Date: 20th April 2012 at 3:33pm
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Reading chairman Sir John Madejski and captain Jobi McAnuff have both spoken of their delight at the club reaching the Premier League after a four-year absence.

Sir John, who is selling the club to Russian billionaire Anton Zingarevich, told the official RFC site: ‘It’s such a joy to get back into the Premier League after losing in the play-offs last year, I’m delighted for everybody – the fans, the players, the manager, everybody who works for Reading Football Club.’

‘Everyone has put their backs into this to make sure it happened, and to deliver it is absolutely unbelievable. To be back in the Premier League is a great feeling, but it’s not the end of the story, we want to do well there. The whole town will be buzzing with pride and happiness – I’m the proudest man in England!’


The 70-year old was even seen late into Wednesday morning at the Reading nightclub ‘The Purple Turle’. A slightly intoxicated Mr Madejski gave a speech to the surrounding Reading fans at 4.30 in the morning alongside Brian McDermott. For any fans wanting to see this video, it can be found on the video-broadcasting website You Tube.

Captain Jobi McAnuff added: ‘It’s a night everyone will remember forever, such a night, I’ve seen all the photos on the website, they capture everyone’s feeling. It was a great night. I just wanted to play a part, you try to be a leader but I’m so lucky with all the leaders we have here. We’ve stepped up so often.’

‘To be honest it’s still not sunk in, I spoke to the boys after the game, it’s a mood I’ve never experienced before, and to do it with this bunch of players is in the icing on the cake. We’ve got a superb bunch. It won’t sink in until the fixtures come out, we see the games next year, that’s when it comes home!’


Despite promotion on Tuesday night, Brian McDermott and the Royals squad are now focused on winning the Championship title, as McAnuff will face one of his many former sides tomorrow in Dougie Freedman’s Crystal Palace. Southampton, who kick off two hours later against Middlesbrough, would need to match Reading’s result to stay in the title race.

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