Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Goodbye to the Premiership

Well, next season we'll be back playing competitive football, and hopefully winning lots of games in stadiums full of real fans, taking part in an exciting league, unlike the almost pre-determined results in the Premiership.

It's been a great three years, from our record-breaking 106 points in the Championship in 2005/06, to our eighth place in the Premiership in 2006/07, to our relegation to an 85th minute goal at Fratton Park last weekend. Little Reading, who I first watched at ramshackle Elm Park at the tender age of nine in 1963 against Peterborough, made it to the big time on a shoestring budget and for a while made the Premiership a little less boring.

I offer two photos from my last visit to the Mad Stad in the Premiership. I couldn't make our final home game against Spurs, but here are two photos from my seat at the previous game, our home defeat against Fulham which effectively sealed our fate.

If you look closely, you can just pick out the rainbow which appeared inside the stadium as a torrential downpour gave way to bright sunshine. It appears to be ending in the Directors' Box, which is presumably where the Premiership pot of gold disappeared to.

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