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Ahead of the Game: A Valentine's Day battle with Brentford

14 February 2017

All you need to know ahead of our evening clash with Brentford...

Reading v Brentford
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 14th February 2017, 8pm


After being held to a 0-0 draw at home this weekend by Barnsley, the Royals will be looking for a return to winning ways on Tuesday. After back-to-back draws in the Sky Bet Championship Reading will face Brentford on Valentines Day as they attempt to put three more points on the board.

The Royals are five games undefeated in the league ahead of this evening's visit from the Bees, who fell to a 4-2 defeat on the road at the weekend, losing to Preston at Deepdale.

Brentford currently sit 15th in the table, 20 points behind the fourth placed Royals, but Dean Smith's side will be determined to bounce back after Saturday's loss with a strong performance in Berkshire.


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).

The M4 Westbound carriageway will be closed between junctions 11 (Reading) and 12 (Theale). It will be closed for five nights from tonight as work to replace a bridge joint and resurface part of the motorway continues. However, following a request made by the football club, tonight’s closure won’t be put in place until all of the football traffic has had plenty of chance to clear.

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.


“We’re a different team to the side that played Brentford at the beginning in of the season,” says @Chrisgunter16:https://t.co/d36xuBSVQqpic.twitter.com/16uTlEiQxm

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 13, 2017

“We can’t always know when teams come what their intentions are and how they want to play." Jaap previews Brentford: https://t.co/uXgjE6wT7rpic.twitter.com/xmyqNQt0zq

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 13, 2017

Keith Stroud will be the man in charge on Tuesday evening. In 31 games this season the referee has handed out 149 bookings and has made 11 dismissals. Stroud last took charge of events at Madejski Stadium on the 19th of November, when the Royals triumphed 3-0 over Burton Albion.    

Akil Howson and Mark Pottage will be running the lines, and the fourth official is Matt Foley.


The Royals 23/20 are at  for the win at home on Tuesday evening, while Sky Bet have Brentford at odds of9/4 for the three points and a draw at 5/2.

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


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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