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Ahead of the game | A tussle with the Tykes

10 February 2017

All you need to know ahead of our clash with Barnsley in our match preview...

Reading v Barnsley
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 11th February 2017, 3pm


The Royals are looking to make it five matches unbeaten on Saturday when they face Barnsley at Madejski Stadium, with the Tykes hoping to close the gap on the top six with a win in Berkshire.

Barnsley currently sit 9th in the Championship table and are coming into the contest off the back of a goalless draw at home to Preston last weekend.

Despite losing a number of key players during the January transfer window, the Tykes will be looking to continue what has been an exciting season for them thus far, as they chase the play-off positions...


Please see the full ticket information for this game by clicking here.

If you are intending to buy on the afternoon of the game or collect your tickets before the game, please ensure that you arrive early to avoid long queues at the Ticket Office.

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 Reading Football Club match day Saturdays between 1pm and 6pm for those cars parked in excess of 2 hours at Costco South Oak Way, there will be a penalty charge of £60 (reduced to £40 if paid within 14 days). This will be enforced using number plate recognition CCTV  (ANPR). This commences ahead of clash with Barnsley. 

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 on Barnsley: "They're a good side with a certain physicality and pace which means it isn’t going to be easy."https://t.co/HWDmiCsXDYpic.twitter.com/1o0g50dAAI

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 8, 2017

📰 “It's going to be a tough task, but one we’re all looking forward to." Evans discusses our meeting with Barnsley: https://t.co/I5vDxBxo7dpic.twitter.com/mv3Usn5OGC

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 9, 2017

Darren Bond will be the man in the middle on Saturday afternoon. The referee last took charge of a Reading game back on the 13th of August as the Royals fell to a 2-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Daniel Robathan and John Flynn will be running the lines, and the fourth official is Daniel Leach.


The Royals are at 17/20 for the win at home on Saturday afternoon, while Sky Bet have Barnsley at odds of 3/1 for the three points and a draw at 11/4.

Yann Kermorgant can be backed at 7/4 to score in 90 minutes, while new signing Lewis Grabban is at 2/1 to net his first Reading goal on Saturday.


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 – February's offering is Chilli and Fairtrade Chocolate. The vegetarian option is Spinach Mushroom and Ricotta or Vegetable Balti .

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 Fanzone which is in addition to the Fresh Coffee fans can buy outside the Eamonn Dolan Stand. Why not swing by and grab a cup to warm you up on a cold afternoon!

Take a selfie in our newly installed Dugout seats in the Eamon Dolan Stand concourse this Saturday and tweet it to us to be in with a chance of winning a Reading shirt signed by manager Jaap Stam! For more information on this weekend's competition click here.

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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