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Ahead of the game | FA Cup returns to Madejski!

A preview of our midweek meeting with the Boro

15 January 2018

Tuesday night marks the return of FA Cup football to Madejski Stadium – the first time we’ve hosted a game in this competition since meeting Crystal Palace in the quarter-final, almost two years ago.


Jaap intent on cup progression

15 January 2018

Reading vs Stevenage
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 8pm
Madejski Stadium
Emirates FA Cup, third round replay

Our replay against Stevenage – who we drew 0-0 with at Broadhall Way – will see the winners earn a visit to either Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday, depending on who wins their replay.

And it’s more affordable football at the Madejski – just £10 for Adult tickets, with concessions available too.  All supporters - including Season Ticket holders - will need to book before 5pm on matchday to take advantage of advance prices.

So come along and get behind the boys, and let’s begin a cup run!


For full ticketing info for this fixture, including prices and how to buy, click the banner below.

Travel & Parking

Parking will be priced at £8 at Madejski Stadium and £7 at the Old Greyhound Stadium.

For more information about travel to Madejski Stadium and parking options, click here.


We have availability in Royals and 1871 suites for this fixture – beginning at £20 per Adult, it’s a great way to enjoy the game!  For full information about packages for the game, click here.

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Club News

Fixture permutations for FA Cup scenarios

12 January 2018


The Royals are 8/15 favourites to win in 90 minutes with EFL title sponsors Sky Bet, while visiting Stevenage are 5/1 to win in normal time.  They have 16/5 available for the tie to go to extra time.

Our leading goalscorer Mo Barrow is 7/2 to net the first goal of the game, while Liam Kelly is 9/1 to notch first. 


Tim Robinson is the man in the middle; it’s his second trip to Madejski Stadium of the season.  The ref was on duty here when we were defeated 2-1 by Norwich, and sent off Marley Watkins for the visitors late on.

Daniel Leach and Anthony Da Costa are his assistants, while Keith Stroud takes up the position of fourth official.

Follow it live!

The best way to follow the game live is at Madejski Stadium in person, by getting behind the team!

But if you’re based in the UK or Ireland and can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on iFollow for as little as £4.49 per month. Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else.

As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and look out for our match photos on Instagram.  And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!


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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Match Reports

Bodvarsson hat-trick sinks Stevenage

Reading will travel to Sheffield Wednesday in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup after a treble from our Icelandic striker

16 January 2018

The Royals saw off stubborn League Two opposition to seal a Fourth Round trip to Hillsborough in the Emirates FA Cup courtesy of a hat-trick from Icelandic striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

  • Bodvarsson sidefoots home on the volley to hand the hosts the lead
  • The Icelander produces an excellent angled header from distance to make it 2-0 before half-time.
  • Reading change to their away shirts to the orange kit for the second half
  • Bodvarsson completes his hat-trick by passing home a Gunter cross

Jaap Stam made ten changes to the side that drew at Hull at the weekend but retained a lot of experience in his starting eleven by bringing in the likes of Leandro Bacuna, Dave Edwards, Sone Aluko, Roy Beerens and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. Chris Gunter was the only man to keep his place and he captained the team on the night he made his 250th appearance as a Royal.

A tepid start to the tie saw both sides size each other up for the first ten minutes, and although Stevenage had the ball in the back of the net, Matt Godden was flagged offside as he glanced an inswinging set piece inside the far post.

Chris Gunter did well to hack clear a low Danny Newton cross that was looking for Ben Kennedy in the middle soon after and it was Gunter who blocked Godden's strike at goal as the League Two side pressed for an opening goal.

And Anssi Jaakkola had to pull off a good shovelled stop to push a downward Godden header away from his goalmouth.

At the other end, Bacuna crossed from the right for Bodvarsson to cushion the ball and tee up Edwards for a strike. His left-footed effort seemed to strike a Stevenage arm but appeals were quickly waved away.

And Stevenage had penalty appeals dismissed when Bacuna bundled into one of the opposition inside the box - again referee Tim Robinson saw nothing.

Jack King forced Jaakkola into a good stop with a shot from the edge of the area after half an hour and the Royals were struggling to find any sort of fluency.

But the hosts took the lead moments later. Beerens fed Gunter on the left and he delivered a good cross into the box which looped up off a Stevenage head and dropped kindly for Bodvarsson who sidefooted home on the volley from close range.

Beerens supplied a cross from the same side soon after the restart and Bodvarsson flicked it on. It dropped to Aluko at the back post but instead of volleying first time with his right foot, he tried to bring it down and tee it up for his left boot - only to be dispossessed before he could get the ball under control.

Bodvarsson had a shot from 20 yards out charged down next after good work from Gunter had seen him almost pick out Aluko with a low centre, and the Icelander appealed for a penalty as he was bundled over by Jack King near the byline.

And Reading got the second goal their pressure deserved before the interval. Bacuna swept a delightful crossfield ball out to Gunter in space on the left flank and he crossed early towards the edge of the Stevenage area. Bodvarsson attacked it and produced a sublime header that arrowed past a helpless Tom King and went in off the inside of the right post.

Bacuna and Beerens exchanged intricate passes to work their way in behind the Stevenage back line in injury time, but the Dutchman's cross couldn't be controlled by Bodvarsson, looking for a hat-trick in the middle.

And there was still time for an Aluko cross to fall to Clement, whose drive was charged down and deflected behind for a corner, which referee Robinson didn't allow to be taken as he blew for half-time.

Half time | Reading 2-0 Stevenage 

There was a noticeable change at the break - Reading emerged in orange shirts after what had been something of a kit clash in the first half.

But it was Stevenage who had the first glimpse of goal in the second period. Godden scampered onto a ball that deflected in behind the Reading back line and although Gunter delayed his shot, he still forced a save from Jaakkola at the near post. It cannoned out to the same man who lofted a cross to the back post this time, but Newton could only glance a difficult chance wide.

Reading broke from a Stevenage corner near the hour mark, and Aluko's pull back to Bodvarsson saw the Icelander control the ball, pivot, but scuff an effort into the arms of King.

However, it was 3-0 after 63 minutes. Kelly played a nice through ball for Gunter to scurry onto down the left and he fizzed a low cross into the middle where Bodvarsson was on hand to pass the ball into the net from close range - completing his hat-trick!

Reading were looking for more and on the counter attack Clement found Kelly who tried to thread a ball into Bodvarsson. But the striker couldn't connect with the ball on the slide and it bobbled behind for a goal kick.

Tom Pett had a good opportunity to pull a goal back when Stevenage got in behind down the right. But the midfielder skied his first time effort high over the bar when he had the chance to pick his spot from 15 yards out.

But the Royals were comfortable in their lead and can now look forward to a trip to Hillsborough in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Full time | Reading 3-0 Stevenage 

Reading: Jaakkola, Bacuna (Richards 80), Gunter (c), Ilori, Blackett, Kelly, Edwards, Clement, Beerens, Aluko, Bodvarsson.
Subs: Mannone, Andresson, Evans, McCleary, Popa, Kermorgant.
Goals: Bodvarsson 32, 44, 63

Stevenage: T King, Smith, Martin, J King, Kennedy (Samuel 71), Pett, Newton (Georgiou 85), Godden, Henry (c), McKee (Conlon 71), Wilmot. 
Subs: Fryer, Franks, Wilkinson, Vancooten.

Referee: Mr T Robinson
Att: 4,986 (608 away)


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