Matchday programme launches series of showcasesNext Thursday will mark 15 years since Madejski Stadium first staged its inaugural match and this season the matchday programme is paying tribute to a modern day era that has seen Reading Football Club experience its greatest successes.
In every issue of 'The Royal', we are featuring a 15-page 'showcase' at the reverse of the programme in honour of the 15 years we have spent at Madejski Stadium - and this weekend's edition features the first in a series of brand new MADEJSKI MEN features.
The Madejski Men series will run Royals fans through every player who has pulled on the home shirt at Madejski Stadium in its 15 years of football which, starting with the eleven that lined up under Tommy Burns against Luton on the opening day back in 1998 and including our latest additions - Wayne Bridge, Royston Drenthe and Danny Williams - has now reached a total of 176!
Part One of this series of Madejski Men features profiles Royals stars such as Shane Long, Marcus Hahnemann, Chris Armstrong and Adam Federici as well as the Stadium's first ever goalscorer Grant Brebner - and remembers a rare appearance for now Director of Football Nick Hammond. And who can recall seeing Scott Howie, Omar Daley, Darren O'Dea and Michael Dobson in action at Madejski Stadium?
And in Saturday's edition, we also have an exclusive interview with Nick Blackman, programme notes from the manager and the captain, Young Royals competitions, match reports from our first two Championship games, historical articles on Maurice Edelston and Alan Wooler, an under-21s victory update, quizzes, news and even a Royals baby gallery!