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Ahead of the game | #Madejski500 is here!

Brewers await on Saturday afternoon in historic game

22 December 2017

After all the build-up, #Madejski500 is here, and there's lots going on in RG2 on Saturday!

Reading vs Burton Albion
Saturday 23rd December 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
3pm kick-off

Interviews

Stam wary of Burton style of play ahead of #Madejski500

22 December 2017

So, Saturday is the day we celebrate our 500th match in RG2! There's going to be plenty going on all around the ground in the build-up to kick-off, and as of Friday morning there were just 500 tickets left so act fast if you want to be there!

Read on to find out what we've got on offer at Madejski Stadium on Saturday, including 500 pints of beer available for just £2, discounts in our Megastore and plenty of offers on food and drink!

On the pitch, though, Jaap Stam and his side begin a run of five matches in the space of 15 days against a Burton Albion side that are hoping to climb out of the Championship's bottom three.

With a couple of lengthy away trips coming up over the festive period for the Royals, they'll be hoping to be roared on by a packed house at Madejski Stadium as they go in search of three more important points.

Stam revealed earlier in the week that several players have made their way back into contention to be a part of the squad for Saturday, so there will be a fight for places among the Royals ahead of a landmark game for the club.

#Madejski500 special offers

Club News

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We've got loads going on around the ground ahead of a landmark game for our club, so make sure you get here early and check it out!

In our Megastore, hosts of items will be specially reduced to just £5 on the day in honour of our 500th game, so make time to get a look at our bargains!

In conjunction with our pouring partners at Madejski Stadium, the first 500 pints of Heineken that are sold from the Royals Rendezvous at the Fan Zone will be priced at just £2 each (maximum two pints per transaction).

Mulled wine and mulled cider will also be available to purchase at the price of two for £5 from the Royals Rendezvous and real ale units at the Fan Zone. This is a saving of £3 on the normal price!

A special meal deal promotion will also be available in the Upper West and East Stands, with supporters able to get their hands on a turkey and cranberry baguette and a mince pie for just £5!

Club News

Chris Gunter shares his Madejski memories ahead of #Madejski500

21 December 2017

Throughout the stadium concourse kiosks, fans can get their hands on a meal deal consisting of a hot food item and a non-alcoholic drink for £5! This is available pre-match only.

We will be holding a ‘Lucky Row’ competition at half time – courtesy of Piglets Pantry! A row of supporters in a randomly drawn block of the stadium will each receive a complimentary pie!

Fan Zone

In addition to the food & drink promotions above, we will be showing nearly two hours’ worth of match highlights from some of the most memorable matches that Madejski Stadium has hosted!

Club News

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21 December 2017

The programme itself will begin at 1pm, so we’re very keen to encourage fans to get to Madejski Stadium early and take advantage of our special promotions and soak up the atmosphere ahead of kick-off.

Our resident DJ will also be in attendance to entertain fans ahead of the match.

Royals Rewards

  • All Season Ticket holders who attend Saturday’s match will receive 50 Royals Rewards points.
  • In addition to this, 500 supporters will receive a bonus of 500 points!
  • These points can be used to win a whole host of superb Royals prizes and experiences, including the final day of our Advent Calendar which is set to be the best prize yet!

Pre-match chat

Odds

Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, have made the Royals odds-on at 8/13 for the win on Saturday, with the visitors out at 9/2 for victory, and the draw is priced at 14/5.

NB: Odds are subject to change, and are correct at time of publication.

Officials

John Brooks will be in charge of proceedings on Saturday afternoon, with John Flynn and Mark Russell his assistants, with Andy Davies between the benches as fourth official. 

Travel

Club News

Madejski matchday parking options broader than ever before!

23 October 2017

There have been important changes in car parking and bus travel for the upcoming season, with parking at Madejski Stadium now having to be pre-booked online, as well as a continuation of our bus subsidies with Reading Buses. There are more places to park than ever before, though, so click here and find out what the best option is for you!

