Reading are braced for their highest crowd of the season for Saturday's final showdown of a turbulent campaign.

A first third-tier season for over 20 years, crowds have generally held well at home and improved massively away from home- increasing by over 400 per match.

This is despite fears of the club's very existence in what has been a rollercoaster ride off the pitch under owner Dai Yongge.

With yet more points deductions, transfer embargoes and winding-up petitions, the Royals were 10 points adrift of safety in November but have managed to secure their place in League One for next season with two games to spare.

The last three home matches have seen crowds in excess of 15,000, but Saturday's visit of Blackpool will be the largest as almost 17,000 tickets have been purchased to date.

The Tangerines, still in with a chance of extending their campaign into the play-offs, have sold nearly 1,000 and have requested an additional allocation.

Spanish-themed activities are planned to celebrate boss Selles, including the unveiling of a new banner which was crowd-funded by supporters.

Season tickets for next season are already on sale, and will no doubt build on this year's figure should the current exclusive negotiations bring a new owner in the summer.

Neil Critchley's Blackpool cruised past the Royals 4-1 at Bloomfield Road in September, but Reading have lost just six of 21 home matches so far.