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Ahead of the game: Royals vs Blackburn Rovers

19 December 2015

A preview of Rovers’ visit to Madejski Stadium

Reading vs Blackburn Rovers
Sunday 20th December 2015, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium

There is only one narrative for Sunday’s fixture against Blackburn Rovers – the return of Brian McDermott to the home dugout at Madejski Stadium.

It’s a chance to give our new manager a warm welcome on his homecoming – and to hopefully sign off the return with a much-needed win.

However it will not be an easy task; Blackburn have never lost on any of their four visits to Madejski Stadium, and were only once vanquished at Elm Park – back in 1986.

But it offers the chance to enter the Christmas period on a high – so we hope you’ll join us for this festive fixture.

East, North & Lower West stands
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Non-Member* price and Matchday**
17 & Under
65 & over
Upper West Stand

17 & Under
65 & Over

Don’t forget that you can save £3 and avoid the matchday queues by buying before midday on matchday!

For full ticketing information for this fixture against Rovers, click here.

If you’re coming on public transport, make sure you follow @reading_buses on Twitter or visit to get more information about your route and football buses.

WATCH: "One game at a time" - McDermott discussed his first game back on Sunday vs Blackburn

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) December 18, 2015

Brian McDermott discusses team selection ahead of his return to the dugout.  You can watch the full press conference on Reading FC PlayerHD – click here to view.

As we wrap up 2015, we take a look at 11 photos that define another rollercoaster of a calendar year in ‘The Royal’, our matchday programme, as well as casting a glance at our new manager Brian McDermott.  There are games and quizzes, notes from skipper Paul McShane, the low-down on visitors Blackburn Rovers, and loads of other great features.

Sunday’s referee Peter Bankes has already overseen one Royals game this season – that was the opening weekend at Birmingham, when Aaron Tshibola’s effort crossed the line but wasn’t spotted by the officiating team.  A week later, he oversaw Rovers’ 1-1 draw against Huddersfield as they fought back from behind and levelled through Nathan Delfouneso.

Antony Coggins and Elliott Kaye will be running the lines this weekend, while Nicholas Kinseley will be the fourth official.

Football League title partner Sky Bet have named Reading as favourites for three points this Saturday – 7/5 is the price for a home win, 19/10 on an away win or 12/5 on the match ending in parity.

Nick Blackman netted a stunning goal against Hull last time out, and he is 7/4 to score any time in 90 minutes against Rovers this weekend.  Alternatively Matej Vydra can be backed at 13/2 to score the game’s first goal.

If you’re peckish on Saturday, you might consider the following food options…
• Pulled pork bap with apple sauce made with local produce (available in West stand, East stand, West North Upper & West South Upper)
• Lockey Farm Sausage roll with your choice of sauce (available West stand, East stand, North stand, West North Upper & West South Upper)
• Kingsley Bags from all bars, (with a hawker selling Kingsley tokens so that customers don’t need to queue up!)
• Soup of the Day: Tomato & Basil
• Specials: Tandoori Chicken Wrap & Vegetable Wrap

We have tons of festive activity at this game – we’ll have live reindeer at the Fun Zone, Reading Phoenix Choir will be in attendance, and Santa will have some presents to give out… click here to find out more!

Thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Heineken, Royals fans can enjoy a beverage at the ‘Royals Rendezvous’ before the game.  Located outside the East Stand the new area is an ideal place to catch up and enjoy a drink with fellow fans before the action kicks off!

But don’t forget to get your Golden Gamble ticket – the draw, sponsored by STAR, will be made at half-time.  Tickets can be purchased from designated sellers based around the stadium, for just £1.   There are two prizes up for grabs: a cash prize or an item of Reading FC merchandise, signed by the team!  All funds go to the Reading FC Community Trust.

Download our Guide to the Game by clicking here.

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

But if you can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on Reading FC PlayerHD 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.

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

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