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Reading - November 10

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Reading on Saturday 10 November in the Sky Bet Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to the Madejski Stadium.

This is based on information from the Reading website plus additional information specific to this game. 

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0)7968 876504.

Reading information for supporters

The address for Reading Football Club is, Reading Football Club, Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0FL. 

The Reading visiting supporters guide can be found via the following link:

https://www.readingfc.co.uk/siteassets/site-structure/fans/visiting-supporters-guide/visiting-supporters-guide-2018-19.pdf

Information on planning your trip can be found here:

https://www.readingfc.co.uk/club/travel/

www.footballgroundguide.com provides some information here:

https://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/madejski-stadium-reading.html

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on our experience of going to the Madejski and information that is specific to our fans.

Specific information for Town fans:

Ticket sales

Tickets for the game are now on sale at a cost of £20 for adults.  Concession prices apply for U25s, U18s, U13s and seniors 65+.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches or in person in Planet Blue, subject to the usual priorities and availability. 

Travelling to Reading

Supporters Coach

Official coach travel is now on sale (subject to the usual priorities) and can be booked on www.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue.

If you are travelling from Ipswich on the official coaches you will be dropped off and picked up next to the away turnstiles.  

The coaches are leaving Portman Road at 10:30 at a cost of £22 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 19:30.

There is a planned stop at South Mimms on the outward trip.  On the return journey a stop is subject to traffic conditions.

Pick-ups at Marks Tey can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.  The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on the Wednesday prior to the game (i.e. midday on 7 November). Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Note that all official coaches are non-smoking and the consumption of alcohol on board is strictly forbidden.   ITFC recommend that all supporters under 16 are accompanied by an adult.

Car

The Sat Nav postcode for the Madejski is RG2 0FL, but you may want to use the postcode for your chosen car parking option. 

From Ipswich, it’s a fairly direct drive, albeit one that is at very high risk of disruption.  Take the A12 to the M25.  Join the M25 going anti-clockwise to the M4.  Continue on the M4 to junction 11, with the A33.  Take the A33 towards Reading and you will see signs to the Madejski Stadium. 

Beware of average speed camera zones on the A12, before Colchester and also covering several miles between Colchester and Chelmsford – they are not as obvious as you’d expect.

Please keep in touch with traffic news, as the whole route is notorious for delays.  With a clear run, it takes less than two-and-a-half hours.

We generally recommend allowing at least an hour beyond the AA / Google / Sat Nav suggested journey time.

Parking

The Reading visiting supporters guide states that the car park for visiting fans is Amec Foster Wheeler, Shinfield Park, RG2 9FW.   Parking here is free with a short bus ride to the stadium. Fares on the bus shuttle are £4 per adult and £2 per child for the return trip.  There is a group ticket available for up to five people at £5 (maximum 3 adults).  To get to this car park, from junction 11 of the M4, take the exit to the B3270 (signposted Earley) and follow the yellow signs to ‘Match Reading FC Park & Ride’.

There are a limited number of spaces available at the stadium (Sat Nav postcode RG2 0FL) in the family parking area.  If you have a child aged under 8 with you, then you can park in this area at a cost of £10.   

If you are a Blue Badge holder, you can park in the Disabled car park for £5, subject to availability (Sat Nav postcode RG2 0FL).  The official visiting supporters’ guide advises that you use the Northern Way entrance (B&Q will be on your left).   Continue straight ahead where the car park attendants will take payment and direct you to an available parking area.   Note that cars are held back in the stadium car park for around 20 minutes, to allow pedestrians, buses and coaches to exit the stadium safely.   There can also be delays of around 45 minutes due to the heavy flow of traffic.

There is also parking on the now demolished greyhound track which is close to the stadium.  At junction 11 of the M4, take the A33 towards Reading town centre.  Follow the dual carriageway past the stadium and McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut and look for the “Alternative Parking” signs ahead.  On the left there is a small slip road into the parking site.  There are 500 spaces and it costs £10 to park here.  It is stewarded and is about a 5–10 minute walk away from the ground.

There are a number of Park & Ride facilities.  One of these is at Mereoak (Sat Nav code RG7 1PB).  To reach the Park & Ride, at junction 11 take the A33 towards Basingstoke and you will see the Park & Ride signposted.  Parking here is free with a return ticket on the bus costing £4 for adults and £2 for under 19s.  There is a group ticket available for up to five people at £5 (maximum 3 adults).

Another is the Garrard Street car park which is next to Reading Station.  This has to be booked in advance by the following link: https://www.ncp.co.uk/parking-solutions/leisure-parking/reading-football-club-parking/.   A £5 ticket on matchdays will allow you to park for a maximum of 5 hours.  An £8 ticket will allow you to park for a maximum of 8 hours.  From the car park you then catch the F1 matchday shuttle from the railway station (see details below).

More information on parking can be found at the following links:

https://www.readingfc.co.uk/club/travel/madejski-stadium-parking/

https://www.readingfc.co.uk/club/travel/offsite-parking/

https://www.readingfc.co.uk/club/travel/park-and-ride-scheme/

There are a number of unofficial car parks in the area around the ground as well, which will be signposted.  www.footballgroundguide.com warns that if you park in the Business Park near the stadium you may get a parking ticket unless you use a unit which is charging for parking.

