The Royals are pleased to confirm that they will take on Irish top flight side Bray Wanderers in a friendly at the Carlisle Grounds this Sunday 2nd September, kick off 4pm.
Brian McDermott intends to take every available first team player who is not on international duty, so the likes of Noel Hunt and Ian Harte will return to the Emerald Isle. In addition, young defender Pierce Sweeney who signed for Reading from Bray this summer will also play a part.
McDermott, who is of Irish lineage himself, said, “We are very much looking forward to the game and are very grateful to Pat Devlin for inviting us over. When we signed Pierce in the summer we had a verbal agreement about getting a game arranged and this is absolutely perfect for us with the way our fixtures have panned out.
“Pat is a friend of our club and I know we’ll get a great welcome when we come over. Bray are playing on Friday as well of course, so it’s fantastic they’ve been able to accommodate us two days later. As a club we’ve always had strong connections with Ireland, we’ll be bringing the strongest possible squad this weekend and it is an important game for us.”
Bray Director of Football Pat Devlin said “This is a great opportunity for people to see a Premier League side in action and it is a game that we are really looking forward to. Reading have a team full of top class players and it is another great event for the town of Bray. I would urge people to come along on Sunday and support the club.”
Tickets for the game are available from www.ticketmaster.ie
or Carlisle Grounds @ 01 2828214. Prices are 15Euros adults, 10Euros students and 7Euros u16s and seniors.