Get to know Royals youngster, Tom McIntyre, a bit better on New Year's Day by picking up a copy of The Royal!
The centre-back discusses his lengthy battles with injury, growing up in our Academy and describes exactly how it felt to achieve his childhood dream and play for the Reading first team - while also sharing childhood photos of his time following the Royals.
He details the feeling he had of being a fan in the shirt, playing on through a head injury on his debut and the influence of those behind the scenes who have helped him get to this point.
Take a sneak peek below!
“I tried to go to as many away games as I could, I went to all the big ones, like Leicester. I went up with my dad, my cousin, uncle and grandad because that was the biggest game Reading had ever played in. We all drove up early, after Rotherham that was probably the second-best day of my life! That was incredible, seeing Reading get to the Premier League. My dad was gutted because he missed the goal!
“Since I was four, my dad, grandad and I have all had Season Tickets in the Upper West – and over the years, more and more members of my family have got them. There are eight or nine of us now, I actually still have my Season Ticket up there.
“Reading means everything to us. Our lives revolve around Reading Football Club, because of the fact I play for them and we come every week. It’s a huge part of our lives, that’s why it felt so special to make my debut.
“All my family members who could make it were there, a few friends too. My mum was in bits though, she couldn’t stop crying before the game because she couldn’t believe what was happening!”
As always, you'll get the lowdown on our opponents, Swansea City, hear from José Gomes ahead of his first home game in charge and lots more.
Make sure you pick up your copy of our programme from any of our sellers all around Madejski Stadium on New Year's Day for just £3!