Saturday's edition of The Royal is packed with your usual essential pre-match content, as Reading take on Aston Villa at Madejski Stadium this weekend.
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Omar Richards is the feature interviewee in Saturday's edition of The Long Read, discussing his rise through the Academy ranks and how everyone around him has helped make him become the player he is today.
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“Growing up, my mum made a lot of things happen for me,” he said. “With football, she’d be taking me up and down to training and to matches all over the country. I’m very fortunate for that.
“I grew up with my mum, single parent, I didn’t see too much of my dad. I’m fortunate for her making a lot of things work for me. I grew up in south-east London, around Lewisham.
“I’m not really sure how I got into football originally, but I started to play Sunday league with my local team. I didn’t really know if I was any good at it, but I just played for fun then they signed me up down there.
“I remember getting released by Fulham at 16, and I didn’t know where football was going for me at that time. When I came over to Reading and got signed, that was a big moment in my career – just to keep going and keep sticking with my dream.
“Eamonn put belief in me, after getting released I lost quite a bit of confidence and he was able to restore that, and he helped me get where I am today."
You'll also get an extensive look at Saturday's opponents, Aston Villa, Ray Reeves is the player in profile for the 250 Club and you'll learn more about activities happening around the stadium on Saturday.
As part of our extensive season-by-season reviews of the Madejski Stadium era throughout the campaign, the 2007-08 Premier League season is under the microscope on this occasion.
Former Reading and Villa man, Steve Sidwell, appears on the cover as we look at proud moments from the last 20 years in RG2.
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