A grassroots football team in Reading are being visited by a special guest on Saturday.

Reading City FC, of the Combined Counties Premier Division North, are welcoming the Mayor of Reading, Rachel Eden, for their game against Wembley FC.

The non-league team have caught the eye on more than one occasion this season, even going viral for their food offerings, and hope that the special visit can raise the profile of the club more.


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Mayor Eden took over in November 2021 and cannot wait to get out and support the Cityzens.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the team play and hopefully win against Wembley. 

“The club are also offering free tickets to public sector workers on Saturday so hopefully there’ll be a big crowd there to support the Cityzens.

“Grassroots and non-league football is at the heart of why people are so care about the beautiful game – it’s about passion, sport but also community. 

“Reading City FC is a community club and I want to show support as Mayor to our town’s second biggest football club!”



With a jam-packed day of sporting action planned, supporters can expect an appearance from club mascot, Lawsey the Lion, and a guard of honour from representatives of the 27 youth teams the side have.

A spokesperson for the club said: “We’ve wanted to get the Mayor down for a long time now.

“Lots of towns and cities refer to their Mayor as the first citizen, so we want to show the Mayor the hard work going on at the club to become a club that the community of Reading can be proud of.

“Everyone at the club is extremely excited to show the Mayor all of the hard work we are putting in, and we hope the Mayor and her guests enjoy their visit.”