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The best of Buddies

Amongst our aims and objectives as an organisation is to re-unite our members with former team mates and old friends.

This month, former Reading and Fulham defender Dave Moreline attended the Reading v Fulham Championship match at Madejski Stadium as guest of the Former Players’ Association.

He took part in a hospitality Question and Answer session in the ‘Royals’ Lounge before the game. Little known to him, sat in the audience, was former Fulham team mate and fellow defender, Les Strong.

The two Pals had both started at Craven Cottage as young apprentices before going on to enjoy long and distinguished careers in professional football.

They had not spoken or met in over 40 years since Dave left the club to join Reading in June 1974.

It was whilst playing for Fulham in a Football League cup-tie against Reading that brought him to the attention of Reading manager Charlie Hurley.

David impressed Hurley so much that it took the Elm Park boss 18 months to lure Moreline away from Craven Cottage.

Strong said of Moreline, ”we used to call him ‘Mungo’ after the lead singer of the rock band Mungo Jerry, because of his long curly hair and giant side burns, they looked so much alike”

During his time at Fulham, Moreline struck up a friendship with Former England World Cup captain Bobby Moore. Moreline quips, “Because we lived close to each other, Bobby used to drive me home in his shiny new Jaguar after training. On one occasion, driving through London, we stopped at a set of traffic Lights when someone shouted out, “who’s that with Dave Moreline?”

Moreline went on to make 192 League and Cup appearances before retiring from the game in 1980.

01 October 2014

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