With the stadium largely full for this milestone match, supporters should plan to arrive as early as possible. We would advise getting here at least an hour prior to the 3pm kick-off to allow for additional traffic considering the expected crowd and a flurry of last minute Christmas shoppers.

Why not use the Park and Ride sites we have available to Madejski Stadium – Central Reading NCP Garrard Street, Mereoak and Amec Foster Wheeler / Shinfield Park.

Or you can use public transport and travel in by frequent shuttle bus services from the South West terminal at Reading station using the Reading Buses F1 service from 1pm.

Car Parking

  • Madejski Stadium, RG2 0FL  185 spaces available - £10 tariff
  • Former Greyhound Stadium, A33 near Madejski Stadium (just past Longwater Avenue Green Park entrance) – 750 spaces - £10 tariff
  • Amec Foster Wheeler – Shinfield Park and Ride, RG2 9XY – 280 spaces. Free parking, bus fare payable
  • Mereoak, RG7 1PB – 600 spaces. Free parking, bus fare payable
  • Garrard Street, Reading Town Centre Park and Ride, RG1 1NR - 500 spaces. Special tariff £5 for 5 hours or £8 for 8 hours by pre-booking. Then use F1 Shuttle Bus Service from SW Bus Terminal direct to Madejski Stadium, £2 return fare.
  • Cordwallis, 40 Bennet Road, RG2 0QX – 200 spaces - £10 tariff
  • Holiday Inn, 500 Basingstoke Rd, Reading, RG2 0SL 150 spaces, £10 tariff

 

Tickets

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313. Our official online ticketing service www.readingfcdirect.co.uk sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to ticketing@readingfc.co.uk.

Click the button below for full selling information for this game.

Follow it live!

The best way to follow the game live is at Madejski Stadium in person, by getting behind the team!

But if you’re based in the UK or Ireland and can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on iFollow for as little as £4.49 per month. Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else.

And supporters based overseas will be able to watch live video of a majority of our games – including this one – by using iFollow.  Match passes are just £5 (prices equated to your local currency).

As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and look out for our match photos on Instagram.  And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!

Reminder

We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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Match Reports

Lacklustre Royals undone by dogged Albion

Burton spoil the #Madejski500 party

23 December 2017

A lacklustre performance from the home side allowed Burton Albion to spoil the Royals party in Madejski's 500th first team fixture./

  • Flanagan gives the visitors the lead after disappointing first half Royals display
  • Barrow scraps home a leveller from close range with 15 minute left
  • Moore's clearance cannons off Tom Naylor and into the Royals net for bizarre Burton winner.

Royals boss Jaap Stam made one change to the starting line-up, bringing in Liam Kelly for Tyler Blackett who dropped to the bench. A fit again Garath McCleary and John Swift were also named in the squad as substitutes.

The momentum was taken out of the game early on as an injury to Leandro Bacuna led to a lengthy stop - thankfully the Royals' right-back was able to continue after treatment. And it was Bacuna's expert delivery from the right that created the first moment in front of goal - it skidded across Stephen Bywater's six yard box but no-one was there to get the vital touch.

A mistake at the back handed Burton their first sight at goal after a quarter of an hour, but Tom Flanagan rifled high over teh crossbar from the edge of the box.

But the game remained disjointed and Reading were struggling to find their rhythm until midway through the half when Aluko drileld a pass into the feet of Gunter, but the full-bnack was unable to control it and shoot and the ball looped high into the arms of Bywater as Burton in their numbers mopped up.

And Aluko tested Bywater with a low half-volleyed effort with his left foot soon after, drilling low from the edge of the area but the Burton stopper down well to save to his left.

Appeals for a penalty were waved away by the man in the middle when Barrow's cross seemed to strike a Burton arm inside the box.

Barrow and Gunter combined well down the left, but the latter's floated cross couldn't be directed on target by the arching neck of Yann Kermorgant who nodded it behind for a goal kick under pressure.

