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Chairman hails charity clash

12 May 2013

Sir John Madejski on Army game

Royals Chairman Sir John Madejski has hailed the importance of a special showdown at Madejski Stadium, that will see the British Army take on a team of star studded FA Legends.

The clash, which will see the likes of Jens Lehmann, Gary Neville, Gareth Southgate, Matt Le Tissier and Dietmar Hamann take to the turf, is set to take place on Saturday 18th May at the home of the Royals.

"During my 22-year tenure as Chairman at Reading Football Club, Madejski Stadium has been the stage to some truly great occasions. And we are extremely proud to host another in celebration of 125 years of British Army football fittingly played in the Football Association’s 150th anniversary year," said Sir John.

"As the fourth-oldest club in the country, we at Reading Football Club are steeped in 142 years of history ourselves and in the last couple of years we have paid our own personal tribute to an exceptional group of former players who fought for our country in World War I, many of whom never returned to pull on a Reading shirt again. During two poignant visits back to the former battlefields in Northern France, each player’s quite incredible story was vividly retold to us by a war historian; the club was first represented by our manager accompanied by three ex-players and a large travelling party of Reading supporters followed suit the following summer, retracing the footsteps of some of the bravest men to ever represent the club.

"A football club is the focal point of a community and we have always ensured that the community has remained at the core of everything we represent at Reading. Those two trips to the Northern Front, reminded our supporters of what others have given up and continue to sacrifice on behalf of every one of us. It brought us even closer together and reminded us of the value of our community.

"I hope everyone enjoys a great event and I would like to thank everyone who has supported this fantastic project so far."

Tickets are still available for the game - priced at just £12 for adults and £6 for concessions. Click here to buy online today. 

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