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Tribute to our heroes

5 November 2013

Ceremony before Saturday's game

The Royals are set to remember the Reading players killed in the First and Second World Wars this weekend, prior to our game with Queens Park Rangers.

A service will be held at 10.30am outside our Players' Entrance, where wreaths will be laid at the newly erected Memorial wall - and fans are invited to come and pay their respects.  

Taking part in the ceremony will be Johnny Walker - who joined the Biscuitmen in 1957 and became an inspirational captain at the club, going onto make 300 appearances at Elm Park. The Reading FC Chaplain, Steve Prince, will oversee the event and the service will be taken by The Rev. Vernon Orr.

Also laying wreaths at the service will be Sir John Madejski (on behalf of Reading Football Club), Colin Bishop (on behalf of STAR), Johnny Walker (on behalf of the Past Players’ Association), Gail Lowes, Great Niece of Allen Foster, (on behalf of Relatives of Fallen Players) and Dominic Stocks (on behalf of Young Reading Supporters.)

Both sets of players will also take part in a minute's silence prior to kick off, whilst the Royals will be wearing shirts emblazoned with a poppy as part of our tributes. Our under 12s will also travel to St. George's Park over the Remembrance Weekend, to take part in the national finals and compete for two places in the newly formed Christmas Truce Tournament. The unique cup will be held Ypres in Belgium over the Festive period and will feature teams from England, Germany, France and Belgium.

Our matchday programme The Royal will be carrying a special showcase feature on the club's involvement with the armed forces, including a look at some of our fallen heroes - who will never be forgotten. 

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