|daib0||3 May 2012|
A thousand miles away, but just round the corner in spirit
The death of Joseph Sydenham was recorded on this day of 1913. Born in Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1845 0r 1846, he was a ‘Reading’ lad from 11 onwards. He had many interests and skills – quality jeweller, Conservative supporter (one of the founders of the Wellington club), involved in the running of Reading St. Mary’s Church and parish, trustee of the Reading Municipal General Charities, member of the Board of Management of Royal Berkshire Hospital (and treasurer of the Board for a while), rifle shooting, committee member of reading athletics Club … etc! But he is chiefly remembered today for:
being the convener of the inaugural meeting of Reading Football Club, and to take on the role of first honorary secretary after it was agreed to form a club. It could be said HE basically ran the club for so many years! Even his jeweller firm, called Bracher & Sydenham's, was closed on Wednesday afternoons as that was the day most games were organized!
His memory deserves to live on – if it weren’t for Mr Sydenham, the club we now know would have perhaps been very different indeed!