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Ahead of the game: The Royals host the Cottagers

4 March 2016

A preview of our Championship clash with Fulham

Reading vs Fulham
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 5th March 2016, 3pm

The Royals host Fulham this weekend at the Mad Stad who currently sit 20th in the Sky Bet Championship, seven points above the Rotherham United and the drop zone.

The last time the two teams met in Berkshire in September 2014 the Reading came away with all three points in a convincing 3-0 win over the Cottagers.

Earlier in the season at Craven Cottage it was Fulham that secured the victory however, in a thrilling 4-2 win against the Royals coming from two goals down, a result that Reading will looking to put right when the two sides take to the pitch on Saturday.

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

17 & Under
65 & Over

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 the Cottagers, click here.

A reminder to fans that as of Saturday Worton Grange Carpark is no longer in use for Royals fans, so we advise fans to make an alternative arrangement for parking in the area.

The club are providing additional bus services to supporters in the area.

Following closure of the Worton Grange Car Park we collected postcodes of supporters parking there.  As a result we have arranged additional buses as follows:

Reading Buses Services
F1 Town Centre Shuttle Service– Direct non stop service from the SW terminus at Reading Station, commencing at 1pm – continuous service.
F22 starting at Tilehurst – duplicate bus provided
F32 starting at Woodley – duplicate bus provided

Stagecoach Services from South of Reading
951 starting at Basingstoke – duplicate bus provided
954 starting at Bracknell – duplicate bus provided

For full details of all Supporter bus services visit Reading Buses and the Stagecoach timetable by clicking here

If you’re coming on public transport, make sure you follow @reading_buses on Twitter to get more information about your route and football buses.

"We have something to make up this weekend" says @OLAJOHNO ahead of our meeting with Fulham:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) March 3, 2016

READ | Brian McDermott wary of Cottager's threat - check out the Manager's preview

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) March 4, 2016

Simon Hooper will be officiating the weekend’s fixture, the last time the referee appeared at Madejski Stadium was in a 1-0 defeat for the Royals, at the hands of Wigan on the 17th of February 2015. Hooper has officiated 33 games so far this season making 80 bookings and only two dismissals.
Alan Young and Robert Massey-Ellis will be assisting Hooper this weekend, with Dave Bushell fourth official.

The odds are at evens for the Royals to get a result this weekend against visitors Fulham, with Sky Bet placing chances of the Cottagers taking all three points at 11/4. A draw at Madejski Stadium is put at 12/5.
The chances of Yann Kermorgant adding to his brace at Charlton on Saturday are placed at 15/8 with Deniss Rakels at 2/1 to score in consecutive games for the Royals.

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!

South Central Ambulance Service will be located by Gate 6 before  they game, so please come along and meet the team.  You will have the opportunity to have a go at CPR, and find out more about the various routes to becoming a paramedic and job opportunities for drivers, control operators, emergency and non-emergency assistants and paramedics.  Click here to see a video about their work.

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.

Don’t miss out on our kit offers this weekend at the Megastore

BIG DEALS! Don't delay - get half-priced replica 2015/16 kit while stocks last!

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) March 2, 2016

We will be showing the following on our big screen before kickoff:

•    14:16: Highlights from Chelsea U18 v Reading U18 in the FA Youth Cup QF
•    14:23: Reading 1-0 Rotherham United from Tuesday 23rd February 2016
•    14:33: A throw back to our 2-4 win over the Cottagers on the 4th May 2013
•    14:25: Highlights of Reading's 3-0 win over Fulham on the 13th September 2014


Ola John speaks on his recent starts, the Charlton rollercoaster and meeting Fulham, a club he watched his brother play for at the highest level, after the Craven Cottage disappointment earlier this season.

Read our five-page report from a dramatic win at The Valley as well as a scrappy 1-0 win over Neil Warnock’s men earlier last week.

We have all you need to know on our opponents – ten pages of opposition content ahead of the Cottagers visit to Madejski Stadium.

In our centre-page focus on our 106 season programme we include notes from Steve Coppell and Graeme Murty written after a rare defeat that season – a decade ago.

And we also look back at a Premier League win over Fulham here in 2007, secured thanks to a first half finish from Stephen Hunt!

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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