Play off final – Reading vs Swansea

This entry was posted on Sunday, May 29th, 2011


It can’t be easy being Welsh. The Scots have
tartan, nice biscuits and sporadic bouts of random aggression. The Irish have their separatism as a trump card. And Paul McGrath of course. But the Welsh – well they are kind
of anonymous. Ironic really, given the events of
the past few weeks.

But were Swansea to win at Wembley on Bank
Holiday Monday, they would go somewhere no Scottish or Irish team have ever gone – no, not sobriety, but the Premier League, the Promised Land © and all the financial gravy that
would entail.

Standing in their way are the form team of the
play-off set – just one defeat in the last 12 for Brian McDermott’s Reading, who three years after
relegation, now seek to become the classic yo-
yo team, up and down like the proverbial brides drawers. Their record in play-off finals is shabby
however, losing both previous attempts in
extra-time classics (1995 versus Bolton and 2001 against Walsall.)

Due to the importance of momentum, our tip
for the play-offs has been Reading all along, although fans of Swansea City (and indeed justice) will recall optimistically that between 2006-08, the teams finishing third in the
Championship all made it through up to the

A final point about the play-off final. Whilst
football is not exactly renowned for its big heart, the loser of this fixture is allowed to keep all
gate receipts, as consolation (albeit a very scant
one), for missing out on the Premier League loot. Awwww – lovely Championship people. Bless ‘em all.

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