While we’ve all been cooped up at home, our rare trips into the wider world have often been our visits to the supermarket to pick up our essentials for the week ahead.
Many of those supporters who would usually make the pilgrimage to Madejski Stadium on a Saturday afternoon have been going to work in stores throughout the past weeks and months, making sure that the rest of us can get what we need.
So now we pass our thanks to those Reading-supporting key workers who have been helping to get us through the tough times…
I’ve been a Reading fan for 10 years. I’m 16 years old and was a Season Ticket holder for 8 years. My first love for the club was when I was scouted and trialled for Reading then I started going to the games and saw us win the league in 2012.
I am currently working at Waitrose in Fleet; I have been stacking shelves and also serving customers and putting other people before myself so they can get the essential items they need to feed their families. Throughout this pandemic I’ve worked more hours to keep the shelves full for customers.
I am a driver team leader for Tesco Dotcom in Henley. As a Season Ticket holder, I was over the moon to see Sam Baldock shopping in my store! He was very nice and we had a great conversation, he also gave me a signed programme next time he came in! I can’t wait to come back to the Mad Stad – come on URZZZ!
I work at Sainsburys in Newbury and I am a massive Reading fan, I go to every home game with my nan. I work in the grocery section so I put out some of the most important items, all the stuff that we need in this pandemic.
It has been hard to work in a supermarket because it has been very busy, and it is difficult to keep two metres between you and shoppers while trying to keep the shelves stocked.
My nan and I miss going to the football on Saturdays – usually I would start work at 7am, finish at 11am, and then get the bus to the stadium at about 12.30pm, so it has been upsetting not to be able to do that, especially for my nan. But I want to say thank you to our captain Liam Moore who gave her a call to wish her well in this horrible time while she has been alone – it made her day!
I am looking forward to when we can get back to the Mad Stad and go through all the ups and downs again, which is all part of being a Reading fan.
I am Season Ticket holder at Reading, and I got my first job just before lockdown working nights – it was so busy, non-stop.
I have been working in the Waitrose warehouse, getting people their chilled items ready for deliveries during the night, but really enjoying it knowing people are getting their food and knowing I’m helping in some way makes me happy.
Well done to everyone who has played their part our amazing NHS and other key workers and everyone who has stayed at home to keep our country safe.
Sophie (nominated by Nick)
I’d like to put forward my girlfriend Sophie – she inherited supporting Reading FC when she started going out with me over five years ago, due to me going to most home games since I was three, she didn’t really have a choice! She goes to a few games when not working.
She is a shop worker at a local convenience store in Coley, a stone’s throw from the Madejski, and she has been working tirelessly in recent weeks to provide a service during these hard times. She has really been going the extra mile – working between 10 to 25 hours extra every week and didn’t have a day off for 24 days in a row due to her manager having to take time off sick. Thankfully for them it wasn’t Covid-19 but Sophie stepped up the mark (that Adam Le Fondre off the bench if you will) and put others first. It really emphasised what the real message is in these dark times, which has been pulling together and being there for one another.
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