Reading will take one of their biggest ever away followings to a game after the club confirmed that each and every one of their 5,306 tickets for their trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the EFL Cup on October 25.
The vast majority of that allocation was snapped up by season ticket holders on Monday and Tuesday, leaving just a few hundred left for members early this morning. Officially It took just 16 minutes for those last few tickets to disappear, although some Tilehurst End readers reported having sold out messages as early as 9.03am. Whatever the timing it meant disappointment for many Reading fans who'd headed online and jammed the phone lines first thing this morning hoping to sneak a ticket.
Some have vented their anger towards Arsenal for not releasing more tickets, an argument that isn't helped by the current state of ticket sales for home fans....
Meanwhile, this is the state of play for Arsenal fans who want tickets. Abundant. pic.twitter.com/jLgJzjXlSO— The Tilehurst End (@TheTilehurstEnd) October 5, 2016
In total fairness, Arsenal have followed the competition's guideline in respect of away ticket allocation, having provided as close to 10% as the stadium's segregation allows, yet some Reading fans are frustrated that the North London club didn't provide numbers similar to the 9,000 allocated to Coventry for an FA Cup tie in early 2014.
Still, what's done is done and at the very least the club will be backed by a massive away following and they'll need all the help they can get to improve on a record that's seen them lose each of their prevous 13 games against the Gunners.