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Reading : Club Background

Outside the Madejski Stadium
Outside the Madejski Stadium
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The roots of Reading date back to 1871, with early matches played at Reading Recreation Ground, Reading Cricket Ground, Coley Park and Caversham Cricket Ground. However, it was in 1895 that they began to turn into the club we know today - turning professional and moving to Elm Park a year later. They became founder members of the Southern League, although missed Yeovil Town's time at that level having become founding members of the new Division Three South level of the Football League.

Considering most folk would see Reading as one of the Championship's big guns, it may surprise to note that the vast majority of their history has been spent in the bottom two divisions of the Football League. Until they became Football League Division Three Champions in 1985-86 they'd not been at second tier level but that lasted just two years before they went back down again.

Everything that has transformed Reading's fortunes and status as a club can come down to one man's decision to buy up their football club. John Madejski, best known as the founder of Auto Trader magazine, bought the club in 1990. They gained promotion to the second tier in 1994 and since then have had only four years below that level. They've also had three seasons worth of Premier League football during that time, between 2006 and 2008, and then again during 2012-13.

As such almost every 'best moment' in Reading's history has been compressed into the last 20 years, and all with the name of Madejski at the helm. Since 2012 though, he has relinquished his ownership of the club, with Russian Anton Zingarevich taking his shareholding at the point in which they moved into the Premier League. He still holds is position as Chairman for the time being - that was only expected to continue for a two year but it seems to have continued. He is due to become an honorary life president of the club when he does finally decide to give up that position.

Madejski also has his name carved on Reading's stadium. This was built during 1998 as a replacement for Elm Park, with 25 million contributed by him as part of that project. We were lucky enough to go there just a year after it opened, whilst we were a mid-table part-time Conference side, and the two sides met in the FA Cup. Our strike partnership of Adrian Foster and Jason Eaton scored on the day, but lost by a 4-2 scoreline. Now we arrive as relative equals - if you can call meeting a side carrying Premier League parachute payments your equals!

The view of the pitch looking towards the North Stand end
The view of the pitch looking towards the North Stand end
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Reading : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Reading

14/01/1928HomeFrndW3-1Pullan, Scott(2)
11/02/1950HomeFrndW5-1Phillips(3), Wright, Foulds
20/10/1999AwayFAC1L2-48032Foster 36, Eaton 90
01/03/2014AwayCHPD1-118697Duffy 20
19/07/2014HomeFrndD1-11153Campion 72
09/11/2016AwayCHTGW2-0739Eaves 48, Zoko 89
10/01/2017HomeCHT3W4-21081Khan 24, Zoko 32, Sowunmi 65, Own Goal 88

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Reading


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Reading : Club Information
Madejski Stadium
Junction 11, M4
West Berkshire
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0118-968-1100
Fax : 0870-999-1001
Chairman : Sir John Madejski
Secretary :
Safety Officer :
Web Site / Programme Editor :
Manager : Jaap Stam
Academy Manager : Eamonn Dolan
Under-23 Manager : Martin Kuhl

Capacity : 24,161
Seated : 24,161
Covered Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance : 24,184 vs Everton, Premier League, November 17th 2012 (Madejski Stadium)
Record Attendance : 33,042 vs Brentford, FA Cup 5th Round, February 19th 1927 (Elm Park)
Colours : Blue and White shirt, Blue shorts
Nickname : The Royals

Ticket Prices :

Ticket prices for this 2016-17 EFL Trophy fixture will be as follows:

Adults: 5.00; Aged 17 and Under: 1.00.

Note that there are no other aged-based concessions for this fixture - i.e. Seniors will pay the Adult price.

Tickets will be on sale at the Huish Park end until end of business on Monday 7th November. If you've not purchased by then, you can buy on the day of the game, with the same prices in force.

Away supporters are housed in the South Stand, which is a covered seated area behind the goal. Reading can either allocate half the capacity at 2,327 seats, or open up the full stand capacity which is 4,350 seats. Tickets and Turnstiles are available via Gates 9 or 10. There is a Family area available within the ground.

NOTE 2016-17 Visit: The South Stand Ticket Office will not be open for this fixture. You will need to go to the Main Ticket Office next to Gate 5. Make sure you stress that you are an away supporter when purchasing your ticket as they will be selling to both home and away fans from the same booths.

On a match day, ticket collections or any queries should be made at the Collections Office in the South Stand. Note that if you leave purchasing until the day of the game, then you'll need to purchase from the South Stand Ticket Office - Reading use barcode readers on the turnstiles.

Disabled Info:

Wheelchair disabled and ambulant disabled supporters pay the above rates but can take in an assistant free of charge.

