We’re into the home straight in the Championship following the international break, and first up for Reading is a tricky game against in-form Preston North End. Olly Allen and, for the final time, the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker have all the pre-match chat, including some significant team news and the impact that Birmingham City’s points deduction may have on the relegation battle. We’re also joined by Preston fan and host of the Championship Round Table podcast James Vickers to get the lowdown on the Lancashire side.

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Preston North End Preview - 3:16

View From The Town End - 10:43

Team News & Preferred Line-Ups - 26:05

You can’t say we don’t treat you here on The Tilehurst End, as after bringing you an exclusive chat with Jose Gomes last week, our interview with former Reading striker Yann Kermorgant is now available to download and listen to as well.

In his first English interview since leaving the Royals, Kermorgant discusses his two and a half year spell at the Madejski Stadium - including why he moved to Berkshire in January 2016, what it was like playing under Jaap Stam, how it went so wrong in 2017/18 and why he didn’t get along with Paul Clement. We also find out what he’s up to back home in France having left professional football behind.

Jose Gomes may have only become Reading FC manager in December but he’s already made a big impact on the club and its fans, speaking of galvanising the Royals and showing passion at the right moments.

His football upbringing is as wide and varied as any modern football coach, and The Tilehurst End enjoyed almost an hour in the Portuguese tactician’s company to discuss his childhood years watching Porto, a spell in the army, entering full-time coaching, travelling the world in the dugout, and much more.

Listen in for thoroughly engaging anecdotes on his first steps in Portugal - where he once barbecued an old contract as he left a club, to Hungary - where he couldn’t speak to his club’s owner due to the language barrier, to Saudi Arabia - where he was sacked for picking his own team, and to Reading.

Gomes also gives his insight on his tactical outlook, how to stop conceding goals in the last few minutes, and the Royals' academy.

The Tilehurst End Podcast can be taken in via PodBeanYouTube or iTunes. Furthermore, thanks to all listeners who continue to pledge to our Patreon campaign.

Listeners can always get in touch with the podcast via our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as our email, thetilehurstend@gmail.com, with thoughts on the show, opinions on the team, and potential topics to sink our teeth into always welcome.

Reading FC celebrated 25 key components of its history on Sunday night with STAR’s latest Hall of Fame event. The Tilehurst End was there and, aside from peddling mugs, caught up with three former Royals as they entered the honours board.

Nicky Shorey, Keith McPherson and Steve Richardson all drop by in Episode 189 with Marc Mayo and Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup discussing the Leeds and Stoke games in Recap, answering your questions in Mailbag, and looking ahead to the next few weeks in Any Other Business.

The Tilehurst End Podcast can be taken in via PodBeanYouTube or iTunes. Furthermore, thanks to all listeners who continue to pledge to our Patreon campaign.

Listeners can always get in touch with the podcast via our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as our email, thetilehurstend@gmail.com, with thoughts on the show, opinions on the team, and potential topics to sink our teeth into always welcome.

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Recap - 02:20

Pubchat Player Interviews - 12:31

Mailbag - 19:15

Any Other Business - 22:09

Reading will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat to Leeds when they travel to Stoke City on Saturday - the Potters being the lowest ranked side that we have left to play. With that in mind, in our Weekend Preview podcast, Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker discuss the Royals’ chances at the bet365 Stadium, the role that academy players could play and how to solve the seemingly never-ending midfield issue. As always, we also get the opposition view, and this week we’re joined by Stoke fan David Cowlishaw from the Wizards of Drivel podcast.

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Stoke City Preview - 5:25

View From The Town End - 11:31

Team News & Preferred Line-Ups - 23:05

Reading FC were on course for a thoroughly damaging defeat at home to Wigan on Saturday when Mo Barrow and Yakou Meite stepped up to deliver three crucial points in the relegation battle.

Rising up two places, the Royals faced questions over their performance amid the jubilation. Marc Mayo and Olly Allen are here to work through the spoils for episode 188 of The Tilehurst End podcast in a slightly brief show due to various time constraints on recording. We still have time for your questions in Mailbag and a preview of Tuesday’s game against Leeds.

The Tilehurst End Podcast can be taken in via PodBeanYouTube or iTunes. Furthermore, thanks to all listeners who continue to pledge to our Patreon campaign.

Listeners can always get in touch with the podcast via our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as our email, thetilehurstend@gmail.com, with thoughts on the show, opinions on the team, and potential topics to sink our teeth into always welcome.

Show Order

Recap - 01:25

Mailbag - 20:08

Leeds Preview - 26:22

After last weekend’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Ipswich, Olly Allen and the Wokingham Paper’s Tom Crocker discuss Reading’s chances of finally securing back to back wins as they prepare to host Wigan this Saturday (the Royals hosting that is, not Olly and Tom!). The pair also have all the latest team news and stats ahead of the fixture, whilst Wigan fans Simon Gregory and Adam Pendlebury from the Progress With Unity podcast provide the opposition view.

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Wigan Athletic Preview - 0:50

View From The Town End - 9:26

Team News & Preferred Line-Ups - 22:28

Mo Barrow’s 90th minute winner meant the shoe was very much on the other foot for Reading FC this weekend as they effectively relegated Ipswich Town with a vital late goal.

The Tilehurst End podcast is back to chat all about the 2-1 victory at Portman Road with Marc Mayo and Simeon ‘BucksRoyal’ Pickup now having got their voice back from Saturday’s trip. Also on the agenda are your questions in the Mailbag, a preview of the huge clash at home to Wigan Athletic, and Newsbites where we update you on the other Royals teams, a controversial kit release, and TTE’s first meeting with Jose Gomes.

The Tilehurst End Podcast can be taken in via PodBeanYouTube or iTunes. Furthermore, thanks to all listeners who continue to pledge to our Patreon campaign.

Listeners can always get in touch with the podcast via our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as our email, thetilehurstend@gmail.com, with thoughts on the show, opinions on the team, and potential topics to sink our teeth into always welcome.

Show Order

Ipswich Recap - 01:51

Newsbites - 14:31

Mailbag - 26:49

Wigan Preview - 43:51