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Ahead of the game | Royals return to action against QPR

Royals hope for vital points as run-in begins...

29 March 2018

All you need to know as the Championship returns over Easter weekend...

Reading vs Queens Park Rangers
Friday 30th March
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
5.30pm kick-off

Match Reports

Royals Women breeze past Glovers

29 March 2018

The international break has come to a close, and the blue and white hooped shirts can come out once more as the Royals begin the season's run-in.

Eight games remain and Paul Clement will be taking to the home dugout at Madejski Stadium for the very first time on Good Friday, hoping for three points in his opening match in charge of Reading.

The new manager has spent time on the training ground with the squad this week, with decisions to be made on who will be a part of his first starting line-up.

As for the players, they will be hoping to avenge a 2-0 opening-day defeat at the hands of Ian Holloway's side at Loftus Road back in August. 

We're expecting a large crowd for this fixture, so we advise supporters to arrive in plenty of time ahead of our 5.30pm kick-off against the Hoops. 


Club News

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Tickets are on sale now and will be available to purchase on the day of the game for all home supporters. For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.

Click the button below for full selling information for this game.

For anyone hoping to purchase Golden Gamble tickets for the half-time draw, there will be a limited number of places from which you can buy your ticket on Friday.

They are: Lower West Stand, gates 3&4; Outside Main Reception; Top of the hill, adjacent to B&Q, and the top of the hill, adjacent to the South Stand.

The Royal

As ever, your matchday programme will be packed full of content to inform and entertain you before the game in RG2 on Friday evening. 

The latest edition of 'The Royal' has a comprehensive 16-page introduction to Paul Clement, as well as his first manager's notes as Reading boss. 

You can test your knowledge with the Reading FC A-Z Quiz, as well as tackling our brain teasers in the Young Royals section.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news from Madejski Stadium, and your copy is available for just £3 from any of our programme sellers all around the ground on Friday!


There have been important changes in car parking and bus travel for the upcoming season, with parking at Madejski Stadium now having to be pre-booked online, as well as a continuation of our bus subsidies with Reading Buses. There are more places to park than ever before, though, so click here and find out what the best option is for you!

Please note - All Reading Buses services to this match will be operating two-and-a-half hours after their original schedule in line with the adjusted kick-off for this match.

IMPORTANT - Madejski Park and Ride services to and from the town centre will NOT be operating for this fixture, due to the match being played on a Bank Holiday. However, Greenwave Mereoak Park and Ride services to the Stadium will be running as for normal matches.


According to Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, the Royals are 7/5 favourites to take the victory in RG2 on Good Friday, with QPR out at 19/10 for the win - with the draw priced at 12/5.

Chris Martin will be hoping to be fit after a bout of illness keeping him out recently, and he is priced at 11/2 to open the scoring on Friday evening.

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Yann Kermorgant is also hoping for a return to the team after coming off the bench at Norwich last time out, and he is available at 2/1 to score any time. 


David Coote will be in the thick of the action as he takes charge of his fourth Reading match of the season on Friday evening. He holds a yellow cards-per-game average of 4.1, and has brandished his red card four times this term.

Mr Coote will be assisted in RG2 by Nick Hopton and Nigel Lugg, with Stephen Martin between the benches as fourth official.

Club News

🌍 International Royals | Bacuna scores, Clement and Jaakkola feature

28 March 2018

Follow it Live!

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.

And supporters based overseas will be able to watch live video of a majority of our games – including this one – by using iFollow.  Match passes are just £5 (prices equated to your local currency).

As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and look out for our behind-the-scenes story and 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

Dramatic win earns ten-man Royals three vital points

Aluko's firecracker and an injury time penalty save from Mannone were enough to earn the Royals a hard-earned win over QPR this evening...

30 March 2018

Apologies, this video is unvailable.

A dramatic encounter saw the Royals earn a vital victory over QPR at Madejski Stadium this evening thanks to Sone Aluko's firecracker and an injury time penalty save from Vito Mannone!

  • Aluko scores a firecracker to give the Royals a first half lead
  • Lynch has goal disallowed for offside as he got a touch to Freeman's drive to direct it past Mannone.
  • Kermorgant shown second yellow and sent off with nine minutes remaining
  • Mannone saves injury time penalty from Bidwell

Paul Clement made four changes to the eleven that lost at Carrow Road before the international break, bringing in Vito Mannone, Chris Martin, Joey van den Berg and John Swift to start.

The home side began the game brightly with Swift sliding a nice ball in for Barrow to battle onto, only for Smithies to come off his line to collect it before the forward could capitalise. Then, soon after Swift was pulling the strings again, winning a free kick as another clever throughball was collected by the QPR keeper before Edwards could get a toe to it.

Reading were builiding early pressure with a string of corners and Aluko swept a crossfield ball to Blackett who drilled low and just wide with eight minutes gone.

Swift had a shot repelled by a Rangers head but Reading would soon make their dominance pay and in sepctacular style. Aluko turned his man on the half way line and scurried towards the Rangers box. He cut inside and unleashed a wonderful left-footed strike that beat a helpless Smithies and nestled in the top right corner of the QPR goal!

