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Guide to the Game!

15 December 2012

Football freestyler to perform

Get down to Madejski Stadium early on Monday and enjoy all the fun and entertainment that'll be taking place before the big game!

Brian McDermott's Royals take on Arsenal at 8pm, but there's going on before hand to keep you occupied...

Football Freestyler
The talented Matt Minnis (pictured above) will be showcasing his skills outside the Megastore from 6pm - so get down and check him out!

Free Premier League badges!
While you're at the Megastore, why not take advantage of our current offer of FREE Barclays Premier League badges, when you buy any replica shirt during December. We'll also have our Official Shirt Printing kiosk in operation outside the North Stand!

Kingsley & Queensley
The happy couple will be outside the Megastore at around 6.30pm handing out Panini UEFA Champions League 2012/13 official stricker albums and stickers to Young Royals! They only have a limited supply - so be sure to pay them a visit!

Welcoming back...
Once again we are pleased to welcome three special guests to the match this evening as members of the Reading FC Former Players Association. Tommy Youlden (pictured below) started his professional career at Highbury. He was a member of the Arsenal Youth team that won the FA Youth Cup against Sunderland in 1966, playing alongside Pat Rice, Sammy Nelson and Gordon Cumming who he would later play alongside at Reading. 
He left Arsenal in 1968 to join Portsmouth and, after showing great ability at Pompey, he attracted the attention of Reading boss Charlie Hurley and became Charlie’s first signing when he joined the club in 1972. The Central Defender made over 183 appearances for Reading and was a key member of the Royals side that won promotion from Division Four in 1976. Tommy is now teaching Economics at the Independent University College School in Hampstead.

Former England international Neil Webb was born in Reading and the son of former Reading legend Douggie. Neil started his career at Elm Park in 1978 and made his first team debut in 1980 at 18.
After making 81 appearances for the club, and scoring, 22 goals, he transferred to Portsmouth and then onto Nottingham Forest in 1985. Under Brian Clough, Neil developed still further and made his England debut in 1987 against West Germany. By doing so, he made history by becoming England’s 1,000th player at full International level. In 1989 he joined Manchester United in a £1.5 million transfer deal and enjoyed much success at Old Trafford - winning an FA Cup winners medal in 1990, a European Cup Winners Medal in 1991 and a League Cup winner’s medal in 1992. Unfortunately, during that time, Neil suffered a serious injury that was later to end his career having made 33 appearances at England under 21, ‘B’ and full international level.

Travel update
Maintenance work is currently being untaking on the M4 between junctions 10 and 11, but it is hoped that there will be a delay on the installation of any lane closures on the evening of Monday 17 December - until after the game has finished and supporters have left the stadium.

Family Parking Area
If you have a child under the age of 8 in your car, you'll be eligible to park in our special designated area for £8 - spaces are first come, first served.

After the game..
Why not enjoy a drink or bite to eat after the game? The North Stand concourse will be open for an hour after full time - so come down and chat to your fellow supporters about the game!

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