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#OneReading | January 2019

Catch up with the club's community connections in the past month

4 February 2019

January was another month that saw the Royals connect with those in the local community, while championing the 'One Reading' spirit around the club.

Here's a selection of what we've been up to as a football club in the past month...

Legg presents Primary Stars awards to Nine Mile Ride students

Royals goalkeeper, George Legg, was on hand to present awards as a guest of honour for local school, Nine Mile Ride's presentation evening in January.

Year 5 and 6 students from the local primary school have been regularly attending Learning Zone sessions at the home of Reading FC, thanks to Premier League Primary Stars funding.

George was on hand to deliver awards for various individual achievements, as well as recognising all of the students who took part and completed the programme.  

All hands on deck to get training on!

Plenty of members of Royals staff, including Chief Executive, Nigel Howe banded together last week to clear snow at Hogwood and get first-team training on ahead of the weekend's game against Aston Villa.

Royals boss, José Gomes says the club is 'working together like a family' and the club should be very proud of the staff who come to work every day.

"They came from their desks in the offices, from the youth departments in the Academy - to help take the snow from the pitch. It was fantastic," he said.

"There is an amazing spirit in the club - and with this spirit we will get what we want." 

Celebrating the life of Johnny Walker

Following the sad passing of former Reading captain, Johnny Walker, last week, Royals players, staff and supporters all paid tribute with a minute's applause at Madejski Stadium at the weekend.

Walker played more than 300 times in an eight-year stint as a Royal, and remained a resident of the local area after his retirement and regularly came out and supported the Royals at Madejski Stadium.

Members of Johnny's family were welcomed to RG2 as guests of the club at the weekend, and looked on as loyal Royals paid tribute to one of the greats of Reading Football Club.

Getting to know Kelly Chambers

We sat down for an extended interview with Reading FC Women manager, Kelly Chambers, as she detailed the vital role she has at our club.

The Royals Women are having another good season in the Women's Super League 1, the top tier of women's football, after securing their best-ever return of a 4th-placed finish last time around.

Click the link above to watch the video and get to know Kelly a little bit better!

Club remembers Southern League roots in anniversary event

Madejski Stadium played host to representatives from a variety of football clubs in hosting a lunch to mark the 125th anniversary of The Southern Football League.

Royals CEO Nigel Howe welcomed a room of nearly 200 people, while former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams was invited as the guest speaker as an audience celebrated a league which included Reading Football Club as a founding member. 

So Reading Football Club remains true to its roots and raised a toast to the successes, past and present, of the Southern League!

Tom and Gabe given framed debut shirts 

Our most recent Academy graduates, Tom McIntyre and Gabe Osho, were surrounded by their teammates and friends as Nigel Howe and Academy Manager, Ged Roddy awarded them with framed shirts from their senior debuts in December.

It's a proud moment for both players - who can absolutely be called 'one of our own' in their own right. They've played together since the age of 8 within our Academy, and now both have ascended all the way to our senior ranks!

McIntyre is currently recovering from an injury sustained on his debut against Rotherham United, while Osho is now building on his valuable senior experience on loan in League One with Bristol Rovers.

Congratulations to both on their fantastic achievements!

And finally...

Congratulations to Maiden Erlegh Girls' Under-13s, who won the regional stage of the EFL Kids' Cup and will be advancing to the next round of the tournament, representing Reading!

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