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When Saturday 11 August 2001, 3.00pm kick-off
Who and Where Blackpool (Away, League Division Two)
Ticket Info

Tickets for Reading's first match of the new season, away at Blackpool, go on sale from the Madejski Stadium ticket office from the morning of Friday 20 July to season ticket holders only. With less than 1,000 tickets available for Reading fans, and around 5,000 season ticket holders, Reading's allocation is likely to sell out fast. Standing tickets only are available. Any remaining tickets go on sale from Monday 23 July - and will be sold out within the week. All tickets for the fixture - including the home ends - will be sold out before the match.
No tickets will be available to Reading fans on the day.
Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: 12
Concessions: 7

Food and Beer.

Blackpool Football Club
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 6JJ.
General Enquiries: (01253) 405331

Travelling by car you'll find plenty of parking at the ground - with space for 3,000 cars. There's also street parking surrounding the ground which means you shouldn't have a problem finding a spot to park.

If you're going to Blackpool on the train then make sure you get off at Blackpool South station which is just five minutes walk from the ground. Blackpool North is two miles away.

Full directions to Bloomfield Road, and plenty of other details can be found at the following address:

As Blackpool is a famous coastal resort you won't be suprised to learn there's thousands of take aways and placed to eat and drink near the ground. The unofficial website claims Blackpool has 2,500 licensed premises - so it certainly won't be a problem finding beer.

Blackpool is of course the ideal place for a weekend away - especially with the Royals making the trip to the "resort" in the middle of August. The Wimbourne hotel have declared themselves a Reading fan friendly place to stay for the weekend:
The Wimbourne hotel offers a warm welcome to Reading fans attending the Match at Blackpool on August 11 2001, we are situated just 10 mins walk from the Bloomfield road ground, visit our website for more details. Phone to make a reservation, first come first served!
The Wimbourne hotel can be contacted by phone on: 01253 347272. Or you can try their website at:


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Form Guide

View Latest Second Division Table And Form Table

Previous Meetings 

Reading wins: 10
Blackpool wins: 9
Draws: 9
Figures include League, League Cup, and FA Cup fixtures only.

Last season the Royals were a Division above Blackpool. However, we met them in Division Two in both the previous seasons with a complete share of the points, and goals, over the four fixtures. Reading will be looking to repeat the 2-0 victory of the 1999/2000 season at their place:

1999/2000 Season:
8 Feb 2000: Blackpool 0 Reading 2 (League Division 2)
8 Jan 2000: Reading 1 Blackpool 1 (League Division 2)

1998/1999 Season:
10 Apr 1999: Blackpool 2 Reading 0 (League Division 2)
21 Oct 1998: Reading 1 Blackpool 1 (League Division 2)

Click on match results for full match reports.

Match Odds


Predictions After the disappointment of last season we need the right start to the season. We also need to win away at teams like Blackpool if we're to get automatic promotion. However, we always have poor starts to the season and Blackpool should be feeling good after last season's play-off success that saw them promoted from Division Three.
Has to be a draw then.
What do you think? Enter your Prediction now!
Opposition Site
Definately the best Blackpool website, and totally unofficial. Nice. Did come up with some strange Javascript errors on my visit though.

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