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Gallery: Royals Remember

11 November 2013

Our tributes

This weekend, Reading Football Club came together as one to honour those who have fought and continue to fight for our country on our behalf.

With kick-off against Queens Park Rangers an early one, it was 10.30am when we held a service outside our Players' Entrance, where Chairman Sir John Madejski joined club chaplain Steve Prince and reverend Vernon Orr to pay a fitting tribute.

Wreaths were laid at the newly-erected Memorial wall and a large gathering of supporters from both clubs attended the service, despite the persistent rain, to pay their respects to the former Reading and QPR players who fought and fell in the First and Second World War.

Colin Bishop laid a wreath (on behalf of STAR), as did Richard Wickson (on behalf of the Past Players’ Association), Gail Lowes, great niece of Allen Foster (on behalf of the relatives of fallen players) and Dominic Stocks (on behalf of young Reading supporters).

Before the teams emerged for the match, the Reading Scottish Pipe Band performed to great applause as they marched the length of the East Stand.

And ahead of kick-off, once again Madejski Stadium fell perfectly silent as all four stands, players, coaching staff and officials all observed an impeccable minute's silence.

Our matchday programme featured a special showcase feature on the club's involvement with the Armed forces, telling the stories of some of our former players who fought on the Western Front. 

And, aside from an entertaining afternoon's action on the pitch, a poignancy off it ensured that Reading collectively remembered... 

You can see larger images from our Remembrance Weekend tribute on our facebook site now.

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