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Personalised Reading Football Books
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The Reading Football Book features reprints of original newspaper reports starting in the early part of the 20th century. Formed in 1871, the legendary Royals have won hundreds of games at Elm Park and away, ensuring the pages of this newspaper book features many of those iconic triumphs.
From 1912 to the end of last season, this Reading Football Book tracks the Royals’ fortunes, from prolonged stays in the lower divisions, through to the Premier League years during the Nougties.
Despite being one of the oldest teams in England, Reading didn’t join the Football League until 1920 – seven years after this book gets going. Since then, the Royals have had their fair share of ups and downs, from their hugely successful tour of Italy in 1913, to their Simod Cup victory in 1988.
And, of course, the book uses reprints of original newspaper reports to chart the club’s rise from perennial lower leaguers to Premier League overachievers. What’s more, you’ll also find accounts on legends including Robin Friday, Trevor Senior, the ominously named Steve Death and Jimmy Quinn.
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The book is available with a variety of presentation options, with the recipient’s Name and a Message printed on the certificate on the title page.
All the articles are printed on luxury paper, produced from fully licensed scans from the original newspapers. The books are always updated with the latest season and bound by hand in a hardback book.
The binding process takes four craftsmen/women over an hour to create each book by hand. To make the books even more exceptional, there are special editions with extra personalisation, available below.
Some of the editions are available with colour content and pictures from 2006 onwards. As well as the original black and white content, editions offering colour content and colour pages will include the colour content where available.
This Personalised Football Book is 'Tabloid' size 38 x 31cm, available in a selection of smart, high-quality covers. All reports in this book are taken from The Daily Mirror.
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Reading FC was originally an exhibition team and the club completed a stunning tour of Italy in 1913. The Royals thrashed AC Milan and beat defending league champions Pro Vercelli, Genoa and the Italian national side. The results in Italy strengthened Reading’s reputation in English football and the Royals joined the league at the end of the decade. The club won the Third Division title in 1986 and clinched the (new) Second Division championship in 1991. The Royals finished as runners-up of Division One in 1992, but the restructuring of the leagues to facilitate the new Premiership prevented Reading’s promotion to the top flight. The Royals reached the Premiership in style following a terrific 2005-2006 season. Reading won the Championship with a record 106 points. The club had also enjoyed a 33 match winning streak.
A Reading Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Royals. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Reading Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Reading memorabilia collection.
This Reading Football Book opens with an FA Cup-tie win over Aston Villa in 1912. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the 20th Century and many highlights from the present era.
Top stories in the Reading Football Book include beating Brentford 7-1 to gain promotion to Division Two in 1926 and Reading’s gallant defeat by Cardiff City in the 1927 FA Cup semi-final. The Gift Books also cover the Royals’ Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1930, with reports looking back at the first 60 years of the club. Relive the excitement of high-scoring thrillers, such as the 10-2 trouncing of Crystal Palace in 1946 and the dominant 3-6 away performance against QPR in 1961. The Reading Book recounts the glorious 3-1 victory over Chelsea in the Littlewoods Cup second round in 1987. You can additionally read about the first match at the Madejski Stadium - played against Luton in 1998 - and follow the subsequent rise in fortunes at the club. This culminated in winning the Championship title in 2006, therefore guaranteeing promotion to the Premiership.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into the Royals’ history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition to any collection of Reading memorabilia.
If you are a collector of Reading memorabilia or looking for other Reading gifts, why not consider our Reading Calendar or Reading Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Royals’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Reading fans. Other Reading presents include Framed Newspaper Reprints and special Reading Mugs.