Updated: May 16
Reading City Football Club remembered those who have fought and died for their country yesterday when we welcomed Fairford Town to the Rivermoor for our Hellenic League Premier Division Clash.
As yesterday's fixture was the last home game until after remembrance Sunday, the club decided to commemorate those who fought and died for their country during this fixture as we wanted to pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, our commemorations also happened to coincide with the launch of the poppy appeal in Royal Berkshire, which we were more than happy to support and had a collection tin in the clubhouse for the Royal British Legion where spectators could make a donation and get a poppy to wear with pride whilst remembering those who gave their today for our tomorrow.
Before opening the gates at 1pm the Clubhouse was decked out in flags of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force which makes up the British Armed Forces as part of our commemorations to the military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice whilst defending our freedom.
Later in the afternoon, we were joined by the fantastic Arborfield Military Wives Choir who would perform for those who had joined us ahead of kick off as part of our commemorations, their performance was very enjoyable and made the day even more special. It was a pleasure to welcome them to the Rivermoor. This would be the first time the Arborfield Military Wives Choir had an outing to a football club. We are very honoured that they chose to visit us.
The Arborfield Military Wives Choir weren't the only special guests at The Rivermoor yesterday afternoon, as we were also happy to welcome representatives of Parkers Properties, our principal sponsor to the game as they too wanted to pay their respects to the fallen.
Ahead of kick off the ground fell silent as the last post was played, before a one minute silence was observed so that everyone could pay their respects to those who have fought and died for their country. We would like to thank the supporters of both Reading City Football Club and Fairford Town along with the players, staff and officials of our visitors for impeccably observerved the one minute silence. Reading City Football Club's players, coaching staff, mascots and officials wore poppy adorned shirts for this fixture.
Our media and public relations manager Ryan Sheehan who worked hard to organise the commemorative events on behalf of the club, had this to say following the game:
"I'm Really pleased that our commemorations to those who gave their today, for our tomorrow went really well today. Despite the weather we had a good crowd here at The Rivermoor, to watch the game against Fairford Town. A big thank you to everyone who attended today's match, the one minute silence ahead of Kick Off was impeccably observed by both teams and their supporters. I'd also like to thank Arborfield Military Wives Choir for coming over to perform for us ahead of kick off, we really enjoyed the performance & it helped make the day more special.
Thanks also to the Berkshire Branch of the Royal British Legion for all the support they offered when organising this event, looking forward to working with you on future projects. I also want to thank the Berkshire Branch of SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity for helping to promote today's event as we wanted to reach out to the Armed forces community".