npower has announced that Royals' fan Mark Horseman will be the face of Reading FC when they take on Swansea City.
Mark, 63, from Kennington, Oxford, will feature on a giant 24 x16 metre poster on the side of Wembley Stadium on Monday, May 30 - seen by thousands of people on their way into the ground for the npower Championship play offs Final.
Mark won the competition - run by Football League title sponsors npower – after explaining what the Reading shirt means to him. There were more than three thousand entries from football fans across the country.
He explained on his entry: "I may not have got an invite to the Royal Wedding, but this shirt is the only proof I need that I'm a Royal."
The giant poster of the Every Shirt winner will be revealed on Wembley's North Exterior Wall in full view of the thousands of fans walking up Olympic Way to the stadium.
Mark added: "I could hardly believe it when I heard I would be the face of Reading at Wembley. It is a huge day for the club and I am proud to be a part of it.
"I can imagine thousands of Reading fans walking towards the stadium. They will see my picture as soon as they are off the train. Several of my friends will be at the game and I am not going to tell them about the posters. It will be a big surprise for them.
"I go to most games with my daughter Helen and we will be at Wembley together to cheer the Royals on. I'm predicting a 3-1 win for the Royals with Super Shane Long to score."
npower sponsorship manager Emma Collins said: "We are delighted for Mark. He is clearly a huge Reading fan.
"It is the biggest day of the season for the Royals. We're sure Mark and Helen will enjoy their trip to Wembley – which promises to be a huge occasion for everyone involved."
The competition was part of npower's Every Shirt Has a Story campaign, which encouraged football fans across the country to submit their favourite shirt stories.
The promotion is still open for fans to enter, with a range of prizes and football tickets to be won before June 30.
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