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20 June 2013

Why I love my seat - Disabled area

Linda Symons recently got in touch with the club and told us why watching Reading at Madejski Stadium is great from the disabled area.

Our seats are within the disabled area - around us are various people with all different special needs.

Every home game, I take my brother Michael who is 48.  Michael suffers from schizophrenia and is severely mentally disabled and requires 24 hour care. He has made friends with the people around us and they all shake his hand (which happens several times during the game - thank you for your patience!). Every time he stands up and greets them. Last year, the very dear friends in front of us and to our left clubbed together and got Michael a signed Reading shirt, which he has on his wall at his home.  

The camaraderie is truly amazing, we never hear bad language or any aggression. The fans in this area are incredibly loyal and supportive of the team and to each other and our season tickets have encouraged a little community whereby we all look out for one another, and I thank Reading Football club very much for giving us the helper ticket free of charge, as this has benefitted the real people in need of a little help.

I've attached a picture of David (above) who has special needs and sits in row J in front of us. David's row this summer were lucky enough to win the Domino's pizza.  Every home match he waits excitedly for his turn to win and for years now he has been shouting out in hope.  Luckily for David he won the pizza's and everyone around the stand enjoyed a slice or two!

Tell us why your seat is special! What do you love about watching the Royals at Madejski Stadium? Maybe you have a story to tell! Email between 200 and 800 words with images to

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