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Ahead of the game | Royals to battle Swans for last 16 place

Premier League side descend on Madejski Stadium in Carabao Cup

18 September 2017

Get the lowdown on all you need to know ahead of a visit from Swansea City on Tuesday night...

Reading v Swansea City
Tuesday 19th September
Carabao Cup Third Round
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

The Royals return to Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night to take on Premier League side Swansea City for a place in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup!


Gunter hopes for big turnout in Swans clash

18 September 2017

Following Saturday's hard-earned point away at Brentford, Jaap Stam's side are hoping to continue their cup run into the last 16 after victories against Gillingham and Millwall in the competition so far.

As for the Swans, a strong starting line-up comfortably dispatched League One's MK Dons 4-1 in the last round, before being drawn against the Royals at this stage.

Paul Clement's side have started the Premier League with just one win from their first five matches, but go into this Carabao Cup tie off the back of a solid performance and clean sheet against title contenders Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday evening.

With tickets available for just £10 for Adult Season Ticket holders and £12 for Adult non-Season Ticket holders, get yourselves down to Madejski Stadium for an evening of cup action! 


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Our Royals Fun Zone will be open before the match at Madejski Stadium, come down early and get the family involved in all of our usual pre-match activities! 

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Club News

🚗🚌 Important travel information for Madejski matchdays

7 September 2017


We're sorry to advise that there are no longer any on-site betting facilities at Madejski Stadium outside of Hospitality, but Championship title sponsors Sky Bet are offering odds of 13/5 for the Royals to get through to the last 16 of the competition inside 90 minutes.

The Premier League opposition are Evens to qualify in 90 minutes, with the draw at the full-time whistle priced at 5/2

As the tie has to be decided on the night, the Royals are 14/1 to win the cup tie in extra time, and are available at 12/1 to win the match on penalties.


Andy Davies will be the person in charge of proceedings on Tuesday night. The Hampshire-based official will be refereeing his second Carabao Cup game of the season, after Crystal Palace's 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town in the Second Round. 

His last Madejski match was back in March, a 0-0 draw for the Royals against eventual Championship winners Newcastle United. So far this season, Davies is averaging 3.5 yellow cards per match, and is yet to send a player off this term.

Davies will be assisted on the night by Timothy Wood and Nick Hopton, with John Brooks as fourth official on the night.


The M4 westbound was due to be closed at 10pm on Tuesday night, but at the request of the club it has been agreed that the road will remain open after the game's conclusion, inclusive of if the match goes to extra time and penalties. 

As with the Millwall fixture in the previous round, parking at Madejski Stadium for Tuesday night's match will cost £10, and parking at the Greyhound Stadium will cost £7.

There are a number of cost effective and convenient ways to get to Reading FC matches. In addition to onsite and offsite car parking, there are multiple bus routes serving Madejski Stadium and some of these include fares subsidised by the club.

Parking at Madejski Stadium is limited and comes at a premium price. We encourage supporters to explore all travel options before deciding to park onsite. For full information about the options available on standard matchdays, please click here.


Tickets for this game start from just £10 for Adult Season Ticket holders, and only £5 for Concessions! Seating will also be unreserved on the night, with the Eamonn Dolan Stand also set to be open for the match as well.

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 sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to


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

Swans end Royals' cup run

Mawson and Ayew edge Swansea into the Fourth Round

19 September 2017

Apologies, this video is unvailable.

Alfie Mawson's opener was followed by a Jordan Ayew second as Swansea did enough to earn a place in the Fourth Round at Madejski Staduium tonight as a spirited Royals performance couldn't unpick Premier League opposi

  • Swift and Obita return from injury to complete an hour of action.
  • Jaakkola saves with his legs to deny Narsingh a first half opener
  • Mawson breaks deadlock with near post connection on a corner.
  • Ayew scores second after referee dispossesses Royals in midfield

John Swift returned from injury to start while Jordan Obita also earned his place in the first eleven names on the teamsheet as one of nine changes made by Royals boss Jaap Stam. The Swans also made changes but named Wilfied Bony and Renato Sanches in a very strong starting line-up.

