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25 Years Ago Today!

27 March 2013

Simod Cup memories live on

March 27th 1988 - Wembley Stadium, The Simod Cup Final. On this day, 25 years ago, Reading Football Club made history at the home of English football - in an afternoon never to be forgotten by those that witnessed it.

Over 45,000 loyal Royals had initially slumped in their seats as Mick Hartford scored Luton's opener, but Neil Smillie’s pass allowed Michael Gilkes to bundle home the equaliser to start the party!

The wing wizard then won a spot kick which was duly converted by Stuart Beavon, and in the second half Mick Tait swept home another Smillie assist, before the latter grabbed a goal of his own – sealing a triumphant walk up those famous steps. 

4-1 it finished and the top flight Hatters were toppled - the last in a long line of memorable scalps in that run, that included rivals Oxford United and Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest. 

View a full gallery of the day here . Exclusive footage of the afternoon, including highlights, are also available for free on Reading FC Player.

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