Remembrance Weekend, Royals rememberOn Saturday afternoon, Madejski Stadium came together to remember those who have fought and continue to fight for our country.
Before our Remembrance Weekend fixture against Charlton, almost 100 years to the day that World War One began, a service was held in front of the memorial for our former Reading players who tragically lost their lives in battle in the First and Second World Wars.
With supporters joining Reading FC Chaplain Steve Prince outside the Players' Entrance before kick-off, wreaths were laid by Sir John Madejski on behalf of Reading Football Club, Pete Vickery on behalf of STAR, The Reading FC Former Players' Association, relatives of fallen players, young Reading Supporters and the British Legion as Rev. Vernon Orr took the service.
The Reading Scottish Pipe Band performed at the ceremony and strode pitchside along the East Stand to a great reception before the game begun, and as always Royals supporters were joined by Addicks fans to observe an impeccable minute's silence together.
The matchday programme honoured the nine men who represented the Royals but lost their lives in World War One, and featured a poppy with the squad photos from 100 years ago and this season blended into its background.
Managers Nigel Adkins and Bob Peeters wore black #BidToRemember poppy armbands on the sidelines, promoting a Sky auction which is set to take place to raise funds for the Royal British Legion by selling our players' home shirts from the weekend - which each had poppies added to them, front and back, for this fixture.
Each player's shirt will now be personally signed by that player in a bid to raise as much money as possible for a very worthy charity which helps the whole Armed Forces community through welfare, comradeship and representation. Visit www.BidToRemember.com to find out how you can bid to donate.
Thank you to all who played a part in remembering our fallen heroes this weekend and the men who continue to fight on our behalf.