Reading FC remembers players killed in World War I

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All but two of Reading's 1914-15 team joined the armed forces

Reading Football Club players and supporters are to remember former team-members killed during World War I.

The names of nine men will be read before a minute's silence at Saturday's home match against Norwich.

Research for a BBC documentary has revealed details of 40 of the club's players who fought in the Great War.

They include a star striker, Allen Foster. In 1916, the Reading Observer reported "Reading was hit like a thunderclap" by his death.

'Never forgotten'

Officials and former players from the club - including manager Brian McDermott - recently travelled to northern France to visit the cemetery where Pte Foster is buried.

Mr McDermott said: "When you consider what we are part of at home, I may be manager of the football club, but to come to a place where one of our former players is buried just seems incredible."

The club is planning a more permanent memorial at the Madejski Stadium to the players who died in action.

Club spokesman Craig Mortimer-Zhika said: "It is the start of an investigation process.

"Our supporters will get the opportunity to pay their respects and ensure these chaps are never forgotten."

Mud, Blood and Biscuit Men is on BBC Radio Berkshire on Sunday at 1105 GMT and on BBC iPlayer.

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