The last away day of every season has traditionally seen Reading fans take inflatables on the road with them, whether that be your traditional banana or something a bit more 'out there'.
The same is expected this Sunday as the Royals travel to Burton Albion, in what will be a first ever visit to the Pirelli Stadium for supporters. Of course, the last couple of inflatables days have merely been about trying to cheer ourselves up, with trips to Pride Park in 2014/15 and Ewood Park in 2015/16 marking the end of abysmal league campaigns.
This season however, inflatables day will be part of celebrations, as Reading prepare for the Championship play-offs following a superb year that has surpassed all expectations. Jaap Stam arrived in the summer and has turned the club around massively, so much so that we are now just three games away from Premier League football. In order to thank Stam, Ben Greenwood (@benjaminGfilms), the genius creator of multiple graphics for both the club and ourselves this season, has come up with the idea of wearing orange to Burton on Sunday to show support and gratitude to Dutchman Stam - an idea The Tilehurst End fully endorse and promote.
The Dutch revolution is in full swing at the Madejski Stadium, with Stam chosen and appointed by technical director Brian Tevreden, whilst his coaching staff includes compatriots Andries Ulderink and Said Bakkati. On the pitch, summer signings Joey van den Berg, Roy Beerens and Danzell Gravenberch all hail from the Netherlands. So what better way to appreciate the Dutchies by donning some orange as you chuck your inflatable shark around the stand?!
If you're stuck for ideas, you might want to try and dig out either of the two away kits below from 1999/2000 or 2008/09 - that's if you were bold enough to buy them when they were on sale!
Some fans may remember the 99/00 design being present at the 'original' Orange Day 16 years ago, when Reading travelled to Wigan in the Division Two play-off semi-final first leg, with orange hair, balloons and shirts filling what was then the JJB Stadium. Same again on Sunday?!