Oversea supporter on why he loves Reading
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Paul Schembri, a loyal Royal from Malta, responded to our 'Why I love my seat' question and told us what makes Reading Football Club special to him....
My name is Paul Schembri, I live in Malta and been supporting the Royals since I was a kid.
I remember the first time I entered Madejski Stadium, it was in our second season in the Premiership and we played Newcastle United. I saved up some money up and bought the plane ticket to come and watch the match. At the time, the Royals were on the slip and slide of 'second season syndrome', but Dave Kitson and Shane Long made sure my trip was worth-wild beating the Geordies 2-1!
Also, relatives of mine surprised me with the Welcome Message on the Big Screen (below) which made it even more special! It was such a brilliant atmosphere; the noise from the crowd, the grass was so green, the nerves - then the celebrations of the goals! It just got me hooked.
From then on, I have tried to fly over as much as I can to watch the Royals! Even booking the flights to Wembley (before we even played Cardiff) because I was so positive that we were going to reach the final! Madejski Stadium is a brilliant place to go! Reading FC is a family club and it's my club! Loud and Proud Always in Malta! COME ON URRZZZ!!!
That's why I support the Royals!!
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