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Chambers | “Women’s Football Weekend shows just how far the women’s game has come”

Royals manager on historic fixture at Madejski this Sunday

15 November 2019

Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers has been giving her thoughts on her side’s upcoming WSL fixture against Bristol City this Sunday and the huge spectacle that is the inaugural FA Women’s Football Weekend.

“What an amazing occasion Women’s Football Weekend is,” Chambers said, “not just for our girls playing here at the Mad Stad, but for the girls playing at the Amex, Anfield and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, it’s amazing for the sport.”

Sunday’s match will be the third of four games being played at Madejski in almost as many weeks for Royals women and Chambers is pleased the local community have a chance to see her side play in the top tier of women’s football in the country, as ordinarily the team’s home games are at Adams Park, Wycombe.

“It’s great that we are able to give the fans and people of Reading something a bit closer to home, especially when the men are on international break. It’s good they’ve got somewhere to go, here at Madejski, to watch a game of football, because at the end of the day, that’s what it is; a game of football. But as well as the women’s team’s playing at the men’s stadiums – something we’ve been very lucky to do a lot over the last few weeks – Women’s Football Weekend is also there to showcase the women’s game at all levels and show just how far we’ve come.”

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On the match in question against Bristol City Women, Chambers is feeling positive about the side’s chances. “It’s been fantastic having everyone back from international break, and we’ve had a few good days of training, so we’re ready to get back to winning ways.”

“It was a frustrating game against West Ham the last time we were at the Madejski,” Chambers continued, referring to a 1-0 loss to the Hammers before the recent women’s international break. In a similar display to the league clash against Manchester United Women the week prior, Reading dominated the play and had the majority of possession and attacking chances, but were incredibly unlucky not to walk away with anything. “We’ve had some fantastic performances over the last few weeks, but now it’s about turning those performances into results and points on the board.”

“We are hoping we can change that this week. We’ve had some great results this season with wins over Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton, but with our game against Birmingham being postponed, that’s had an impact on us in the league. We just need to carry on the momentum on performances and look at how we can turn those into results.”

Season Ticket holders for the men’s team are reminded that they can attend Reading FC Women games for free by using their Season Ticket card on arrival at Madejski Stadium. Season Tickets for our Women’s team are also available for £35 Adults, £20 Concessions/Children and £70 Families.

Match tickets for this game are priced £6 Adults, £3 Concessions/Children and £12 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children). For full information or to book your match tickets for this fixture, head here. You can also buy on arrival at Madejski for for £8 for Adults, £5 Concessions/Children and £15 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children).


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