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Reading FC celebrates 150 years with a new exhibition


READING Museum is delighted to announce details of its latest exhibition, ‘COLLECTED: 150 Years of Reading FC’.

Through a unique collection of images, ephemera and memorabilia, the exhibition tells the incredible story of Reading Football Club’s historic journey, from a group of young townspeople playing on Kings Meadow to the heights of the national game.

With expert interpretation provided by the Club’s community of historians, the exhibition is designed to appeal to fans old and new, as Reading marks the 150and anniversary of its football club, making it one of the oldest surviving clubs in the Football League.

STAR Items (Supporters Trust at Reading) bring this story to life, including never-before-seen photographs from the club’s history, loans of iconic players such as a shirt worn by all-time fan favorite Robin Friday, and a range of merchandise from the personal collection of legendary former Reading FC chairman Sir John Madejski.

Reading FC 150 years

The exhibition reflects the important ways the club contributes to the life of our town, with an account of the vital work its Community Trust does in Reading today. It also includes the results of recent photographic research into the early days of women’s football in Reading, as well as some of the key historical moments in the emergence of people of color in professional football.

During the production of the exhibition, the Reading Museum worked closely with and is extremely grateful to STAR, as well as to Select Car Leasing and Business Moves Group for their generous sponsorship, which made possible this unique celebration of the history of the Club. .

Cllr Karen Rowland, Reading’s Senior Advisor for Culture, Heritage and Leisure, said:

“I am delighted to see Reading Museum working with the Supporters Trust in Reading and our community to co-create this exhibition, highlighting the incredible life and times of our town and the huge part of our football club continues to play on and off the pitch. The club means so much to so many people – not just here in Reading, but across the world. This exhibition will be a focal point for fans of the club to share and celebrate this incredible story. I know this will galvanize us all as we look forward to many more successes for the Royals. And what better year to celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary celebrations alongside the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee !

“Come see this must-see exhibit and for half of term families can also enjoy fun football themed trails and activities. Visit the museum website to know more. »

“We are very pleased to support the work of our local museum in showcasing the fascinating history of our town. Select are proud to have been associated with Reading FC for many years and now put our name to the stadium that transformed the club’s fortunes, thanks to the extraordinary vision and hard work of Sir John Madejski. Reflecting on the Club’s 150-year history and tradition, both on and off the pitch, we encourage everyone to visit the exhibition: to learn your story and roar for the Royals.

Former Reading FC chairman Sir John Madejski said:

“I am very proud of the part I have played in the long and illustrious history of Reading Football Club. I recognize that the identity and character of the club has been shaped by all the fans and all those who have been involved throughout. throughout its history, from the players behind the scenes and to the technical staff, and it’s great to see those shared memories brought together in the Reading Museum’s latest exhibition.

“I am delighted to be associated with the Reading Football Club 150and anniversary, and I am very honored to have been able to make a contribution to the club from 1990 to 2016. I am extremely proud to have played an instrumental role in the provision of Madejski Stadium, and I will always cherish the wonderful moments on the pitch of game which we witnessed there. Most particularly perhaps, I cherish my memories of being part of the Club when we reached the Premier League, the top tier.

“I look forward to many happy seasons to come, roaring for the Royals to score at least one goal more than the opposition on the pitch, contributing to the cultural life of Reading off the pitch and being back again in the Premier League where we still belong.

Roger Titford, STAR Heritage Manager, said:

“It was a huge pleasure to put on the exhibition and to find material that I had never seen. We hope visitors get a full picture of the club’s history – we had many great days even before joining the Football League in 1920. The fan material forms the foundation of the exhibition and the fan input to the life of the club is recognized. »

More details

‘COLLECTED: 150 Years of Reading FC’ is free to play and runs from Saturday 19 February to 6 August 2022 at Sir John Madejski Gallery, Reading Museum

Families are encouraged to take the kids with them this February semester, starting with the Big Football Hunt and Bertie the Badger’s Football Nickname Trail, with crafty activities to take home and color in. For more details, visit