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18th August 2002

First game of the season, so Des, Nick and myself headed up Derby way to meet Neal Beattie, Jerry Broone and of course Derby Mark. Met them in a hard core Derby pub (No away fans sign on the door) which had a few thugs inside but luckily these were the people we were meeting! Reading held their own in the first half kicking towards the 3,000 Royals fans, but were torn apart in the second half by the promotion favourites(Ha ha, and look where they ended up!!).
Well, at least I got my 1000nt dollars from Mark for our bet that Reading would be playing Derby in the league this season!

So, here we are lined up, Me,Jerry Broone,Nick,Derby Mark and Dez...quite a formidible force.....not!
The walk to the ground and the "Hog" looks like he's been studying Bono's pose
Wouldn't want to meet these two in a dark alley
Whaddya mean I'm a hooligan???
Outside Pride park with a couple of silly men
full house of 33,000
The hordes of Reading fans salute the team in their dodgy new away kit
Murts goes flying in for the challenge
Ravanelli celebrates scoring
dejected fans head home
post mortem of the match back in the pub
ended up staying in the pub till 8pm....
hard man bouncer to keep away any trouble

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