Saturday was not just the biggest day of our season, but arguably one of the most important in the club’s entire 152-year existence. There was always going to be a real breaking point for the fans, and the events of the last week or so meant Saturday was that breaking point.
We are now into a life-or-death situation. If something doesn’t change very, very soon, Reading Football Club will cease to exist - it is as simple as that.
However you feel about the protest ultimately getting the game abandoned, it was a statement. A statement to Dai that we are not going to let him strip our club of its soul, and a cry for help to the country that we need saving - and quickly.
It was a day for the fans, and here’s what they had to say after the game...
Proud to be a Reading fan
As horrendous and depressing as the last few years have been, they’ve also provided me with some days that will live long in the memory and have made me so proud to be a Reading fan - Saturday was yet another of those.
It should never be like this, for any club or any set of supporters. We’ve hit rock bottom more times than I can count. But this fanbase is more united than ever - because our club’s future is at stake.
The fans of little ol’ Reading will not let Dai Yongge kill this club without a fight.
I am so proud to be a Reading fan. Whatever you think of people going on the pitch yesterday EVERYONE is now talking about our football club. #readingfc— Emma (@Emzyk_3) January 14, 2024
Proud of every single one who went on and stayed on. Enough is enough #readingfc— Harry (@HarryLight_) January 13, 2024
The Port Vale fans
It would be remiss of me to not mention the Port Vale fans in all of this. This is not their fault, and they travelled a hell of a long way just to see the game abandoned after 16 minutes.
However, not only did they tolerate what we were doing, they understood it and supported it. Hearing them join in with chants against Dai and the EFL genuinely got me a bit emotional.
Of course, there were probably more than a few who wanted to see the game completed - there were Reading fans in the same boat too - but some things are more important than one game, and the future of our club is one of them.
I’m pretty sure Port Vale will now be many Reading fans’ second team from now on...
The amount of respect I have for Port Vale fans tonight is mad. I swear a higher percent of them than our own fans are backing and understanding of the events of today despite the money and the distance travelled. All the respect earned there #ReadingFC #PVFC— William Owen Pond (@WilliamOwenPond) January 14, 2024
#readingfc #portvalefc We all agree with get Dai out but have to feel for the Port Vale supporters today. Their backing was unbelievable so hope they do get their money back and have a safe journey home. Good luck for the rest of the season x— Kelly Cordery (@KellyCordery) January 13, 2024
#readingfc A true show of unity. I will now always follow Port Vale’s results.— Martin and Pole (@MartinandPole) January 13, 2024
Gutted I couldn’t be there today, but thank you to every single one of you heroes fighting for our future as a club. And to Port Vale fans, sorry, I hope you understand and have a safe trip home. Been a class act, good luck for the rest of the season. #pvfc #readingfc— Dan (@DanCleaver28) January 13, 2024
Another monumental day for this club. As I said, it should never, ever, ever get to this point. No set of supporters should have to take the kind of action we did on Saturday.
We don’t want to abandon games, we don’t want to storm the pitch to make our feelings known. We just want a club we can support every Saturday without worrying for its future.
This is what it’s come to. It was a plea for help; we need eyes on our situation. We need people to know we’re on the verge of ceasing to exist. It’s now or never.