The alternative Player of the Year

Tomorrow evening the players will reveal who among their peers they regard as the season's best. The smart money, so much of it that the bookies stopped taking bets, is on Ryan Giggs being the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year. On the weekend he could make his 800th Manchester United appearance this would be a fitting tribute to one of the sport's legends, even if it is hard to argue that Giggs really has been the campaign's most influential player.

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No arguments after Reading's rout

The first game between these teams this season, in September, was the now-notorious fixture where the referee awarded a goal to Reading, when none had actually been scored. There was, however, nothing here shrouded in such mystery. Although Steve Coppell's side initially made hard work of their opponents, they then strolled away from Watford.

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Hunt’s double beats Coventry and keeps Reading in hunt

Reading manager Steve Coppell hailed his side after they started “a big month” with a 3-1 Championship win over Coventry. Daniel Fox gave Coventry a deserved early lead with a terrific free-kick but a brace from Noel Hunt and a Kalifa Cisse strike saw the Royals record a vital win.

Football League rule out Watford replay

The Football League have confirmed that there is no prospect of the Coca-Cola Championship clash between Watford and Reading being replayed.

Coppell happy to replay goal-farce match

Reading manager Steve Coppell has insisted that he has "no objection" to replaying their Coca-Cola Championship match with Watford after the farcical goal his side were awarded on Saturday.

Reading 2 Plymouth Argyle 0: Sonko sinks Plymouth's 'waifs and strays'

Paul Sturrock would be the first to admit that he has cast covetous eyes over Reading's squad of players. His own Plymouth team, one that he rather unflatteringly called a "bunch of waifs and strays", were soundly beaten by Steve Coppell's Reading team, courtesy of a set of goals from the defender Ibrahima Sonko at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Nottingham Forest 0 Reading 0: Sharp vision of Moussi betrayed by lack of focus

Given that each side played in a different division last season, Forest's return to the Championship after three years in League One was a learning experience for both these teams, although Colin Calderwood, the home side's manager, was already aware of his biggest problem.

Stoke land striker Kitson

Stoke have signed striker Dave Kitson from Reading for a club record £5.5million.

Coppell to stay with relegated Reading

The dénouement feared by Reading fans following relegation to the Championship has not come to pass: Steve Coppell will still be manager when the club attempt to bounce back into the Premier League at their first attempt.

Coppell staying with Royals

Steve Coppell has committed his future to Reading for next season in the Coca-Cola Championship.

Liverpool in talks with Lee about Anfield role

Liverpool are in talks with their former midfielder Sammy Lee with a view to him becoming Rafael Benitez's assistant manager at Anfield. Lee, sacked as manager at Bolton last October, has held discussions this week with Liverpool chief executive, Rick Parry.

Derby County 0 Reading 4: Coppell considers his position after Reading's fall

Reading romped to their biggest victory of the season but could not preserve their Premier League status after Fulham's win at Portsmouth saved Roy Hodgson's side and condemned Steve Coppell's team to relegation two seasons after winning the Championship title with a record 106 points.

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