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On the Road – Reading

4 November 2014

What is it like at the Madejski Stadium?

This Club moved to the stadium in 1998, after spending 102 years at their former home of Elm Park, it is of a fair size and is totally enclosed, with all four corners being occupied. Three sides are single tiered, whilst on one side the West (Main) Stand is two tiered, including a row of executive boxes. 

Unlike the West Stand, the others stands have a more conventional look to their roofs, although there is a gap between the roofs and the back of the stands, that contains perspex, to allow more light to reach the pitch. 

The ground has been designed with the supporter in mind as the fans are housed very close to the pitch and the acoustics are very good. The stadium also has a video screen in the South East corner. The stadium is shared with London Irish Rugby Club.

How much will it cost me and can I pay on the day?

Tickets for this game are priced at £25 for adults, £17 for over 65s, £17 for 17-21 years and £8 for under 16's for season ticket holders.

For non-season ticket holders tickets are priced at £25 for adults, £19 for over 65s. £19 for 17-21 years and £9 for under 16s.

Reading also offer special bundles for the Family area priced at £46 for 2 adults/2 under 16s, £31 for 2 adult/2 under 16s and £28 for 1 adult/1 under 16

Where will we be sat?

Away fans are located in one end of the stadium, in the South Stand, where up to 4,300 can be accommodated (although the normal allocation is 2,100). The facilities in this stand are good with plenty of leg room and the views of the pitch are superb, as there is good height between rows. Away fans can really make some noise in this stand, so make the most of it. 

Where can I eat and drink?

The nearest pubs to the stadium are about a 15 minute walk away, but do welcome away fans. The first is a Holiday Inn and an attached Irish Themed bar area called Callaghans. This bar can get very busy though and an alternative can be found a short walk away called the 'The World turned upside down'. This contained both home and away fans and also served food.

If you have time on your side then there are also pubs located in both Reading City Centre and at Three Mile Cross.

Next to the ground there is a retail park that contains a McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut, as well as the usual offerings inside the stadium. Alcohol is also available to buy inside the ground, but this can get very busy. 

Where can I park and what's the postcode for my sat nav?

There are a number of places to park in and around the stadium, which are all clearly sign posted and prices vary from £5 to £10. Parking is also available at the stadium, but this can provide a bit of a long wait when leaving.

Street parking is also available near the Holiday Inn, which is about a 15 minute walk away, as well as at the Holiday inn itself for a price of £7.

Supporters are advised not to park at the nearby retail park or housing estates because strict parking restrictions and clamping are in operation.

The postcode for the sat-nav is RG2 0FL.

Can I get there on the train?

You can get to Reading from Rotherham Central, via Sheffield in just over three hours and this service runs fairly regularly.

However, the train station is three miles away from the ground and the last train heads back to Rotherham Central at 19:32, before the game even starts. So unless, you are planning on stopping over, we would suggest alternative travel arrangements.

Will I recognise anyone there?

There are currently no former Millers players involved in the Reading squad or part of the back room team.

In the stands Millers supporters may recognise actor, comedian and writer Ricky Gervais, singer Leo Sayer and actress Kate Winslet, who are all rumoured to be supporters of the club.

Have we been before?

This will be the Millers supporters fifth visit to the stadium, after becoming frequent visitors during the early part of the 2000's. In fact Rotherham are still looking for their first win and goal at the Madejski after losing three and drawing one of the previous matches at the stadium.

The last match here was in August 2004, when a Dave Kitson penalty gave the Royals a 1-0 win, and the last time the Millers tasted victory of any sort in Berkshire was way back in May 1977.

What shirt should I wear?

The Millers will be wearing their home shirt for tonight’s game.

Who is in charge?

Former Scunthorpe United and Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is the current incumbent of the Royals hotseat, after being appointed in March 2013. After starting as a goalkeeper, Adkins went onto become a physio at Scunthorpe, before being offered the managers job. He has led both of his previous clubs to promotion, so Reading fans will be hoping he can repeat the feat with them.

Who to watch out for?

Reading have enjoyed an average start to the season and will be hoping to make a push for the play-offs as the season continues. A key to this will be striker Simon Cox, who joined the club from Nottingham Forest in the summer, who has already scored five goals in the Championship this season.

His partnership with the on-loan Glenn Murray will be something to keep the Millers defence busy.


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