Awayday Guide: Reading
Fulham’s first away fixture of the league campaign is at Reading’s Madjeski Stadium on Saturday.
Fulham have been allocated 3,114 tickets priced at for £20 for adults, £13 for senior citizens, £10 for those aged between 18 and 24 and £5 for under 18s. Prices will raise by £5 in each category on matchday and so Fulham fans are advised to book in advance and collect their tickets either from the Fulham or Reading ticket offices.
Tickets are no longer available to buy online so supporters wishing to purchase a ticket should either visit the Fulham ticket office in person or call 0203 871 0810.
GETTING TO THE MADJESKI STADIUM
The Madjeski Stadium is clearly visible on your left when travelling down the M4. Exit the M4 at Junction 11, bear left onto the A33, which will you take straight to the stadium, which is well signposted. This route can become congested the closer it gets to kick-off so all drivers are advised to leave plenty of time for their journey.
There is limited parking at the Madjeski Stadium priced at £8, but there will be significant delays exiting the official car park after the final whistle.
There is some limited parking available at the stadium itself for a cost of £8, but it can be a bit of lengthy process to get out of the car park at the end of the game. There also a number of unofficial car parks nearby in the local business parks, the cheapest being on Acre Road (£5).
Fulham fans could also use the Park and Ride facility at Mereoak (RG7 1PB), which is located close to the Junction 11 exit from the M4 and is served by buses from the town centre. Take the A33 towards Basingstoke from Junction 11 and follow the signs for the park and ride. Parking is free and the bus costs £3.50 return for adults, £1.70 for under-19s or concessions and there is a group ticket that covers up to four people for £7.
There are also a number of unofficial car parks in the area sited at local businesses (Acre Road at a cost of £5)
It is more than three miles from Reading Station to the Madjeski Stadium. Supporters are advised either to board the F1 ‘Football Special’ bus from Station Hill (turn right out of the station’s main entrance, go down the steps and the buses leave from the left hand side set of stops) or take a taxi from the station to the ground (which will cost approximately £10).
The pubs in the vicinity of the ground are designated as home fans only. There are a number of mobile outlets close to the away end that will sell beer, soft drinks and food but away fans are advised to drink in the town centre and allow plenty of time for travelling to the Madjeski Stadium.
The recently refurbished The Three Guineas (Station Approach, RG1 1LY) used to run by a Fulham fan and welcomes away supporters. It is a Fulller’s pub offering a large selection of guest ales, wine and ciders as well as excellent, reasonably-priced food and shows all live sport on their TV screens.
The Hope Tap (on Friar Street, RG1 1EP) is the closest Wetherspoons – located about five minutes walk from the station – that has welcomed Fulham fans on our last three visits and has a small beer garden.
The Oakford Social Club (53 Blagrave St, Reading RG1 1PZ) has also welcomed Fulham fans in the past and can be found directly opposite the station. This is an American-style bar serving a large selection of cask beers and offering a good range of food options.