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Ahead of the game | One last push at home!

28 April 2017

All you need to know ahead of our final home game of the regular season in our match preview...

Reading v Wigan Athletic
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 29th April 2017, 3pm


Saturday afternoon will see the Royals go head to head with relegation threatened Wigan Athletic at Madejski Stadium in the Royals' final home game of the regular Championship season.

A point would seal a play-off spot for Reading, but gaffer Jaap Stam says his side will be targeting all three points on Saturday afternoon in front of what will be a big home crowd.

The Latics find themselves six points from safety with two games to play in the Championship, meaning only a win will do on Saturday afternoon if they have any chance of avoiding relegation to League 1.


Tickets for the weekend's fixture are selling fast, with very limited availability left in many areas of the ground! For this game only the Royals have opened a section of the South Stand meaning that support for the boys in blue and white will come from all four sides of the ground!  

Please see full ticket information for this game by clicking 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.

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.


It's the last of our 23 home games of the regular season this weekend - and the gaffer admits time has flown by... https://t.co/ttIMfuU1Tnpic.twitter.com/hYHWwArgIi

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 27, 2017

Goalie @AliAlhabsi knows that his former side Wigan will be well-motivated on Saturday, as only a win will do: https://t.co/Li6PE34a5epic.twitter.com/wT1zzEKaSf

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 27, 2017

Referee Tim Robinson will be taking charge of Saturday afternoon's clash with the Latics – The official has handed out 178 yellow cards this season and nine reds in his 42 games in the EFL so far. 

Ian Cooper and Dan Cook will be running the lines, while the fourth official for this weekend will be Craig Hicks.


The Royals are at 17/20 to take the points at home against the Latics this weekend, with a draw priced at 13/5 between the two clubs. Wigan have been given odds of 3/1 to win in Berkshire

Reading striker Yann Kermorgant is at odds of 5/4 to net his 17th goal of the season this weekend, with Lewis Grabban at 2/1 to score in back-to-back home games.


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.


For our final home game of the regular season there will be a number of extra activities taking place in and around Madejski Stadium!

The activities include a DJ in the Fan Zone to create a pre-match buzz around the ground as well as Thames Valley Chorus will be performing ahead of the game outside the Megastore and a ‘living statue’ performer will be near the Megastore from just after 2pm until shortly before the game begins. 

For a full break-down of the extra activities taking place this weekend click here!

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!


We would like to remind both home and visiting supporters that any fans who enter the field of play or any adjacent area unauthorised will be subjected to suspension and arrest. For more information about our ground regulations, click here.

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