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Ahead of the game: Guide to Friday’s Premier League opposition

28 July 2016

All you need to know about our top flight opponents

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

On Friday night, Madejski Stadium hosts Premier League opposition as Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are in town for the Royals’ final pre-season friendly ahead of the new EFL Sky Bet Championship season.

Jaap Stam’s first game in charge as Reading manager was a friendly encounter with Boreham Wood at the start of July, kicking-off pre-season preparations ahead of the new season. That 5-0 win was then followed by a training camp in Oosterbeek, Holland and matches against Saudi Arabian top-tier outfit Al-Taawoun, Swindon Town and AFC Wimbledon, all before hosting Premier League opposition at Madejski Stadium on Friday evening.

Having secured a 16th-place finish in the Premier League last season, Eddie Howe’s side’s preparations for their second consecutive season in the top flight consisted of a pre-season tour of the United States, ending with a fixture against Minnesota United. After a 4-0 win Stateside, the Cherries then drew 3-3 with Portsmouth at Fratton Park before they take on the Royals in Berkshire for tomorrow night’s pre-season encounter.

Kick-off is at 8pm and it could be your first chance to see a number of new signings make their Madejski Stadium debuts for the club. It will also be the first opportunity you get to see the team play in the brand new home kit for 2016-17!  So make sure you come down tomorrow evening to support Jaap Stam’s side…

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.

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.

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. If you are Member Card holder, your ticket will load on to your access card in the usual way.

For full ticket information, click here.

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.

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.

Keith Stroud will be the referee for tomorrow night’s friendly clash against top flight opposition. He has over 12 years of experience in the EFL and was also an assistant referee in his early days in the Premier League. Stroud was appointed as one of the assistant referees during the FA Cup final in 2003 between Arsenal and Southampton at the Millennium Stadium, and became a FIFA assistant referee a year later.  

Running the line for Stroud will be John Flynn and Matt Foley, while Dean Treleavan will be the fourth official on the evening.    

Following the launch of our brand new 2016/17 kit on Wednesday, Season Ticket holders will be eligible for a discount on the first shirt order they place in store.  £10 will be taken off the new kit for every Adult or ‘65 & Over’ Season Ticket holder - in the Megastore only.

The Season Ticket holder discount is only available for those who visit the Megastore in person – it is not available online. However, the offer will run for two weeks, meaning you can visit the Megastore to buy your shirt and claim your discount at any time up until 10.30pm on Tuesday 9th August 2016 – after the final whistle following our EFL Cup clash against Plymouth Argyle here at Madejski Stadium.

If you want some extra reading material before the match kicks-off on Friday night then why not take a look at our special edition A4 matchday programme! You can purchase a copy for just £1.50 from various programme sellers located around the ground.

Inside will be a section introducing all six of our new signings so far as well as an in-depth look at our Premier League opposition the Cherries. You can also find comments from manager Jaap Stam and also included is a guide to who we’ll play and when this upcoming season.

Friday night’s match-up against Bournemouth is also host to a Golden Gamble special. For this one-off friendly fixture, there will be more Golden Gamble winners than ever before!

Tomorrow 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.

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 BBC Radio Berkshire. 

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.

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

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