A preview of the meeting with BrightonReading v Brighton & Hove Albion
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 20th August 2016, 3pm
Brighton might have been excused for suffering a hangover coming into the current campaign, after the rigours of last season weren’t rewarded with a place in the Premier League.
After going 21 games unbeaten at the start of 2015/16 and occupying the automatic promotion spaces for a majority of the campaign, a dramatic last-day meeting with Middlesbrough resulted in a third-place finish, and Sheffield Wednesday were their conquerors in the play-offs semis.
But Chris Hughton’s side haven’t wasted time licking their wounds – indeed, they could hardly have got off to a better start. Two wins and a draw from their opening fixtures in the Championship has propelled them to the top of the table in the early exchanges.
They arrive at Madejski Stadium, where we have won both of our outings so far this season without conceding a goal – we’ll be looking to extend that run further on Saturday.
Tickets are still available for our clash with Brighton, and if you are a Member Card holder and buy your ticket in advance of three hours before kick-off, you will be eligible for a saving of £3 compared to matchday prices.
The Royals also have a special family section in the Eamonn Dolan Stand, with reduced ticket prices for you and your family.
For more information about ticket prices and how to purchase, click here.
On a matchday, only very limited overflow parking is available at the stadium for £8 – we advise supporters to consider one of our off-site car parks. Non-Permit holders enter the Stadium via Northern Way only and Permit holders enter via Hurst Way and Northern Way.
If you have a child under the age of 12 in your car, you will be eligible to park in our special family parking area for £8 - spaces are available in advance by phoning the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313 or visiting the Ticket Office in person. If purchasing in advance, parking permits will be posted or available for collection from the Main Ticket Office prior to matchday.
For more information about Madejski Stadium parking, click here.
If you’re coming on public transport, make sure you follow @reading buses on Twitter or visit www.reading-buses.co.uk to get more information about your route and football buses.
The 952 Reading Football Bus has been diverted as a result of the closure to the A327 Arborfield Road between Arborfield Cross and Shinfield until 30 August.
The bus will be diverted through Sindlesham and Winnersh. Stops from Arborfield Cross to The Black Boy roundabout cannot be served.
For more information on this diversion, click here.
If you have any questions about Travel and Transport or to book disabled parking at Madejski Stadium, you can contact us via email at email@example.com or by ringing 0118 968 1211.
The man in the middle will be Michael Jones this weekend – it will be the first game he has refereed this season competitively. The last two times he visited Madejski Stadium both ended in 3-0 wins in our favour with an opposition player sent off… they came in the 2014/15 campaign as we beat Fulham in the League and Bradford in the FA Cup quarter-final.
Mark Scholes and Dan Cook will be assisting Mr Jones by running the lines, while Andy Davies – who refereed our opener against Preston – takes up fourth official duty for the afternoon.
Brighton’s strong side makes them favourites for the win, according to EFL title sponsors Sky Bet – Reading are 5/2 for the victory compared to 23/20 on Brighton, while the draw is 9/4.
We’re yet to concede at home in 2016/17, and another clean sheet is available at odds of 5/2. Meanwhile John Swift, scorer of the winner against Preston, is 18/1 to open the scoring once again.
We are pleased to have extended our Season Ticket-holders’ discount offer for the 2016/17 home, away and goalkeeper shirts to those that haven’t used it yet – the offer is only available in-store for the final time at our match against Brighton.
Fans with Season Tickets for the Adult and 65 & Over age categories will receive £10 off their shirts, while Season Ticket holders aged 18-24 and 17 & Under will receive £5 off.
For more information about this offer, click here.
There will be a revamped concourse menu in place for the 2016-17 season, details of which can be found by clicking here.
Piglets, our new pie supplier, are offering ‘pies of the month’ throughout the season – the first batch of pies for this month is Minced Beef and Reading Sauce, while Vegetable Balti or Spinach, Mushroom & Ricotta is the vegetarian option.
Feast your eyes on our matchday programme for just £3 – ‘The Royal’ is available in and around the ground. As well as the low-down on the Seagulls, you can find out more about the influences on the career of manager Jaap Stam, programme notes from him and captain Paul McShane, news from the around the club and much, much more!
Young supporters can visit the Royals Fun Zone, just outside the Eamonn Dolan 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 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 area 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.
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, as well as looking out for our match photos on Instagram.
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