In 2013 both TTE and Charles Watts were trying something new. Here at the site, we’d just launched a brand new podcast, while Charles was stepping into the shoes of Jonny Fordham at Get Reading/Reading Post. Four years later and all good things have to come to an end. After appearing on close to 100 shows, Charles moved to cover Arsenal in January but we couldn’t let him go without one final appearance to bring us his memories of covering the club, plus what he thinks may lay ahead.

So thanks to Charles for all the support and good times. While he’s moved on The Podcast Extra will return with a new co-host, so stay tuned for details of that in the next few weeks.

 

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While the main show continues to enjoy its summer holiday, Wimb returns to bring you a special interview with the man behind the microphone on matchdays, Reading's PA announcer Daren Bavister aka 'DJ MegaParty'. Recorded back in January, Daren talks us through how he got into announcing, how he ended up at Reading plus how he responded to some strong criticism after his first few weeks on the job.

Following that interview, there's a quick roundup of some of the key stories around the club over the past few weeks, including Wimb's thoughts on new deals for Jaap Stam and Chris Gunter, Danny Williams departure plus a possible exit for Ali Al-Habsi.

We'll be back in a few weeks time with a full season preview but in the mean time thanks for listening and a big thanks to those who continue to support the show at Patreon.com/thetilehurstend.

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So there's no promotion party to celebrate on our final show of the year but The Tilehurst End Podcast is back for one last time before our summer break, to look back on the highs and lows of 2016/17.

Wimb, Marc & Westy give their reflections on the Wembley experience, look at how we got there and what we need to do to go one better next season.

We've also got a round up of all the key post-season news so far, including takeover thoughts, plus we look at what might be next for Jaap Stam, Danny Williams and others.

All of that plus your questions answered in the mailbag for our final show of the campaign.

If you'd like to help support the show financially please visit http://www.patreon.com/thetilehurstend for more information. Or if you'd like to make a one-off donation, drop us an email to thetilehurstend@gmail.com.

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Wimb & Will went on Facebook Live to give their initial, still very raw reactions from a heartbreaking afternoon at Wembley for Reading.

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What better place to record our final podcast before Wembley than in the Madejski Stadium TV studio, as our chums at Carabao help provide a fitting backdrop for a pretty darn happy Tilehurst End Podcast crew. We'll look ahead to Reading's play-off final with Huddersfield as well as the key moments that got us there over two legs with Fulham.

We break down the tactics, talking points, selection issues and much more plus answer your questions in the mailbag and update you on a couple of other Royals involved in Wembley action.

There's also thoughts on the Reading takeover plus we pay tribute to some loyal Royals that we've sadly lost over the past few weeks.

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WE'RE GOING TO WEMBLEY!

Here's the audio highlights from our Facebook live recorded just an hour after full-time as Reading booked their place in the play-off final with a 1-0 win over Fulham. 

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Wimb and Marc break with tradition and take to YouTube to discuss Reading's 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage in the first leg of the play-off semi-final. We look at Jaap's tactics, questions on timewasting, a potential handball by Danny Williams and what went wrong for Fulham's equaliser. All that plus a look at Paul McShane's red card, Jordan Obita's injury and what they could mean for the second leg.

All that plus we respond to live feedback and the traditional mailbag.

We'll be back with a full, traditional show following the return leg. In the meantime the full video will be available tomorrow morning via our YouTube channel.

As always we continue to be humbled by your generosity in continuing to support the show financially. Just this week your money has paid for two lovely new sets of headphones to replace some that had seen us through 60 odd shows, and paid for a couple of licenses to help produce the video content you're hopefully enjoying on our YouTube channel. Please visit http://www.patreon.com/thetilehurstend for more information. Or if you'd like to make a one-off donation, drop us an email to thetilehurstend@gmail.com.

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Wimb, Marc and Handbags return to wrap up the regular season of the Championship as Reading end their campaign in style at Burton. Yet it's Fulham and the play-offs who provide the big talking point as we cover team selection, tactics, Fulham's main threats and much, much more.

We also take time to look into whether the Royalty Points system needs a tweak after a rapid sell-out plus field your questions in our mailbag.

As always we continue to be humbled by your generosity in continuing to support the show financially. Just this week your money has paid for two lovely new sets of headphones to replace some that had seen us through 60 odd shows, and paid for a couple of licenses to help produce the video content you're hopefully enjoying on our YouTube channel. Please visit http://www.patreon.com/thetilehurstend for more information. Or if you'd like to make a one-off donation, drop us an email to thetilehurstend@gmail.com.

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The Podcast Extra makes a triumphant return as once again an expert sits down with TTE to thrash out the latest news around the club, and this week Marc talks to Reading Councillor Ashley Pearce to get to grips with Royal Elm Park.

After approval was awarded by the council to the club regarding the £500m development that will surround the Madejski Stadium, we put our concerns out in the form of 11 Questions To Ponder, and as a member of the planning committee overseeing the project, Ashley was kind enough to come on for a chat.

Covered in our conversation was the history of Royal Elm Park and the Mad Stad site, the speedway track, the housing and ice rink being built, the Green Park railway station plans, and much more.

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Wimb rounds up some of the key headlines from the past few days including an injury update ahead of the Burton game and news of an award for Yann Kermorgant.

Then from audio taken from our YouTube channel, you can hear this week's Pubchat Extra. This week, after Huddersfield were investigated by the EFL for fielding a much changed side against Birmingham, Wimb, Marc & Becka debate whether there was any case to answer in the first place and what might be done to clear up the issue.

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