[size=large]A reminder - FA Cup FIFTH ROUND[/size]


12:45 West Brom - West Ham

15:00 Blackburn - Stoke

15:00 Derby - Reading

17:30 Crystal Palace - Liverpool


12:30 Aston Villa - Leicester

14:30 Bradford - Sunderland

16:00 Arsenal - Middlesbrough


19:45 Preston - Manchester Utd

Who sees an upset amongst those??!
Bradford to beat the Mackems on a pitch akin to ours.
Bradford at it again, there pitch matches ares if a little better
I'm obviously a happy boy this weekend, only the 5th time ever we've got to the quarter-finals!
PNE v Man Utd is live on TV over here tomorrow. A rare football treat where I actually have some interest in the outcome.
daib0 wrote:

I'm obviously a happy boy this weekend, only the 5th time ever we've got to the quarter-finals!

Congrats Daib0, hope you go all the way.
Not sure if I can face watching PNE on the telly infront of a packed Deepdale
CheshireSeasider wrote:

Congrats Daib0, hope you go all the way.

Daib0 always goes all the way :)
Qblock87 wrote:

Bradford to beat the Mackems on a pitch akin to ours.


The Guru strikes again
I'm excited!

1927 - the last and only time Reading have won an FA Cup quarter-final, beating Swansea 3-1.

Best of luck daibo against the six fingered,web toed Dingle sheep shaggers*

*nothing personal QBlock :D
Plumbs wrote:

Best of luck daibo against the six fingered,web toed Dingle sheep shaggers*

*nothing personal QBlock :D

Reading are playing Leeds?
3-0!! Wembley beckons!

a real up-and-down rollercoaster with Reading ... and is what makes it so fascinating being a Reading fan !
Nice One

Hate Bradford

never forget
Well done the royals!
Great stuff for our loyal royal buddy daibo. Arsenal next ... you'll piss it.
GynnSquarePhoenix wrote:

Great stuff for our loyal royal buddy daibo. Arsenal next ... you'll piss it.

Arsenal v Reading

Arsenal wins // Draws // Reading wins

League 6 0 0

League Cup 3 0 0

FA Cup 3 0 0

Total 12 0 0

Are you flying home for this daib0? Not often one gets to go to Wembley.
I'd love to, but can't promise (family, job, € crisis etc) ...
Surely RR could set up a "get daib0 to Wembley fund"? I'd chip in 50p ;)
Cheesyleps wrote:

Surely RR could set up a "get daib0 to Wembley fund"? I'd chip in 50p ;)

Be a struggle it's quieter than the new AVFTT on there
RR is unpredictable; sometimes quiet, sometimes mad by turns. The Bradford MT (match + replay) has 54 pages and some 540 replies.

But true that we're on the worst league season in a decade, so that obviously affects contributions ... 114 posts today so far.
Semis - now we are looking at Wembley!!


Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley Park, London, England, which opened in 2007 on the site of the earlier Wembley Stadium which was demolished in 2003. The stadium hosts major football matches including the FA Cup Final and home matches of the England national football team. Wembley Stadium is a UEFA category four stadium. With 90,000 seats it is the second largest stadium in Europe and the largest stadium in the United Kingdom. It is owned by The Football Association through their subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL). Designed by HOK Sport and Foster and Partners, it includes a partially retractable roof and the 134-metre-high (440 ft) Wembley Arch. The stadium was built by Australian firm Multiplex at a cost of £798 million.

In addition to the FA Cup Final, the stadium hosts the season-opening FA Community Shield, the League Cup Final, the Football League Trophy and the Football League play-offs. It hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, the Gold medal matches at the 2012 Olympic Games football tournament, and will host both the semi-finals and final of UEFA Euro 2020. The stadium also hosts the rugby league Challenge Cup Final, the NFL International Series and music concerts.


Amazing Stadium Stats & Anecdotes

** The stadium contains 2,618 toilets, more than any other venue in the world.

** The stadium has a circumference of 1 km (0.62 mi).

** The bowl volume is listed at 1,139,100 m3, somewhat smaller than the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, but with a greater seating capacity.

** At its peak, there were more than 3,500 construction workers on site.

** 4,000 separate piles form the foundations of the new stadium, the deepest of which is 35 m (115 ft).

** There are 56 km (35 mi) of heavy-duty power cables in the stadium.

** 90,000 m3 (120,000 yd3) of concrete and 23,000 tonnes (25,000 short tons) of steel were used in the construction of the new stadium.

** The total length of the escalators is 400 m (¼ mi).

** The Wembley Arch has a cross-sectional diameter greater than that of a cross-channel Eurostar train.

** The new pitch is 13 ft (4.0 m) lower than the previous pitch. The pitch size, as lined for association football, is 115 yd (105 m) long by 75 yd (69 m) wide, slightly narrower than the old Wembley, as required by the UEFA stadium categories for a category four stadium, the top category.

