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⏪ Relive the Simod Cup win – in full!

Watch the Wembley triumph again

27 March 2020

Spoiler alert: Reading win. That shouldn’t be too big a surprise though… we’ve only been talking about it for the past 32 years!

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🎧 The Royal Exchange podcast, ep1 | Michael Gilkes and Simod Cup memories!

27 March 2020

Never before had the Royals been to Wembley, and when they descended on the national stadium on 27th March 1988 – with tens of thousands of fans in tow, they upset the odds again, just like they had throughout the whole cup run to the final.

No-one saw it coming, and it looked unlikelier when Mick Harford got the Hatters ahead. But Michael Gilkes began the comeback, before Stuart Beavon put Reading ahead - and Mick Tait and Neil Smillie wrapped up that brilliant win in the second half.

That cup triumph holds a special place in the club’s history – and rightly so. Those that were there witnessed only win to date at Wembley… for our young supporters, it’s a fantastic history lesson of bygone glories.

Normally, we would be building towards a trip to Kenilworth Road and a modern-day meeting with the Hatters... but this is a worthy substitute.

So whether you want to see it for the umpteenth time or the first time, we’re broadcasting the whole 90 minutes in full on Friday; it’ll begin at 3pm on our YouTube channel.

Click play above to watch – or press the bell icon to set a reminder and get an alert when the stream goes live.


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