The away team twice came close to levelling - Conor Washington fizzing a snapshot just wide from 15 yards out, then Paul Smyth reacting quickest to a punch clear from Mannone but directing his first time effort over the bar.

Reading reasserted their command somewhat but on the half hour it took a good block from Liam Moore to deny Pawel Wszolek after he had run onto a one-two with Washington inside the Royals area. At the other end Barrow was denied a run at goal from the left by a marginal offside decision.

Gunter produced an important block of his own to charge down a shot from Freeman as QPR continued to pose a threat, but Barrow was allowed to stretch his legs as he broke from his own half, beat two for pace before being muscled out by Onuoha in the penalty area.

Rangers thought they'd equalised five minutes before the break when a low Freeman drive was deflected past the dive of Mannone by Joel Lynch, but the offside flag ruled it out before the travelling fans could celebrate parity.

Match Reports

Dramatic win earns ten-man Royals three vital points

30 March 2018

Wszolek could have levelled in the final minute of the forty-five, cutting back onto his left boot but hammering wide of the left upright to Reading's relief. And Paul Clement led his team into the dressing room with a slender advantage.

Half time | Reading 1-0 QPR

Reading began the second half on the front foot and Swift stole possession in a good central position in the QPR half. Neither he, Barrow or Edwards could find the space to pull the trigger though and Rangers recovered.

At the other end, Furlong delivered an early cross from the right which Smyth flicked on, but Mannone was down quick to smother it before Washington could get a toe to it.

Josh Scowen send a speculative set piece into the Rangers fans from 25 yards out, but Aluko won a free kick for the Royals with a neat piece of skill on the right flank and Swift's whipped delivery was headed behind by a Rangers head.

The resultant Swift corner was deep towards Blackett and it beat Smithies in the air but was bundled behind for another corner by Blackett's marker as Reading knocked on the door looking for a second.

Ian Holloway had thrown the towering Matt Smith on up front and a cross from the left was met by the substitute but thankfully directed just wide of the left upright.

The visitors were coming closer though and it took a fine fingertipe save from Mannone to deny Smyth, who had ridden a challenge from Bacuna to arrow an effort at goal from the edge of the Royals' box.

Reading were defending for their lives as we entered the final 15 minutes and Eberechi Eze fizzed a low shot inches wide of the bottom left corner.

And the task of clinging onto the points was made much more difficult when Kermorgant was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Furlong with nine minutes of the match left to play.

Some heroic defending from Moore denied Rangers twice as a follow-up shot ricocheted off the defender's head and away to relative safety. And Clement brought George Evans on for Swift in an attempt to hold onto the one goal lead.

But at the start of five minutes of injury time, a tired tackle from Edwards on Wszolek inside the box saw referee David Coote point to the spot. Bidwell stepped up and struck the spotkick...but Mannone guessed the right way and parried brilliantly to push the ball to safety. Madejski Stadium was rocking when the resultant corner came to nothing.

Ilori produced a brilliant block to deny Freeman from 12 yards out and a final corner was seen off by the Royals to the sound of the final whistle. Three points. Hard-earned and very valuable!

Full time | Reading 1-0 QPR

Reading: Mannone, Gunter (c), Ilori, Moore, Blackett, Van den Berg (Bacuna 55), Edwards, Swift (Evans 84), Aluko, Barrow, Martin (Kermorgant 61).
Subs: Jaakkola, Holmes, Clement, Smith. 
Goals: Aluko 13
Yellow: Martin, Kermorgant, Aluko
Red: Kermorgant

Queens Park Rangers: Smithes, Furlong, Bidwell, Onuoha, Lynch, Freeman, Cousins (Luongo 74), Washington (Smith 58), Scowen, Wszolek, Smyth (Eze 74).
Subs: Ingram, Manning, Robinson, Sylla.
Yellow: Bidwell, Freeman, Lynch.

Referee: Mr D Coote
Attendance: 20,273 (3,243 away)

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Ticket News

Clement calling on loyal Royals to make the difference…

Manager hoping for good turnout as we begin the run-in

26 March 2018

A new manager – a new era. But we've got a real fight on our hands. Eight games remaining - and they'll play a critical role in defining our season.

Paul Clement begins his first full week at the helm and he’s hoping to see a good crowd at Madejski Stadium on Friday evening…

One thing I know from players and being around good teams is that players love to be supported and cheered on by their fans. I’m really hoping that starting on Friday we’ll get good numbers in, they’ll get behind the players, and give them that extra little bit of incentive to push a bit harder when things are tough, and to help us get results.

Paul Clement
Club News

📷 Gallery | Clement takes to the training pitch!

26 March 2018

We need you here.  With eight games remaining, we need every ounce of support if we’re going to finish this season strongly.

There’s no time to waste, no place for negativity.  We want Madejski Stadium to give us some home comforts again and – crucially – for three more points to add to the tally to kick off the Easter weekend.

QPR supporters will be coming in their numbers up the M4; we’ll need to match our West London rivals on and off the pitch!

Be here on Good Friday as we enter a new chapter – Adult tickets begin at just £20.  For full information about tickets – including prices and how to buy – hit the button below.

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