The suggested badge change follows but first heres what happened about the rumour of a change of kit from hoops to stripes...
The latest rumour is that Reading FC are making plans to change the Royals shirt from our famous, classic, sexy blue hoops to BLUE STRIPES next season. This can't happen!
Julian has collected a whole load of names together totalling 105, each sending the following message:
I FIND THE POSSIBILITY OF CHANGING READING FC'S PLAYING KIT FROM HOOPS TO STRIPES A REVOLTING IDEA. THE SHIRT SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED. BLUE HOOPS ARE READINGS TRADITION AND THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALTERED. I WILL PERSONALLY BOYCOTT ANY SUCH MOVE BY REFUSING TO BUY ANY NEW SHIRT OF BLUE STRIPES. DON'T TAKE AWAY OUR HOOPS!
Here is the reply from Graham Denton re Shirts petition-
22 Dec 1995 Dear Mr Robinson, Re: Proposed Change of Home Strip?!!! Thank you for your letter dated 7 Dec 1995 which I received on the 13 Dec 1995 First of all, I am not sure of the source of your information, but the Club are currently negotiating with a number of kit suppliers, as our arrangements with Pelada finish at the end of the current season. Therefore, we have not definately secured a deal with Mizuno of any other. We will hopefully be in a position to announce who our suppliers will be early in new year. I am pleased to note you are the maintainer of the Reading Football Club Electronic mail discussion list and the amout of interest you appear to be collecting. With regard to your second point, I am not sure again of the source of this information concerning the change of our shirts from hoops to stripes. This has definately not been agreed by the Board of Reading Football Club. I can state catagorically there were some very private discussions, where it was suggested by one person the possibility of considering a centenary kit for purposes of playing at Elm Park and, on this basis, it was reviewed and found that the kit at that time was a stripe. However, the board never accepted it and have instead decided that they will have a centenary reference wrapped arourd the logo, details of which will be announced in due course. Therefore, whilst there be some minor changes to the shirt itself because of the change of kit supplier, I can assure you it will be in the fashion of a hoop and not a stripe. I hope this will allay the fears of yourself and your fellow internetters - I presume this is the correct term. Yours sincerely, G J Denton Director cc J Madejski, I Wood-SmithIt seems our shirt is safe for now....! And onto the possibility of badge change....
"...You can win a replica Reading FC shirt by filling in the form below. ... the first name out of the hat wins the replica Royals shirt.
"...Five designs have been created by Sutton Young Creative Consultants. ... The most popular design will replace the club's existing logo [sic].
TraditionalistsReading chairman John Madejski said it was important that the club moved with the times.
He told the Post: "I know some traditionalists will say we should keep the old badge but they should bear in mind the need to move forward.
"We want something more modern and dynamic that will appeal to everyone and will look good on all our products.
"It needs to be marketable and we want to make it the cornerpiece of the club's move to a new stadium.
"The old badge has served us well but we feel a change is needed to propel us into the 21st century.
"We want supporters to play a major role in the future of the club, which is why we want them to choose the new logo [sic].
"It will be solely their decision."
The five designs all depict a lion, the emblem of Reading.
"It is of special significance to the town and is a powerful image," Mr Madejski said.