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When Saturday 9 February 2002, 3.00pm kick-off
Who and Where NOTTS COUNTY (Away, Madejski Stadium, League Division Two)
Ticket Info

Pay in advance or on the day, normal home match prices apply.

Upper West Stand:
Adults: 18 in advance, 20 on the day.
Concessions: 12 in advance, 14 on the day.
The Upper West Stand is RESERVED seating

Lower West, East, North and South Stands:

Adults: 13 in advance, 15 on the day.
Concessions: 8 in advance, 9 on the day.
The East and West Stands are RESERVED seating.
The North Stand is UNRESERVED seating.

A big crowd is expected with Reading currently top of the table.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the ticket office on 0118 968 1000.

Food and Beer.

Home match - See away fans guide for travel, food and beer guide.

Team news

Parkinson and Jones are both out suspended - leaving a chance for Smith and Gamble to make an appearance in the side.

Reading - from: Roberts, Murty, Mackie, Williams, Shorey, Igoe, Hughes, Cureton, Salako, Rougier, Forster, Henderson, Ashdown, Robinson, Gamble.

Notts County - from: Garden, Fenton, Warren, Ian Richardson, Hackworth, Baraclough, Cas, Liburd, Caskey, Leam Richardson, Allsopp, Heffernan, Mildenhall, Owers, Nicholson, Brough.

Form Guide

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Head to head form guide (external link)

Previous Meetings 

Notts County have just about enjoyed the upper hand over the Royals through history. The two sides have only met the once outside the League though with Reading recording an FA Cup victory.
Reading wins: 19
Draws: 12
Notts County wins: 20
Figures include League, FA Cup and League Cup only.

2001/2002 Season:
20 October 2001: Notts County 3 Reading 4

2000/2001 Season:
Lasts season the Royals lost 2-3 at Notts County with Parkinson and an own goal on the scoresheet for the Royals. At home we kept the promotion dream alive with a 2-1 victory at the Madejski:
31 March 2001: Reading 2 Notts County 1
16 December 2000:
Notts County 3 Reading 2

1999/2000 Season:
The 1999/2000 season produced two entertaining league fixtures - we may have drawn 0-0 draw at home but it was a day on which we did everything but score. Away from home we pulled off an excellent 2-1 victory with Forster and Newman getting the goals for the Royals:
15 April 2000: Notts County 1 Reading 2
28 December 1999: Reading 0 Notts County 0

1998/1999 Season:
The 1998/1999 season also saw Reading take four out of six points from County, but in not quite so much style. The home victory will be well remembered - not for the quality of the football but for the freak own goal from County that gifted us victory:
30 January 1999: Notts County 1 Reading 1
28 December 1998: Reading 1 Notts County 0

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Pre-Match Opinions

Reading go into Saturday's fixture with their pride intact after battling back in difficult conditions to earn a well deserved draw at Bury. If truth be known both players and manager probably feel aggrieved to have let the winning sequence come to an end! Still hopefully any anger resulting will be taken out on Notts County, certainly after the mid week results Reading should not need any encouragement with Bristol City, Brighton, Stoke and Cardiff all winning. Another victory and the Royals will be a step closer to promotion and this fixture could be crucial to the championship race as Reading have a tough few weeks ahead of them where the match against Stoke could settle the desires of either side. Reading know all about Caskey and with the pace of our attack and the improvement of our passing game I think Darren will find it tough to impress. Pardew has signed another attacker which many fans may frown at especially as earlier in the season it was the mid field we were most week in. I still like the idea of Gamble taking possession of the midfield and doing a youthful Mick Gooding like roll, although Gamble is quicker than Gooding. Still Gamble's time will surely come and with Jones suspended perhaps it will be on Saturday. should be a good gate, supporters drawn by old affections for Casky whilst the expectations are rising for a championship style finish to the season. Be professional Lads, don't let Casky have a sniff and take the chances. Prediction 4-1 to Reading with Rougier getting at least one goal if not two.
-- Paul Finch

'Take each game as it comes,' That is the usual saying for the football fraternity. Nobody connected with The Royals cannot have looked at the fixtures that are on the horizon. Two local derbies, both away from home, and two games with your main rivals in the promotion stakes. The sequence however starts with a game against a relegation threatened side, who have some good individuals apart from Caskey but can't get it together as a unit. Nine or ten points from the five games would secure our position, but it is imperative that we start with a win on Saturday. We need to get on top of them early and sap their confidence. I also think that we, the fans, have an important job on Saturday. Pardew has made his feelings known about the atmosphere when things are not quite going right and it is up to us to make a lot of noise in support of the team. We were devastating in the first half at Notts County and a repeat of that would be wonderful, but I expect that it will be harder work!
Let's hope that they are just focusing on this game and do 'take each game as it comes'!

-- Ken C

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