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  • Writer's pictureRobert Austin

Hype Train FC launches a 'Showcase' series on our YouTube channel!

Hype Train owner, Robert Austin (right), with Nev Swift (left), and James Tapscott (middle). Photography by Sam Austin

Welcome aboard the home of Hype Train Football Club. Here, you can read more about Hype Train FC's new community initiative, filming Showcase Matches, as a part of the team's YouTube channel. All aboard.

Hype Train FC: Showcase Matches in Grassroots Football:

On Sunday 14th May 2023 the Reading & District Sunday League held the final of the John Lusted Cup, a cup competition featuring teams from Division 4, with Caversham United Reserves and Richfield Rovers competing in the showpiece event at The Rivermoor Stadium in Tilehurst, home of Reading City FC.

As part of the day, we at Hype Train were given permission to be on media duties for the day to capture the day on film for our very first Showcase Match - a new series on our YouTube channel that will be filming key moments from the grassroots football calendar.

If your club has a cup final or big event coming up, feel free to reach out to the team on our email address,, and we will see if we can attend the event! We are located in Reading and fall under the Berks & Bucks FA umbrella.

Robert Austin (left) speaks with RDSL social media guru James Mason (right). Photography by Sam Austin

Thoughts from Hype Train General Secretary, Robert Austin:

"One of the day one ambitions we had at Hype Train from day one was to improve and shed a positive light on grassroots football through whatever means we had. We take the local game seriously and like it to be played in the right way, and though it has taken us a few years to feel comfortable doing so, now is the right time for us to outreach and offer the Hype Train experience to other clubs in the Reading and surrounding areas for marquee events.

As a club, we have a great relationship with the team at Caversham. They train next to us at the same time, have had some cracking games against The Billy Goats. I've also known Paul Gutteridge since our school days and have known James Tapscott for over a decade too, whilst Nev Swift is an absolutely professional and really took the time on the day to talk to us. So it was a privilege to be able to capture their cup final experience on the day, hopefully these are memories both clubs can visualise for a lifetime now. Not only this, building new relationships is also key and the team at Richfield were a top bunch that carried themselves well!

Football is ultimately about bringing people together from all backgrounds for the love of the game, and that's what our Showcase Matches are ultimately about. Thank you to the Reading & District Sunday League Committee for allowing the Train down for the cup final, and to James Mason for your support on the day!"

Watch the full video from our day at the John Lusted Cup final:

How to access our Photography:

The club has an external and dedicated photography website that you can find all of our images since our formation in 2019. You can click on the image below to take you to the site, or follow the links below.

Visit our Photography website: Click Here!

View the Gallery from the John Lusted Cup Final: Click Here!

Want to know more about The Hype Train?

The Hype Train is an entertainment website founded in 2015, specialising in general football and Fantasy sports reporting, starting with Fantasy Premier League (FPL), before expanding to MLS Fantasy coverage in 2018.

We pride ourselves in providing beautiful graphics, statistics, in-depth analytical reporting and free weekly insight for hopeful players attempting to climb rankings tables. We are also occasional media reviewers, with a keen interest to review games, live sport, and professional wrestling.

In 2019, Hype Train Football Club was formed, becoming the first Fantasy Football website to take to the field. HTFC is a socially active team across social and web channels, providing regular match highlights, match reports, comprehensive player statistics and unique player profiles. We won both Goal of the Season Awards in the Berkshire and County FA regions, with Callum Parr-Jones winning the Berks & Bucks FA award, whilst Martin King won the PlaySport UK award.

In 2021, we formed the Reading Sunday Social League (RSSL), a competitive Sunday League involving 8 teams in its debut season. During the 2021/22 season, we won our first-ever trophy, lifting the East Berkshire Football League's Presidents Cup!

The Hype Train were nominated and shortlisted for the 'Best Football Blog' in 2016 by the Football Bloggers Association at their annual Football Blogging Awards (The FBA's), and were again shortlisted as a finalist in 2019 in the 'Best Fantasy Football Blog' category.

You can follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, follow Hype Train FC on Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube channel for exclusive content, visit our club's dedicate website, or visit our website here at

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