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'The pathway for our youth'

28 March 2014

Don't miss this weekend's issue of 'The Royal'!

Do you remember when you hadn't heard of Hal Robson-Kanu? Perhaps you can recall not knowing much about Jem Karacan's star qualities. And, way back when, there was a time when you didn't know what to expect from the games of Alex McCarthy, Alex Pearce or even Shane Long and Gylfi Sigurdsson!

19-year-old forward Craig Tanner was on the bench on Tuesday night and Nigel Adkins has already named a number of other youngsters amongst his matchday squad so far this season - 'The Royal' speaks to Niall Keown, Pierce Sweeney, Sean Long and Aaron Tshibola, as well as Academy Manager Eamonn Dolan and under-21s coaches Martin Kuhl and Lee Herron, about the 'pathway' that is open to our young players at Reading Football Club.

So this weekend's programme is not one to miss! The 15-page showcase feature is a fascinating read all about the bright future of Reading Football Club and the mantra that our Category One Academy instils in our up and coming players. With an FA Youth Cup semi-final and a Barclays Under-21 Premier League Cup Final on the horizon, it is a great time to take a look at some of the youngsters who might just be on the brink of becoming first team heroes.

In this weekend's edition, we also speak exclusively to Danny Guthrie on his previous play-off experience, the frustration of suspension at such a crucial time of the campaign, and how we hope to turn our home form around very quickly.

The manager calls for us to "drive each other on" to make amends for Tuesday night's defeat, while the captain explains how the players have approached the last couple of days in training with a determination to right the wrongs of the Barnsley game.

We take a look at the twists and turns that might lie ahead and the run-in for the teams chasing a top six spot - and we also take a glimpse at Leicester City's assault on our 106 point record.

The programme is still only £3, remains perfect bound, 84 pages long and jam-packed with content. You can buy your copy from one of our two programme pods at the ground, from our sellers dotted around the stadium concourses, from the megastore and the Ticket Office - and if you miss a copy you can even buy your issue online at

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