Whilst ambitious and forward-thinking in its plans for the future, Reading Football Club also tips its hat to its 147-year history.
Last week, 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.
125 years is a long time in football. But some things don’t change. Back in 1894, Reading were looking to move to new facilities more suited to the club’s ambitions - back then we were looking to relocate our ground from Caversham Cricket Club. Now, in 2019, we are preparing to move into a brand new state of the art training facility at Bearwood.
Some things do change however and the Southern League has certainly flourished ever since its inception. It began with just nine teams. Today it comprises of 84 clubs, divided between four divisions!
At a meeting, held in the luxurious setting of the Billiter Coffee Rooms in Fenchurch Street exactly 125 years ago on Friday, Reading Football Club were represented by a Mr W Rogers - and he seconded a proposed motion to form the Southern League.
The Royals’ Southern League debut was a seven-goal thriller against rivals Swindon Town; thankfully we came out on the right side of a 4-3 scoreline!
So Reading Football Club remains true to its roots and raised a toast to the successes, past and present, of the Southern League!