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An Evening With Kevin Dillon and Wally Downes

The Reading FC Former Players' Association are pleased to announce the next in their very successful and popular series of evenings with former Reading FC players and management.

Two Key members of Steve Coppell's very successful management team of 2005/06's Championship winning side, Kevin Dillon and Wally Downes, both often deemed outspoken and controversial,  will talk about their extensive playing and coaching careers, but particularly on their time at Madejski Stadium. 

The two men will appear at the Tilehurst Royal British Legion club, Downing Road, Reading RG31 5BB on Thursday, 10 March 2016. Doors and Bar open at 6.30pm with the evening starting at 7.30pm.

BBC Radio Berkshire Sports commentator and former Reading FC captain Ady Williams will once again host the evening and lead a conversation with Kevin and Wally in his customary open, relaxed and attentive manner before opening the floor to a question and answer session with the audience.

A member of Wimbledon's infamous Crazy Gang, Wally played over 200 League games for ‘The Dons' before concentrating on coaching and management. As a highly respected coach, Wally served with Crystal Palace, Reading, Southampton and West Ham United. As Reading's defensive coach, Downes was a major reason for Reading's impressive defensive display in the 2005-06 Championship season, where Reading had the best defensive statistics in the entire English football pyramid, and were promoted to the Premier League with a record 106 points.

A vastly experienced player, Kevin played over 560 times in a 17 year Football League career with Birmingham City, Portsmouth, Newcastle United and Reading, and was capped once for England under-21. Kevin joined Reading in 1991 as a midfielder making over 100 appearances for 'The Royals' and was an integral part of the football club for over 16 years as Academy coach, Reserve team manager, first team coach and caretaker manager.

Tickets for this event are available at £20 from the Reading FC Former Players' website at

The ticket includes a Fish and Chip supper.  Also, fans will get the chance of winning a Reading FC shirt signed by the 2015/16 championship squad, and other great prizes in a raffle prize draw.

The Former Players' Association are looking for sponsors or joint-sponsors for the event. If you can help or wish to speak to Chairman, Richard Wickson, you can contact him either by phone on 0118 9724473 or by email on



Further information:

Reading FC Former Players' Association: See

Kevin Dillon: See

Wally Downes: See



18 February 2016

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