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Two years on, what has changed on the scenic route to the Madejski Stadium?

Sustrans signpost on Waterloo Meadows

Reading were at home to Sheffield Wednesday for their first game of the 2018/19 season. It was a fine day, so we decided to see what had changed since 2017 on the scenic cross-country route from the Whitley Pump to the Madejski Stadium.

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29 December – Reading’s last game of 2018

Shepherd’s Bush Green War Memorial

The last Saturday of the year and Reading‘s last game of 2018 is away against Queen’s Park Rangers.

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22 December – Reading FC’s last home game of the year

Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge (2004)

Reading play their last home game of 2018 today. Their opponents are Middlesbrough who are sixth in the Championship table.

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The scenic route from the Whitley Pump to the Madejski Stadium

There is an nearly traffic-free route from the Whitley Pump to the Madejski Stadium. It is a timeless and almost secret world of ancient paths beside rivers and streams and through the meadows of south Reading.

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Lawrie Sanchez, from Whitley to Wembley and beyond

(Photo courtesy of Lawrie Sanchez).

Whitley raised sporting legend Lawrie Sanchez has had the most amazingly varied life and career, including some great highs. He has appeared on University Challenge, scored a winning goal in a cup final, run a successful Reading bar and nightspot, been the first to be sent off for committing a professional foul, got a university degree, cycled to Amsterdam, walked the Namibian Desert, steered Northern Ireland football to their most successful period (until recent success), raised Wycombe from the doldrums to football league success and a cup semi-final, managed a team in the Greek Premier league and even helped relegate Swindon!

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Hay nay, brayn cay

Since my last article on the Reading (Reddin) accent, locals have been sending me more musings on the subject, including local words and phrases.

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Royal Elm Park under discussion on 26 April

Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) planning applications committee will discuss the Royal Elm Park development on 26 April. Public consultation on this development near the Madejski Stadium started in October 2015.

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Planning application 161186 : Parking for Reading FC on Bennet Road

19 Bennet Road

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Suggest a name for the Reading FC beer!

West Berkshire brewery tent at Madejski Stadium, May 2014

West Berkshire brewery tent at Madejski Stadium, May 2014

West Berkshire Brewery are brewing a beer especially for Reading FC and the club is asking for suggestions to name the brew.

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Brian McDermott seen on Whitley Street

Brian McDermott in April 2006 (above the 'S' in Champions)

Brian McDermott in April 2006 (above the ‘S’ in Champions)

New old Reading manager Brian McDermott has been spotted a couple of times in the past on Whitley Street.

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Planning application 151977 : Royal Elm Park Scoping Opinion

Madejski Stadium
Shooters Way
Reading RG2 0FL

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Madejski Stadium – Royal Elm Park Public Consultation Begins

Millenium Madejski Hotel

On Thursday 15 October, the first of four public consultations on plans for future developments around the Madejski Stadium took place at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre. The development is to be called Royal Elm Park.

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