About Us

The Reading FC Former Players' Association

Whilst it goes without saying that today’s football is much more of a media circus, do you ever wonder as to how much the wider footballing community missed out on our very own footballing personalities, a Johnny Walker for example, a Robin Friday…

The media circus surrounding football hasn’t always been what it is today but Reading Football Club has been in existence for 145 years during which time, many players have graced the hallowed turf of Elm Park and Madejski Stadium. In fact, between our 200 members alone, they have racked up over 17,500 league and cup appearances for the mighty Reading Football Club and for us fans, and ex-players, these efforts shouldn’t be forgotten.

We therefore continue the work started by Mr Keith Orwin as we play charity football matches, organise golf days and sporting dinners, all with the aim of:

  • Reuniting colleagues, former players and managers of Reading Football Club
  • Providing help to our members, including, but not limited to, social and welfare support
  • Giving a voice to its members
  • Continuing to run as a non-profit organisation with any surplus donated to local charities connected to the association or Reading Football Club
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The Reading FC Former Players' Association

George Friel

All he wanted to do was play for his home town club – and our former player did between 1986 and 1990.  

David Woolford

David joined the board 6 years ago and was chairman for three years until 2021.

Richard Wickson
Life President

Richard founded the Association in 1996 and served as chairman for 20 years.

John Madejski

John Madejski, former Reading Football Club chairman is the Association’s Patron.

Ron Grant
Membership Secretary

A Reading supporter since 1946 and former first team kit man for the club.

Richard Forte
Board Member

Richard, owner of the McDonald’s restuarants in Reading and beyond, joined us in 2017.

Helen Waring
Board Member

Helen has worked with Reading FC for 22 years and joined the Association in 2012.

Graham Loader
Board Member

A lifelong Reading fan, Graham set up Hob Nob Anyone?  in 1994 and runs Oscura – a local Internet services company.

Ian Jacobs
Board Member

Ian, behind Jacobs the Jewellers in town, is a Reading fan for over 65 years since the age of 5.

Jonathan Richards
Board Member

Jonathan joined the Association in 2019 and runs our social media presence.