you were looking forward to going to the ground?
I personally had never set foot in Reading, so was
looking forward to going for the first time. Fulham
had also sold out their allocation in pretty quick
time, so it was bound to be a good day out, full of
atmosphere and hopefully three points.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
Jumped on the train from Gatwick to Reading station
which took just over an hour. Very easy direct
journey and no messing about with changing trains.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home
As you come out of Reading station, a pub called The
Three Guinea’s is instantly on the right where most
of our away following had set up camp. All were in
good spirits as the drink flowed, staff at the pub
are very easy going. Some Reading fans did take
offence to our chanting outside though and one or
two came over to have a word, but nothing major
We then jumped on the buses from the station to the
ground, which are specially laid on for match days.
Very good service in my opinion, although make sure
you have the correct change as we found out the hard
way first time around! Cost is £4 adults and
£2 children for a return journey. Fans of both
sides happily mingled together and chatted away
about how there season was going, favourite away
trips and just general chat.
This journey normally takes around 10 minutes,
however give yourself enough time to get from the
buses to the away end, as where the buses stop is
basically on a roundabout outside the ground which
is still a fair walk to the South Stand.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
Mad Stad is like most of these modern stadiums now;
big bowl look to it with all the mod-cons and a
hotel outside of it. The away
end itself has a big concourse with all the usual
food and drink available, and a nice touch by the
staff behind the kiosks who were all wearing Fulham
shirts to make us feel welcome.
The away end itself has good views all around. We
were in row A and even from there it was pretty easy
to tell on the pitch where the players and the ball
were. Good leg room between the rows of seats as
well, however do note that you will get wet if
you’re sitting in the front 10 or so rows if it’s
raining, as we got absolutely drenched!
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards,
pies, facilities etc..
Wow! A 3-3 thriller which
consisted of Fulham staging a second-half showing
which Brian McDermott described as a ‘Harlem
Globetrotters’ like performance. We also
managed to throw away another lead, this time twice
in the final 10 minutes! The fact that Berbatov
celebrated his goal right in front of me made it a
quality day though. Even managed to get myself a
cheeky cameo appearance on Match of the Day whilst
going mental celebrating that goal!
Atmosphere itself was good from the away fans, with
constant digs at old player Pavel Pogrebnyak, the
hilarious chant of ‘we’ve got Bairdinho’ and
the usual QPR bashing. A bloke in a horse outfit
also turned up, to the amusement of the stewards!
However I expected better from the home fans. Fair
play to support to the right hand side of the away
end who stood and sang all game with the banter
flowing freely, but apart from that, an annoying
drum on the opposite side of the ground and a few
clappers, it was all very quiet from the Reading
fans. I really, really dislike music being played
after a goal too, especially that tune that usually
accompanies the darts!
Stewards were very laid back, if not a bit too laid
back to be honest. No moans about standing, and even
when it started raining and we moved towards the
back in the disabled gangway to shelter, nothing was
really said until the rain stopped.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the
Getting away from the ground is as easy as getting
there. Queue for the buses and straight back into
the centre of Reading and the station’s right in
front of you. I really would recommend this service
to anyone going rather than driving there, as
apparently the area around the motorway backs up for
miles before and after games.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Another quality day out. The game itself was an
absolute corker, I took a neutral fan with me and he
had a great time! The away fans were in good voice,
and getting in the celebrations of Berbatov’s goal
just topped the day off brilliantly. Just a shame we
couldn’t hold on and get three points on the road!