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Wembley Guide: Reading v Arsenal

15 April 2015

All the details for those attending our FA Cup Semi Final

The nearest London Underground station is Wembley Park, which is around a ten minute walk from the stadium and enables fans to walk down Wembley Way. This is served by both the Jubilee & Metropolitan lines, although it is best to take the latter as it has less stops.

Wembley Central is slightly further away from the stadium and has both rail & underground connections. This underground station is served by the Bakerloo line, whilst the railway station is on the London Euston-Milton Keynes line. The nearest train station is Wembley Stadium which is on the London Marylebone-Birmingham line.

Reading supporters travelling into Paddington or Marylebone should note that there are seven scheduled trains out of Paddington to carry supporters out of London after the game. The last train is 2330hrs.

British Transport Police officers will be on duty at all the main train stations in London and Reading to assist train staff on Saturday. Due to some recent events on the rail network, all incidents of racist behaviour and assault will be thoroughly investigated by officers and offenders will be arrested.

Horseman coaches will be running 27 coaches, and these will all depart Madejski Stadium at 1pm. To book, please call 0118 975 3811. Cost £20.

The Supporters Trust at Reading (STAR) are running 10 coaches to Wembley Stadium. Coaches 1-9 will leave Madejski Stadium at 1pm, while coach 10 departs Benson (marina bus stop) at 12.15pm and then West St (Primark) at 12.45pm. Visit for more information. 

We would like to remind our supporters that the only official coach travel to Wembley is through STAR, and through Horseman Coaches. These are the only supporter coaches leaving from Madejski Stadium this Saturday.

Jazz Cafe are also planning to open for fans for drinks and sandwiches between 11.00am till 1.30pm

We have been made aware of unofficial packages being advertised in local media – please note these are completely unauthorised, do not have permission to depart from Madejski Stadium and may not be fulfilled in the correct manner. If you are not booked with STAR, Horseman or Stewarts, your travel may be at risk. If you have any concerns about unofficial travel packages, please contact the club on or 0118 968 1211.

Once they have reached Wembley, Reading supporters’ coaches will be allocated the Green car park (large car park at the front of the stadium).

Wembley Stadium is labelled as a 'public transport' destination, meaning that there is limited parking available at the stadium itself and there is also a residents only parking scheme in operation in the local area. Official parking for Saturday's game is priced at £30 and can be booked by clicking here

Wembley is well signposted from the end of the M1 & M40 and the stadium is just off the A406 North Circular Road.

Address: Wembley, London HA9 0WS

Saturday - Visitors travelling by car to the Stadium can utilise park and ride options and make the last part of their journey by public transport.  Park and ride facilities are available at the following Chiltern Railways stations north of Wembley Stadium:

High Wycombe - HP13 6NN
Beaconsfield - HP9 2PJ

Car Share Parking
Arrangements have been made for cars to be parked for Car Sharing at Foster Wheeler, Shinfield Park, B3270 close to Junction 11, Reading RG2 9FW
(with the kind permission of Foster Wheeler UK)  Parking is free of charge and there are 550 spaces available.
Madejski Stadium car parks are committed to the supporters’ cars using the Horseman, Stewarts and STAR coaches.
Drop Off and Pick Up Car Park for Coach Travel from  Madejski Stadium
Car Park 1 (Park and Ride) is the designated area for dropping off and then parking for picking supporters up after the match.
Parking is free of charge at Madejski Stadium for supporters using the coaches and picking up passengers
Car Parks are open from 11am for parking – Supporter Coaches leave from 1.00pm

Timings after the match are as follows:
Final Whistle may vary   *   19:05 for full time;   *   19:45 for full time and extra time;   *   20:05 for full time, extra time and penalties.
Allow 2 hours minimum for return travel  for pick up time to Madejski Stadium after final whistle.

Reading fans will have access to all pubs on the EAST side of the stadium (Wembley Park). Please note this differs from our last visit to Wembley Stadium for the play-off final, so our designated pubs have changed.

The pub split only applies to those premises directly around the stadium. Many other pubs further afield but within walking distance of the stadium will accept supporters from all teams but this will be at the discretion of the individual licensees. Many of these pubs will accept families but again it is down to individual pubs so please check first.

The London Designer Outlet which is directly opposite the stadium has a number of restaurants which sell alcohol and are family friendly. There are also three external open air bars close to Wembley Arena where supporters can take children and enjoy a drink before the game.

