Reading Football Club's popular sponsors, Select Car Leasing, have raised more than £1,000 through their annual charity match.

The yearly exhibition has been a fixture of the calendar since 2022, with games played at the Select Car Leasing stadium.

This year saw a side managed by Select’s Joint CEO and founder Mark Tongue securing bragging rights having recorded a 5-2 win against a team watched over fellow Joint CEO and founder James O’Malley.

Goals from Ryan Amos, Tim Cowper, Matt Eldred, Charlie Cooper - and an own goal from the opposition - secured the victory.

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With donations still flooding in, more than £1,000 has been raised so far - all of it going to the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice.

Select Car Leasing’s Mr Tongue said: “The buzz around this year’s charity football match reached fever pitch and occasions like this are to be savoured as it brings the whole company together.

“But, of course, there’s a much more important reason to hold the match, and that’s to raise funds for Sue Ryder, a charity we’ve supported as a company since 2014. Many of us here at Select, and people from across Reading, have been personally touched by the incredible work the charity carries out and we’re extremely proud to be in partnership with them.”

Jennifer Patient, Community Fundraising Manager at Sue Ryder added: "We are so grateful that Select Car Leasing chose to support Sue Ryder once again through their successful charity football match. The support we get from businesses such as Select Car Leasing means Sue Ryder can continue to provide compassionate end-of-life care for those that need it. We are so thankful for their support.”

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Select Car Leasing, who sponsor the naming right of the stadium long-term, have hero status among many supporters for going above and beyond last season as the club suffered a financial crisis.

The future ownership of the club is still to be decided, with 'exclusive negotiations' rumbling on this month.