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🦁 Fans show we stand 'Together' with the Reading community

Fans' flag draped across the East Stand remembers those affected by the Forbury Gardens attack

8 July 2020

When we hosted Brentford, ten days after the tragic events at Forbury Gardens, we paid our respects as a club. Captain Liam Moore laid a wreath in the centre circle ahead of a minute's silence and our players and coaching staff all wore black armbands for the match in memory of those who lost their lives.

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🖤 Together | We pay our respects to those who lost their lives in Forbury Gardens

1 July 2020

Yesterday evening, we hosted Huddersfield Town and it was our fans' chance to send a message of support to the people of Reading.

Our Club 1871 fans and Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) - with a little help from local print company VGL - came together to produce a huge flag which was draped across the East Stand during last night's game.

The flag bore Reading University's 'Together' design, with the message running across a silhouette of the Maiwand Lion which stands proud at the heart of Forbury Gardens and remains a symbol of strength to the Reading community.

There were no fans in the stands of course. So this was a very symbolic way for our supporters to show their support for the Reading family who have been affected by this tragedy.

Thank you to all who helped fund and manufacture the flag and to all the fans who offered to donate and were directed to a memorial fund set up in honour of the three individuals who lost their lives in Reading that evening.

We are proud of our supporters. And we are proud of our community.

As STAR tweeted this week, "It’s a tough time, but we will always have each other. This town is strong!"

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