Wembley Stadium will be opening its doors two hours before kick off and will be selling alcohol on the inside concourse. They are recommending that fans should enter the stadium as early as possible to avoid possible queues at the turnstiles and to enjoy the pre-match build-up events. 

The Torch
1 - 5 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB

Crock of Gold
23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB

Moore Spice
Wembley Retail Park, Unit 2, Engineers Way, HA9 0EH

Watkins Folly
1 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0EW

Blue Check Café
12 - 13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ

Crystal Club (Silverspoon)
South Way, Wembley

The Parish
120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP

First Class Sports Bar
125 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG

Premier Inn Hotel
151 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HQ

The Wembley Tavern
121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG

Flyers Last Stand (Cheers Bar)
45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS

Controlled Drinking Zone - Please note that the Borough of Brent (Wembley and surrounds) operates a Controlled Drinking Zone (CDZ). This prohibits the drinking of alcohol in the street. Police have the power to seize and dispose of open canisters containing alcohol in the street where necessary.

Police match commander A/Commander Colin Morgan is encouraging all Reading supporters to speak to his officers, should they have any concerns while at Wembley on Saturday. The Metropolitan Police will have officers, who will support stewards, deployed around the perimeter of Wembley Stadium.

Police officers will be dressed in beat duty uniform and will be on hand to deal with any crime and disorder issues. Police will also be on hand to deal with any issues in central London and in areas such as Kingsbury and Harrow where supporters may be congregating pre and post match.

No tickets will be sold on the day of the game and fans are advised not to travel to the game if they do not have ticket. Do not buy tickets from touts as these may put you in the wrong side of the stadium and you may even buy a counterfeit, which would not allow you entry into the stadium. Police will be patrolling the areas used by ticket touts and will arrest touts seen selling or attempting to sell match day tickets.

Those who have secured their tickets already can check the view from their seat by clicking here

Turnstiles open two hours before kick-off. Staff have been informed to adopt a strict approach when admitting drunk supporters. Fans who have consumed too much alcohol may be turned away.

Do not bring pyrotechnics to the stadium. Anyone found in possession of flares etc whilst entering the ground will be arrested. This view is supported by police commander Colin Morgan.

Fans are permitted to bring flags into the stadium but their poles should not be longer than 1 metre and no thicker than 1cm. As a guide the flags should not be any larger than 250cm at the widest and longest point. If in doubt, please contact Wembley Stadium staff.

Wembley Stadium will take an ‘investigative’ approach to any supporter who claims to have lost their match day ticket. If a supporter finds that their ticket has been mislaid then they should approach a member of stadium staff who will direct them to the ticket office.

Each incident will be looked at individually and details of the ticket with proof of purchase may well be required. Supporters are advised not to show their tickets until they are about to enter the stadium. There have been incidents in the past where tickets have been snatched out of people’s hands whilst walking up to the stadium. Please hold on tight to your tickets and keep them close to you at all times.

Wembley Stadium and lead partner EE are offering fans the opportunity to attend May’s FA Cup Final as an accredited photographer as part of its #WembleyMoments competition.
All those wishing to enter need to do is Tweet or Instagram an image or video, using the hashtag: #WembleyMoments, of yourself or your friends recreating a Wembley moment.

What you choose to recreate is down to you. It could be Michael Gilkes’, Neil Smilies’, Stuart Beavon’s or Mick Tait’s goal celebrations in the 1988 Simod Cup Final!

Or you could do your own version of any of the many other epic events Wembley has staged over the years such as Frank Bruno standing arms aloft on the day he ruled the world!

Once Wembley have narrowed down the entries to their favourite three, the trio of shortlisted candidates will be invited to the stadium, connected by EE, for a final interview with one earning the prize.
Closing date for entries: 19th April 

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Read an interview with Wembley Stadium's Director of Events

The Madejski Stadium Megastore and Ticket Office will be open from 9am-12pm on Saturday morning.

Friday’s South Today will be live from the Match of the Day studio at Wembley. Tony Husband will be joined by former Royals and BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Ady Williams to look ahead to the big game between 6.30pm and 7pm with features and news ahead of the club’s first FA Cup semi-final since 1927. The programme will also take a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium on the eve of the tie against Arsenal.

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