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When Saturday 1 September, 3.00pm kick-off
Who and Where Port Vale (Away, Vale Park, League Division Two)
Ticket Info

Tickets for this match are pay on the day.

Reading have a large allocation for the away end at Vale Park of 4,500, which means there won't be any problem just travelling down on the day and getting in right up to kick off.

Prices are as follows:
Adults: £15.00
Students/OAPs: £10
Juniors: £8

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the ticket office on 0118 968 1000.

Food and Beer.

Vale Park
Port Vale Football Club, Hamil Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1AW
The club can be contacted on 01782 814134
For Reading fans travelling from the South:

Leave M6 at J15 onto the A500. Follow this until you reach the A53. This is signed Leek & Newcastle. Go over the flyover, and up the hill and at the traffic lights turn left. This is the A50, in about one mile you will go across two mini roundabouts, at the traffic lights turn right and take the second exit on the left (Hamil Road).
This information is taken from - which also has a map to the ground for travelling fans.

Team news

Reading striker Martin Butler looks set to miss out on Saturday's trip to Port Vale, but the good news is that the player is now back in full training after recovering from his ankle problems. Butler is expected to return to action in the following weeks home tie against Cardiff City at the Madejski Stadium. Butler's absense means Cureton, Forster, Rougier and Henderson are all likely to feature - either in the first eleven or on the bench. Jamie Cureton could make his first start of the season alongside Nicky Forster up front. Meanwhile Port Vale are without two players that may have featured with midfielder Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and defender Liam Burns both sidelined. Bridge-Wilkinson is out with a hamstring problem and Burns picked up an injury during a reserve fixture.

Reading - from: Whitehead, Murty, Whitbread, Robinson, Williams, Parkinson, Hughes, Harper, A Smith, Henderson, Cureton, Rougier, Forster, Igoe, Viveash, Ashdown.

Port Vale - from: Goodlad, Cummins, Walsh, Carragher, Ingram, Hardy, Dodd, Brisco, Burton, O'Callaghan, Armstrong, Brooker, McPhee, Delaney, Gibson.

Form Guide

  • View Latest Second Division Table And Form Table
  • Reading's Last Five Results
  • Port Vale's Last Five Results
  • Previous Meetings 

    Reading made the statistics level last season with a double over Port Vale in the league.
    Reading wins: 23
    Draws: 14
    Port Vale wins: 23
    Figures include League, League Cup, and FA Cup only.

    2000/2001 Season:
    Towards the start of last season a single Jamie Cureton goal was enough to give Reading the full three points at Port Vale. Reading followed this up with a home victory by the same score-line with Martin Butler securing the victory twelve minutes from time.
    3 February 2001: Reading 1 Port Vale 0 (Division Two)
    2 September 2000: Port Vale 0 Reading 1 (Division Two)

    1997/1998 Season:
    Before last season the last time the two sides met in league action was back during the 1997/1998 season when we were both up in Division One. Reading came out worst though - despite getting a point away from home in a 0-0 draw Port Vale stuffed us 0-3 at Elm Park and Terry Bullivant wasn't feeling too secure in his job.
    7 March 1998: Reading 0 Port Vale 3
    (Division One)
    1 November 1997: Port Vale 0 Reading 0
    (Division One)
    Click on the results for full match reports.

    Match Odds

    Odds offered at on-line book maker William Hill
    It's very tight - both sides are 6/4 for victory, with the draw offered at 11/5.
    Perhaps worth a few quid on the Royals to pick up their second away victory of the season so far.

    Predictions A draw, or maybe Reading to edge it.
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