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Ahead of the game: Ruffling the Robins' feathers

25 November 2016

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's clash with Bristol City in our match preview...

Reading v Bristol City
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 26th November 2016, 3pm


The Royals will be looking to make it five straight wins in the league and six in a row against Saturday's visitors Bristol City when the two sides meet at 3pm on Saturday afternoon at Madejski Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.

Bristol City sit 10th in the league table with 17 points to their name so far this campaign. They will be coming to Berkshire looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats as they bid to close the gap between themselves and the top six.

Despite their recent form the Robins have picked up a few notable results on the road so far in 2016/17, including a 4-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage in late September. 


Tickets are still available for our clash with the Robins, 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 feels that the squad deserve the attention they're getting after a string of strong performances and results: https://t.co/9oPNJuU0p3pic.twitter.com/G97Ti54wTN

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) November 24, 2016

📰 @gmccleary12 hopes the home crowd can play a part on Saturday as we aim for five straight wins: https://t.co/o0x49TwGvopic.twitter.com/WhlA1ZIFZo

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) November 24, 2016

📰 Blackett on Bristol City: "We want to come out confident and try to impose ourselves on the game." https://t.co/PNzBX99xSopic.twitter.com/mInKIWI7HO

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) November 24, 2016

Tim Robinson
will be in charge of events on Saturday afternoon. The referee has not officiated either side so far this campaign but has had a busy season so far, making 79 bookings in the 16 games he has overseen.  

Running the lines will be David Avent and Ian Cooper; a fourth official for Saturday's game has yet to be announced.


The Royals are at 11/8 to take the three points on Saturday afternoon, with a draw priced at 23/10. Sky Bet have an away win for Bristol City at 2/1.

Reading's Dominic Samuel is at 2/1 to net for the Royals two games running, with Roy Beerens at 11/4 to score 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. Make sure you take advantage of our contactless payment points situated all around the stadium concourses highlighted by the yellow contactless sign & a yellow t-shirt which says “I take contactless”.

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 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 the Robins, programme notes from manager Jaap Stam and captain Paul McShane, as well as lots of other news from the around the club .




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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