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Hob Nob Anyone?

Hob Nob Anyone?
Web address www.royals.org
Commercial? No
Type of site
Internet forum
Registration Optional
Available in English
Owner Graham Loader
Created by Graham Loader
Launched August 1994
Alexa rank
333,262 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

Hob Nob Anyone? is an unofficial fanzine site for fans of Reading F.C., and the association football club in Reading, England. The name is a reference to the town's association with biscuit making: for many years, the town of Reading was home to the Huntley & Palmers biscuit factory, makers of HobNob biscuits.

History

When the site was first launched in November 1994, few football clubs were represented on the Internet.[2] The website was initially used by the club for official news and ticket information,[2] and later was used for organizing fan based events such as "Pants Day",[3] which was inspired by events at Reading Football Club as a safe alternative to other demonstrations, and was held during the 2-2 home draw against Wrexham F.C. in December 1999.[4]

The website was virtual server, where it has received over a million hits per month since the year 2000. In the summer of 2002, Hob Nob Anyone? moved again to be hosted at Oscura Ltd, a web development and hosting company in Reading.

The site includes match reports dating back to the 1994-95 season, a forum with around 8000 members, fans' analysis, and regular news and articles.

The site also has a section on the Supporters Trust At Reading (STAR)[5] and links with Tim Dellor and BBC Radio Berkshire Sports,[6] and the Reading Evening Post, a local newspaper.[7]

The site was featured in the football book Motson's National Obsession,, and was a "site of the week" in the Daily Star.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Royals.org Site Info".  
  2. ^ a b "Reading FC fan's website Hob Nob Anyone? takes the biscuit 20 years on". 
  3. ^ "Pants Day". 
  4. ^ "Reading 2 Wrexham 2". 
  5. ^ "STAR association with Hob Nob Anyone?". Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  6. ^ "BBC Radio Berkshire team up with Hob Nob Anyone?". Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  7. ^ "Hob Nob Anyone? column in the Reading Evening Post". Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  8. ^ Daily Star site of the week

External links

  • Official website
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