The 2020-21 season did not begin with intrepid fans chuntering up the hill to the Madejski Stadium filled with the boisterous optimism of a new football season. Instead, we sat huddled around our laptops and televisions, desperate for an escape from the outside world. Cause for optimism was in short supply but Veljko Paunovic’s Reading FC delivered from the off, a ray of glorious sunshine from the dark clouds that hung over us all. Suddenly the fans had a team to adore, to enjoy, and to be proud of once again. All season long we tuned in, eager for another glimpse into our footballing dreamland. Alas, just as spring had sprung, Reading’s season died down into familiar, sullen, reality. What we are left with is not an exhilarating play-off period, or the ecstasy of a promotion parade, but the elegant calm of reflection, on a season that charmed, churned and captivated us, when we needed football the most.

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Show Order

Recap - 03:12

Mailbag - 48:54

Newsbites - 1:05:41

Big Match Preview - 1:10:54

It was the first chance for Reading FC to show that their plunge out of the play-off zone was all due to the pressure of the big occasion, but Veljko Paunovic’s men fell to a 4-1 defeat at Norwich as even seventh place began to slip away.

To review the penultimate game of the season, Marc Mayo is joined by Simeon Pickup for Tilehurst End Podcast Episode 263. After the Recap, a couple of Mailbag questions were on the agenda before an award for Michael Olise in Newsbites and one last time around the maypole in Big Match Preview.

Sponsored by ZCZ Films, The Tilehurst End Podcast can be taken in via PodBeanSpotify, Acast, YouTube 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 - 02:21

Mailbag - 11:20

Newsbites - 23:30

Big Match Preview - 29:35

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