A tribute to a loyal RoyalReading Football Club are sincerely saddened to learn of the tragic loss of one its supporters, Jamie Golding.
Jamie, 28, routinely attended games as a Season Ticket Holder alongside his father Daran, who together sat in the same East Stand seats ever since the stadium first opened back in 1998.
Towards the end of a home game against Hull City last season, Jamie felt unwell and was treated by St John Ambulance staff at Madejski Stadium. He was later taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital where he was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
In constant contact with Jamie’s father, the club sent a letter written by manager Brian McDermott along with a signed shirt to try to help keep Jamie’s morale high – and, staying in touch with Jamie and his battle against cancer this season, Jaap Stam sent a personal message of his own as well as more signed items to the brave young fan.
Both Jamie and Daran still tried to attend games in 2016-17, watching our opening day win over Preston from their Y25 seats back in August whilst listening to the Royals from his hospital bed when they played away from home.
However, Jamie passed away on Saturday afternoon. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends and so many fans who he regularly encountered in his superb support of the Royals.
Our deepest condolences and the thoughts and prayers of all at Reading Football Club are with Jamie’s family.