Bumper Crowd Expected For The Silencing Of The Rams

Last updated : 28 January 2004 By Rob Cooper
Reading may have stuttered and faltered in recent weeks but it hasn't stopped fans from coming along to support the team.

A colossal 16,000 people are expected to attend Saturday's game against lowly Derby County - remarkable when you consider that the Royals haven't won at home for six matches. The expected 16,000 crowd appears all the more surprising given that the club have topped the big 16k just twice in the league this season.

Reading MAD suspect this 'anticipated crowd' maybe merely a bit of Reading FC propaganda...

Often in the past the club have defiantly proclaimed that they are going to draw in a massive crowd only for the actual attendance to be a couple of thousand below the 'predicted figure'. Either the club are persistently atrocious at pre-meditating the size of the following or predicting a large attendance is merely a tactic to bring in a few extra quid.

However, perhaps there is a real possibility of a massive crowd as despite the poor football Reading fans have become accustomed to in recent months there is a very real chance that the top six could await. The Royals will be hoping for three points to bolster their Play-Off push at this crucial stage of the season.

Steve Brown, believing there is 'chance' of such a large crowd, admitted that such a massive Reading following could be the difference between victory and defeat.

He told the official site: "That (the potential 16,000 crowd) has surprised me to be honest, and in a good way.

"If we can get 16,000 it would be a major boost for the players and everyone at the club. You wouldn't necessarily have called this game 'one-to-watch' but the bigger the crowd the better for us!

"The fans obviously still have aspirations of the play-offs, as do the players. We're still in there and in that respect things can only get better."