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Coppell calls on town to support sporting dinner
Steve Coppell will be one of the star attractions at next month's sporting dinner.
During his short spell with Reading, Chris Armstrong made a big impression on a lot of people.
One of those was former boss Steve Coppell who brought the defender to the club from Sheffield United in 2008.
It proved to be an inspired signing as Armstrong was named player of the season in his first year with the club.
But then, in 2009, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and he was forced to retire two years later, aged just 28.
Despite only making 47 appearances for the Royals, however, Armstrong proved to be an inspiration to many people at the football club.
And next month a sporting dinner will be held to raise money for the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre where he spent a lot of time following his diagnosis.
The event has been organised by the Reading FC Former Players Association (FPA) and will be headlined by legendary sports commentator John Motson.
Coppell will be another of the star attractions at the dinner which will take place at the Penta Hotel on November 28.
And the former Royals boss says the evening is in aid of a charity which everyone should support.
He said: “I wasn’t actually there when this all went on, it was Brian (McDermott) who was in charge when Chris’ illness became apparent.
“But having brought Chris to the club, I was as shocked as everybody else to find out he had this trouble.
“So I’m glad to see that the Former Players Association is contributing in this way.”
Coppell added: “Chris made an impact on the pitch but also off it because he was such a nice human being.
“He was very caring, very considerate and very committed to his club.
“As a human being you’re remembered for your values and the way you are and Chris made a big impression on a lot of people.”
Next month’s dinner will be compered by former Reading and Wales international Ady Williams.
He will be joined by several other former Royals stars and patron of both the FPA and of the MS Therapy Centre, Sir John Madejski.
Unfortunately Armstrong himself can’t attend as he is abroad at a family wedding.
Sir John Madejski is patron of both the Reading FC Former Players Association and the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre.
But it is hoped he will provide a special video message in which he will talk about the help he was given by the therapy centre on Oxford Road.
Coppell said: “These nights are good nights. It’s a chance to renew acquaintances and see what people are up to.
“Obviously this one takes on added significance with the cause that it’s benefitting.
“It would be great if a lot of people can turn up and give it as much support as possible.
“These are hard times for people to give but it would be great on this occasion if people were able to come along, enjoy the night and contribute to a very good cause.”
And the former Royals boss admits he can’t wait to catch up with some old friends.
He added: “You don’t see somebody for five or six years but then you see them, and it’s as if you’ve been with them every day.
“It’s amazing how the camaraderie and the bonds that exist between sportsmen in the dressing room, continue many years after.
“I’m sure when we get together on the night, it will be as if we’ve finished a training session that very morning.”
Tickets for the night are priced at £45 each and include a three-course meal.
They are available by contacting Richard Wickson on 07899 846664 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
By Charles Watts
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17 October 2013
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