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Ahead of the game | Royal curtain raiser at Loftus Road

The new season is finally upon us...

3 August 2017

Everything you need to know ahead of our first game of the new season against QPR...

Queens Park Rangers vs Reading 
Loftus Road
Sky Bet Championship 
Saturday 5th August 2017, 3pm

After months of waiting, we're finally able to say that our weekends will contain football once again!

Royals will be hoping for the perfect start to the new campaign against the London club, with the teams already having met behind closed doors in pre-season.

Jaap Stam's side have gone through meticulous preparation to be in the best possible shape to hit the ground running on Saturday.

The manager admits that playing QPR when there are points to play for will be a completely different proposition to last month's friendly double header, with both teams looking for a strong beginning to the season.

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Three games in eight days at Madejski Stadium this August!

3 August 2017

Travel

More than 2,000 travelling Royals will be at Loftus Road to welcome their team back to league football, with QPR making a limited number of tickets available to supporters to purchase on the day.

Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) offer travel to all away games, details of which can be found by following the link here.

There are several tube stations that are within reasonable walking distance of the ground, the nearest of which being White City on the Central line, a five-minute walk away. Wood Lane Station, on the Hammersmith and City line, is also within 10 minutes of Loftus Road on foot.

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Odds

EFL sponsors Sky Bet believe the teams are set to be closely matched on Saturday, with the home side slight favourites at 7/5 to get all three points, Royals are 19/10 for the win, with the draw at 23/10

Adrian Popa is 11/4 to score any time, while Jón Daði Böðvarsson may make his Royals debut, with the Iceland striker priced at 6/1 to be the first goalscorer at Loftus Road at the weekend.

Officials

Scott Duncan will be the man in the middle for the first match of the season, being assisted on the line by Akil Howson and Christopher Akers. Between the benches as fourth official will be Daniel Leach.

Tickets

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313. Our official online ticketing service www.readingfcdirect.co.uk sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to ticketing@readingfc.co.uk

Reminder

We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE. 

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Opening day defeat for ten-man Royals

Ilori sent off as Washington brace hands QPR victory

5 August 2017

Ten man Reading lost an opening day encounter at Loftus Road thanks to a brace from QPR's Conor Washington. Rangers took a first half lead with a back post header from the striker and then Tiago Ilori dragged Pawel Wszolek over inside the area to concede a penalty which Washington dispatched.

  • Conor Washington heads QPR into a 22nd minute lead at the far post
  • Washington spurns good chance to make it 2-0 by flashing high and wide before HT
  • Ilori shown a red card in pulling Wszolek down. Washington converts from the spot.

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone started between the posts as one of three Royals debutants - Jón Dadi Böðvarsson was named up front with Pelle Clement starting in a wide role in midfield. Our newest signing Modou Barrow began the game from the bench, where three young Academy starts also sat - Sam Smith, Andy Rinomhota and Omar Richards named amongst the Royals squad.

The first opportunity fell to a QPR foot as thet capitalised on a misplaced pass on the right side of the Royals defence to earn a shooting opportunity. The ball was fed into the feet of Conor Washington to let rip with his right foot, but Mannone leapt to his right to push the ball wide.

Reading's first chance came 8 minutes in when Bodvarsson turned his man on the half-way line to sprint away down the right. He surged into the box and fizzed a low cross into the middle where it was just inches away from a sliding Clement six yards out.

Soon after, a sublime ball from Kelly over the top found Bodvarsson onside and in space. He chested it down and then tried to hook itr over Alex Smithies, but the ball dropped onto the roof of the Rangers net.

The game settled into a frantic pace and Reading were creating opportunities. First Popa burst down the right and crossed early into the middle. Lunch missed his kick but Clement couldn't capitalise as the ball skidded through.

Then, moments later, tidy work on the left side of the QPR box saw the ball pulled back into the path of Blackett - but his first touch took it too far away from him to enable a shot and Rangers hacked the ball clear.

Moore headed a dangerous Mackie cross clear at the near post with 20 minutes gone. But QPR took the lead soon after when a cross from the right dropped to Washington free at the far post, who nodded down to make it 1-0 from close range.

