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Reading is a large town in the county of Berkshire, located in south east England. Despite its spelling, Berkshire is actually pronounced Bark-sheer. Originally, it was pronounced Berk-sheer, until people realized that "berk" is slang for a stupid person.


In the 8th Century, Reading was important because it had some sort of Abbey. The Abbott (a bit like a pope) of the Abbey was accused of treason, so Henry VIII had him hung, drawn, and quartered. History would show that Henry VIII's solution to most problems, marital or otherwise, was executing someone. The town was seriously impacted by the English Civil War, at which the Cavaliers lost. The Roundheads were winners and executed King Charles I.




Today Reading is a commercial centre, it also hosts the self-named Reading Festival, Reading FC and The Reading Half Marathon. It also hosts the London Irish Rugby Union team, despite the fact that Reading is neither in London nor Ireland.


Since 1971, Reading has been hosting the surprisingly named Reading Festival. A much better festival is the Reading Beer Festival, although that only began in 1994. There used to be a theatre on Friar Street but it was destroyed in a fire, probably by arsonists. Instead, they have a rarely used concert hall and two theatre venues.


One of these is The Hexagon. As the name suggests, the bird's-eye view of the Hexagon looks like a hexagon. That’s all very well-and-good for birds but the average vagabond’s eye view of the Hexagon looks like an ordinary brick wall. The Hexagon was designed for multiple uses, from performances to snooker tournaments to boxing.


Originally, The Hexagon had an electronically assisted reverberation system, which was impressive because it sounded complicated. In reality it was rubbish, and so they got rid of it. Everyone thought that the building would be acoustically superior, but then the scientists came along and proved that the acoustics are actually very poor.




Reading FC is the main football club in the area, and it plays in Championship. Their nickname is The Royals, because the Queen secretly plays for them. Back in the day, the team were known as The Biscuitmen, simply because they really liked biscuits.


The Club used to play at Elm Park before moving to a new stadium, the name of which is almost impossible to pronounce, but sounds a bit like Mad-Jet-Ski. The team was founded following a community meeting held in the public toilets. Before that, they played at the creatively named Reading Recreation Ground, but after several players got tangled up in the swings, they moved to purpose-built Elm Park.


Reading are also known as Waitrose Wanderers and are also a poetry reading club, located in various libraries.




Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading.
Kick Off: Saturday, 23rd of January at 15:00


Matchday Apparel: £5 Everlast Jacket.


Matchday Drink: Beer again.


Matchday Pie: Pizza.


Matchday Song: Satisfaction by John Holt…





Reading could hand debuts to Manchester City loan midfielder George Evans and ex-Bournemouth forward Yann Kermorgant. Garath McCleary is rated 50/50 after a midweek hamstring injury but Jordan Obita may return after a knee injury.


Wednesday have Joe Bennett, newly arrived on loan from Aston Villa, and Gary Hooper, signed from Norwich after a loan spell, in the squad. Goalkeepers Keiren Westwood (muscle strain) and Joe Wildsmith (back) are doubts so Lewis Price is on standby.


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• Reading have won five of their last six league contests at home with the Owls, losing the other.


• Gary Hooper has been directly involved in four goals in four appearances against Reading (three goals, one assist).


• Only Hull (321) have had more attempts on goal this season than the Royals (311, excluding blocked).


• Sheffield Wednesday are looking to win four successive league games for the first time since April 2012, when they were in League One. They have not done it in the second tier since April 2007 (a run of five matches).


• Oliver Norwood has created more chances for Reading than any other player (59).


• Gary Hooper has the best minutes per goal rate of any Championship player to have scored more than five times, netting every 112 minutes.





“We must analyse the process, why we are winning, why we are scoring goals and try to improve the team. All the time we are trying to improve the team. It is my expectation that with the time this week, with calm, we can improve little things that we are missing.


In this moment, with the rest and work we have done with the players, we believe they can go to the game on Saturday in a better position both collectively and individually than the last game. Even in the last game, we played a good game but we can do even better, he said. We know we can play better.


We have had a good period this week to work with the team. When we have this time to prepare the team, the answer is always good.”


My prediction: 3 - 0 for us. Hooper hat trick. Oooooooh!




Giant Shadow Llama is back!



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Guest minsk owl

McDermott pic )))))


Won't be a walk in the park, this one ........  but we'll come through it,  0-2,  another brace for Hooper







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Sorry pauli hit wrong button.


You scoundrel!


Lovely OMDT though if not loveliest ever.


I'm fed up of Reading. Want to do OMDTs about Chelski, the Manchesters and those lovable rogues over on Merseyside instead.

Get me promotion Mr Carvalhal.

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Great OMDT Pauli. No prediction from me (you may have noticed we've done rather well since I stopped trying to be a smartarse!) don't want to jinx things.


C'mon Wednesday today is Hooperday!


Oh and before any of us forget:


He looks like an egg, he looks like an egg!

Brian McDermott he looks like an egg!

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Great OMDT again Pauli!

I have consulted with my demonic puppies!

I gave they a few minutes after consulting their evil overlord giant shadow llama,

the leader "patch" (didn't name her blame the missus) has decided we will win by 8!!!

He's the photographic proof



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Applause to all our fans making the trip. We have the edge but they have the same number in their team as we have in ours.


Our task is to make sure that lady luck doesn't turn against us. The harder we work the luckier we get.




Nice one Pauli.

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I was a little concerned about this one but everything's fine now thanks Pauli.

Baaahhh who'm I kidding. We'll smash them like guitars. Owls bandwagon departing for Reading shortly. Be on it! We are going places lads and lasses.

Morning all. Hope you're keeping well. Play up you Wednesday boys.

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