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Ahead of the Game: Royals welcome Blues to Mad Stad

8 April 2016

We preview our clash with Birmingham...

Reading vs Birmingham City
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 9th April 2016, 3pm

The Royals are now unbeaten in four and are undefeated at Madejski in the Sky Bet Championship in 2016, with Birmingham City the visitors to Berkshire this weekend.

The Blues have had a difficult time of late, losing five of their last seven fixtures, drawing the others. Saturday's visitors’ most recent defeat was at the hands of Brighton on Tuesday evening when, despite taking the lead through Kyle Lafferty in front of the home crowd, they went on to fall to a 2-1 loss.

For the Royals, a third win on the spin could push them back into the top half of the standings as we approach the final month of the 2015/16 campaign.

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

17 & Under
65 & Over

*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 Birmingham, 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.

A reminder that 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.

Car Park Map

READ | Brian wants to make it three wins on the bounce on Saturday, with victory over @BCFC

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 8, 2016

PREVIEW: @JordanObita is confident Reading can get a third straight win against Birmingham:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 7, 2016

Nigel Miller will be taking charge of proceedings this weekend at Madejski Stadium, having overseen the Royals thrilling 4-3 win over Charlton Athletic just a few weeks ago on the 27th of February. The referee has handed out 66 bookings in 27 games this season only producing a red card on three occasions.

Miller will be joined by assistants Robert Hyde and Mark Mellor for Saturday’s fixture with Andy Davies fourth official.

Football League title partners Sky Bet have Reading down as favourites for Saturday with odds of 10/11 for a home win. A draw is priced at 5/2 with an away win at 3/1.

Sky Bet have Magtej Vydra and Yann Kermorgant both at 11/2 to score first for the Royals, while Ollie Norwood is at 9/2 to score at any time in the 90 minutes after his strike sunk Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.

On Saturday Reading will be unveiling the official 106 ale, which was named and created by Royals fans competition winners Amy Brown and Mike Challis in conjunction with West Berkshire Brewery. Make sure you come down to Royals Rendezvous to taste the new club Ale! 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!

Alternatively, and thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Royals fans can enjoy a Heineken before the game. 

Why not pay a visit to the Fun Zone, located outside the North Stand where you can come down and take part in a range of football related activities. Club partner Be Wiser will also be in attendance with Superbike Racing team Be Wiser Ducati with one of their bikes, the Ducati Panigale R, which will be racing in the Super sport series, make sure you come by and take a look!

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’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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