From experience, there is also parking on the Basingstoke side of the M4, in the village of Three Mile Cross.   In addition to some street parking, we have also previously parked at the Swan pub (Basingstoke Road, RG7 1AT), which was also home to a few Irish Wolfhounds (and the official mascot of the London Irish RFC).  It has a family atmosphere, not really suited to larger groups, but the food and beer have always been good.  Note that it is about a half-hour walk from Three Mile Cross, including a fascinating but lengthy meander around the most complex pedestrian flyover we have ever come across. 

Train

Note:  There are no planned engineering works on the day of the match.

Trains to Reading go from Paddington.  From Liverpool Street, take the tube (Hammersmith & City or Circle Line direct to Paddington, or alternatively the Metropolitan Line to Baker Street and then the Bakerloo line, or alternatively the Central Line to Oxford Circus and then the Bakerloo Line to Paddington station.  The journey time is between 2 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes.

You can also get a train from Waterloo to Reading but this will take much longer.

If you are booking train-specific tickets, take into account that it can take quite a while to get back to Reading Station after the game. 

Getting to the ground from the railway station

Reading railway station is about 3 miles from the Madejski Stadium.  There is a shuttle bus (F1) from the station which will take you to the stadium.  Pick-up is from Reading Station South West Interchange – this can be accessed from the station forecourt on the south side towards Tudor Road and Greyfriars Road.  Return fares are £2 for adults and £1 for concessions over 65.  For the return journey the shuttle buses to Reading station leave from Northern Way.

The exact money is needed for the buses.  The shuttle bus runs fairly frequently both pre-match and post-match.  There is a minimum of 12 buses per game but, from experience, unless you are fast out of the ground you may have to queue for quite a while, waiting for the first batch of buses to return from town. 

Pubs

There is no pub dedicated to visiting supporters in Reading town centre although many fans will go into the Three Guineas which is attached to the railway station, or one of several other nearby hostelries.

The visiting guide suggests the Holiday Inn, Basingstoke Road, RG2 0SL or the World Turned Upside Down, Basingstoke Road, RG2 0JE which are nearer to the ground.  These are about a 15 minute walk from the stadium.

Away fans are also welcome to make use of the Fan Zone which opens 1½ hours prior to kick-off outside the East Stand.  This sells Heineken and the multi award winning local ale ‘Good Old Boy’ from the West Berkshire Brewery.

We know that quite a few Town fans enjoy a pint or three of real ale, and there is plenty of choice in Reading.  For many, the top choice for years has been the Ale House, previously the Hobgoblin, right in the centre (2 Broad Street, RG1 2BH).  For those seeking the very best of non-fine dining, Sweeney & Todd is perhaps the very best pie shop in the kingdom – and serves real ale too in their restaurant! (10 Castle Street, RG1 7RD).  There are many other options, though we understand that some may choose to cater only for home fans – if you have that issue, you’ll surely find another pub fairly nearby. 

Some Town fans are likely to explore the many pubs in and around Paddington station, then get a later train out to Reading. 

At the ground

Cash Machine and Payments

An ATM is located to the right of the Megastore. Contactless Payment is accepted at the concourse retail outlet.

Ticket availability on the day

It is not yet known whether tickets will be available on the day of the match.  This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available. 

Ticket collections, ticket purchase (if available on the day) or questions regarding tickets on the day should be made at the Collections Office in the South Stand. 

Location

We will be in the South Stand.  The facilities are good with plenty of leg room.  Entrance is via gate 9 which will be open 1 and a half hours before kick-off.

Reading advise that if for any reason you find that the tickets you have purchased are not suitable and you wish to move then you should speak to the nearest steward who will do their best to relocate you.  If you need to sit, it is your right to be able to do so – the easiest way to resolve this is simply to speak to a steward and ask them to find you an appropriate seat. 

Disabled Supporters

Wheelchair users are accommodated in the away section in the South Stand. There are 14 spaces.   For severe ambulant disabled supporters there are 6 places for visiting supporters with a personal assistant/carer as required – these spaces are identified as having limited steps. 

If you require wheelchair or ambulant disabled tickets then you should contact ITFC on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556.

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.  

Flags and drums

If you are wanting to take flags or drums into the stadium, details can be found in the visiting supporters guide.

Programmes

Match programmes are available for £3 from programme sellers around the outside of the stadium and just inside the turnstiles.

Food and Drink facilities

Catering units outside the stadium sell items such as burgers, sausages, hog roast, fish and chips.

Inside the stadium, the kiosks located along the stadium concourses offer a wide range of hot and cold food and drink items.   The concourse catering menu can be found here:

https://www.readingfc.co.uk/siteassets/site-structure/fans/retail-tariff-for-website.pdf

Smoking

The Madejski Stadium is a no smoking facility. If you wish to smoke at half time, make your way outside to the secure compound where there will also be refreshments available.

Behaviour

Suspicious or unacceptable behaviour can be reported by texting 80800 beginning your message with the word “SAFE”.