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Ahead of the game | Dismantling Rovers

4 April 2017

All you need to know about this evening's meeting with Blackburn in our mach preview

Reading v Blackburn Rovers
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 8pm


After Saturday's big win at Madejski Stadium, it's a quick turnaround for the Royals at home as they welcome Blackburn Rovers to Berkshire for this evening's Sky Bet Championship clash under the lights.

A rocking Mad Stad witnessed Reading take all three points against fellow top six side Leeds at the weekend, with Reading looking to make it three on the trot in the miodweek 8pm kick-off.

Blackburn come into the game after suffering a narrow defeat on the road to Brighton last time out and sit just inside the relegation zone, a point way from safety. Rovers had gone seven games unbeaten before their loss at the Amex, with Tony Mowbray having only tasted defeat once since taking the reigns on the 22nd of February.


Please see full ticket information for this game by clicking here. If you bought a ticket for Saturday's clash with Leeds you can pick up a ticket for this one for just £5 and concessions available at £1!

Please ensure that you arrive as early as possible to avoid long queues at the Ticket Office if you are intending to buy on the evening of the game or collect tickets on arrival.

We would urge supporters to arrive as early as possible to prevent any risk of missing kick-off.


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.

On home matchdays, any cars parked in excess of 2 hours at Costco South Oak Way will be subject to a penalty charge of £60 (reduced to £40 if paid within 14 days). This will be enforced using number plate recognition CCTV (ANPR).

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.


Yann: "This next one against Blackburn is massive to try and get even closer to securing a play-off position." https://t.co/s2P5EODWpTpic.twitter.com/JJfZqKUfF1

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 4, 2017

Despite their lowly position, Jaap is wary of Blackburn’s threat and their need to put points on the board:https://t.co/5f7LpJszw1pic.twitter.com/lyQEK74lBI

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 4, 2017

Referee James Adcock will be taking charge of tonight's clash with Rovers– The official has only taken charge of one Reading game so far this season, and that was in the Royals' 2-1 win over Cardiff back on he 28th of January at Madejski Stadium.

Nigel Lugg and Michael George will be running the lines, while fourth official for Tuesday is Simon Hooper.


The Royals are given odds of 21/20 to take all three points according to to EFL title sponsors Sky Bet. Blackburn are at 13/5 for a win, while a draw is priced at 12/5.

Yann Kermorgant is at odds of 13/8 to add to his tally of 11 goals this season and score at any time following an emphatic finish against Leeds. After a Man of the Match performance on Saturday John Swift is at 2/1 to bag a goal tonight.


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 – this month's offering is Minced Beef, Bacon & Cheese. The Vegetarian option is Broccoli, Cauliflower and Double Cheese or Vegetarian Sausage Roll

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.


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 Fan Zone 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!

We have introducing fresh bean to cup coffee in the Fan Zone which is in addition to the fresh coffee fans can buy outside the Eamonn Dolan Stand. Why not swing by and grab a cup before the game!

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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