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Ahead of the game: Against Forest, under the lights...

4 April 2016

A look ahead to our midweek meeting

Reading vs Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Tuesday 5th April 2016, 8pm

Our unbeaten run in the Championship on home turf in 2016 stretches into a fourth month – Nottingham Forest become the latest visiting team to try to end that spell.

The East Midlands outfit will also be trying to recover from a poor result on their patch at the weekend; a 3-0 defeat at the City Ground to Brentford took the West London club level on points with Forest in the mid-table scramble.  Indeed, that result took Forest’s run to seven defeats in the previous nine outings.

Interim Forest manager Paul Williams is also without the services of Eric Lichaj in midweek, after he picked up a pair of yellows against the Bees and took an early bath.

For the Royals, back-to-back wins could push Reading back into the top half of the standings as we approach the final month of the 2015/16 campaign.

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

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*We would encourage all supporters to become a member card holder for only £2 to benefit from reduced ticket prices.

**Matchday prices take effect three hours before kick off on the day of the game.

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 Forest, click here.

Supporters are reminded that the Worton Grange parking facility is no longer in operation; click here by way of reminder of our current matchday alternatives.

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.

Following our discussions with supporters who raised their concerns over confusion caused by operating two bus services (F2 Shinfield Park and the Mereoak Park and Ride) from the same bus stop, the club have taken a decision to change the bus stop positions at Madejski Stadium for the Shinfield Park F2 and Stagecoach 951 – 954 bus services.  The Shinfield Park bus stop will be situated on the opposite side of the road to the Mereoak Park & Ride stop going forward, while the Stagecoach 951 – 954 bus services will now be positioned further down Hurst Way just before the roundabout with Biscuit Way. All other services, including the Mereoak Park & Ride will remain as normal.  Please see the map below for the up-to-date bus stop sites.


Dean Whitestone is the referee this midweek – it is the first time in almost two years that he has overseen one of our fixtures.  The last time came in March 2014 when a brace from Jobi McAnuff earned Reading a 2-1 win at St Andrew’s at the expense of Birmingham.  His most recent game involving Nottingham Forest was on October 2014, when former Reading Academy product Michail Antonio netted twice for the East Midlands club on their visit to Watford; Matej Vydra netted a penalty for the Hornets in a 2-2 draw that day.  

In 33 games to date this season, Whitestone has brandished the yellow card 106 times, but the red just twice – they came in the same fixture, as Jose Baxter and Kieran Wallace were each dismissed late on for Sheffield United in their League Cup trip to Fulham.

Assisting Whitestone will be linesmen Alan Young and Matthew Buonassisi, with Tim Robinson on duty to man the fourth official’s board.

Football League title partners Sky Bet have Reading down as favourites and priced at Evens for this fixture, while Nottingham Forest are 3/1 for the win and the draw is available at 9/4.

After netting at the Macron Stadium at the weekend, Ola John is 7/2 to follow up with another goal at any time against the Reds.  Meanwhile 11/2 is the price on Matej Vydra to be the game’s first goalscorer.

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, it is an ideal place to catch up and enjoy a drink with fellow fans before the action kicks off!

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.

We’re offering terrific kit deals on 2015/16 replica gear… while stocks last!  Find out more below…

Coming to either of this week's home games? We've got big kit discounts at the Megastore!

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 4, 2016

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.

Head to Snapchat and find 'OfficialRFC' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!

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