• Ryan Sheehan

The Citizens remember the fallen

Reading City Football Club will remember those who have fought and died for their country on Saturday when they welcome Fairford Town to The Rivermoor.

As the Citizens aren't at home until after remembrance Sunday we have decided to commemorate those who gave their today, for our today during this fixture. Saturday will also mark the launch of the Royal British Legion's poppy appeal in Royal Berkshire.

As part of our commemorations the Arborfield Military Wives Choir will be performing before kick off in the clubhouse, then a one minute silence will be observed before kick off. Players of both Reading City Football Club and Fairford Town Football Club will be wearing poppy adorned shirts during the game.

Spectators will also be able to donate money to the Royal British Legion and pick up their own poppy from the clubhouse.

We are inviting members of the armed forces whether actively serving or a veteran to this fixture for free, all you have to do is present a valid armed forces ID at the turnstiles to receive free entry.

Our friendly mascot Lawsey The Lion will also be making an appearance on Saturday, so we invite the community of Reading to join us as we remember those who have fought and died for their country, Reading City Football Club is a family friendly club.

Season Ticket Holders of Reading Football Club will also receive free entry to this fixture, all you have to do is just show a valid Reading Football Club Season Ticket to be awarded free entry.

Our media and public relations manager Ryan Sheehan had this to say:

"As a club we have worked very hard to organise this fixture, working closely with the Berkshire Royal British Legion we were able to gain permission to collect money on behalf of the Royal British Legion so that we can help them continue the amazing work that they do. We'd like to thank them for their support and look forward to working with them on projects going forward.
We'd also like to thank Arborfield Military Wives Choir for coming to perform for us, as a club we are honoured that our football match on Saturday will be the very first one they have attended. We'd also like to thank them for being so cooperative which allowed us to ensure the arrangements of the day worked for both the club and for them.
Initially when we planned this event, it was because it was the last fixture at home until after remembrance sunday, but through our contact with the Arborfield Military Wives Choir they kindly informed us that it also coincided with the launch of the poppy appeal in Royal Berkshire, even more reason to organise a commemorative fixture.
We look forward to welcoming the players, officials and supporters of Fairford Town Football Club to the Rivermoor on Saturday and we hope that many members of the Reading community will join us for this commemorative fixture, both Reading and Fairford have a strong connection to the Armed Forces with both being home to military bases so it will be a poignant moment for both teams".

For all media enquiries please email media@readingcityfc.co.uk

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