Reading were dominating but failing to break down a stubborn Brewers side who had spent all half ensuring they had every man behind the ball at all time. But Bacuna almost threaded a ball into Barrow only to overhit it.

And Albion took an unexpected lead when Tom Flanagan swept the ball home from an Akins throw that bounced through to him inside the Reading area - stunning a packed Madejski Stadium.

Half time | Reading 0-1 Burton Albion

Burton had a half chance to make it 2-0 five minutes into the second half, but Dyer couldn't connect fully with a header in the middle after a dangerous cross from the right had opened the home side up.

Gunter delivered a cross at the other end but Kelly couldn't scamper onto Kermorgant's knock down before Bywater smothered the ball. Buy Will Miller had a good opportunity to double the visitors' advantage, but his scuffed left-footed shot deflected off Moore and bobbled harmlessly through to Mannone.

Barrow got in behind his man out on the right flank and cut onto his left boot to drill an effort at goal, but his marker had recovered sufficiently to block the shot before it could trouble the keeper.



Reading were struggling to create clear cut opportunities, but Aluko drilled a left-footed effort just wide of the right post with 25 minutes remaining.

McShane so nearly picked out Barrow with a threaded pass between Burton defenders, but Bywater was alert to it and slid out to gather the ball into his body.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, the Brewers defence did creak. A looping cross from Gunter was brought down by Kelly whose low drive deflected into the feet of Barrow just inside the six yard box. And the Royals' top scorer sidefooted the ball scrappily home to make it 1-1.

Then a calamity at the back handed the visitors the lead once more. Van den Berg's pass back to Moore on the stretch was short and Moore's sliding clearance cannoned into the body of Tom Naylor and spun towards the Reading goal, beyond the sprawling dive of Mannone and into the bottom right corner.

Reading looked for a late equaliser and McShane's cross was headed clear at the near post as Bodvarsson looked to get a head to it.

But four minutes of injury time elapsed and Reading had to face up to a very disappointing defeat. 

Full time | Reading 1-2 Burton Albion

Reading: Mannone, Bacuna, Gunter, McShane (c), Moore, Van den Berg, Edwards (Swift 61), Kelly (Bodvarsson 81), Aluko, Barrow, Kermorgant.
Subs: Jaakkola, Blackett, Ilori, Clement, McCleary.
Goals: Barrow 76

Burton Albion: Bywater, Buxton (c), Flanagan, Naylor, Akins, Dyer, Brayford, Turner, Miller (Allen 69), Sordell (Scannell 83), Murphy.
Subs: McFadzean, Campbell, Palmer, Sbarra, Akpan.
Yellow: Murphy
Goals: Flanagan 40, Naylor 80

Referee: Mr J Brooks
Att: 21,771 (319 away)

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Ticket News

Landmark #Madejski500 match is this weekend, make sure you're there!

Tickets selling fast for 500th match in RG2

18 December 2017

If you haven't got your ticket already, places at our historic #Madejski500 match are selling out fast!

Such has been the demand for home tickets for this match, we've opened a portion of the South Stand for home fans to back the boys on Saturday afternoon!

Remember, in honour of our 500th match in RG2 every match ticket will cost just £5, or 500p! There's still time for you to make your voices heard on a landmark match for Reading FC, so click the button below to reserve your seat at this historic game.

All this week, keep your eyes on our club website as we'll be taking a look back at the best bits from the 499 Madejski Stadium matches before this weekend. Here's to the next 500!

Elsewhere, tickets for our FA Cup match away at Stevenage also went on sale to Season Ticket and Half-Season Ticket holders on Monday morning.

There are several release dates for this, dependent on the number of points you have on your account.

Click below to find out when you'll qualify for a ticket in this FA Cup tie!

Also, tickets for our January trip to Hull City are on sale now! We'll be renewing acquaintances with former Royals' manager Nigel Adkins at the KCOM Stadium with his new side, and tickets are now available for you to be there as well.

Full ticket information is available by clicking below, for when we make our trip to Humberside on Saturday January 13th.

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