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Ahead of the game: Battling the Baggies for a last-eight place

19 February 2016

A preview of our cup tie against Midlands opposition

Reading vs West Bromwich Albion
The FA Cup, fifth round
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 20th February 2016, 3pm

Only four times before have we ever won in the FA Cup fifth round – and Brian McDermott was at the helm on two of those occasions.

And, as we keep reminding you, one of those was against Saturday’s visitors West Bromwich Albion – it was dramatic circumstances over two legs in 2010 that saw Reading secured a quarter-final place.

Huddersfield and Walsall have each been on the end of big scorelines at Madejski Stadium so far this season in the FA Cup – the Terriers took us to a replay but ultimately ended up on the receiving end of a 5-2 win, whilst the League 1 Saddlers were vanquished 4-0.

Premier League outfit West Brom needed a replay, extra-time and penalties to get past Peterborough in the last round – but they got the right result in the end to set up a Madejski Stadium date.

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Don’t forget that you can save money and avoid the matchday queues by buying before midday on matchday!  If you are collecting or buying on matchday, you are advised to arrive at least an hour before kick-off, as we are expecting a busy afternoon at the Ticket Office, as is often the case at cup fixtures.

For full ticketing information for this fixture against the Baggies, click here.

If you are travelling via Basingstoke Road, Whitley Wood Lane, Imperial Way Roundabout (near Lidl Supermarket), there is a warning of road works for the next 2 weeks with 4-way traffic lights which will cause delays in the area, and so supporters should allow extra time if parking in the Imperial Way (Worton Grange) car park area.

The Worton Grange parking facility remains available for this fixture, but will not be available from March.  Click here for more information.

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.

READ | Brian wants his team to meet the top-flight challenge when WBA arrive in the FA Cup:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 19, 2016

PREVIEW | @jake__cooper is relishing the prospect of an FA Cup battle with the Baggies:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 18, 2016

PREVIEW | Captain @pmacca15 wants to 'keep on the march' to the FA Cup quarter-final:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 17, 2016

Anthony Taylor is on the whistle for the afternoon – it is almost two years since he last oversaw one of our matches, when we were 3-1 winners at Keepmoat Stadium against Doncaster.  On the other hand, he has overseen two Baggies matches in the Premier League this season – a 3-2 home defeat to Leicester in October and a 2-2 draw at Chelsea last month.

Assistant referees for the afternoon will be Darren Cann and Scott Ledger, while Roger East is on fourth official duty.

Football League title sponsors Sky Bet can’t choose between the teams this weekend – we are 17/10 to secure passage in 90 minutes, while West Brom are also available at 17/10.  Odds are priced 21/10 for the game to go a replay.

Matej Vydra, the competition’s top scorer, is 5/2 to net any time during the 90 minutes.  Deniss Rakels could make his debut in the competition and is also 5/2 to score.

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 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.

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 will also be celebrating the life of Ronnie Blackman with a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off – our Football League record goalscorer passed away this week at the age of 90.

Download our Guide to the Game by clicking here.

You can follow tomorrow's #CupMusic official @EmiratesFACup playlist on Spotify:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 19, 2016

Get in early, relive some former glories from our FA Cup adventures on the big screen!  Here’s what you can expect to see on our big screen inside Madejski Stadium, and when…
• 14:15 – Reading 5-2 Huddersfield Town, Saturday 19th January 2016
• 14:23 – Reading 4-0 Walsall, Saturday 30th January 2016
• 14:32 – Reading 3-0 Bradford City, Monday 16th March 2015
• 14:44 – Reading 3-2 West Bromwich Albion, Saturday 12th January 2013

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.

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

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