Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

Crawley boss looking forward to Royals clash

Crawley boss looking forward to Royals clash

Crawley manager Richie Barker is relishing the opportunity of playing Premier League side Reading, ahead of their FA Cup tie next month.

Both sides were drawn together in the third round of the prestigious competition and Barker is confident of providing an upset, after coming so close to beating fellow Premier League side Swansea in the Capital One Cup a few months ago. It will also see the return of Royals legend Steve Coppell, who is director of football at the Broadfield Stadium.

Speaking to the Crawley and Horley Observer, Barker said: "Maybe it`s not the away draw which would have created the finances. I`m hopeful that it will be a sell-out, hopefully we can put on a similar performance as we did against Swansea. Obviously we played Swansea this season, last year it was Stoke and Manchester United the season before.'

'I think just about everyone at the club has played against Premier League opposition. There are no poor Premier League teams, they will see the game as an opportunity to get themselves some confidence and go on a winning run. Steve Coppell is still close with Brian McDermott. I`m sure he will have a fair amount of information."


The metaphor is often overused, but this game really is a 'banana skin'. The Red Devils are currently doing well in League One, as they occupy ninth place and are firmly in the promotion picture. Obviously last year wasn't exactly good from the FA Cup perspective, but a good cup run gives the whole club a massive boost, which is needed at the moment!

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Josh
Date:Thursday December 6 2012
Time: 11:00AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Reading Articles

FA End Betting Sponsorship

Late yesterday afternoon, the Football Association announced the result of its three month review of their relationship with gambling companies and that association now comes to an end.

Sky Confirm TV Selection Windows For 2017/18

With the release of the EFL fixture lists on Wednesday morning, Sky Sports have released their outline giving fans an idea of when television selections will be made this season.

2017/18 Final Weekend Details

With the release of the Premier League fixtures last week and last Wednesday seeing the EFL following suit, the full details for the final weekends across...

Huddersfield Negotiating Williams Deal

Williams had been offered a new deal at the Madejski Stadium but the chance to swap Reading for Huddersfield, along with a place in the Premier League, could be too good to refuse.

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Reading
Write For Vital Reading
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

PO - Huddersfield MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Al Habsi6%
Ilori4%
Moore2%
van den Berg0%
Gunter2%
Evans2%
Williams72%
Blackett2%
Swift2%
Kermorgant6%
Grabban0%
Sub - Obita0%
Sub - McCleary0%
Sub - Kelly2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Write for Vital Football