Sunday, 28 May 2017

Madejski Stadium - Reading

Reading - Madejski Stadium

Reading Football Club
Madejski Stadium
Bennett Road


  • Reading Football Club were formed on Christmas Day in 1871, following a public meeting at the Bridge Street Rooms that was organised by future club secretary Joseph Edward Sydenham.
  • Early years, they played their games at Reading Recreation Ground, Reading Cricket Ground, Coley Park and Caversham Cricket Ground before switching to professional football in 1895.
  • The club moved to Elm Park in 1896. They played there from 1896 to 1998, with the most capacity holding 33,000 but towards closure, 14,800.
  • Reading's 1st title win as a club was in 1926 when they won the 3rd Division South. They won the title on 57 points from 42 games, beating Plymouth Argyle to the title by a point.
  • Reading have reached the FA Cup Semi Finals twice. Both in 1927, losing to Cardiff City 3-0 and more recently in 2015 to Arsenal who were eventual FA Cup winners, losing in Extra Time.
  • The club moved to the Madejski Stadium in 1998. The ground holds just over 24,000 and cost £50m.
  • Reading's main rivals are Aldershot Town. Although the 2 clubs haven't played each other since Aldershot went out of business in 1992, it does remain to be seen whether that rivalry will continue. Other rivalries with The Royals include Oxford United and Swindon Town.
  • Reading are known as The Royals. This is because due to Reading's location which is the Royal County of Berkshire. They were also known as The Biscuitmen as one stage due to the town's association with Huntley and Palmer's.
  • Famous fans of the Royals include Who want's to be a Millionaire presenter Chris Tarrant, Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet and others.



VISIT 1: Reading 5-2 Huddersfield Town 19/1/16 (FA Cup)


Reading 5-2 Huddersfield Town
Tuesday 19th January 2016
FA Cup Replay

My only visit to The Madejski so far was on a cold Tuesday night FA Cup replay game against Huddersfield. Funnily enough I was thinking about going to Reading as I noticed they've got a few Tuesday night games coming up, the only put off was that if I went by train, I would have to leave the game about 15 minutes early in order to get my train home and in time to get home. Anyway before the game, my dad told me he had a surprise for me as it's my birthday coming up and that we would be going on the train on the 19th January, so I decided to have a look at what fixtures were on, and there was only 2 grounds in the FA Cup I hadn't been to which were part of the 92. Bolton, which I didn't think it would be as it's quite far to travel and of course Reading. So then I had a look at the trains, and decided to advise to my dad that probably the best way to get to Reading was drive. So anyway, we left home around 4 and stopped off at Fleet Services and got a quick bite to eat at McDonalds, then headed off again. Got to The Madejski just before 7 before heading in the ground. Parked the car at the car park and cost 8 quid to park, which wasn't too bad I suppose. Anyway which I did enjoy about Reading was it was unreserved seating despite being in the home end and it was only a fiver for under 24's which was really impressive. Sat in our seats with about half an hour to go. Was really impressed also with the Huddersfield fans which travelled down all from Yorkshire until Reading got back in the game and then went fairly quiet from then onwards to be fair. 5-2 did flatter Reading in the end, it did help with Huddersfield having 10 men but was nice to see 7 goals. The Madejski Stadium is an all seater stadium, Reading have been playing at The Madejski since 1998 after leaving their old ground Elm Park. A very nice ground as well, good value for a ticket, would recommend it.

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