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2 May 2014

Build up to vital clash

Reading v Burnley
Saturday 3rd May, kick-off 12.15pm

Team News
Reading: The Royals are hopeful that Hal Robson-Kanu will be available for Saturday's game, and if so the Welsh international will wear a face mask. Danny Guthrie, Danny Williams and of course Jem Karacan are all ruled out.

Burnley: The visitors remain without just Sam Vokes and Luke O'Neill. Wales international striker Vokes had a routine check-up on Wednesday and received good news on his knee ligament injury - although he is still in the early stages of his rehabilitation - while full-back O'Neill is missing with a thigh strain.

The Royals are awaiting their biggest crowd of the season for this Saturday's crunch clash with Burnley.

A crowd of over 23,000 is expected, the largest of the campaign so far - and the atmosphere could prove to be key as Reading look to seal a play-off spot on the final day.

Tickets for our last domestic clash of the season against the Clarets are on general sale. To buy, go to, call 0844 249 1871, or visit the Ticket Office in person.


Lower West, East, North & South
Member Advance
Non-member Advance
Concessions (17-21 or 65 and over)£17
16 and Under
Upper West

Concessions (17-21 or 65 and over)£22
16 and Under

Pre-match talk
Royals boss Nigel Adkins: "We've got to go and win it. We want the stadium full of positive energy. Everyone together, and all being well we can look forward to the Play-Offs."

Reading defender Alex Pearce: "We know it's within touching distance if we can take care of business on Saturday." Read more here.

Burnley Factfile
Full name: Burnley Football Club
Nickname: The Clarets
Founded: 1882; 132 years ago as Burnley Rovers
Ground: Turf Moor
Capacity: 22,546
Chairmen: Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz
Manager: Sean Dyche
Last season: 11th, Championship

Reading wins: 19
Draws: 10
Burnley wins: 11

Burnley leading goalscorers
Danny Ings: 25
Sam Vokes: 21
Scott Arfield: 8
Michael Kightly: 5

Last time out
Nigel Adkins' were narrowly beaten 2-1 at Turf Moor back in October, though this Alex McCarthy was a highlight for the Royals.

Shirt Offer
There's 50% off replica kit from Saturday morning! Click here for more information.

Beat The Street
Beat the Street is a local five week programme in which 60,000 people will aim to walk 238,000 miles which is the distance to the moon. Volunteers will be located around the stadium handing out cards with further information - so keep an eye out!

Dr Williams to lead team out
Reading's Honourary Medical Officer Dr Williams is retiring after an impressive 32 years of service, and will lead the teams out to celebrate his time with the Royals.

West Berkshrie Brewery
WBB return to Madejski Stadium and once again there will be a pop-up Brewery outside the East Stand, giving fans the chance to buy one of the area's most authentic local products. A special 50p off voucher is available to download here. They will open from 11am, at half time and after the game!

In the East 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 bars in the middle of the East and West concourse. You can then go to the collection points at half time - which are fully signed and have replaced our bookmakers' stalls at Y23 and G8 - and pick up your items!

Upper West order from your seat
Supporters in the Upper West can order food from their seat on the day, 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! You can also find beer tokens if you're in the East Stand.

Order Kingsley lunches in advance of matchday
Families coming to the game can customise and order a special Kingsley kids bag and have it delivered to your seat anywhere in the ground! Go to, place your custom 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.

Tomato & Basil Soup,
Bacon, Cheese & Tomato – hot baguette
Cheese & Tomato – cold baguette
Sausages on the west stand

After the game
Supporters are more than welcome to stay after the game at any concourse for a drink, while the North Stand concourse is open for 45 minutes after the final whistle!

Live Commentary

You can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live commentary on Reading FC Player. Our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews. Click here for more.

As ever, we'll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and don't forget to follow our Instagram page OfficialReadingFC for loads of exclusive images.


Reading v Burnley
Saturday 3rd May, kick-off 12.15pm

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