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Ahead of the game | Boxing Day bash with Rangers

A look ahead to our last home outing of the decade

26 December 2019

It’s our last home fixture of 2019 – of the decade, no less. Queens Park Rangers visit on Boxing Day for a 7.30pm kick-off, which come the final whistle will mark the midpoint of our league season.

It wasn’t so long ago that we met Rangers in West London – 2-2 it ended that evening as George Pușcaș and Sam Baldock each got on the scoresheet for the Royals.

We had back-to-back wins in RG2 against Millwall and Luton Town last month under Mark Bowen’s stewardship; now we’re to do the same again by building on Saturday’s win against Derby County.

Travel & transport

Club partners Casumo have ensured that the football buses will be running on Boxing Day – an incredible gesture which takes the stress out of getting to the game.

Click the button below for more information about the services, routes and timetables.

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And Costco, based just around the corner from Madejski Stadium in Green Park, have made 700 spaces available for this game.

There is a charge to park there, which will go towards Costco’s fundraising for BBC Children in Need this year. Click the button below for further info.

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Parking can also be purchased on-site at Madejski Stadium when you arrive, available on a first-come first-served basis at the cost of £10. There are also other options off site for our fans including buses and Park & Ride.

Please note that contactless payments are now being accepted for matchday parking at Madejski Stadium and the Old Greyhound Stadium. For details on your full range of travel options, head here.

Tickets

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Season Ticket holders can get Mates Rates for two friends or family members – getting additional tickets for £10 Adults or £5 Concessions.

For full ticket information, including prices and how you can buy online, head here.

You can also visit our Fanstore to buy tickets during opening hours or ring 0118 968 1313. Please click here to refer to our Christmas opening times.

Match officials

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James Linington will take charge of this one; his first game at Madejski Stadium since the opening day of the season, when Sheffield Wednesday were 3-1 winners despite the late dismissal of goalkeeper Keiren Westwood. He took charge of QPR’s game away at Fulham last month, in which the Cottagers came from behind to win 2-1.

Lee Venamore and Mark Pottage are assistants and Christopher Sargin is the fourth official.

Food & drink

Make sure you follow @bluecollarfood on Twitter to find out their latest news, where they’ll be announcing what fantastic food outlets will be located where for the first fixture.

Also, please note that for the 2019-20 season, we are prioritising contactless card payments on kiosks within the concourses at Madejski Stadium - meaning quicker service for all. There will be only one cash till per kiosk so please ensure you have card payment if possible.

Pre-match chat

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Mark Bowen: “I told the guys: not too many Quality Street, and lay off the mince pies. We have a big game here on Boxing Day against QPR.

“We will train on Christmas morning, and then on Boxing Day we’ll do some light work in the morning, have lunch, relax in the afternoon and get ready for the evening kick-off.”

Read the full interview here.

EFL clubs united in tackling discrimination

The EFL and EFL Clubs are united in tackling discrimination and prejudiced behaviour in all its forms and are reminding supporters that no forms of abuse will be tolerated ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

Everyone attending or taking part in a football match has the right to feel safe, valued and included and supporters are therefore being reminded of the positive steps that can be taken on matchdays.

The EFL have suggested a protocol for supporters to follow if you ever find yourself needing to report discrimination of any form at a match, which you can find by clicking here.

Reminder

We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.


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