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José heaps praise on new skipper in 'The Royal'

Pick up your copy for just £3 on Saturday

2 August 2019

There's plenty to read about in your first league edition of 'The Royal' in 2019-20 on Saturday, with our matchday programme crammed full of exclusive content for you to see before the big kick-off.

Royals boss, José Gomes has penned his first notes of the season, where he has reserved praise for skipper Liam Moore, and the spirit he captain embodies - setting the example for his teammates to follow.

Here's a sneak peek of what the manager had to say:

We have a young squad to start the season, but they will be giving everything they can to win – playing in the right way, with the right spirit, and a strong presence with Liam Moore as their new captain to lead them on the pitch.

Last season, in one home game, Liam dislocated his shoulder. The doctor asked me to substitute him. And he started shouting at the doctor, saying he wanted to stay on. Even with the pain he was in, he was strong. This picture says everything.

He is a player who is already ready to suffer and fight for the team and he transferred this image of fighting spirit to the other players. The Championship is a league that you must play well in – and if you play well you will get close to winning. But it is a fighting league, you must fight to win. And he gave us that spirit.

Elsewhere in a packed programme, there are plenty of voices who have offered their thoughts on the new season ahead.

There's a tale of Royal redemption as Josh Barrett sat down for The Long Read, with an in-depth, eight-page look at the youngster's revival in a Reading shirt - and the steps he has taken along the way to get into the first team reckoning. Not only that, Barrett is your cover star on your new-look edition of The Royal.

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Liam Moore assesses the team's targets ahead of the new season in his captain's column, while Academy Manager, Ged Roddy previews what is set to be a standout campaign for our youth talent.

There are plenty of new voices, too, including those of our supporters. Popular fanzine, The Tilehurst End are now featured for the upcoming campaign, as are the South Stand contingent in Club 1871 with their own exclusive column.

Club historian, David Downs, starts a look at the standout match of each season at Madejski Stadium, while football historian, Leigh Edwards, provides insight at players who have had two or more spells with Saturday's opponents, Sheffield Wednesday, and Mark Roach returns to the matchday programme after 32 years - reprising his 'In The Box' column that last featured in a Reading programme in 1987.

All that and lots more in your first league edition of The Royal this season, all for just £3. Make sure you pick up your copy from any of our sellers all around Madejski Stadium, and have a read of your new and improved programme for the 2019-20 campaign.

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