|When||Saturday 11 August 2001, 3.00pm kick-off|
|Who and Where||Blackpool (Away, League Division Two)|
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.
Food and Beer.
Blackpool Football Club
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:
Reading - from: to come
Blackpool - from:
Reading wins: 10
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:
|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.
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