Posted by sean on October 30, 2005 at 5:45 pm in Leeds United with No Comments

I went to Reading yesterday for the Leeds game. I have only been to Reading once before, in 2002 for the music festival. Both times I went I got lost. Yesterday, following the instructions from MultiMap I ended up outside “Reading Town F.C.”. Not to be confused with the Championship side. Reading TOWN F.C. appear to be some Sunday League club who play on a muddy field with a tin box as a stand.

Reading was how I remembered it, full of long, seemingly endless roads lined with tacky second hand shops and dodgy looking takeaways. The streets were full of chavs wearing stereotypical Burberry baseball caps. No disrespect to Ricky Gervais or anyone else from Reading but I wouldn’t like to live there.

The Majeski Stadium (where Reading play) was superb. Went to get a bite to eat in the hotel attached to the ground, while a little expensive the facilities were excellent.

The seating was top class as well, although the stadium is smaller than Elland Road (smaller club to be fair) the quality of the stands and seats were very good.

The first half of the game was dire. Reading totally dominated and really should have scored. Some poor finishing by their strikers and excellent goalkeeping by Leeds’ Neil Sullivan kept the scores level.

Leeds picked up more in the second half but Reading still kept bombarding their goal and eventually scored. The Leeds players reacted very well and when striker David Healy came on as a substitute looked like a totally different team. They strung pass after pass together and took the game to Reading. Healy then grabbed a much deserved equaliser for Leeds.

Following the Leeds goal both teams had their chances to grab a late winner. Leeds had a lot of superb attempts saved as did Reading. The save of the day had to go to Leeds defender Gary Kelly who painfully caught the ball between his legs on the goal line.

Final score 1-1, fair result against a team second in the league, don’t think either side can complain. This extended Leeds’ unbeaten league record to six games.

The only downside about the whole day was getting out of the car park. At Leeds there are lots of small car parks spread across Elland Road. While it is still difficult to get out you can expect to be on the main road within 20 minutes. There is only one car park at Reading and it’s huge. We parked at the rear and were waiting for almost an hour and a half to get out! I was kept entertained listening to the commentary for the Man United – Middlesbrough game. ManUtd lost the game 4-1 which is very funny.

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