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Saints and Royals meet in aid of charity

Photos courtesy of Les Chase

You are always guaranteed goals when go along to watch the Reading FC Legends XI. After a 6-4 win over East Hendred FC earlier this month, the Legends played out a 4-4 draw with a former Southampton FC ‘Old Boys’ XI at Basingstoke Town’s Camrose ground last Sunday.

The match, organised by the Reading FC Former Players Association, was played in aid of former Reading and Southampton striker Steve Moran’s Muscular Dystrophy Appeal. The day raised £1,500 for four Muscular Dystrophy based charities.  The Connor Lancaster Trust; the Muscular Dystrophy Trust; Martin House Hospice and Action Duchenne will all gain from the day’s activities.

As the lead continually altered from one side to the other, it was Southampton that looked to have clinched a win at 4-2. But goals from Josh Webb and Neville Roach brought the two teams level at the final whistle. Andy Gray and former Northern Ireland international Barry Hunter scored the other goals for the ex-Royals while Jo Tessum, David Hughes, Andy Cook and Mike Barrett scored for “The Saints”.

Reading manager George Friel said, “It proved a great family day out. With these charity games, you get all the enthusiasm of competitive football without the aggression and the un-social aspects of League football.”


The occasion also saw the Association formerly launch its new website.  You can now follow the former Royals and check out any forthcoming events on

To launch the new site, Reading striker Jason Roberts has donated a pair of match worn and signed boots.  To win them, simply go to the fun stuff page, and complete the short entry form.

Coming Up

The Reading FC Legends XI will be next in action when they play a Watford FC Legends team at Northwood FC on Sunday 5 May for the “The Dave Bewley Memorial Trophy” in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Click here to view the Watford promotional poster.

24 April 2013

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