Round-up from the Royals
As always there is plenty to report from the home of the Royals, and we've got a news round-up here at the official website. Please take a moment to read it all, there is lots of important information from Madejski Stadium.
All across the Stadium we are adding reminders of the club's past. The oldest surviving Reading shirt
has recently gone on display and so too our first known contract. Shirts from across the ages now adorn our walls, while our front entrance has references to Elm Park, number 13, our 106-point record, Trevor Senior and much more. Supporters can see all of this on a Stadium tour - call 0844 249 1871 to book. Short videos of the framed shirts are on our official Instagram page: video 1
, video 2
and video 3
Flare advice from Thames Valley Police:
The use of pyrotechnics continues to increase in sport and is of great concern to both football authorities and police. It is becoming more common place for those in stadia to possess and discharge fireworks, flares or smoke bombs. Apart from the serious issue of safety, to possess or discharge any firework, flare or smoke bomb is a criminal offence which may lead to arrest and a maximum penalty of 6 months imprisonment and or a fine not exceeding £5,000.
There are specific offences of possession / setting off fireworks in a public place and to enter or attempt to enter a football ground whilst in possession of a Firework / Flare / Smoke Bomb. In the interest of everyone’s comfort and safety Thames Valley Police appeal to all responsible supporters at Reading to report any incidents of this type to club stewards or Police.
We have two new pods for our fans to buy programmes - one on each entrance; at the top of Hurst Way and on Hoops Way.
A33 for Leeds game:
As we do after every game, the club have spoken with Reading Borough Council in light of the traffic issues before the Leeds United match. In short, the delays were caused by a set of lights on the A33 not functioning, having been damaged in an accident. The problem has since been rectified. The delay also shows that our policy to hold games at 8pm continues to be correct, rather than 7:45pm as per most clubs. Surveys have shown that Reading has a double rush hour so the extra time gives more fans the opportunity to attend.
In terms of the Leeds game, our supporters may like to know that despite the delay 98% of fans were in the Stadium when the game kicked off, which is normal for evening fixtures.
Our Stadium concourses are now adorned with pictures of Madejski Stadium heroes, ranging from Dave Kitson to Adam Federici, Phil Parkinson and many more. There are comments from fans on these posters - 'what Reading Football Club means to me.'
The Royals FunZone is in an improved location this season, and is now outside the North Stand at Gate 5, giving far more supporters access to our activities. The Reading FC team bus will be there this weekend as well!
After our recent game with Leeds, the secretary of their East Anglia Branch Supporters Club Kev Gaught emailed us to say, ‘I have watched Leeds United play all over Europe and you are to be congratulated with the way the match was organised and executed.’
Another supporter contacted us to say, ‘Never ever have I written to a football club to say thank you. Upon visiting Reading for the second time I can only praise your ultra polite stewards, ultra polite food outlet staff and as someone who hates football food due to the poor quality I actually had one of your lovely steak and ale Loddon pies, in fact I’m lying I had 2 instead!
‘If only other clubs took your attitude towards away fans I’m sure other grounds would be as pleasant to visit, I can’t imagine there was any trouble and once again thank you for your kind hospitality and polite staff. It made the day so much more pleasant. As for the food – why don't other grounds follow suit in the quality you provide. You’re an EXCELLENT example of how clubs should be have towards fans. Thank you again for making our visit a human experience!’
Pre-order for half time
In the West Stand, you can now pre-purchase your half time pint and hotdog to avoid waiting! Before the game, look out for our sellers, or buy your token from the middle West stand bar. You can then go to the collection point at half time - which is fully signed and has replaced one of our bookmakers' stalls at G8 - and pick up your items! This service will be introduced in the East Stand soon.
Order Kingsley lunches in advance of matchday:
Families coming to the game can order a special Kingsley kids bag and have it delivered to your seat anywhere in the ground! Go to madejskistadiumcatering.co.uk
, place your order for the game and you'll have your lunch brought to you. Cut-off point to order is midday on Friday for 3pm Saturday games.
Upper West order from your seat:
Supporters in the Upper West can now order foot from their seat, and either have it delivered to the seat or available for collection at the bar. Download the 'qikserve' app on the App Store or Google Play, scan the barcode on your seat, create an account then place your order!
Work is currently underway on our 28 hospitality suites to ensure the view of the pitch can be closed during the game and allow guests to drink alcohol while complying with all licensing laws.
The club met with Reading Borough Council and will be implementing new signage from Reading railway station toward where the matchday Reading Station Shuttle buses leave (Old Bus Station F1).
Concourse staff uniforms:
You may have noticed that our concourse staff are wearing Reading FC-themed uniforms this season, with references to the 106-point season and some of our best ever players: Death, Friday and many more. In addition, our pie boxes also have Reading FC historic facts on them, which change each game.
Our choices in the concourses this weekend are: hot baguette is sausage & onion, cold baguette is cheese & tomato and the soup is tomato & basil.