Full back Nicky Shorey spoke exclusively to 'The Royal' this week about his goal against Spurs almost six years ago - and he compares the club now to how it was when he was last wearing the blue and white hoops under Alan Pardew and Steve Coppell. And interesting interview not to be missed.
Inspired by Alex Pearce's goal scored for the Republic Ireland on Tuesday night, the issue has something of an Irish theme running through it. Not only do we get manager Brian McDermott's take on his centre-back's international debut, but we also look in-depth at the Irish links that the club has forged over the last few years.
Republic of Ireland legend Ian Harte is put 'On The Spot', and we also follow the squad to Ireland for their mid-season friendly clash at Bray Wanderers earlier this month.
Perhaps the showpiece feature for this weekend's issue of 'The Royal' features a photo that was tweeted by a Royals fan this week - we speak to the man who knew Brian McDermott during his days in charge of Slough's Crusaders back in 1979/80.
And you could win big with this edition of 'The Royal'. Official club sponsor Waitrose are running an exclusive competition which could see one lucky Royal earn £150 in gift vouchers! Plus we have competitions to win a signed Jem Karacan shirt, a visit from Queensley, copies of the latest album by 'The Vaccines' as well as one of five copies of 'The Final Whistle' by Dan Freedman.
There might not have been any Barclays Premier League action on our agenda over the last few weeks, but 'The Royal' takes a good look at three hat-tricks scored within the space of 24 hours during our wait for competitive action. And we also report on our frantic Capital One Cup success over Peterborough!
‘The Royal’ has fewer adverts than last season – so your programme is jam-packed with content. But the matchday programme remains only £3 this season – and is excellent value for money.
Remember, collect every programme this season and the spines will line up to make a beautiful picture of Madejski Stadium from the evening we secured promotion last April. So don't miss an issue. If you have missed one of our first two issues, you can still buy a copy of 'The Royal' online
Copies of the 84-page perfect bound publication are available to buy at readingfcdirect.co.uk
now - and back issues of this season's issues will be online throughout the season. Once they're gone, they're gone though - so make sure you pick up your issue before they are sold out.
And, remember, if you get every issue this season, the spines will come together to form a beautiful image of Madejski Stadium, shot during the 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest that sealed promotion last April! See a preview of how it will look here