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Sir John pays tribute to Royals’ loyal servants

Sir John pays tribute to Royals’ loyal servants
July 03, 2009

Sir John Madejski paid tribute to two loyal servants of Reading FC when they both retired fron the club last July.

Former player and groundsman Gordon Neate and kit-man Ron Grant were given a good send-off at a special function held at Madejski Stadium.

Both received a framed signed Royals shirt and an album containing pictures of their careers.

Neate began his association with the club as a player 53 years ago.

Madejski described Neate’s service as “incredible,” adding: “When you (Gordon) were handed a special award by Barclays (league sponsors) a couple of years ago they described you as ‘Mr Reading’ and after 50 years here who could disagree?”

The chairman told Grant, an associate member of the Ex-Players Association, that he was a “true stalwart” and thanked him for his loyal service over such a long period.

Also among the 50 staff who attended the farewell party were new manager Brendan Rodgers and club captain Ivar Ingimarsson.

03 July 2010

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