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When George Best was a Royal

29 October 2014

On this day in history

30 years ago today, George Best was a Royal.

On 29th October 1984, Elm Park saw Reading host the New Zealand national team in a friendly game, and Best played for the Royals as a special guest, along with England World Cup winner Martin Peters.

Sadly though, neither legend could help the Royals from going down 2-1, with Stuart Beavon getting the goal for Ian Branfoot's team.

3,890 fans were on hand for what was described as a Football & Firework spectacular!

Oct 29, Reading, Elm Park, 3890
Reading 1-2 New Zealand
 (Stuart Beavon 68' - Grant Turner 24', Colin Walker 59')
Reading: Alan Judge, Steve Richardson, Martin Hicks (Stuart Beavon), Colin Duncan, Ken Price, Dean Horrix, Trevor Senior, Lawrie Sanchez, David Crown, Martin Peters, George Best

On this day in 1927, Reading made it a record 14 League games without a win, stretching from the end of April to the end of October, having been promoted that summer.

Earlier in 1927 we had reached the semi-final of the FA Cup - still our best-ever run in the competition - losing out to eventual winners Cardiff.

And today in 1881, we thrashed Hendon 5-1 in what was a major FA Cup victory at the time.

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