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42 years on, Royals fans view the 1972 Arsenal cup-tie

Reading ArsenalA sell-out audience gathered at the Town Hall earlier this month, to watch the first re-showing of Reading v Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup from 1972.

Almost 42 years to the day after that memorable occasion, the double winning Gunners were seen in a fiercely fought tie in which Reading scored all three goals in a 2-1 defeat.

And to add real interest to the re-run, three former players from that match and members of the Reading FC Former Players' Association, John Harley, Gordon Cumming and Will Dixon entered into a question and answer session with the audience.

After many years of trying, former Supporters' Trust chairman Roger Titford eventually tracked the clip down and was given permission to view the 30 minute clip of film at a public showing.

Mr. Titford opened the evening by explaining the build up to the tie with a superbly researched explanation before showing ITV's ‘The Big Match' coverage of the game, originally hosted by Brian Moore and summarised by Jimmy Hill.

The evening was jointly organised by STAR and the Former Players' Association.

Chairman of the FPA, Richard Wickson said, "The evening was a great success and our thanks go to Roger for all his efforts in tracking down this bit of film and for organising the event. We are hoping to hold a second viewing when we can invite the other members of Charlie Hurley's Reading team"

Team-mates from ‘72. From left to right, Will Dixon, John Harley (at the mic) and Gordon Cumming

24 February 2014

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