First printed in matchday programme ‘The Royal’Our shareholders wrote a festive message to Reading supporters, which was printed in yesterday’s edition of ‘The Royal’, our matchday programme, for our game against Brentford.
You can read the message in full below…
Welcome to Madejski Stadium for the final fixture of another eventful year in the long, rich history of Reading Football Club.
As 2015 nears its end, we find ourselves at the very start of a brand new era following our recent appointment of manager Brian McDermott. In Brian, we know we have a man with a special affection for this club and a manager with a hunger for success as well as a real determination to achieve even more at Madejski Stadium. As we all know, he has taken Reading to the promised land of the Premier League once before and, together as one club, we will all work together to try to repeat that accomplishment. Although we are all shareholders at this club, now we are also fans – and in Brian McDermott we feel we have a fellow supporter of the Royals holding the reins.
You must have targets in business, in sport, in life. Regaining and then retaining top division status remains our ultimate goal - the Premier League is the chief ambition we all share as supporters of Reading Football Club. Results in the league have not been as good as any of us would have hoped in 2015, however we are sure 2016 will see us climb back up the league and challenge at the top end of the table once more.
And we shouldn’t forget the success we enjoyed in 2015 - the history we made in an amazing run to the FA Cup semi-final! The trip to Wembley back in April was an unforgettable occasion and seeing the fans all in blue and white was a sight to behold - it was a day we will always remember as Royals. In football, you can’t win them all. But we all live through the lows to be able to truly enjoy the highs – and we hope there will be many more highs to savour in 2016.
We would also like to take this opportunity to pay a personal tribute to Sir John Madejski, who earlier this month celebrated 25 years since taking over as Chairman of Reading Football Club. He has served this club with honour, pride and passion for more than a quarter of a century and it is important to realise that he has invested more than his money on the incredible transformation of this club; he also has devoted all his time, patience, relentless energy and a significant part of his life to give Reading Football Club the direction, vision, ambition and stability it has needed during the last 25 years.
Now, we look to the future and 2016. This is a wonderful club with community at its heart and an amazing spirit. And we celebrated a win just before Christmas in Brian McDermott’s first game back as manager of the first team, so hopefully we will be celebrating many, many more wins in the year to come.
We have really enjoyed our first full year as shareholders of Reading Football Club and this town has felt like a second home to us ever since we arrived in Reading. On behalf of the Board, Sir John Madejski, the manager and his coaching team, our loyal staff and the players themselves, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters good health and happiness in the year to come.