On Saturday afternoon, owner Ms Dai, Erica Dolan and Vice Chairman Nigel Howe officially unveiled a brand new Academy Honours Board at Madejski Stadium.
The Honours Board, designed by Cream Design and sponsored by STAR, the Vice-Presidents and the Reading FC Former Players' Association, features the names of the 47 players who have come through our Academy system to represent the first team here at Reading Football Club.
From top to bottom, this club has an immense pride in its Academy - the staff who work tirelessly to educate and inspire, the coaches who nurture and develop and keep the conveyor belt churning, and the young players who continue to strive for success in the form of first team football at Reading and a career in professional football.
And players past, present and future gathered for the unveiling at 1.15pm in the approach to the Main Entrance to Madejski Stadium.
Some of the names on the board were represented in person - former Royals Simon Church and Nicholas Bignall were present, while current Academy graduates Tom Holmes and Jordan Obita were also in attendance.
And, importantly, there is also space on the honours board for additions. That same afternoon, young defender Tom McIntyre was named on the first team bench for the first time in his fledgling career - while Danny Loader earned a first Madejski Stadium start against the Potters.
Young players at this club aspire to pull on a first team shirt bearing the Reading crest and, under the guidance of Ged Roddy - who spoke at length at the unveiling about Eamonn's legacy and how it lives on under his stewardship as Academy Manager, our Category One set-up has high expectations and evident aspirations to add to that list of 47!
And that is why it was also important that our future Academy stars were present at the unveiling - the Under-13s squad listened intently to the words from former Welsh international Simon Church, who spoke eloquently on his experience earned within our esteemed Academy set-up.
Eamonn's family - his wife Erica, daughter Grace and brother Pat - were all at the ceremony too and we would like to thank them for attending as well as extend our gratitude to STAR, the Vice-Presidents and the Reading FC Former Players' Association who came together to sponsor the board. Their support for the Academy, our club’s future, and the unsung work which goes into keeping it ticking on a daily basis at every level is very much appreciated.