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Ahead of the game: Royals vs Bolton Wanderers

19 November 2015

A preview of the Trotters meeting at Madejski

Reading vs Bolton Wanderers
Saturday 21st November 2015, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium

After spending last weekend twiddling thumbs because of the third international break of the season to date, it’s all guns blazing again when the action recommences at Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Bolton Wanderers, placed second-bottom in the table at present, provide the opposition.  Neil Lennon’s side have just a single win to date in this campaign – a 2-1 home triumph against Wolves in September – but that’s not to say they won’t prove tough opposition.

The likes of Derby, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and then-league leaders Brighton have all be held to a point by the Trotters so far this term.  With ex-internationals Shola Ameobi and Emile Heskey amongst the attacking options, there is experience in the visiting camp.

But after five games without a victory for Reading, it offers a new opportunity to get back to winning ways – and we hope you’ll join us.

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

17 & Under
65 & Over

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

For full ticketing information for this game, just click here.

The 954 Stagecoach bus route from Bracknell will be affected by the closure of part of Ringway, and a diversion route has been agreed – this may affect supporters who take this route from now until the end of the season.  Click here to visit the Stagecoach website.

Make sure you follow @reading_buses on Twitter or visit to get more information about your route and football buses.

Pre-match chat
Reading defender Paul McShane: “We have to be ready for Bolton on Saturday.  It is another tough game, but we’re at home and we expect to win every game at home.”

Referee James Linington is taking charge of the game at Madejski Stadium on Saturday – the official hasn’t overseen any of this season’s Reading games so far, but took to the whistle for four games last year.  The first was a 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Newport, then a 2-1 defeat in Cardiff in which he showed Alex Pearce a red card, followed by a 2-1 win against Norwich after Christmas and the 3-0 win in Derby on the final day.

Brett Huxtable and Daniel Robathan will be running the lines this weekend, while Dean Whitestone takes duty as fourth official.

The Royals are odds-on favourites for the win this weekend at a price of 4/6, while visitors Bolton are outsiders at 4/1 and a draw is priced 11/4.

Forward Nick Blackman is 5/4 to find the net at any time for Reading, while Orlando Sa is 6/4 to score and Matej Vydra is 2/1 to score.

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

Thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Heineken, Royals fans can enjoy a beverage at the brand new ‘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!

From 1pm supporters can visit the Royals Fun Zone, just outside the North Stand, Gate 6.  Football based games will be available for young fans to put their skills to the test!  The Fun Zone will also be open at half-time for supporters to come and have fun.

And 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.  We don’t have many sellers attending the game – so make sure you get your ticket whenever you spot an opportunity!

Download our Guide to the Game by clicking here.

The best way to follow the game live is at Madejski Stadium in person, by 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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