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17 April 2015

Send your FA Cup memories

With the Royals taking on Arsenal in the FA Cup Semi-Final tomorrow, have been asking supporters for their favourite FA Cup memories...

Matthew Album

Myself and my brother Jonny have been Reading fans all our lives. I remember going to my first Reading game as a young child with my late grandfather Mark Album at Elm Park and then started going  with my own friends as I become older.

The cup is special because of my late grandfather. Being born in Reading, he was an avid Royals "Biscuit Boys" supporter himself. In fact, he went to the Semi-Final in 1927.  

He kept the souvenir programme from that game and is something pass down in the family. We are lucky to still have it in our possession.

Both myself and my brother Jonny left Reading once we finished our schooling. For many years now, we have both lived overseas in the Middle East with our families in Israel. We think we could be the only Reading FC supporters there!

The Semi-Final is special for us and also special for our late grandfather, who would have been so excited also. We have made the special trip to the UK this weekend and will be joining our fellow Royal supporters at Wembley on Saturday.

Malcolm Reece

I am looking forward to catching up with my father who saw the previous Semi Final in 1927. I never imagined I would ever get to see Reading in a Semi-Final of the FA Cup and am looking forward to the occasion and am travelling to the game with my wife. 

We are Reading born season ticket holders, despite living near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire.  My Dad also witnessed the first 1923 Wembley Cup Final having gone to see the game with an Uncle who was a West Ham supporter. They were some of the many who got over a wall to get into the stadium!

The first time I saw Reading in the FA Cup  was December 1956 when Reading defeated Bedford (then the old Southern League champions) 1-0 in Round two  in front of a crowd of nearly 23,000. A similar result tomorrow would be spot on!

Brian Cotton

Fantastic memories of Elm Park! I was there the last time Reading played Arsenal in the cup, I remember a little Scottish lad scoring two for them named Charlie Nicolas. We finally lost 1-3. What game, such a great atmosphere, the place was packed!

We were not disgraced, I'm off to Wembley, and hopefully we’ll do much better this time. Come on you RRRRRR’s. 

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Yesterday, Reading fan Steve Rains told his FA Cup story. Click here to read more about his tale

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