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Honouring Doctor Williams

7 May 2014

Tributes for retiring Royal

The end of the 2013/14 season saw a series of tributes for Royals Club Doctor Geoff Williams, who retires from the club after over 30 years of service.

Dr Williams received a special presentation at our game with Leicester City in April, and was also honoured by both the Reading FC Former Players' Association and our current first team group. 

He was granted the privilege of leading out the teams before this past weekend's clash with Burnley.

Geoff served in the capacity of Club Doctor continuously since August 1982 and his span of 32 years’ service is thought to be a Football League record. He has attended more than 1,000 games and remembers the worst injury he has seen as the career-ending dislocated kneecap suffered by Paul Canoville at Sunderland in 1985. He has inserted hundreds of stitches, dealt with broken noses – most recently Hal Robson-Kanu’s here at Madejski Stadium a fortnight ago, treated people in the crowd who have suffered heart attacks, and on one occasion attended to a Royal Marines freefall parachutist who made a bumpy landing on the Elm Park pitch during a pre-match display. 

Highlights from his time with Reading include the Simod Cup win of 1988 at Wembley, when he, Chairman Roger Smee and Chief Executive Mike Lewis walked from Elm Park to the stadium, and two recent Championship-winning seasons when the Royals gained promotion to the Premier League. 

Check out our YouTube video below for some behind the scenes footage from a presentation made at Hogwood Park by Chairman Sir John Madejski. 


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