Derby V Reading - Ticket Info

Last updated : 25 July 2003 By Rob Cooper
Pride Park
Derby's impressive Pride Park ground
Alan Pardew's side will attempt to extract revenge for last year's opening day defeat at the hands of Derby County in their third game of the season.

The Royals will hope to earn three points from this year's game on August 23rd, as they aim to rack up the points early on in a bid to assemble another promotion charge.

The Pride Park side, besotted by financial troubles, are now managed by former Ipswich man George Burley following the controversial dismissal of John Gregory at the end of last season.

Tickets for the game will go on sale to season ticket holders on Monday 11th August. They will be available on a two-per-season-ticket basis, priced at £20 for adults and £10 for under 16s and over 65s.

Star members can purchase their tickets from Thursday 14th, before the remaining tickets go on sale on Friday 15th August.

STAR coach travel will cost £16 for this game. Coaches leave the Madejski Stadium at 10am, and from Station Hill at 10.15am.

A limited number of seats are available on the Young Royals coach, however, no prices have been confirmed. A maximum of two adults are permitted per Young Royal.

Away fans at Pride Park are sat in the Mansfield Bitter Stand, behind one of the goals. The ground can hold as many as 5,000 away fans, one suspects Reading won't be taking that many supporters.

Last season, on opening day, Reading disappointingly lost 3-0 to the Rams in what was their first game in Division One in five seasons.

You can read our match report from that game here.

Throughout the game, cocky Derby fans who couldn't foresee the financial trouble that was soon to assimilate them, proudly sang "Your only here to see the champions."

Of course, Reading went onto have an excellent year whilst the Rams faced a relegation scramble. Many fans will wish to make the trip to the Midlands just to remind Derby fans of their humorous chants.

Meanwhile, fans are reminded that tickets in the South Stand for Reading's game against Rotherham on Monday 25th August are avilable to under 16s for just £1. However, for each group of £1-paying kids, at least one adult must be in attendance.

As yet no more than 50 seats have been sold in the South Stand!