Reading Ready Reckoner

TUESDAY’S fixture is the second round of the Carabao Cup against Reading.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm.

The ground will be open from 6.15pm and supporters will be able to pay on the day. Tickets will be available to buy on the turnstiles, for cash only, as well as from the Home Park Ticket Office.

Devonport End Turnstile 6 will take cash payments only and will remain open until five minutes after the start of the second half.

For the Lyndhurst Road Stand, Turnstiles 13 and 15 are cash only – with Turnstile 15 remaining open until 8.15pm.

Home fans wishing to pay by card will need to buy from the Home Park Ticket Office – open from 9am until half an hour after the final whistle.

Reception at Home Park is located in the Ticket Office and will also be open from 9am.

Away fans will be able to pay on the day (cash or card) on Gate 2 at the Barn Park end of Home Park; this will also be a late gate.

Match-Day admission prices are £10 for adults; £6 for over 65s and under 23s; £3 for Under 18s; £1 for Under 12s; Under 8s have FREE entry with a paying adult.

There is free car-parking in the Outland Road Park & Ride Car=Park adjacent to Home Park, but we anticipate this will fill up early. Street parking in the area is available, but please take care to note local restrictions. Our advice is to use public transport whenever possible.

The official Pilgrim Match-Day programme freshly re-designed for 2019-20 will be on sale from the Argyle Superstore and around the ground for the price of £2. We are unable to offer a special children’s programme for this fixture.

Before the game, we will be holding our fifth edition of our regular Crossbar Challenge, with someone selected from the crowd at every home game to step on to the pitch and attempt to hit the crossbar. As it wasn’t hit on Saturday, the prize rolls over, meaning £250 is the prize awaiting the successful challenger. In the event the crossbar isn’t hit again, an extra £50 rolls over, making the prize pot for the next home game £300. The prize fund will roll over week by week until somebody hits the crossbar. We only select from seats occupied at 6.40pm – so to be in with a chance of playing the Crossbar Challenge, supporters need to be seated before then.

THE Match Sponsor is Jewson Plymouth and the match-ball sponsor is Optimus Performance Marketing.

The food and drink kiosks inside Home Park will be offering Meal Deals throughout the day.

There will be a 50-50 Lottery half-time prize draw, with tickets available from the usual sellers. Argyle legend Akos Buzsaky will make the draw.

Also at half-time, Plymouth Kolts Under-9s are taking part in a small-sided game organized by the Argyle Community Trust.  It is the club’s intention to roll this out into a full package which includes match tickets, a stadium tour, lunch, shop discount, discounted Community Trust roadshow courses and a signed football from the first-team squad. We are trialling this initiative throughout August. Keep an eye on your official website over the coming weeks to see how you can get involved.

We are asking supporters – especially those who come to Home Park early on match-days to experience our new pre-game entertainment – not to stand in the walkways between the front row of seats and the pitch-perimeter boards.  Access to seating in many areas of the ground has become something of an increasing problem, especially for our disabled supporters, so it is essential to keep those walkways clear. Stewards have been asked by the club to keep these areas clear and will, if absolutely necessary, take action to ensure all supporters are able to walk around the stadium safely, and enjoy the on-pitch activity without having their view impeded.

We have a duty of care to everyone who visits Home Park and, in keeping with our Vision and Values, we take that duty very seriously. That is why we ask all supporters to respect our requests to refrain from persistent standing. By ‘persistent’, we mean “when individuals in seated areas stand for prolonged periods of time other than for short durations during moments of excitement. The Sports Grounds Safety Authority has a legal responsibility for the issuing of licences and, if we, as a club, do not comply with the regulations, they have the power to impose large financial penalties, and, ultimately, to close Home Park.

It is a criminal offence to enter a sports ground whilst drunk and to bring alcohol into the ground. Anyone trying to enter Home Park whilst drunk will be refused entry and anyone found attempting to bring alcohol into the ground will be handed to the police. There is a three-year football banning order linked to these offences.

It is also a criminal offence to enter the field of play. Pitch incursions pose a threat to the safety of players, officials and spectators and will result in the Pilgrims being disciplined by the Football Association. Such incidents have resulted in clubs being charged and subsequently fined up to £200,000 by Regulatory Commissions.

The following articles must not be brought into the ground: knives, fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. Anyone found to be in possession of any of these articles inside the ground could face a criminal prosecution and will receive an immediate and indefinite banning order from Home Park.

The draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup will take place upon the conclusion of Wednesday’s televised tie between Lincoln City and Everton at Sincil Bank.