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Matchday Guide: Reading (H)

15 December 2023

Club News

Matchday Guide: Reading (H)

15 December 2023

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Ahead of the visit of Reading on Saturday afternoon, we are able to provide supporters with a guide to plan your visit to the LNER Stadium.

Fans Player Scheme foodbank collection

This match is dedicated to the fourth annual Fans Player Scheme foodbank collection, with supporters invited to bring food or cash donations to help those in need. There will be collection points at in the Lincoln City Foundation Office (in the SRP Stand), Red Imps Community Trust stand in the University Fan Village and Poacher's Den (GBM Stand).

Suggested food items for donation are:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce
  • Lentils, beans and pulses
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • UHT milk
  • Fruit juice

All of the money raised will then receive a 10% increase from Lincolnshire Co-op and then be exchanged into vouchers which Lincoln Foodbank will distribute with their food parcels.

University of Lincoln Fan Village

For those looking to relax and enjoy the matchday atmosphere, there is a wide range of food and drink options in the University of Lincoln Fan Village - including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

Feucht Fröhliche Neustadter will be present for all three festive fixtures at the LNER Stadium - raising money for local charities by selling mulled wine and cider.

Tipsy Imp will provide a wide range of premium beers and ciders, with FFN. A variety of soft drinks are also available across the fan village.


The Imps retail unit will also be in operation, providing supporters the opportunity to kit themselves out with our home, away, third, goalkeeping and warm-up ranges.

The Red Imps Community Trust will have their stall including old programmes for sale. 

The Samaritans have a stand offering advice to anyone who finds this time of year difficult.

Family activities

Poacher's Den is City's family-friendly area which is open to supporters of both sides ahead of games at the LNER Stadium.

Based at the north end of the GBM Stand and accessed via Sincil Bank, there is now a pool table, putting green and speed stack challenge. A new TV has also been installed for those wishing to play FIFA on the PlayStation.

This is all in addition to the Xbox, table tennis, fussball table and other fun activities at every game.

The usual free football sessions on the 3G pitch and the inflatable in the University of Lincoln Fan Village are not in operation at this game.

Supporter liaison officers

Our SLO team will be around the stadium before and during the game, look out for them or our 'Here To Help' team - they will all be clearly identified. We have a matchday familiarisation opportunity for any supporters who are new to the stadium - this is free and there is no need to sign up, simply head to the ticket office for 1.30pm.

Alan Long, who heads our SLO team, also guides you through what a matchday looks like in this welcome video below.

Audio descriptive commentary

The Imps provide a free audio descriptive commentary service for fans with visual impairments. Headsets and receivers can be collected from the ticket office before the game (from the SLO point 12noon-2pm, then from the ticket office desks).

Fans are encouraged to bring their own headphones where possible to minimise the amount of equipment needed to be shared - the receivers have a standard aux output.

Anyone with questions about the service are asked to contact disability liaison officer Heidi Langham on



The Imps have launched a new, enhanced teamsheet for this season, featuring the starting line-ups as well as notes from the interim head coach or news from around the club.

The enhanced teamsheet can be purchased at all home matches for just 50p around the ground. These will be available in the ticket office, the Red Imps Community Trust stand in the University of Lincoln Fan Village, or the 50/50 draw sellers at the northern end of the stadium from around 2.15pm. Alternatively, you can order your copy online HERE.

iFollow Imps

The match is available for live streaming internationally for just £10, or the equivalent cost in your local currency.


iFollow Imps subscribers will also be able watch all the reaction, including post-match interviews and match highlights - become a subscriber HERE.

Alternatively, UK-based supporters can listen to live match commentary using an iFollow Imps audio pass - which can be bought HERE.

City supporters unable to get to the LNER Stadium will also be able to follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.


Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office before the match, but we strongly recommend purchasing online at

Travelling supporters can purchase tickets from the away ticket office window next to the club shop before the game.


We've loved seeing the pictures of families enjoying matchdays at the LNER Stadium - why not share your images of the day with us on Twitter using the #ImpsSelfie hashtag. If you get a picture with Poacher don't forget to tag him on Twitter at @Poacher_The_Imp!


Former Players Association guests

Terry Fleming, Gavin Gordon, Ron Harbertson, John Kennedy and Trevor Swinburne will be at the game. They'll be interviewed by Ivor James on the University of Lincoln Fan Village stage shortly after 2pm.

Poacher's Playlist

You get to decide the matchday music at every match! Look out for the post on our social media channels and simply reply with your choice.

Safe text number

We offer an anonymous safe text number for supporters to report any concerns around safety or inappropriate behaviour and chanting in or around the stadium. You can contact the safe text line on 07718 483367.

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