Match Preview

When Thursday 14 February 2002, 7.45pm kick-off
This game takes place on a Thursday night to accomodate ITV Digital who have chosen to screen the match live.
Who and Where Swindon Town (Away, County Ground, League Division Two)
Ticket Info

This match is ALL TICKET for Reading fans - make sure you pick your tickets up from the Madejski Stadium ticket office before the match.
The game is all-ticket for Reading fans with no tickets available on the day.
Seating only.

Food and Beer.

Pubs and Food:
If you park near the Magic Roundabout - near the ground then you can try The Oxford pub or the The Bulldog for beer. Swindon pubs aren't always too welcoming for Reading fans though. The Bulldog is a reasonable option if you've arrived in time for food. Failing that there's a Burger King right close to the ground and a chippie.

By Train:
If you catch the train to Swindon station then the good news is the ground is only a short walk away. Walk between the two pubs you'll see as you exit the station and that'll take you to Manchester Road. Head left along there and it hits County Road. Turn right for the ground. If you're lazy it's only a few quid in the taxi.

By Car:
Easy. Exit the M4 on junction 15 and follow signs to Swindon Town centre. You'll eventually hit the infamous magic roundabout. You can park anywhere around there, or simply follow the signs for the ground. There's plenty of parking close to the ground for a few quid. A couple of schools open their gates to allow parking for a few quid.

Team news

Reading will welcome Phil Parkinson back after being suspended for the last two fixtures. Williams may miss the game through injury causing problems in the centre of defence.

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

Swindon - from: Griemink, Gurney, Willis, Heywood, Davis, Hewlett, S Robinson, McAreavey, Howe, Duke, Grazioli, Sabin, Foley, Invincible, Farr, N Edwards.

Form Guide

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Previous Meetings 

Thankfully Reading have beaten Swindon Town overall with 36 wins through the years - positively loads more than Swindon Town's probably very lucky 34 wins over the Royals.
Reading wins: 36
Draws: 24
Swindon Town wins: 34
Figures include League, FA Cup and League Cup only.

2001/2002 Season:
Earlier this season the Royals went down 1-3 to Swindon at home. A day to forget.
13 October 2001: Reading 1 Swindon Town 3

2000/2001 Season:
Last season Reading did the double over Swindon to claim the full six points. At home Reading comfortably beat Swindon 2-0 - our first game of that season at the Madejski Stadium. Away from home a single goal from Jamie Cureton in March won the points:
27 March 2001: Swindon Town 0 Reading 1
19 August 2000: Reading 2 Swindon Town 0
The home match was the first time the two sides had met since Reading were relegated from the First Division.

1997/1998 Season:
Our games in the 1997/1998 season in the First Division saw a share of the points with both sides winning away from home. We won on aggregate though. :-)
17 January 1998: Swindon Town 0 Reading 2
16 August 1997: Reading 0 Swindon Town 1
Click on the result for match reports.

Match Odds

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Predictions Reading to bounce back from defeat at Brighton - and take revenge for the defeat at the Madejski Stadium earlier this season.
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Pre-Match Opinions

Well so much for my Brighton preview, this result has really made tomorrow nights game one which Reading need to avoid loosing at all costs. There seems to be very little positive to say about our performance according to the radio commentary and eye witness accounts of the 3-1 dusting down, handed out by Brighton. Like most premiership sides who come a cropper against third division and non league teams its probably best to blame the pitch and conditions, not that Brighton play like a non league side. They are obviously our main threat, anyway no such excuse will be available at the county ground and Reading really must restore that confident passing football they displayed around Xmas. Parky is back and after a rest! hopefully he will be revved up and ready to go, Gamble could provide the missing ingredient to Readings slump in form as it was evident against Notts County that we were short on invention and the players had started to provide less in the way of options which needs a passing player to bring back the movement with some telling balls. Reading have problems at the back and the management really have their work cut out for this one. Come on Reading, another unbeaten run please!
-- Paul Finch

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