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Vitesse Arnhem

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  • 1
    Mannone
    GK
  • 2
    Gunter (C)
    DF
  • 11
    Obita
    DF
  • 6
    Moore
    DF
  • 20
    Ilori
    DF
  • 4
    Van den Berg
    MF
  • 8
    Evans
    MF
  • 10
    Swift
    MF
  • 22
    Clement
    FW
  • 25
    Popa
    FW
  • 23
    Bodvarsson
    FW

Substitutes

  • 31
    Jaakkola
    SUB
  • 38
    Kelly
    SUB
  • 42
    Rinomhota
    SUB
  • 50
    Richard
    SUB
  • 55
    Smith
    SUB
  • 56
    Loader
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Jaap Stam

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Substitutes

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Match Previews

Ahead of the game: Finishing touches on pre-season prep against Vitesse

Royals hosting Dutch club in Buckinghamshire

26 July 2017

Our seventh and final pre-season fixture comes this weekend… and after 10 days spent down the road from Arnhem, it is Vitesse who make the journey through to Adams Park to face the Royals with their own pre-season prep in mind.

Reading vs Vitesse Arnhem
Saturday 29th July, 3pm
Adams Park (Wycombe Wanderers)
Pre-season friendly

Ticket News

Vitesse visit on Saturday for meeting in Wycombe

24 July 2017

They will become our fifth overseas opponent of the off-season roster – the second from the Netherlands along with Sparta Rotterdam, two Belgian sides in KV Kortrijk and Cercle Brugge and a Turkish team in Genclerbirligi.

Vitesse come into the fixture on the back of one of their most successful ever seasons.  Fifth in the Eredivisie represented a good finish – indeed third is the best they have ever managed in their long history – but even better was lifting the KNVB Cup for the first time in their history.

In the final, two goals against AZ from former Norwich front-man Ricky van Wolfswinkel – taking his tally to 23 for the season – was enough to secure a 2-0 win and the title.  Fittingly, the final took place a fortnight before the 125th anniversary of the club’s foundations.

Precisely seven days after we kick off against the Dutch club, our season will begin at Loftus Road against Queens Park Rangers – later that evening, Vitesse contest the Johan Cruijff Shield (the Dutch equivalent of the Community Shield) against league victors Feyenoord.

So it’ll be another important preparatory game as we look to put the finishing touches onthe plans for the opening weekend.

Match Reports

Reading vs Cercle Brugge

22 July 2017

Part of our pre-season activity has included the resurfacing of our pitch at Madejski Stadium – and while it continues to bed in, ahead of our first home game of the campaign against Gillingham in the Carabao Cup, Wycombe Wanderers’ ground at Adams Park will be hosting our game – as it often does for our Women’s team and our Under-23s.

Ticket details
Tickets are now on general sale to all supporters and will be sold via Wycombe Wanderers’ Ticket Office.

Prices are as follows:

AGE CATEGORY

Advance

Matchday

Adult

£7

£10

65 & Over

£5

£10

18-24

£5

£10

17 & Under

£1

£5

To buy online visit the Wycombe Wanderers' official website, our supporters can call the club's Ticket Office on 01494 441118 or visit the Chairboys' Ticket Office in person at Adams Park (Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Supporters can ask for match tickets for this match to be posted to them or left for collection on the day of the game.

Alternatively, supporters can ask for tickets to be sent digitally in an email fans can print off and bring to the game or even have scanned on their phones at the Adams Park turnstiles.

Initial tickets will in the Terrace, Beechdean Stand and Panache Stand will be made available to purchase.

Any Vitesse fans hoping to purchase tickets can follow the same booking procedure through the Wycombe Wanderers Ticket Office – away fans will be situated in Blocks H&V of the Beechdean Stand.

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Match Reports

Vitesse victorious despite Royals fight-back

Eredivisie club claim victory at Adams Park

29 July 2017

Despite a hearty retaliation by Reading, it was Dutch top-tier side Vitesse which took victory in the last of our pre-season friendlies.

The Royals trailed by three at one point - one for Bryan Linssen and a double for Tim Matavz - but they fought back bravely.

John Swift netted from the spot after young sub Sam Smith was taken down, and Adrian Popa smashed in from the right of the box... but the equaliser was evasive.

There were Reading debuts on English soil for a trio of summer arrivals – Pelle Clement, Jón Daði Böðvarsson and Vito Mannone were all included from the beginning.

Unfortunately Böðvarsson was one of two players to have to be withdrawn through injury – the Icelander took a knock just before half-time, while Joey van den Berg was subbed off midway through the first period.

