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Mark Lawrence
Blog about football when I have something interesting to say. Support Reading FC for better or worse (usually worse).

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Book Review: Worst in the world - International Football at the Bottom
09:02 Monday 15th August 2016

Everyone likes to support the underdog, whether it is in domestic competitions or in the international ones, we lean toward the giant killers and the ‘cupsets'. ‘Worst in the world' is a look at the international teams who…

The Managerial Blame Game
13:43 Tuesday 19th April 2016

This piece has been a long time coming really, although I've spoken about it with other fans, I have never seen it written anywhere.The issue I have is, why is it fans stay loyal to the team, but not the manager? When times are hard and players…

Championship season preview
10:15 Wednesday 31st July 2013

As the 2013/14 Championship season draws ever closer,  Mark Lawrence takes a look at each of the teams to see who he thinks is a serious contention for a chance at the big time. Barnsley A good run of form toward the end of last season saw…

Match Report: Reading 1-1 Stoke City (Reading Fan's Perspective)
22:14 Saturday 18th August 2012

Reading started off their return to the Premier League against a physical Stoke City side in front of a packed out Madejski Stadium. For Reading, new signings Chris Gunter, Danny Guthrie and Pavel Pogrebnyak started with the core of the team…

Match Report: Birmingham 2-0 Reading (Reading Fan's Perspective)
20:18 Sunday 29th April 2012

Reading went into the game with Birmingham knowing that they were champions of the Championship, and their fans were in full voice throughout the inflatables made an appearance, as is now traditional for the last away game of the season. Reading…

Match Report: Reading 2-2 Crystal Palace (Reading Fan's Perspective)
20:19 Sunday 22nd April 2012

Reading secured The Championship title as they drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace and later saw Southampton succumb to defeat at Middlesbrough.This was Reading's first game since securing promotion at home to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night, where…

Reading 1-0 Nottingham Forest (Reading Fan's Perspective)
17:38 Thursday 19th April 2012

Coming into the game off the back of Friday night's incredible win at Southampton meant that Reading only needed to better West Ham's 1-1 draw with Bristol City as they faced an in-form Nottingham Forest side. There was one change for Reading…

Match Report: Southampton 1-3 Reading (Reading fan's perspective)
23:02 Saturday 14th April 2012

Reading came into this game as the form team of the Championship, recently disposing of Brighton by the finest of margins and before that Leeds 2-0. However Southampton were also in pretty good form as they recently beat Palace 2-0 with two…

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Reading (Reading Fan's Perspective)
21:31 Wednesday 11th April 2012

Reading travelled to the newest stadium in the league as the Amex Stadium welcomed them. Coming off the back of a rugby match with Leeds, Reading had several players missing. Both centre midfielders Jem Karacan and Mikele Leigertwood were out…

Reading 2-0 Leeds United (Reading fan's perspective)
02:20 Saturday 7th April 2012

Having beaten West Ham 4-2 last Saturday, Reading were on a high and looking to build on their points gap, whihc if they won would take them to the top of the league. However Leeds aren't easy opposition and are good on the road under Warnock.Both…

Match Report: West Ham United 2-4 Reading (Reading Fan's Perspective)
13:26 Sunday 1st April 2012

It was the big game. There was no need to build this game up anymore than it already had been, as just one point separated the two teams before kick-off. West Ham managed to do what Reading couldn't in midweek and beat Peterborough on their…

Match Report: Reading 3-1 Blackpool (Reading Fan's Perspective)
18:24 Sunday 25th March 2012

Reading entertained the Seasiders at Madejski Stadium after being defeated for the first time in 11 games against Peterborough in midweek.New loan singing Benik Afobe came into the side for the injured Jason Roberts as the Arsenal youngster…

Match Report: Peterborough 3-1 Reading (Reading Fan's Perspective)
21:21 Wednesday 21st March 2012

After a ten game unbeaten run, Reading visited Peterborough looking to make it 11. The same Reading team was named to that of the 4-0 demolition of Barnsley at the weekend. Reading won the reverse fixture earlier in the season but it was a…

Match Report: Barnsley 0-4 Reading (Reading Fan's Perspective)
20:56 Sunday 18th March 2012

Reading travelled to Oakwell on a nine game unbeaten run, and extended this to ten with a clinical second half performance that wielded them four goals.The visitors made two changes to the side that drew with Doncaster, with Jimmy Kebe and…

Doncaster 1-1 Reading (Reading fan's perspective)
14:28 Wednesday 14th March 2012

This game, originally supposed to be played back in January but postponed due to frozen pitch, came at what would seem from an outsiders view, a perfect time for Reading.Winning eight on the bounce and not conceding many goals, Reading came…