“C’mon kid, the harder you work, the luckier you become…” A mantra often cited by Eamonn Dolan which still resonates with all who come through our Academy ranks. A motto which has earned us success.
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.
This weekend, before our first team kick off against Stoke City on Saturday, we will be unveiling an Honours Board which will feature the names of the 47 players who have come through our Academy system to represent the first team here at Reading Football Club.
The board, which will be unveiled to the public at 1.15pm in the approach to the Main Entrance to Madejski Stadium, aptly exhibits the magnificent achievement our Academy has made since its inception nearly 20 years ago.
But, importantly, there is also space for additions…
On Tuesday night, midfielders Andy Rinomhota and Liam Kelly were joined by 18-year-old full debutant Danny Loader in starting in front of more than 27,000 fans at Elland Road…and our Academy graduates certainly impressed!
Young players at this club aspire to pull on a first team shirt bearing the Reading crest and, under the guidance of Academy Manager Ged Roddy and his team of coaches and staff, our Category One set-up has high expectations and evident aspirations to add to that list of 47!
Supporters will be able to see the Honours Board for the first time on Saturday as it is officially unveiled by some of the key individuals who have played an important part in earning and since upholding our Academy’s fine reputation.
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to STAR, the Vice-Presidents and the Reading FC Former Players' Association, who have come 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.