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Saturday 27th March 2004
The Windsor Warriors footie challenge
 
Adie Williams with Windsor Warriors captain Peter Killingworth.
Reading FC captain Adie Williams with Windsor Warriors captain Peter Killingworth.

To have Reading FC captain Adie Williams cheering you on when you're playing football is surely any local fan's dream.
Well the dream came true for the Windsor Warriors after Radio Berkshire organised a football match against them on Friday March 26.

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To have Reading FC captain Adie Williams cheering you on when you're playing football is surely any local fan's dream.

The Windsor Warriors
The Windsor Warriors
Well the dream came true for the Windsor Warriors after Radio Berkshire organised a football match against them on Friday March 26.

The Warriors, who are students at East Berkshire College with disabilities and learning difficulties, lost against the BBC staff side 3-2.

Tim Dellor, Sue Holderness and Warriors supporter Michael Godfrey
BBC Radio Berkshire's Tim Dellor with Sue 'Marleeeene' Holderness and Warriors supporter Michael Godfrey.
Footie hero Adie was cheering the Warriors at the sidelines with none other than 'Marleeeeeeene' Boyce from Only Fools and Horses, played by Sue Holderness and who supports the team.

The game, at Radio Berkshire's headqarters in Caversham Park, Reading, was set up after the Warriors were struggling to find other teams to play against.

Adie Williams interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire
Adie Williams speaking live on BBC Radio Berkshire.
BBC staff, including presenter Tim Dellor and reporter Sarah Burbedge, stepped in play the Warriors and the match was broadcast on a show hosted by TV and radio presenter Maggie Philbin.

East Berkshire College's autistic spectrum coordinator Jenny Illic said it was hard to organise matches because players from the Warriors had problems such as autism.

She said: "I'm really grateful to the BBC for organising the game.

"Lots of the students are really keen on sport but were often left out of games when they were at school.

"That's a real shame because sport helps them build up their social skills."

BBC Staff v Windsor Warriors team photo
BBC Staff v Windsor Warriors team photo
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