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Ahead of the game: A stout test against the Brewers

18 November 2016

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's fixture with Burton Albion...

Reading v Burton Albion
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 19th November 2016, 3pm


The Royals will be looking to make it four straight wins in the league on Saturday when they welcome 18th placed Burton Albion to Madejski Stadium in a return to Championship football following the international break.

Albion, who are enjoying their first ever season in the Championship, have had a decent start to the 2016/16 campaign, picking up wins against Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham along the way.

Nigel Clough's side only secured promotion to the football league in 2009 and have enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last decade, and Royals boss Jaap Stam keen not to underestimate the hard working Brewers as an opponent.


Tickets are still available for our clash with forest, 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.

Ticket Bundles are now also available to buy online! Click here for more information about how you can buy your 4-Match Bundle and redeem games from wherever you are.


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.

If you have any questions about Travel and Transport or to book disabled parking at Madejski Stadium, you can contact us via email at customerservice@readingfc.co.uk or by ringing 0118 968 1211.


📰 Jaap has outlined the importance of not underestimating opponents Burton this weekend.
https://t.co/WvdKshzxarhttps://t.co/Tzesby9BRd

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) November 18, 2016

It's 'back to business' this weekend for goalkeeper @AliAlhabsi - he looks ahead to a meeting with Burton Albion: https://t.co/K4H8ErZnmmpic.twitter.com/ZS11igYQbu

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) November 17, 2016

📰 @JordanObita says Royals are raring to return to Championship action against Burton... https://t.co/9CCji2uhAZhttps://t.co/mArkHF6Oqw

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) November 17, 2016


Keith Stroud will be the man in charge on Saturday afternoon, with the referee officiating the Royals for the first time this season. So far this campaign the official has overseen 19 matches handing out 87 yellow cards and eight red cards in the process.

Running the lines will be Neil Davies and Nigel Lugg, with Robert Whitton as fourth official.



The Royals are the bookies favourites for tomorrow's clash at 21/20 to take all three points. A draw is at 23/10 with a Burton victory at 11/4.

In goal-scoring odds Reading's Garath McCleary is at 7/4 to net for the Royals. Danny Williams is at 5/2 to bag a goal from midfield over 90 minutes.


There is a revamped concourse menu in place for the 2016/17 season, details of which can be found by clicking here.

Piglets, our pie supplier, are offering ‘pies of the month’ throughout the season – November's offering is offering is Firecracker Chicken, Butternut Squash & Spicy Veg
or Spinach, Mushroom & Ricotta. Click here to see all of our upcoming monthly offerings.

Kingsley Kids Bags are also a convenient way of getting food for young supporters delivered straight to your seat! Click here to find out more.


Why not take advantage of the early bird offer at the Heineken Star Lounge in the Windsor Lounge? Try our delicious hot dish of the day with a pint, glass of wine or soft drink for just £7.50! That's all available between 12.30pm-1.30pm this Saturday.


Our special remembrance matchday programme will be on sale for just £3 – ‘The Royal’ is available in and around the ground. Get all you need to know about Burton, programme notes from manager Jaap Stam and captain Paul McShane, news from the around the club as well as several dedicated remembrance pieces. 







We will remember all those who have fought in previous wars and are still fighting for our country today at 1:45pm on Saturday with a short service at the remembrance wall by the Players' entrance. Club Chaplain, Steve Prince will oversee the proceedings and the service will be led by The Reverend Vernon Orr, with Co-Chairman Sir John Madejski set to be laying a wreath in honour of our service men and women.

As part of the club’s Remembrance Day activities, the Reading Scottish Pipe Band will be performing at the Remembrance Day service at 1.45pm, before performing outside the Megastore at 2pm.

Before kick-off on Saturday the Royals will also be observing a minute's silence proceeded by a rendition of the Last Post to remember to honour all those who have fallen in battle.

Elsewhere a group of Omani students from the University of Reading will be handing out goodies to supporters ahead of the game as part of their National Oman Day celebrations. They will be located outside the Megastore, so make sure you go along and pay them a visit!

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.

You can also download our Guide to the Game.


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 look 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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