** The stadium roof has an area of 40,000 m2, of which 13,722 m2 is movable.

** The stadium roof rises to 52 metres above the pitch and is supported by an arch rising 133 metres above the level of the external concourse. With a span of 315 metres, the arch is the longest single span roof structure in the world.


I've had this feeling for a while that Liverpool will reach the final. A great deal will be made by fans and media about a fairytale ending for Steven gerrard and Liverpool will lose. Possibly with gerrard culpable in some way for the defeat (missed penalty etc).

Some players are just destined for fairytale endings. Gerrard career (other than a short period in the mid noughties) is really defined by missed opportunities. Not leaving Liverpool for a more successful club, failure to ever win the league etc. It has been borne out in the last year or so as his career winds down. From the slip that cost Liverpool a first title in 23 years, to his final major contribution as England skipper being an assist for Luis Suarez (whilst captaining his country to their worst ever world cup showing) to the red card against United.

Just got that feeling.
Hope you're right
[size=x-small]Get Reading[/size]

[size=large]Winger Jerry Williams remembers 1987[/size]

Reading FC in the FA Cup: Winger Jerry Williams remembers 1987 the last time the Royals met Arsenal in the cup

Reading FC Former Players Association spoke to Jerry Williams, the star man for Royals against Arsenal 28 years ago

One member of the crowd at Wembley on Saturday will be one of the stars of the Reading FC's last FA Cup tie against the Arsenal. Jerry Williams played a blinder on the right side of midfield for Reading at Elm park against Arsenal on a freezing Saturday in January 1987. He made such an impact on Gunners’ England defender Kenny Sansom that the Arsenal man mentioned it in his autobiography.

Despite losing third round tie 3-1, the match was the highlight of an otherwise uneventful Second Division season for Reading who ended 13th. As well as Sansom, George Graham’s side that day included Viv Anderson, David O’Leary, Tony Adams, David Rocastle, Niall Quinn, Charlie Nicholas and Graham Rix.

Williams said: “It was a high profile game, playing Arsenal and playing against an England full back. It doesn’t get much bigger than that.”

The match came in a season which was not unlike the current one - struggling in the league while the cup was the highlight. On the day, Charlie Nicholas put Arsenal ahead after 20 minutes, only for Trevor Senior to equalise two minutes later from a Williams cross. After 36 minutes a Hayes penalty put Arsenal ahead again and Nicholas made it 3-1 after 52 minutes when the Reading defence froze following a cross by Hayes. But Wiliams said the disappointment of defeat meant the game, although high profile – was not his most memorable.

“There are other games that stick out in my mind when we’ve won,” he said. “But even today older Reading fans come up to me and say ‘I remember you gave Kenny Sansom the runaround’ which is nice.”

Williams went on: “There are similarities with this game - Arsenal were a class outfit then too. Reading fans might think they’ve got no chance and you can’t see them beating Arsenal. But even with a manager like Arsene Wenger they will know they are expected to win and that brings a pressure in its own way. Whatever he says they will know they should beat Reading but as you know, in football there’s no given. Reading have nothing to lose and everything to play for. You never never know. Over the years there have been shocks. You can’t see it happening but that’s football.”

Williams played many different positions in over 300 games for Reading . After leaving the club he had spells at Gillingham and Aldershot before retiring and retraining as a financial advisor, nowadays specialising in mortgages and insurance. Didcot-based Williams, now 55, will be guest of friends at Scottish & Newcastle brewery in corporate hospitality on Saturday.

Despite what he called Arsenal’s ‘beautiful’ football he said the Gunners have a weakness Reading could exploit. “There is a chink at the back and it will be interesting to see how Reading approach the game.”

He believes Reading are currently underperforming in the league and hopes boss Steve Clarke will get the chance to sort out his squad at the end of the season. He added: “I always say managers take too much credit when things go well and take too much stick when things go badly. Ultimately the players have to take responsibility.”


Reading v Arsenal 10th Jan 1987 FACUP 3rd RD


Reading 1-3 Arsenal, FA Cup third round match at Elm Park, Saturday 10th January 1987. Crowd of 16,822 paid club record receipts of 70,000 pounds. Pictured. Trevor Senior of Reading celebrates after scoring consolation goal.

One from history!

This pic from the 1923 FA Cup final at Wembley, (the one with the white horse) is great!

Best of luck, Daib0.

Wish I could summon up the interest to watch
sudds green wrote:

Best of luck, Daib0.

Wish I could summon up the interest to watch

cheers there. not expecting it, but you never know. Our U21s have just beaten the Arsenal U21s at the Emirates this evening!!