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Pics from the previous 12 months

8 January 2020

Before 2019 disappears too far into the distance, let's take a trip down memory lane and look at some of our favourite snaps from the calendar year.

Like every year for Reading supporters, it had its ups and down.

But now's the time to reminisce about some of those out-of-your-seat kinds of moments which we experienced throughout the year...

5th January - Battling at Old Trafford

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What an experience for some of our Academy-grown players. Andy Rinomhota goes shoulder to shoulder with Romelu Lukaku - a match which ended 2-0 to Manchester United, but showed that the Royals could stand up to the challenge on a massive stage.

3rd March - Skipper celebrates a late winner

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Perhaps the plaudits should go to Norwich loanee Nélson Oliveira for scoring the opener against Ipswich, or to Mo Barrow for grabbing the 89th-minute winner. But no-one summed up what that win meant quite like skipper Liam Moore - pure passion etched on his face.

9th March - Limbs for a 97th-minute winner

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If the celebrations at Portman Road six days earlier were pretty wild, then the roof came off Madejski Stadium when Yakou Méïté struck late against Wigan. Mo Barrow had levelled late, before the Ivorian headed home in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

30th March - Mo mobbed

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Another March goal for Mo Barrow, netting an important effort in a 2-1 win over Preston North End as our home form continued to build at the back end of the 2018-19 campaign. Home fans and players share the elation.

10th April - Last-gasp heroics from Rinomhota

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The kind of match which had every twist and turn. The Royals had led for so long, and dug in to maintain the margin... before two quick Norwich goals had the hosts ahead at Carrow Road. A sucker punch. But Andy Rinomhota had other ideas and blasted in his first ever senior goal with practically the last kick of the match to rescue an amazing point.

22nd April - Awaiting the classifieds 

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A fantastic draw against high-flyers West Brom was followed by a nervous wait for the Royals players - Liam Moore and Andy Yiadom wait for the scorelines from around the country to drop in on the big screen. Celebrations ensued when results went our way - meaning Championship safety was practically safe before we went away to Middlesbrough.

29th April - Danny's bullet at Boro

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Another Academy graduate to get their first senior goal last season was Danny Loader - and it was a spectacular one too, as he rolled his marker and curled in a beautiful opener against Middlesbrough. The Royals forward made a beeline for the bench to embrace fellow youth-team product (and first-team colleague) Michael Olise.

5th May - A send-off for O'Shea

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A glittering career with a real fill of winners' medals for John O'Shea came to an end on the final day of 2018-19; as he made his way onto the pitch for his 803rd match, he was given an guard of honour by the Royals and Birmingham City players alike.

8th August - Rafael's penalty heroics

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Little did we know then that this was just the start of Rafael's heroics between the sticks. A couple of penalty shoot-out saves in front of the legions of Reading supporters, crammed into the away end at Adams Park, helped the Royals to the next round of the Carabao Cup.

18th August - The 'rifleman' downs Cardiff

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If you didn't know by now, George Pușcaș' surname translates as 'rifleman'. And after notching twice in a televised 3-0 win against Cardiff City, the Romanian's rifle celebration put teammate Andy Yiadom on his backside. Celebrations all round.

27th August - Away day antics in Plymouth

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It's a long old way down to the Westcountry on a midweek evening. But the hundreds of Royals supporters who made it to Plymouth Argyle were treated to a lively 4-2 win - including these scenes of celebration in the away end as Yakou Méïté hammered in a match-sealing penalty kick.

19th October - An unlikely hero

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It's hard to tell who is most surprised in this pic - in Mark Bowen's first game in charge, there was an unlikely match-winner in the form of Matt Miazga, whose fierce half-volley deep into stoppage time earned the Royals three points against Preston North End. A grandstand finish to Bowen's opening fixture.

2nd November - Back with a bang

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It was a long, difficult road back from injury for Jordan Obita. So what a moment this was when he fired in a trademark left-footed pinger against Millwall to open a lead for Reading. The left-back was promptly mobbed by his teammates, keen to congratulate him on a massive redemptive moment.

9th November - The team celebrate with G

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Another emotive goal; another player mobbed by those in the blue and white hoops. This time, a week later than Obita's goal, it was Garath McCleary who rounded off the scoring against Luton Town - back in the team after Mark Bowen's appointment as manager, the attacker grabbed a well-taken goal and was congratulated with deserved gusto.

30th November - Three and easy in Wigan

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Another photo which captures the emotion carved into a Reading player's face. This time it's George Pușcaș, fresh from having arguably the most productive five-minute spell of his career. Reading were facing defeat at Wigan - until up stepped the Romanian forward, who grabbed a hat-trick in the space of precisely 4 minutes and 48 seconds.

21st December - Yakou kicks off a merry Christmas

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You'll struggle to find a photo of Yakou Méïté which doesn't convey his every emotion. This one was taken seconds after he slammed in a penalty against Derby County, sealing a 3-0 win late on and marking the start of what would turn out to be a very productive festive run.

26th December - Swift's brilliance wins it for Royals

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A photograph which captures the blink-of-an-eye moment between John Swift catching the ball on the half volley, and it nestling high into the back of the net. The midfield man generated all the power on a bouncing ball from a standing position - incredible technique and a goal which will appear on plenty of highlight reels.


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