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Ahead of the game: A battle with the Blues in Berkshire

13 September 2016

A preview of our meeting with Birmingham City

Reading v Birmingham City
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 13th September 2016, 8pm


After a thrilling 95th-minute win against Ipswich Town on Friday evening the Royals welcome Birmingham City to Madejski Stadium as they look to make it three wins on the trot in the Sky Bet Championship.

City will present a difficult challenge for Stam's side, coming into the game off the back of two wins themselves.

The Royals' clash with Birmingham is one of ten Championship fixtures on Tuesday evening and will present an opportunity for the Reading to get some more points on the board and propel themselves further up the Championship table.

It's another game under the floodlights at Madejski Stadium as the Royals go in search of three more points!


Tickets are still available for our clash with Birmingham, 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.

And for our games against Birmingham and Huddersfield, Season Ticket holders can bring a friend along for FREE! To find out more about our ‘Bring your own Royal’ offer, just click here.


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.


📰 | Danny has sights set on a 3rd straight league win, but says @BCFC will make it tough: https://t.co/Z6ieKfbEDLpic.twitter.com/S9LQqOfYzA

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) September 12, 2016

📰 Jaap knows Reading have to be on their game to take a 4th straight win in all competitions https://t.co/JApD7QnNMipic.twitter.com/LNwSlTnbAo

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) September 13, 2016


Christopher Kavanagh will be in charge at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening - the last time the referee appeared in Berkshire was when he oversaw the Royals' 0-0 draw with Leeds United last season for our opening home fixture.

Running the lines will be Billy Smallwood and Jonathan Flynn, with Simon Hooper as fourth official for the evening kick-off.


The Royals are at 23/20 to take all three points from this one, while visitors Birmingham are 12/5 to take a win back to the Midlands. The price is at 23/10 for the scores to be level at full time.

Danny Williams, who slotted home the Royals late winner against the Tractor Boys, is at 3/1 to net again tonight, while 5/2 are the odds on John Swift grabbing his third competitive goal on home soil.


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

Piglets, our new pie supplier, are offering ‘pies of the month’ throughout the season – September’s offering is Chicken Jalfrezi or Vegetable Balti or Broccoli Cauliflower & Double Cheese. Click here to see all of our upcoming monthly offerings.


Feast your eyes on our matchday programme for just £3 – ‘The Royal’ is available in and around the ground. Get all you need to know about the Blues, programme notes from manager Jaap Stam and captain Paul McShane, news from the around the club and much, much more!


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.

Download our Guide to the Game by clicking here.


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, 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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