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Chairman recognised by EFL for 25 years of service

6 July 2016

Sir John Madejski receives award in Portugal

After passing the 25-year mark with Reading Football Club last season, we are very pleased to announce that our Co-Chairman Sir John Madejski this summer received a Long Service Award from the EFL.

At the annual Chairmen's Conference in Portugal, Sir John was presented with a special award to acknowledge his remarkable landmark and his service to our football club over the course of two and a half decades.

Last December we used the #Madejski25 hashtag on Twitter to mark the 25th anniversary, and posted some of the most iconic images from our Chairman’s time with the club – including starting construction on our wonderful new stadium, meeting famous faces, and lifting silverware of course!

The award was presented in front of his peers at a gala dinner in the Algarve coastal town of Vilamoura.

We would like to express our thanks to the EFL for paying special tribute to our Co-Chairman and recognising this incredible milestone.

Sir John Madejski said, “It was a true honour to be the recipient of such an award last month, as it has been an honour to be Chairman of this wonderful football club during such a successful period in its history.

"When I celebrated the 25th anniversary of my time as Chairman back in December, I thanked all the tremendous people who have worked with me as well as all the fans who have offered myself and the club we all love such unwavering support throughout the years. And now I must also thank the EFL, for their very kind words of praise and appreciation at the ceremony and for the Long Service accolade which was awarded to me out in Portugal.

"It is important to note that this award is recognition not just for me, but for every one of the fantastically loyal staff I've worked with for many, many years. And I would like to take this opportunity to mention one of those great people. I was deeply moved by the funeral of Eamonn Dolan yesterday - a man who was without doubt one of the main stalwarts of Reading Football Club during my tenure and who was hugely responsible for Reading's epic rise to the top echelon. Personally, I am delighted that the North Stand will now be known as The Eamonn Dolan Stand – well and truly deserved recognition."

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