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Reading : Directions To The Ground

The West Stand at the Madejski Stadium
The West Stand at the Madejski Stadium
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Reading is situated along the M4, around 35 miles west of London, and thus represents one of our shortest trips. The ground is also one of the easiest to get to, given that it's situated 300 yards off a motorway junction.

By Road

This is one football ground that barely needs directions for it, but we'll provide it for completeness:

From the South-West: This is the route most Yeovil supporters will take. A303 eastbound to where it meets the M3. Then take Junction 6 on the M3, and follow the A33 and signposts for Reading. Keep on the A33 all the way through. When you cross the junction with the M4 keep on the A33 and the ground is on your left hand side.

From the West or East: Take the M4 to Junction 11, which is Reading Central (there are West and East exits - ignore these). Follow signposts for the A33 towards Reading. You will almost immediately see the ground on your left hand side.

From the North: Very much depends upon which part of the North you're coming from - some will come round the M25 and approach Reading from the 'East' as above. However, a worthy alternative is to come down the M40 as far as Junction 4, then take the A404 towards Maidenhead, which eventually turns into the A404(M). This links you with the M4 at Junction 8/9, at which point follow the 'East' directions as above.


NOTE 2016-17 Visit: Parking will be FREE for the EFL Trophy Group Stage fixture.

The vast majority of parking spaces at the Madejski Stadium are taken up by Season Parking Permit holders. Exceptions here are as follows:
(a) There is a stadium overflow car park priced at 8.00 - entry via Northern Way only, and described as "very limited".
(b) If you have a child aged Under the age of eight in your car, there is a Family Parking area priced at 8.00.
(c) The orange car park admits Blue Badge disabled drivers at a cost of 5.00.

All of the above are 'first come, first served'. After that you have the following options away from the stadium:
(a) Foster Wheeler, Shinfield Park, RG2 9FW. Follow the B3270 from Junction 11 and follow the "Match Reading FC Park & Ride" signs. Free parking and 500 spaces. You'll need to take the shuttle bus as it's a bit far to walk.
(b) Greyhound / Speedway Stadium. Go past the stadium on the A33 and it's off Bennet Road. 8.00 per car.
(c) Worton Grange, formerly HP Invent, 1000 spaces. Turn right at the first roundabout on the A33, after the motorway junction, and into Basingstoke Road. 8.00 per car.
(d) Park up in the town centre and get a shuttle bus from the railway station.

If you're really lucky/early you may find some street parking around Imperial Way or in the local side streets, but needless to say, watch out for any restricted signage.

By Rail

A fairly straight forward run on the trains here - from Yeovil Junction, change at Basingstoke for Reading.

If you're coming out of London, the Paddington services are quick, but expensive. The Waterloo services are cheaper, but slower and windy.

Note that it is way too far to walk between the station and the ground - around four miles. Best advice is to take a shuttle bus (below) to the game.

Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.

By Bus

NOTE 2016-17 Visit: There are no special supporters bus services for the EFL Trophy Group Stage fixture. Standard 'town' services will continue to run.

If you're parked up in the Foster Wheeler car park (see car parking), Reading lay on matchday shuttle buses priced at 4.00 adult return and 2.50 child return.

If you're parked up in the town centre, or came in via public transport, you can get a matchday shuttle bus from the railway station area. Head to the old bus depot, which is opposite the station, underneath the bingo hall. Buses are priced at 4.00 adult return and 2.50 child return. Buses start running from two hours before kick-off.

The East Stand at the Madejski Stadium
The East Stand at the Madejski Stadium
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By Taxi

A selection of Reading taxi companies can be found here.

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Reading : Web Resources
Web Sites

Reading Football Club
Reading's main club website. PTV chain with usual navigation and content problems.

Web Message Boards

E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Local Press

Get Reading
Online dedicated section for Reading from the Reading Advertiser. Updated daily.

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Reading : Food & Drink

The tea bars, which are situated underneath the South Stand
The tea bars, which are situated underneath the South Stand
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General :

Because of where the Madejski Stadium is situated - next to a motorway junction on the very edge of town - drinking options within walking distance are bad. Very bad. You'll need to head into the nearby 'villages' (in reality suburbs of the Reading sprawl) of Shinfield and Lower Earley and expect a 10-15 minute walk at minimum. If it's non-alcoholic stuff you want, there is a nearby retail park with McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut available for your generic fast food tastes. However, if you're coming in via public transport, we'd recommend that you do your pubbing/eating in the town centre then catch a shuttle bus out to the ground.