Less than 60 seconds had passed before the game’s first opportunity arose – it happened to be that combo which combined.  The ball broke for Van den Berg in the centre, who immediately tried to thread in Böðvarsson – Guram Kashia was alert and slid in to concede a corner.

And then fellow new arrival Pelle Clement was involved as he drew a free-kick, which John Swift delivered – Tiago Ilori rose well but couldn’t beat the goalkeeper.

The first chance for Vitesse was the width of the woodwork away from breaking the deadlock.  Tim Matavz worked space to cross from the right, picking out the onrushing Milot Rashica at the far post… his volley was into the ground and bounced up and off the far post. 

However that opening goal came before the quarter-hour mark.  Navarone Foor raced onto a loose ball and immediately released Linssen through the middle – Mannone got down well to make an initial save, but the striker pounced quickly on the rebound.

Reading were dealt a further blow when Van den Berg had to be withdrawn midway through the first period; a late tackle by goalscorer Linssen left the Dutchman in a heap, and ultimately he needed to be replaced by Liam Kelly.

Vitesse had their second as the game ticked past half an hour.  Rashica crossed from the right for Matavz, whose first-time strike took a heavy deflection to wrong-foot Mannone and creep inside the near post.

In response, Böðvarsson and Liam Moore each went close – the former taking a touch to control before hitting over on his left foot, and the latter heading over from a Swift corner which had been won through Chris Gunter’s forward foray.

However Böðvarsson was caught with a late tackle shortly before half-time - he wasn't risked after the interval, as Sam Smith came on instead.  Jordan Obita was also withdrawn at the break for Omar Richards.

And Vitesse scored their third soon after half-time - a heavy touch by John Swift in his own half was seized upon quickly by Thulani Seroro, who picked out Matavz's run - the striker coolly converted his second.

But the Royals showed that they weren't going to go down with a whimper.  Clement could consider himself hard done-by when he appeared to be chopped down by Kashia after trying to round the goalkeeper, having latched onto Alexander Buttner's loose back-pass.

And Adrian Popa was first to a clipped ball down the wing by Clement - the Romanian drilled a half-volley which struck the underside of the bar, bounced down and out to safety to the Dutch side's relief.

Finally, just after the hour, Reading were amongst the goals - it came from 12 yards as some beautiful interplay between Clement and Swift saw sub Smith released in the area, and brought down for a penalty.  Swift stepped up - hammered in.

Kelly came close, forcing a low stop from the goalie, but then had a helping hand in Reading's second.  He received wide on the right and drilled goalwards from an impossible angle... it bounced clear off the post, but Popa was alive to the situation and shimmied past a defender before drilling in on his left.

Andy Rinomhota and Danny Loader were both introduced for more minutes late in the game, replacing Popa and Swift respectively.

With minutes ticking down, a bit of skill down the left by Loader opened things up but his cross for fellow Academy-bred forward Smith was just out of reach, as the equaliser evaded the Royals as pre-season preparation came to an end.

Full-time: Reading 2-3 Vitesse

Reading: Mannone, Gunter, Obita (Richards HT), Ilori, Moore, Van den Berg (Kelly 24), Evans, Swift (Loader 75), Clement, Popa (Rinomhota 75), Böðvarsson (Smith HT).
Unused sub: Jaakkola.

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Ticket News

Vitesse visit on Saturday for meeting in Wycombe

Dutch outfit travelling to Adams Park

24 July 2017

After a spell spent working hard in the Netherlands, it’s our turn to host a Dutch club this weekend as Vitesse Arnhem travel to High Wycombe for a friendly game against the Royals!

It is our final fixture ahead of the campaign’s start next month – and in much the same fashion as the football season, it’ll be a 3pm kick-off on Saturday.  Adams Park plays host to the fixture against our fifth foreign opponent of this year’s pre-season programme.

Based just down the road from the Oosterbeek training camp where we spent 10 days this month, Vitesse are also preparing for their season’s kick-off on August 5th, the same day as we kick off against Queens Park Rangers.  As last year’s Dutch Cup winners, they begin by contesting the Johan Cruyff Shield against Eredivisie champions Feyenoord.

Club News

Kit Launch 2017-18 | Welcome to Virtual Royality!

22 July 2017

It’ll be a chance to see our brand new home strip in action and in the flesh too!

Tickets are on sale now – tickets are available to buy in advance through Wycombe Wanderers’ ticket office at a price of £7 Adults, £5 for ages 65 & Over and 18-24, and £1 for ages 17 & Under.  They will also be available to buy on the day of the game at an increased rate.

For more information about ticketing for this fixture, including how to buy, click the button below.

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