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Reading Legends lift the Trophy

Twenty Four hours after Reading hit four goals against Fulham, the Reading Legends emulated that achievement in a charity match at Northwood FC against a Watford Legends XI. The match, played for the ‘David Bewley Memorial Trophy’ raised an estimated £2,000 for Alzeimer’s Research UK. The fixture was arranged to honour David Bewley who played for both Reading and Watford during the 1950’s and who sadly passed away last month at the age of 93.

Led by veteran Mick Gooding, Reading ran out 4-3 winners in a match that saw the lead change several times. On a hot bank holiday Sunday, Reading took an early lead through a third minute goal from Eushall Fearon. They extended their lead on 16 minutes when former Reserve team player Luke Dowling scored after great individual play. Watford, however, reduced the lead only two minutes later when Tommy Mooney pulled a goal back.

Josh Price took the two teams in level at half-time when he equalised from a 35 yard drive which left Reading ‘keeper Phil Brown with no chance. Gavin Mahon put Watford ahead with a well-placed penalty kick just after the break. But Watford’s lead did not last long when Ben Lydon drew Reading level at 3-3.

Manager George Friel made a number of inspired changes late on which forced confusion in the Watford defence and ended with Watford veteran ‘keeper Kevin Miller putting the ball into his own net giving Reading a 4-3 win.

Captain Mick Gooding received the Trophy from David Bewley’s daughter Stephanie Bradley and match sponsor David Mullins. The man of the match award went to 55-year-old former England striker Luther Blissett.

Following the post-match reception, Reading FC Former Players’ Association Chairman Richard Wickson graciously handed the Trophy back to Mrs Bradley for safe keeping as the two teams will play a re-match next season. Richard said, "It proved a great occasion. The match was very competitive but played in the best of spirit. We look forward to inviting Watford back to Reading next season in what we hope will be an annual event and return the hospitality we so much enjoyed on Sunday"

08 May 2013

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