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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

All you need to know about tonight -

We take on Forest at home this evening, kick off 8pm, and we've got details of all the events taking place at another important home game.

Team news: Reading could have Mikele Leigertwood back from injury. Jay Tabb and Hal Robson-Kanu are being monitored, while Jem Karacan has his ankle operation today. Matt Connolly plays in a friendly game today on his way back from injury, while Mikkel Andersen is out for the season. Forest are without the suspended Garath McCleary and boss Steve Cotterill has indicated he could make some changes.

Permutations: If the Royals surpass West Ham's result this evening, we will be promoted. If the teams' results are matched, then we would need a point at home to Palace on Saturday.

Travel: In the event of success on the pitch, urban buses will depart 10 minutes later than normal.

FanCam: We will again have a pitchside camera relayed direct to the big screen, filming our supporters at Madejski Stadium, as well as Kingsley, the players warming up, half time penalties and all special presentations. Look out for yourself on the video screen pre-match and at half time!

Sea of Scarves: Our supporters trust STAR are again asking fans to wave a scarf as the teams come out, to help show their backing for the team and create a Sea of Scarves at the home of the Royals! It worked very well at the Leeds game and our fans are doing the same again tonight.

Banners: Volunteers from STAR will be based inside the concourse areas handing out special free clapbanners to supporters, while stocks last, as they arrive inside the stadium.

Panini cards: Kingsley will be outside the Megastore from 6.30pm handing out Euro 2012 Adrenalyn XL Panini trading cards to Young Royals! He only has a limited supply so it will be first come first served!

Drummers: The band that joined the drummers for the Leeds game is not in place tonight but will be back for the Palace game.

Referee: Our referee is Gavin Ward, assisted by Danny Markham and Timothy Wood. The fourth assistant is Stephen Rubery.

Crowd: All home tickets are completely sold out.

Ticket collections: All home ticket collections are from the north stand ticket office.

Guard of honour: Basingstoke Town Colts will form the Guard of Honour.

Golden Gamble: Tonight's draw will be made by former Royals Manager Ian Branfoot. He will be joined by John Haselden, a former Royals physiotherapist, who formed part Branfoot's backroom staff.

Guess the player: Contestant Gwyn Doherty will play our half time game 'Guess the Player' for the chance to win up to £60 in Megastore vouchers.

Domino's are sponsors of our 'Lucky Row' half time competition where a whole row of lucky supporters will win Domino's pizzas delivered to their seats by Kingsley!

Team mascots: Reading: George Winser, Cameron Squires, Conner Crosbie, Lewis Britten-Jones, Adam Laurence Clinch and Lewis Warder-Green. Nottingham Forest: Ben Williams and Maisie Kate Simper

Matchday programme: Benik Afobe, Hayden Mullins and Tomasz Cywka are our featured players, and there's manager and captain's notes, match reports, history features, a Young Royals fanzine, a special feature on our goalscorers this season and much more. Find out more and see the cover here.

Video screen: Birthday messages will be shown before the game and at half time. To send yours in, email

Megastore: Visit the Madejski Stadium Megastore and our outlets outside the ground for the very best RFC merchandise, including sale items!

Reading College: Approximately 4 members of staff from Reading College will be based outside the Megastore handing out flyers to supporters from 6pm - 8pm.

Match sponsor: Outsource International. Matchball Sponsor: CRL, Minerva and I-Advice.

Parade & Picture: Students from a School in Denmark, Sulsted Skole, will enjoy a parade of the pitch and picture.

Penalty shoot out: FC Holyport will be competing in our half time penalty shoot out.

Station buses: Pick up is now opposite the station in the old bus depot, underneath the bingo hall.

Buses: Click here for the Reading buses timetable and here for Stagecoach services.

Parking: On a matchday, only limited overflow parking is available at the stadium for £8. Non-permit holders enter the Stadium via Northern Way only and permit holders enter via Hurst Way and Northern Way.

Family parking: If you have a child under the age of 8 in your car, you will be eligible to park in our special designated area for £8 - spaces are first come, first served.

Off-site parking: Available at Foster Wheeler, the old Greyhound site and Worton Grange. Click here for a map.

Car share: Go to or for more details.

Catering: A full list of our catering options is here.

 Jazz Cafe: Open before and after the game for season ticket holders, who can bring one guest. Text Jazz2 to 78070 for updates / offers.

Hotel bar: Open to home supporters both before and after the game.

Reading FC Player: Listen to the game live here on the website, with Ady Williams and Mick Gooding, in association with BBC Berkshire.

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