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Reading has a professional football and rugby club. Both Reading FC and London Irish share the Madejski Stadium, or Mad Stad, as it is known locally. The all-seater stadium has a capacity for over 24,000. Tickets for all but the biggest matches are usually available in the days leading up to a match or on match day.

Reading Football Club

Playing in the Championship, one league below the Premier League, Reading are now under the managership of Jaap Stam, the Dutch former Manchester United player. The Royals, as they are known, have had spells in the Premier League in recent years as well as good cup runs, reaching the quarter finals of the FA Cup last year and the semi finals at Wembley the year before. 

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London Irish Rugby Football Club

London Irish have played their matches in Reading for a decade, although they are offically based in Sunbury. This season they will be playing in the Greene King IPA Championship having been relegated from the Premiership after a decade at the top of English rugby. 

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