This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Remembrance Day has been observed ever since King George V inaugurated the very first Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of hostilities on the Western Front. And that tradition has continued and is still observed across the country to recall the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month back in 1918.
One century on, Royals and Ipswich Town fans will be invited to mark a poignant day in world history at Madejski Stadium.
On Saturday 10th November, We would encourage all supporters to arrive at Madejski Stadium as early as possible ahead of a Remembrance Service which will begin shortly after 1.30pm.
We would also urge both home and away supporters to take their seats in the bowl well in advance of kick-off; the turnstiles will not operate once the Remembrance activities have begun on the field of play, so all fans should be inside the bowl at least five minutes prior to kick-off (2.55pm).
- 12.30pm Volunteers from The Royal British Legion will be selling poppies and collecting donations from fans in and around the ground.
- 1.30pm Supporters of both teams are invited to gather at the Remembrance Wall, next to Gate 1. The Reading Scottish Pipe Band will be performing in advance of the start of the service.
- 1.45pm The Act of Remembrance will begin, led by Rev. Barry Kirk (former Chaplain of Reading Football Club)
- 1.50pm Following the sounding of 'The Last Post', wreaths or floral tributes will be laid by representatives from all connnected with Reading Football Club:
Ron Gourlay (Reading Football Club)
Sir John Madejski (Reading FC Community Trust)
Eddie Dove (Reading FC Vice-Presidents Club)
Ian Maynard (Supporters' Trust at Reading)
Katherine Buckell (Relatives of the Fallen Players)
Matthew Thame (Young Royals)
Shedrach Abbey (Reading FC Academy)
Ron Grant (Reading FC Former Players' Association)
John Rogers (The Royal British Legion)
- 2pm In groups of three, individual tributes will be laid by those representing each of the 15 former Reading players who were killed during battle in World War I:
Emmanual Osho (for Jack Huggins)
Colin Bishop (for Joe Dickenson)
Peter Overs (for Herbert Stevens)
Aaron Summers (for Len Hawes)
Nigel Howe (for Edward 'Ginger' Mitchell)
Jackie Evans (for Charles West)
Daniel Rook (for Ben Butler)
Jean Hardly (for Alfred Hall)
Peter Hardly (for Norman Wood)
Dave Evans (for Allen Foster)
Ashquar Ahmed (for James Comrie)
Julie Wilson (for Alexander McCurdie)
Robert Crowe (for Fred Wheatcroft)
Victor Koroma (for Walter Tull)
Carol Buckell (for Heber Slatter)
Paul Ellix (for the many supporters who fell)
- 2.40pm A special 'Royals Remembered' video will be broadcast on the big screen.
- 2.47pm The Reading Scottish Pipe Band will march onto the Madejski Stadium pitch, playing in front of the East Stand.
- 2.55pm Our first team players emerge from the tunnel, poppies added to their shirts for this special fixture. These match-worn shirts will be auctioned off by Sky Bet in aid of the Royal British Legion.
- 2.56pm A bespoke commemorative coin from the Royal British Legion will be used for the coin toss.
- 2.57pm The turnstiles around Madejski Stadium will be halted to avoid any disruption to on-field Remembrance activities.
- 2.58pm Supporters will be asked to fall silent as bugler Mark Dallas perform the Last Post.
- 2.59pm Madejski Stadium observes a minute's silence in honour of those who fought for our country.
- 3pm Kick-off. Turnstiles will re-open upon the conclusion of the minute's silence.
Away from Madejski Stadium, the The Premier League, The FA, EFL and the PFA are sponsoring 'The Greater Game' at Waterloo East Theatre, a play that tells the story of Clapton Orient and the men who swapped the football fields of London for the battle fields of the Somme in 1916.
In addition, the 'Football Remembers' programme will be promoting the Games of Remembrance which see the British Army and German Army football teams competing in memory of those who fought so bravely decades ago; two fixtures will take place in Nottingham on Thursday 8th November with Notts County hosting the women’s game at 12pm and Nottingham Forest hosting the men’s match at 7pm.