Last updated : 20 April 2002 By Rob Cooper
Reading secured promotion to the English First Division with their ninth draw in ten games at Griffin Park, home of third placed Brentford. Royals supporters looked on in horror as Bees striker Martin Rowlands scored a forty-ninth minute goal that looked good enough to ensure that it was Brentford and not Reading that went up. But step forward super striker Jamie Cureton. He came off the bench and eleven minutes from time scored the goal that sent the Royals into the First Division.

Open Top Bus

To celebrate the players will travel around the town in an open top bus tomorrow (Sunday). They will travel from the Rivermead (leaving at two) and make their way to the Madejski, arriving at the ground by four. The players will travel on an open deck bus on Sunday through Friar Street then the length of Basingstoke Road to the Holiday Inn roundabout. It will then travel down Imperial Way onto the A33 and arrive at Madejski Stadium at about 4pm.

Thousands of supporters are expected to line the route, and the first at the Madejski will be allowed in. The turnstiles to the Lower West Stand will be open from 3.30pm, and the team will arrive at the Stadium and take their bow in front of the fans at 4pm. Entrance is FREE to all supporters, so why not come along for an afternoon of celebration!