The Biscuitmen Team Groups and Biscuitmen Originals: Virtual Cards. The main site will be ready in a few weeks so watch this space! 


1986-87 Team Photo

The team from 1986-87 includes midfielder Terry Hurlock, who really was the proverbial brick outhouse. I've seen him described as the 'anti-Leo Sayer', but my favourite story about him is told by former teammate Tony Cascarino: "Some of us (Millwall players) were playfully goading Terry about what he was going to do to Vinnie Jones in the upcoming fixture with Wimbledon. Without saying a word, he got up from the table and walked to the entrance of the pub and ripped the door off it's hinges."



2003-04 Team Photo

Having lost in the Division One play-offs to Wolves the previous season, Royals manger Alan Pardew quit shortly into the new campaign to take charge of West Ham. His decision upset many Reading fans, but there is no doubt he did a fantastic job, which was carried on to great effect by the new boss Steve Coppell. I'm grateful to Royals fan Richard Prior, who gave me a large batch of programmes including several pre-season friendlies. One of these single-sheet issues folds out into this nice poster. 



2009-10 Newspaper Supplement

I've been trying to fill the gaps in the newspaper pull-outs I've got so have made a few appeals on social media sites. In just the last week or so Royals fans Clive Tipton and Michael Earley have kindly donated a variety of RFC collectables (at least they are to me!) If you have anything spare you no longer want I would happily collect in the Reading area and give you nice mention here! 



Robin Friday Book

The 1970s is the era of the classic football maverick, and Robin Friday perfectly fits that category. As a lower league player at the time he was not widely known beyond Reading and Cardiff fans, who adored him, but since his early death in 1990 his fame (and infamy) has soared. He is the subject of the best selling book 'The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw', has had numerous articles written about him, and for many years there has even been talk of a Hollywood movie. Reading fan and author Roger Titford explores how someone who never appeared in the top-flight now has a more famous name than most top players of his day.



Video Slideshow 

A slideshow of the 1913 Italian tour I've put together using old style movie effects, and I think it works quite nicely!



1913 Newspaper Photos

A wonderful set of photos, published in 'Lettura Sportiva', from our famous win against Italy. Reading were billed as 'one of the top British teams' - maybe not strictly true, but at that time the club had built a well earned reputation as cup fighters. The middle photo I'm pretty sure shows Joe Bailey taking a shot, with Allen Foster to the left. Bottom left is skipper Jack Smith, and these have been added to the Gallery of the club's Italian tour here. My thanks go to Ivano Michetti, who kindly sent me the photos.



1949-50 Photo

This postcard sized photo features two of Reading's greatest centre forwards - Tony MacPhee and Ronnie Blackman. The latter is our record league scorer (behind just Trevor Senior overall), though Macphee would undoubtebly hold that honour had official football not been suspended due to war. 



1911-12 Newspaper Photo

Another terrific team photo I found in the pages of the 'Chronicle' from 1932, showing the players and staff (in a marvelous array of hats) from 20 years before that. Interesting to note the misspelt first name of Allen Foster (recorded as Alan), one of those errors that is repeated for years after. 1911-12 was a great season for Reading; having won promotion back to the Southern League First Division, the Biscuit boys were involved in some exciting cup ties which secured the future of a club that had been in dire financial straits. Foster can be seen front centre.



1981-82 Press Photo

Three points were awarded for a win rather than two from the beginning of this season in an effort to encourage more attacking football, and the Royals started in fine style by taking 15 points from their first six games, briefly topping the Division Three table. They soon tailed off, however, and finished mid-table, with future England stars Neil Webb and Kerry Dixon topping the scoring charts. 18-year-old local lad Webb went on to star for Man Utd, whilst Dixon was a prolific striker who later joined Chelsea. I recently picked up this superb original press photo, which is a great addition to the Team Groups collection.