Club Bar :

There are concourse bars inside the ground serving Courage Bitter, Fosters Lager, Guinness and Strongbow Cider. Expect to pay well above pub prices - either 4.00 or a little more than that per pint. The concourse bars also do the usual mix of hot dogs, pasties, pies.

Local Pubs :

Alehouse, 2 Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2BH. Tel: 0118-950-8119. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Back Of Beyond:
Back Of Beyond, 104-108 Kings Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BY. Tel: 0118-959-5906. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Black Boy: This pub is around 20 minutes walk from the ground in a village called Shinfield. From the M4 J11, head along the B3270 that runs parallel with the M4 eastbound towards Lower Earley. Then when you meet the A327 (at the Black Boy Roundabout) head back across the motorway so you're on the south side, into Shinfield Road. This is a pub with its roots going back 500 years. Does a couple of real ales, and holds a separate lunch menu and evening menu for food. The food is very much aimed at a 'restaurant' market and so is a little more pricey (but in turn a little more upmarket) than bulk standard pub grub. Opening hours 12.00 noon until 11.00p.m.
Black Boy, Shinfield Road, Shinfield, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9BP. Tel: 0118-988-3116. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Hop Leaf:
Hop Leaf, 163-165 Southampton Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2QZ. Tel: 01189-314700. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Nag's Head:
Nag's Head, 5 Russell Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7XD. Tel: 07765-880137. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Sportsman: This is a Greene King owned sports bar, situated around 25 minutes walk north-east of the stadium. From the ground you need to head east along Acre Road, then east along Hartland Road, until you join the A327, whee you'll find it situated close to Sainsbury's and the White Knights Retail Centre. If you're heading direct there, it's about halfway between where the A327 crosses the motorway and the town centre itself. There is parking available. Food is served from noon until 9.00p.m. daily, whilst as the name suggests they also show live matches on big screens. There is outside seating and families are welcomed.
The Sportsman, 201 Shinfield Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 7DS. Tel: 0118-975-2089. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Three Guineas: This pub is situated within the Reading railway station building and thus will be highly convenient to those coming in via public transport. They offer five different real ales, and an extensive menu of breakfasts, steaks, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. There is one large screen and eight HD TV screens scattered around the pub that will show Sky Sports matches. Opening hours are 8.30a.m. until 11.00p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10.00a.m. until 10.00p.m. on Sundays - the first couple of hours will be for breakfasts only.
Three Guineas, Station Approach, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1LY. Tel: 0118-957-2743. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Toby Carvery: This Toby Carvery chain pub/restaurant is situated in Lower Earley - around 1.5 miles east of the ground. From M4 J11, take the B3270 that runs in parallel with the M4, cross over the A327 then take the first turn into Beeston Way. You'll then find it in a shopping centre close to Marks and Spencers. Lower Earley is a huge sprawling housing estate masquerading as a 'village' but is in reality part of Reading's suburban sprawl. Opening hours 11.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. with their carvery open for an hour short of that on either side. They do breakfasts (minus the alcohol) from 9.00a.m.
Toby Carvery, Unit 2 The Square, Chalfont Way, Lower Earley, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 5HJ. Tel: 01189-750381. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

World Turned Upside Down: Around 10-15 minutes walk from the ground on the Basingstoke Road (B3031) that runs North-East and roughly in parallel with the main A33 - around 10/15 minutes walk. This is a Crown Carveries pub that is fairly close in style to a Toby Carvery with a hint of Hungry Horse to it - food-driven pubs that are geared towards families. As the name suggests, the centre-piece is roast dinners, but they do a bit more than that. Beer looks fairly corporate/generic fodder - John Smith's being their only named ale, for example. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.00p.m. daily with the carvery open from 11.30a.m. until 9.30p.m. They also do breakfasts (without alcohol sales) from 9.00a.m. until 11.30a.m. Although their website doesn't state it, other reports state that there is parking at the pub that may allow you to leave your vehicle there during the game.
World Turned Upside Down, 387 Basingstoke Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0JE. Tel: 0118-987-1763. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Zero Degrees: The facade of this bar from the street, and its name conjure up some hideous bar with Fizzy Super Ice lager served at a temperature that a polar bear would complain about. Thankfully this is actually a micro-brewery situated close to the Oracle Shopping centre and a short walk south of the railway station. The bar is on three floors, with one of those a dining area. Opening hours are 12.00 noon until 12.00 midnight, with Sunday closing an hour earlier. They brew their own range of two bitters and two (proper) lagers, with seasonal beers on tap as well. Their attitude to both brewing and food is to avoid the artificial stuff: "our beer has no preservatives, no additives, no pasteurising, and no filtering".
Zero Degrees, 9 Bridge Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2LR. Tel: 0118-959-7959. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

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Reading : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

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