Reading v Bristol City
Saturday February 21st 2009, 3pm
By Phil Culverhouse
(Bristol City fan)
This match was sold out to away supporters with 4,160 City fans going. We were defiantly going to make an impact. No team had done the double over us since we came up to the Championship but if we were going to hold on to that this was the toughest test following the heavy 1-4 defeat at home and Reading just 4 points off top spot.
left Bristol at 10:15 and we got to Reading by
11:30. The Madejski is very easy to find less than a
mile from the M4. There is no on street parking near
by so we parked at the Holiday Inn on Imperial Way
about 10-15 minutes walk from the ground. There is a
bar in the hotel and an Irish Pub attached to it.
They charged £7 to park there whilst the car park
over the road wanted £8.
on Reading fans began to arrive and as the sun was
shinning we moved outside where there is a paved
area with tables and lots of open grass areas. It
all looked very colourful Red & white everywhere
mixed with small sections of Blue & white. Not a
hint of trouble and I passed the time chatting with
some Reading fans who were surprised that so many
had come from Bristol. It almost had the feel of a
cup final about it.
The atmosphere generated by so many away fans was superb. I had heard the stewards were a bit heavy handed but we found them very low key and we stood up when we wanted to without interference. The Reading vocal supporters were situated off to our right but they were totally drowned out and gave up altogether after 20 minutess when we scored.
At half time I went to the gents which was a real scrum. Two rows of urinals opposite each over which could deal with around 15 a side with another 100 of us squashed in between them waiting and more trying to get in from both ends.
sun continued to shine in the second half as we went
2 up early on and we bounced and sang all the way to
the final whistle while many disgruntled Reading
fans left early although quite a few applauded us as
we waved them goodbye...
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