WCDA has decided to honour the passing of Matthew Farrall by installing a defibrillator at South Reading Community Centre accompanied by a plaque in his honour. The campaign to raise funds has gone so well we will be looking to buy more than one defib.
Matthew was a proud son and a passionate champion of Reading. He attended Ashmead School – now the John Madejski Academy – as a child and he lived in his native Whitley throughout his adulthood.
A hugely popular and instantly recognisable figure around town, Matthew was also a brilliant social media presence and a fine writer. His regular contributions to Explore Reading and the Whitley Pump on everything from Reading’s rich history and culture, the beauty of its surrounding countryside, through to its vibrant food and music scene.
From his first match on 6 December 1975 onwards, Matt was a huge lifelong fan of Reading FC. The round of applause for Matthew in the 49th minute of the final home game of this season at the Mad Stad was a fitting tribute to the man.
A passionate champion of our town, it’s culture, it’s football team and several community projects and organisations, Matthew’s love of life and a wonderful sense of humour that shone through everything he did.
Matthew will be greatly missed by his partner Steph, his brothers and his many friends. Beyond them, so many others will miss his contribution to and enthusiasm for life in this town.
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