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Reading FC ranked alongside West Ham United among worst match experiences in national poll

Reading FC have been ranked among the worst match experiences in the top four divisions.

In a poll by the football website COPA90journalist Eugene Noble visited all 92 pitches in the 2021/22 season to sample the atmosphere and overall fan experience.

It categorized each club into four different sections – stadium soul, home support, matchday menu and eccentricity – and gave each one a score out of five.

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The Royals were praised by Noble for the home support – no doubt helped by the brilliant turnout from those at Club 1871 each week – with a rating of four.

And despite complaints from some supporters that the blue-collar food market is no longer outside the Select Car Leasing stadium, the club’s matchday menu received three out of five.

However, Reading fell short of ‘soul’, with only one out of five given while it was the same rating for ‘eccentricity’.

Overall, just nine out of 20 took Reading down the 92 list. Only MK Dons, Walsall, Colchester United, Wycombe Wanderers, Southampton, Leicester City and Crawley Town did worse.

The Royals were tied on nine out of 20 alongside West Ham, Cardiff City, Derby County, Coventry City, Cheltenham Town and Brighton.

The co-winners were London duo Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, who both scored 19 from 20.

You can view the full list* below.

92. MK Dons – 6/20

91. Walsall – 7/20

90. Colchester United – 7/20

89. Wycombe Wanderers – 8/20

88. Southampton – 8/20

87. Leicester City – 8/20

86. Town of Crawley – 8/20

85. West Ham United – 9/20

84. Reading – 9/20

83. City of Cardiff – 9/20

82. Derby County – 9/20

81. City of Coventry – 9/20

80. Cheltenham Town – 9/20

79. Brighton and Hove Albion – 9/20

78. Stevenage – 10/20

77. City of Salford – 10/20

76. Rotherham United – 10/20

75. Sutton United – 11/20

74. Peterborough United – 11/20

73. City of Hull – 11/20

72. Forest Green Rovers – 11/20

71. Burton Albion – 11/20

70. Wigan Athletic – 12/20

69. Rochdale – 12/20

68. Queens Park Rangers – 12/20

67. Oxford United – 12/20

66. Newport County – 12/20

65. City of Harrogate – 12/20

64. Bristol Rovers – 12/20

63. Tranmere Rovers – 13/20

62. Scunthorpe United – 13/20

61. Millwall – 13/20

60. Manchester City – 13/20

59. City of Lincoln – 13/20

58. Gillingham – 13/20

57. Doncaster Rovers – 13/20

56. Alexandra Crewe – 13/20

55. Brentford – 13/20

54. Bournemouth – 13/20

53. Birmingham City – 13/20

52. Wheelbarrow – 13/20

51. Town of Swindon – 14/20

50. Town of Shrewsbury – 14/20

49. Norwich City – 14/20

48. Middlesbrough – 14/20

47. Ipswich Town – 14/20

46. ​​Charlton Athletic – 14/20

45. Wanderers of Bolton – 14/20

44. Blackpool – 14/20

43.AFC Wimbledon – 14/20

42. Accrington Stanley – 14/20

41. City of Bradford – 11/15

40. Wanderers of Wolverhampton – 15/20

39. Sunderland – 15/20

38. City of Stoke – 15/20

37. Oldham Athletic – 15/20

36. Northampton – 15/20

35. Hartlepool Town – 15/20

34. Town of Fleetwood – 15/20

33. Everton – 15/20

32. Cambridge United – 15/20

31. Blackburn Rovers – 15/20

30. Barnsley – 15/20

29. West Bromwich Albion – 16/20

28. Watford – 16/20

27. Swansea City – 16/20

26. Sheffield United – 16/20

25. Preston North End – 16/20

24. Port Vale – 16/20

23. Plymouth Argyle – 16/20

22. Morecambe – 16/20

21. Town of Mansfield – 16/20

20. Town of Luton – 16/20

19. Leeds United – 16/20

18. Huddersfield Town – 16/20

17.Fulham – 16/20

16.Chelsea – 16/20

15. Carlisle United – 16/20

14. City of Bristol – 16/20

13. Arsenal – 16/20

12. Portsmouth – 17/20

11. Nottingham Forest – 17/20

10.Manchester United – 17/20

9. Liverpool – 17/20

8. Leyton East – 17/20

7. Sheffield Wednesday – 13/15

6. Newcastle United – 18/20

5. City of Exeter – 18/20

4. Burnley – 18/20

3. Villa Aston – 18/20

=1. Tottenham Hotspur – 19/20

=1. Crystal Palace – 19/20

* Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford City have not received stadium soul scores out of respect for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and the Bradford City stadium fire.

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