Good evening and welcome to all including our visitors from North Lincolnshire(I think). The town infamously with that four letter word combination which brings back memories of old school history lessons and the reference to the Viking God, Thor. It’s difficult to visualise Tuesdays without football at the moment, isn’t it? Don’t know about you but I’ve only just stopped bouncing round the spare room following a certain no 8’s firecracker in Burslem the other day!
Back down Cut Throat Lane we go and for a change we give 1970/71 a miss and plump for 2001-02 which was an unforgettably dire season where we were concerned and ended in bottom place relegation in to what is now L2, was the third division then. We didn’t win a single away game that season. At home on this day in 2002 we entertained promotion-chasing Reading led by a certain Alan Pardew and containing John Salako plus Nicky Forster and Jamie Cureton amongst their strike force. The U’s leapt in to a two goal lead by half time(Kitson & Youngs) to shove it up the Royal ‘family’. Kitson even had a penalty saved late in the second half but unfortunately the visitors had netted twice in between, the second actually an own goal from Terry Fleming. The crowd of 3,841 enjoyed proceedings still although both sides were undeniably disappointed in their respective quests to gain and avoid promotion and relegation respectively. The Royals ended up with automatic promotion finishing second behind Brighton, the U’s resigned to being back in the basement, little knowing that three years later the ‘basement’ was to develop a big hole.
The seventh James Bond was born on this day in 1968, happy 53rd birthday to Daniel Craig. To think he pretty much started his acting career as a “Geordie” in Our Friends in the North all those years ago.
Enjoy reading the Reading programme, the game this evening and most importantly stay safe.
Bye for now,