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Club Keep Manchester United Ticket Prices Low

15 December 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Tickets for Reading's away game at Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup go on sale from Monday. The Royals have an allocation of nearly 5,500, which means, with the distance involved, and the game being shown on live TV, any fan wanting to go will almost definitely be able to get a ticket. However, Reading Football Club have taken the unusual move of subsidising ticket prices to reduce the on-sale price to season ticket holders and members.

Manchester United had priced tickets between 37 and 45 pounds - a huge price given the early stage of the cup and the significance of the match. The Royals will, quite rightly, get a lot of praise and positive media coverage by putting tickets on sale for a much reduced, and much more reasonable, 30 pounds.

To add further embarrassment to Manchester United's over-inflated ticket prices, the Royals have already pledged to honour their on-going "twenty's plenty" campaign. That means if the tie did go to a replay, visiting United fans would only fork out a maximum of 20 pounds for their tickets.

Concession prices for Old Trafford will now be 18.50 for season ticket holders (10 pounds for under 16s) and 21.50 for members (13 pounds for unders 16s). After initial sale to season ticket holders only, tickets go on sale to members with 1000 plus points from Wednesday 21st December, it is 500 plus points the next day and 100 plus points by Friday. Any remaining tickets are then expected to go on sale to those with a member card followed by general sale.


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 M Brook

» 15 Dec 2016 12:36

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Tickets for this FA Cup fixture away at Manchester United will go on sale to Season Ticket holders on Monday 19th December.

A pricing structure was set for the cup tie at Manchester United which will see adults pay between £37-£45 to watch our Emirates FA Cup clash at Old Trafford - due to be broadcast live on BT Sport.

However, Reading Football Club remains committed to making football more affordable for fans – so we will subsidise the cost of adult and 18-20s tickets for the tie, promising that no registered Royals fan will pay more than £30 for a ticket!

Tickets will be sold on a one-per-person basis. A further selling announcement will be made by 5pm on Friday 23rd December if we have any remaining tickets following the initial sales period.

Please see the information below for the full on-sale dates, ticket prices, and how to buy.

On-sale dates
Date (from 9am)
Eligible supporters (1 ticket per person)
Monday 19th December
All Season Ticket holders only
Tuesday 20th December
All Season Ticket holders & Half Season Ticket holders only
Wednesday 21st December
Members with 1000+ points
Thursday 22nd December
Members with 500+ points
Friday 23rd December
Members with 100+ points

*Season Ticket holders and Half Season Ticket holders who wish to buy after Tuesday 20th December will have to buy by phone or in person at the Madejski Stadium Ticket Office in order to get the appropriate price; tickets bought online after this date will be charged at Member prices. (NB. Adult tickets for both ST/HST holders and Members are £30 anyway.)

Age Category
ST/HST holder price
Member Price
Non-Member Price
(subsidised RFC price)
(subsidised RFC price)
65 & Over
18 to 20
(subsidised RFC price)
16 to 17
15 & Under

Our allocation for this fixture is 5,446.


 Royality creeps In

» 15 Dec 2016 13:09

Good on the club.

Manure robbing bastards! :twisted:


» 15 Dec 2016 13:22

5,446 allocation? Clearly the club don't feel they can shift more than that, especially given the subsidy. Free coach travel might have been better to maximise attendance! I remember the Man City furore.

It might have been nice if they had the option for more if need though.

Nice of the club to subsidise though. Shame Man Utd don't lower prices but I think they charge STH whether they go or if I remember correctly?


» 15 Dec 2016 13:31

IN x5


» 15 Dec 2016 13:42

Good gesture from the club, but, the gate receipts are split in the FA Cup anyway so still set for a big payout.

 gazzer, loyal royal

» 15 Dec 2016 13:45

I know MU STH had letters before where if they do not buy a ticket for the cup game their season ticket is void for the next league game. A few years a go the next home league game was Man City and that went down really well


» 15 Dec 2016 14:04

I don't think enough is done to congratulate and publicise this kind of gesture from the club. Its an outstanding gesture, and their commitment to low ticket prices for away fans is very very commendable. Its such a shame that so few clubs have returned the gesture.

Man U should be embarrassed that a club like Reading are subsiding the ticket prices of arguably the richest club in the world.

The club obviously don't get everything right, but it's nice to see they at least make an effort


» 15 Dec 2016 14:40

Could Reading get more than the allocation if they sell quickly. Believe they're actually entitled to twice that figure under FA Cup rules if police and safety dont have issues

 Royality creeps In

» 15 Dec 2016 15:04

Manure probably want confirmation that we will sell our allocation. (because if we don't, they will) Bearing in mind the club have already taken a hit on the price. I doubt RFC will want to commit to a larger allocation in case our fans don't purchase the tickets.

In a nut shell! I reckon thats our lot.


» 15 Dec 2016 15:19

POTD. Absolutely agree.

I think we should all feel very lucky to support RFC as it does seem they genuinely want the best for the fans and are trying their best to deliver.


» 15 Dec 2016 15:21

Charles Watts has confirmed that this is the final allocation. I can't see it selling out on STHs and HSTHs alone. I reckon, like the Arsenal League Cup game, those of us who want one will get one. Of course I'll be on here crying about how as a 1000+ member I'm angry with the allocation if I don't get one......


» 15 Dec 2016 20:03

Was in for this but even the subsidised cost is (relatively) massive for a cup game that we'll lose badly, a 400 mile round trip, an early kick off and it's on TV. I'll probably still go although having just sat in 2hrs of traffic on the M6 from Jn 16 to 22 it's not something I'm looking forward to.

Good point from Gazzer, it's a bumper pay day for the club so this subsidy is a smallish dent in it. It would be interesting to know whether this pricing structure was from ManU or from RFC, as I understand it the pricing has to be agreed between the clubs. The implication is it's the former (they are the bad guys) but it could be RFC wanted the extra dosh and happily went along with £45 for home fans

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