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24 January 2013

Saturday's Guide to the Game

There's plenty going on before kick off on Saturday as the Royals welcome Sheffield United for the FA Cup fourth round tie...

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Welcoming back...
The Reading FC Former Players’ Association are pleased to welcome two former players, with close connections with the Blades, to Madejski Stadium for Saturday's match as our special guests. 

Former England international Neil Webb was born in Reading and the son of former Reading legend Douggie. Neil started his career at Elm Park in 1978 and made his first team debut in 1980 at 18. After making 81 appearances for the club, and scoring 22 goals, he transferred to Portsmouth and then onto Nottingham Forest in 1985. Under Brian Clough, Neil developed still further and made his England debut in 1987 against West Germany. By doing so, he made history by becoming England’s 1,000th player at full International level. In 1989 he joined Manchester United in a £1.5 million transfer deal, and won an FA Cup winners medal in 1990, a European Cup Winners Medal in 1991 and a League Cup winner’s medal in 1992 and making 75 appearances for United. Unfortunately, during that time Neil suffered a serious injury that was later to end his career having made 33 appearances at England under 21, ‘B’ and full international level.

Tony Wagstaff enjoyed a close tie with both of today’s clubs during his long career. After scoring 22 goals in just over 100 appearances for Sheffield United, Tony joined Reading in 1969. At Elm Park, he helped Reading become the League’s top scorers in his first season with the club and was virtually an ever-present during his first four seasons at Elm Park. Unfortunately, a number of niggling injuries caused him to miss a number of games at the end of his time at Reading, and in 1974 Tony moved to Cheltenham Town to join his former team mate Dennis Allen. In all, Tony made 185 appearances for Reading, scoring 7 goals.

Captain Blade
There's plenty going on before kick off on Saturday as the Royals welcome Sheffield United - and one Blade in particular!

United mascot Captain Blade is set to on the pitch until shortly before kick off - and will meet Kingsley and Queensley for the first time!

Guide to the Game
There's loads of other fun activities taking place in the afternoon - The Royals Fun Zone will be open from 1pm, the Waitrose Wall will be inflated, and the Master Blaster will be firing goodies in the stadium from 2.40pm!

You can also get 25% off all replica kit! Click here to download the Guide to the Game poster!

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