The original Simod Cup is to spend one month being showcased in Reading Museum, 35 years after one of the proudest days in Reading Football Club's long history.

A competition founded in the 1980s when English clubs were banned from playing in Europe, more than 40,000 Royals ascended on Wembley Stadium in 1988 for the only cup final of the club's 152-year history.

Having already beaten three top-flight clubs on route to the final, Luton Town were forced aside with a resounding 4-1 victory.

Michael Gilkes, Stuart Beavon, Neil Smilie, Mick Tait- the names are now synonymous with the football club.

From Friday, November 27 until Thursday, December 23.

Simod Cup winner Jerry Williams will be joined by Council Leader Jason Brock and long-time Royal’s season ticket holder, Councillor John Ennis, who both came up with the idea of exhibiting the Simod Cup at Reading Museum while attending the Reading away game at Cambridge last month.

Councillor Jason Brock, Reading Borough Council Leader, said: “The Simod Cup holds a very special place in the hearts of all Reading fans, and we are thrilled to be able to bring the trophy home during Black History Month, alongside Michael Gilkes winners’ medal.

“Cllr Ennis and myself thought it would be a wonderful thing for fans to see the original trophy return to Reading 35 years after that Wembley win, and I’m grateful to all involved in making it happen. Fans now have the opportunity to visit the Cup in person, which will hopefully bring back some cherished memories. Indeed, Cllr Ennis has already told me about the £25 he won in a bet on the result.”