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The FPA announce their Charity XI fixtures for 2016

Reading FC Former Players 2016 Team Squad

The FPA have announced a series of charity and fund raising football matches to be played over the next few months.

Thanks to manager George Friel, they start this 2016 Spring/Summer season with possibly their strongest ever squad.

Included in the squad are regulars and "old faithful" Mick Gooding, Kevin Watson, Andy Gray, Ady Wiliams, Phil Brown, Michael Gilkes, Martyn Williams, Neville Roach, Paul Holsgrove, Keith Scott, Simon Osborn and Barry Hunter but joining them this year are Brian Howard, Glen Little, Ricky Newman, Mikele Leigertwood.

They kick-off their program of matches at Hambleden FC in Buckinghamshire on Sunday 24th April. The match at the 'The Dene' ground (RG9 6RP) kicks-off at 2pm.

The match is being organised to raise funds for the club to purchase new facilities and to provide a donation to selected local charities. The game forms part of a community and family fun day. 

The second is a match at Basingstoke Town's Camrose Stadium on Monday, 2nd May. The opposition is Southview FC and the match has been arranged to raise funds for Naomi House and Jacksplace Hospices. The game kicks-off at 3pm. Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices provide expert hospice care to more than 280 life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their extended families in Berkshire, Hampshire and the south of England.

On Sunday 15th May, they travel up the A329 (M) to Bracknell Town FC to take on a Charlies Angels XI. The benefit for this game is, unfortunately, a tragic one.The FPA were originally asked, to help raise funds the treatment and care of 15 year-old Charlie  Cronin. 

At only a year old she was diagnosed with a rare condition called Congenital Lymphangiectasia. Her condition caused her to spend many years in hospital care and, in 2009, Charlie became the first person at Kings College Hospital to have a small bowel transplant. Despite a brave fight, and a second transplant, Charlie passed away on the 3rd March, aged just 15.

The profits made from this game will go to the three hospitals involved in Charlie's brave fight for life, Kings College Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Evelina Children's Hospital in LondonThe team then travel to Worcester where they have accepted an invitation to play in a Four Team Tournament.

Over the Saturday and Sunday, May 28th and 29th, our 'Legends' take on a Nottingham Forest Vets, 'The Oak Apple' Vets and 'The White  Hart' Vets. Reading have drawn 'The White Hart' Vets in the first game on Saturday (4pm) while on the same day, Nottingham Forest Vets take on 'The Oak Apple' Vets in the second (6.30pm). The winners of each game go on to play each other  in the final on Sunday at 1.30pm, while the two runners-up meet in a 3rd/4th place 'play-off' at 11am.

The profit from the two day tournament will go to 'Acorns charity for Kids with terminal cancer' and rest bite care for their families. Please come along and support, 'the old boys' in their much appreciated charity work.

15 April 2016



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