THE Thai businesswoman heading the consortium on course to take over the Royals says she was drawn to the club by its distinctive blue and white hoops, writes Eddie Fitzmaurice.
Tycoon Khunying Sasima Srivikorn, 76, told Sir John Madejski in a radio interview this week that she was first drawn to the kit while studying in the UK as a young woman.
She told Sir John on Jackfm Berkshire: “Lots of people ask me, why Reading? Why don’t I buy Manchester United or Chelsea?
“When it was talked about, being involved in Reading, I said, Reading, I remember Reading in white and royal blue stripes so well because it’s such a beautiful colour and I loved it.”
Mrs Srivikorn, who was speaking from her new home on the Thames at Bray, added: “The people are all nice and it’s a very English atmosphere. I met the team and they are all very dedicated and have stayed with you a long, long time and everyone is so passionate about their work.”
Northern Ireland international midfielder Oliver Norwood is the latest player to arrive at the Madejski Stadium after signing from Huddersfield on a three-year deal.
The former Manchester United trainee made his debut in last weekend’s 4-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest — and his arrival could not have come at a better time for boss Nigel Adkins amid a growing injury list.
Norwood, 23, who made 80 appearances for Huddersfield, is Adkins’ fourth summer signing after Simon Cox, Jamie Mackie and Anton Ferdinand.
Adkins said: “He’s a very good player and passes the ball ever so well. He had a good upbringing at Manchester United, he’s got lots of games under his belt in the Football League and is a good age.
“At 23, he can only improve in our environment He’ll fit in well with our players, he has a great attitude, he’s athletic, can pass and take a set play as well. He’s only going to get better and I’m really excited about him being here.”
Adkins was given a standing ovation at League One Scunthorpe as he returned to Glanford Park with Reading for their Capital One Cup second round tie on Tuesday night.
The Royals chief, who was at Scunthorpe for 14 years before leaving to take over at Southampton, also had his name sung by the home fans at the final whistle, despite Reading taking victory with the only goal of the game from Jack Taylor.
Adkins, whose men travel to Middlesbrough tomorrow (Saturday) looking for their first league win since the opening weekend against Ipswich, said: “I am very, very appreciative of the time I had at Scunthorpe, but I was very appreciative of the Reading supporters came to support our team.
“I’m pleased they had something to cheer about at the end because this is a tough week for us.
“It’s been great to come back and see loads and loads of old faces. It’s a special place for me, with being here for 14 years. I got a great reception before and at the end and I really appreciate that.”