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16 April 2015

Send us your FA Cup tales

Everyone has their own story that will make this weekend's semi-final at Wembley extra special - and we particularly enjoyed this one from supporter Steve Rains.

He sent us the two pictures you can see at the top of this story - and takes up the story himself below!

"Fifty years ago I was just 11 years old and used to go to Elm Park with my Grandad who was a season ticket holder in D Stand. In January of 1965 Reading got through to the FA Cup 4th Round and faced First Division (the Premier of its day) opposition in the form of Burnley. Burnley were a big club in those days - finishing mid table that year but 3rd on goal difference the following year.

I went to the game with my Grandad in a blue tracksuit, a blue and white top hat (covered for me by my Dad) and with my blue and white checkered rattle...a must in those days! Reading drew 1-1 and sadly lost the replay, but as you can see in the picture it was an exciting occasion for everyone. Douggie Webb, one of my heroes at Reading at the time, was injured and came along the touchline to say hello to me - we were pictured by the Reading Chronicle.

I moved away from Reading for work but became a member again when I moved back closer to the town in 2005 - I then went off on my work travels again but recently returned to the Aldershot area and was lucky enough to get a ticket to the Bradford game. Now my wife and I are off to Wembley for the modern version of cup fever. It will not be a sideline seat this time but just having the chance to be there is a thrill - I've put on a few pounds, the top hat is long gone but I still have the rattle (although its banned now!) Lets hope Reading go one better this year a win the big game - the prize last time was a chance to play the mighty Man Utd in the 5th round - this time its even bigger with the Final as the prize!"

Tell us your Wembley story - e-mail webmaster@readingfc.co.uk.

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