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How the Royals remembered

11 November 2013

Round-up of remembrance tributes

The Royals paid tribute to the fallen heroes over the Remembrance weekend in a number of ways.

Saturday - Click here for more and view our gallery above.

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.

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. 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.

From 11am, for two hours, dedicated two hours to Armistice Day with a website homepage takeover. Stories included:

Sunday - Click here for more

On Sunday 10th November, the Royals paid their respects to the fallen in an under-12s Truce Tournament at St George's Park.

At the Christmas Truce National Finals in Burton upon trent, inspired by the remarkable story of the Christmas Day Truce in no man's land, those who lost their lives were rightly remembered. Ahead of the competition, club historian David Downs spoke to some of our young stars about trench warfare back in World War I, giving them some context to the matches they were about to play.

On Sunday at 11am, the special tournament stopped for the teams to attend a ceremony to honour those who lost their lives in conflict. As well as having the poem "In Flanders Field" read out and The Last Post played, one player from each team read out the names of those from the club who died as a result of the First World War, while another will lay a wreath.

From 11am, for two hours, dedicated two hours to Armistice Day with a website homepage takeover. Stories included:

- Our Fallen Heroes: Honouring nine Reading Football Club players tragically lost their lives in World War One.
- Freddie's tale is told: Military historian Jon Cooksey told the full story of another of Reading Football Club's wartime heroes, 2nd Lt Freddie Wheatcroft, 5th East Surrey Regiment.
- STAR to visit Flanders: The Royals official supporters club STAR are set to visit Flanders next year, as they continue to pay tribute to the legacy of the club's war heroes.
- Poppy auctions soon: The Royals wore specially-embroidered Poppy shirts this past weekend, and in the coming weeks they will be auctioned off by the Royal British Legion.
- Gallery: Royals Remember: Images from Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

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