Message following remembrance weekendWe received this message from Sergeant Wayne 'Smudger' Smith, who paid tribute to the club following remembrance weekend.
When I was in my early to late teens, football was my life - playing for my school team, Sunday League team and county. When I joined the Army at 18, this continued into sub-unit level and regimental teams.
However, with the antics of some players and wages etc, I began to move further and further away from the game.
With my six-year-old son now playing football though, I began to get back into sport again - but the past few days Reading FC have really impressed me. I have been to a few games at the Madejski, and it has proved the best and most friendliest grounds I have been to (a lot different from street battles in late 80s between Grimsby & Lincoln).
The efforts you have put into this Remembrance week, especially the research into past players who served, is second to non. A club with integrity & moral courage, which has made me change my attitude towards the game once again. Well done - you have done nation and those who died in service proud this week.
From Sgt Smith (British Airborne Forces)
Huge thanks to military historian Jon Cooksey and former BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Graham McKechnie for their in depth research into our former players’ tales, and thank you also to Alan Sedunary for his help with the history behind our fallen heroes.
Please click here to read more on how the Royals remembered.