Reading make historyReading travel to Bradford City on Saturday for only the club’s fifth FA Cup quarter-final in 144 years and, prior to the hotly-anticipated occasion, the official website has turned back the clock well over a century.
In 1893, the Royals - competing in the eighth tier of English football - had never qualified for the first-round proper of the Football Association Cup, which had first been contested for two decades earlier.
That would soon change, though, as the 1983-84 campaign saw Reading fight off competition from 16 other local sides to win their regional pool and write their name in the history books.
The final of the knockout series saw the Royals travel to Swindon Town where two goals earned us a 2-0 victory and, upon their return, a large crowd gathered at Reading train station to welcome the team home.
Squad members were carried shoulder high through the streets of the town and, such was the pride within the club, every single player was issued with a personally engraved medal to commemorate their success.
Embedded below is the medal given to inside-forward Harry Read.
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