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Preview: Royals in action at Rovers tonight

21 July 2015

Memorial Stadium test for Steve Clarke's side

Bristol Rovers vs Reading
Tuesday 21st July, 7.45 pm
Pre-season friendly, Memorial Stadium

Rovers team news
Manager Darrell Clarke is expected to name a strong squad again for this match. At the weekend, Rovers narrowly lost 1-0 to an Arsenal XI, welcoming back Jermaine Easter after an injury layoff. Clarke said, “I’ll mix things around again but it will be a strong squad in what will be another good test for us."

Royals team news
Boss Steve Clarke is taking a strong squad, although Michael Hector & Garath McCleary are on international duty. Hal Robson-Kanu picked up a knock at Spurs so is out, while Simon Cox, Paul McShane, Orlando Sa, Jack Stacey and Jake Cooper will not be involved.

Bristol Rovers fact file
Full name: Bristol Rovers
Nickname: The Pirates, The Gas
Founded: 1883
Ground: Memorial Stadium
Capacity: 11,916 (3,000 seated)
Manager: Darrell Clarke
Last Season: 2nd, Conference Premier (promoted)

Following relegation from League Two on the final day of the 2013-14 season, Bristol Rovers spent their 132nd season in the Conference Premier for the first time in the club's history.

Their summer signing, Matt Taylor, became Rovers’ leading goalscorer by the end of the 2014-15 campaign, his 20 league goals aided the club in achieving a second-placed finish, one point behind champions Barnet.

Grimsby Town were their play-off opponents for the Final at Wembley in May, and a 5-3 penalty shootout triumph meant that Rovers became the first club since Carlisle United in 2005 to secure an instant return to the Football League.

Last meeting
The Royals last met the Gas in competitive action 2001, in Division Two (now League One), where a solitary strike from Jamie Cureton earned Reading a 1-0 victory at Madejski Stadium.

Tickets for the game tonight are pay on the day. Royals fans will be able to watch from the away terrace or from seats in the South Stand. Payment is by cash at the turnstiles, or if you’re using card then you can purchase at the Bristol Rovers Ticket Office.

Ticket prices:
Adults: £10
65 and over: £5
Under 16s: £5

Take the M4 west-bound towards Swindon, carry on until you reach Junction 19 and then exit onto the M32 towards Bristol. When at Junction 2, at the roundabout take the fourth exit onto the B4469 to Fishponds/Horfield. Continue for about 1.5 miles before taking the left turn into Filton Avenue and follow the signs for the stadium.

Please check the latest traffic news before you travel to avoid congestion.
Live commentary and highlights
For supporters who can’t make the trip to the Memorial Stadium tonight, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live commentary on BBC Radio Berkshire tonight.

As ever, we will provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages this evening and highlights from the game will be available on our official YouTube channel later this week.

Extended highlights in HD will be available on Reading FC Player later this week. You can sign up to Player by clicking here, it's just 10p a day, and you get tons of other exclusive videos.

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