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A friendly for a fiver!

25 July 2016

Top flight opposition for Stam's side on Friday night!

On Friday night, Madejski Stadium hosts Premier League opposition as Jaap Stam's take on AFC Bournemouth in our final pre-season friendly of the summer - eight days before the new EFL Sky Bet Championship calendar kicks in with a home game against Preston North End.

Kick-off is at 8pm and this will be your first chance to see a number of new signings make their Madejski Stadium debuts for the club. This Friday night will also be the first opportunity you get to see the team play in our brand new home kit for 2016-17!

Eddie Howe’s Cherries are also taking shape for their 2016-17 Premier League campaign. We may well welcome the likes of goalkeeper and former Player of the Season Adam Federici back to Madejski Stadium in Bournemouth colours, as well as our former loanees Benik Afobe and Nathan Aké, the latter having just begun a season-long stint with the south coast club.

Tickets are only £5 for all adults as well as those aged 65 and over and between 18-24, if bought in advance. And both home and away supporters under the age of 17 can come and see us in action for as little as £1! Friday night is a great chance to start to get behind the Royals at the beginning of a brand new adventure.

And if you want your first Madejski trip of the season to be a little more can book two fantastic and extremely affordable hospitality packages in the Royal and 1871 Suites ahead of the evening's entertainment - more details here!

Get your ticket for Friday night now...all the details on how to book are below. Or you can buy tickets for a number of other home matches which are now on the horizon by visiting our Home Ticket page.

Golden Gamble special
For this one-off friendly fixture against Bournemouth, there will be more Golden Gamble winners than ever before!

On Friday night, there will be a total of 10 CASH WINNERS selected from all those who have bought Golden Gamble tickets ahead of kick-off.

As normal, 50% of the proceeds from the sale of our Golden Gamble tickets will be donated to our Community Trust charity but for the stadium curtain-raiser against the Cherries the remaining 50% divided up equally amongst ten different winners!

The winning numbers will be drawn before half-time and the winning numbers read out over the mic and displayed on the big screen at the interval – winners can then collect their prize at either half time or full time from main reception at Madejski Stadium.

Reading vs AFC Bournemouth
Madejski Stadium
Pre-season friendly
Friday 29th July 2016, 8pm

Ticket arrangements
Tickets for this fixture against Bournemouth are now on general sale.

Pre-season friendly prices 2016/17

East & Lower West Stands


65 & Over
17 & Under
*Matchday prices take effect three hours before kick off on the day of the game.

Only the East and Lower West Stands will be open to home supporters for this fixture. All seating is unreserved.

Season Ticket holders who purchase for this game will have their card loaded, irrespective of which stand they sit in or purchase in.

Our Ticket Office does not charge any additional booking fee or postage costs unless stated otherwise.

How to buy
Online: Head to
By phone: Ring us on 0118 968 1313
In person: Drop into the Ticket Office during our opening hours.

Travel (by car)
The Madejski Stadium car parks are open for all,  pay on the day for non-permit holders is only £5 and 2016-2017 season parking permits are valid.

Alternative parking at Mereoak Park and Ride is free of charge with a short bus journey on service 60F. Fares are Adult £3.50 return, Child £1.70 return – Group Ticket up to 4 persons is £7. Mereoak is just south of Junction 11 on the A33.

Travel (by bus)
Service F1 by Reading Buses has a regular shuttle service from Reading Station (South West Interchange) to and from the Stadium starting at 6pm. Fares are £4 adult return, £2.50 Solo under 19s return, concessionary travel passes apply for free travel.

The following services are not running for this friendly match: Reading Urban Services – F10; F11; F12; F13; F14; F20; F21; F22; F23; F24; F30; F31; F32; F33, Foster Wheeler Service F2; Stage Coach Services 951-954. All these services will commence, as last season, from Saturday August 6th for Reading vs Preston North End.

Any questions about Travel and Transport or to book disabled parking at the Madejski Stadium then contact or telephone 0118 968 1211.

Last post
Tickets booked online or by phone up until 3pm on Wednesday 27th July 2016 will be posted, unless you select the collection option when purchasing. Tickets will then be held for collection from the Main Ticket Office at Madejski Stadium.

Opening hours
For the latest Ticket Office opening hours, click here.

Member Cards
If you are Member Card holder, your ticket will load on to your access card in the usual way. If you are not yet a Member, please visit our Membership page to find out about the benefits of joining. Supporters who have not renewed their 2015/16 Season Tickets are encouraged to contact the Ticket Office to claim their free Member Card and benefit from member prices.

For more information relating to home tickets, click here.

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