Luke Freeman came close to adding a second. Mackie wrestled away from Ilori and passed the ball into the path of Washington who teed up Freeman, arriving late into the box. The midfielder's strike was clean but whistled wide to Reading's relief.

At the other end, Clement raced onto a good ball down the left flank but, cutting inside, his right-footed shot was easy for Smithies to gather.

With ten minutes of the first half remaining, the Royals carved out a good opportunity down the right side, ending with Bodvarsson pulling the ball back for Swift or Popa lurking eight yards out. But Onuoha was equal to it and intecepted at the last moment.

And yet Ian Holloway's men almost doubled their lead when a long ball forward dropped to Luongo who drilled wide of Mannone's dive but against the base of the right post.

And the home side should have made it 2-0 when Kelly's pass backwards evaded everyone in orange and allowed Washington to scamper clean through. Manone came off his line and the Rangers striker swept his shot high and wide to Reading's relief.

Half time | QPR 1-0 Reading

A well-timed tackle from Moore halted Freeman in his tracks at the start of the second period, but the midfielder raced onto another ball to arrow just over from 20 yards out soon after.

Barrow was brought on early in the second period and he nearly made an immediate impact. Dispossessing Perch with his pace, he pulled the ball back to Swift who had his first time shot blocked. The ball came out to Bodvarsson who took aim but Smithies saved with a flailing left arm and QPR's lead remained in tact.

But the game turned on its head when Rangers broke at pace as Bodvarsson lay on the ground with an injury inflicted by Lynch. The referee played on and, after a Popa-led attack broke down, QPR counter attacked.

Ilori was adjudged to have dragged Wszolek down inside the area to concede a penalty and insult was added to injury when Ilori was shown the red card before Washington sent Mannone the wrong way to all but put the opening game to bed.

Mannone saved a close range header soon after and Freeman drove a timid effort into the side netting, but the result was in the bag for Rangers.

Barrow tumbled inside the Rangers box with 15 minutes remaining, but nothing was given by the man in the middle, then Popa scurried onto a high ball over the top but was halted by the offside flag.



A superb flying save from Mannone denied substitute Idrissa Sylla before an offside flag rendered the chance futile. And although Joseph Mendes came off the bench late on to cause Rangers' defence a few concerns, it was QPR who would comfortably record their first win of the campaign.

Full time | QPR 2-0 Reading

QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha (c), Lynch, Wszolek, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman, Bidwell (Robinnson 87), Washington (Sylla 80), Mackie (Ngbakoto 82).
Subs: Ingram, Furlong, Borysiuk, Smith.
Goals: Washington (22, 59 pen)
Yellow: Lynch

Reading: Mannone, Gunter (c), Ilori, Moore, Blackett, Kelly, Swift (Mendes 82), Evans, Clement (Barrow 53), Popa, Böðvarsson (Richards 59).
Subs: Jaakkola, Rinomhota, Smith.
Yellow: Bodvarsson, Barrow.
Red: Ilori

Att: 14,460 (2,208 away)

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Tickets on sale for curtain-raiser at QPR

Book now to back the boys at Loftus Road

17 July 2017

As of 9am on Monday morning, tickets are on sale for our opening-day meeting with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

After the formalities of pre-season, it marks the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign and a brand new chapter in our history.

We have been winners twice against QPR already this summer, triumphing twice in back-to-back friendlies at Hogwood earlier this month.

But that will count for little when the real deal comes around at the beginning of the Sky Bet Championship campaign in West London.

It'll be the first time that we'll be wearing our new away kit - which will be exclusively revealed this Saturday at our kit launch.

Last season was fantastic.  But now is the time to take it to the next level.  Three straight games follow at Madejski Stadium, but we're hoping for a noisy travelling contingent at QPR on the opening day to start our campaign in a positive way.

How to Buy

Online: visit www.readingfcdirect.co.uk
By phone: ring our Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313 
In person: visit the Ticket Office at Madejski Stadium during our opening hours

Please note that this is an all-ticket game, and tickets will not be available to buy on the day of the game at Loftus Road.

Ticket Prices

Age Category Upper Tier Gold Seating Upper & Lower Tier Silver Seating
Adult £33 £28
60 & Over £23 £19
18-21 £23 £19
17 & Under £16 £13
7 & Under £16 FREE with Adult

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