The home side began the brighter and twice opened Swansea up in the opening five minutes. Evans' ball over the top found a speeding Adrian Popa who got a touch before the onrushing Nordfeldt to round the Swans stopper. The angle was too narrow for the Romanian to try to angle a shot at the open goal and in laying it off the Swift, the midfielder's low centre was met by a swinging Swansea leg.

Moments later, Roy Beerens produced a lovely touch to turn inside from the left, but he arced an effort harnmlessly over from 25 yards out. And Popa was causing problems on the right, crossing early and dangerously into the middle but just in front of Clement arriving in the box alongside a Swans defender.

Twelve minutes on the clock and Swift's throughball was threaded into the feet of Popa who brilliantly turned Mawson to open up the space to shoot. But he hurried his effort at goal and swept the ball over the bar with his left foot from the edge of the Swans box.

Nordfeldt had his palms stung at the end of a lovely flowing move that was started by Gunter who brilliantly beat his man down the right to deliver a low pass to the edge of the area. A nice exchange between Clement and Swift allowed the latter to shoot left-footed, but it was straight at the Swansea keeper.

The Premier League side began to assert more authority as the half wore on and Wayne Routledge was almost through one on one with Jaakkola only for the referee to pull play back for a tug on Moore's shirt that had allowed him to get in behind.

And City had the ball in the back of the net through Luciano Narsingh moments later, but again the Swansea celebrations were cut short by a flag awarding the home side a free kick for a push on Obita in the build up.

Paul Clement's men were getting closer to a breakthrough and it took a very good save from the legs of Jaakkola to deny Narsingh whose piercing run found a pass that dissected the Reading defence.

At the other end, Bacuna found Clement in space down the left and the Dutchman edged into the box and crossed to the near post where Mawson met it first to concede the corner. Bacuna himself won a corner soon after which was delivered deep to Beerens, and he arrowed a sweetly struck effort inches over the bar.

Half time | Reading 0-0 Swansea City

Reading began the second half as they had the first, in the ascendancy. But the first good opportunity of the second period came when Bony dispossessed Ilori at the back and raced into the Royals box only to be denied by a timely Moore block.

The Swans had the lead moments later though, A corner from the right was delivered into the box where Alfie Mawson met it and directed it through a crowd and into the back of the Reading net from eight yards out.

And the pace of Ilori was needed to prevent Routledge adding a second, the pacy winger breaking at pace and scuttling into the Reading area only for the Royals centre half to muscle him off the ball before he could take aim.

Reading kept pressing for a route back into the game and were bossing possession as the Swans sat back seemingly happy to protect their slender lead. Gunter crossed just too high for Beerens, before Beerens nearly dinked a cross onto the head of Clement only for Mawson to nod it off the Dutch forward's forehead.

Kelly fizzed a tantalising low cross into the Swansea box and across the six yard box without a Royals body getting a touch as we entered the final 20 minutes of the tie.

But Bony could have made it 2-0 when Ayew drilled a low shot at goal from the right, Jaakkola got a fingertip to it but Bony followed it in and bundled it wide without knowing too much about it.

Still Reading patiently looked for an opening and Kelly crossed from the byline once again, but it floated agonisingly across the Swans box once more.

But the tie was killed off by by substitute Ayew in farcical circumstances. A simple pass from Evans struck referee Andy Davies in the centre circle, handed the possession back to Swansea who broke at pace through Ayew. He made no mistake, slotting wide of Jaakkola's dive and inside the bottom right corner for 2-0.

The home fans aggrieved at the nature of the second goal, but the players kept trying to find a goal, Bacuna swerving a 25-yard effort just wide with five minutes left.

Nordfeldt gathered in a Blackett header underneath his crossbar and saved a curling Clement effort in injury time, before catching a last gasp Beerens effort from distance. But it will be Swansea City who progress in the cup competition.

Full time | Reading 0-2 Swansea City

Reading: Jaakkola, Gunter (c), Moore, Ilori, Obita (Blackett 62), Bacuna, Swift (Kelly 54), Evans, Beerens, Popa (Bodvarsson 74), Clement.
Subs: Legg, Van den Berg, Rinomhota, Smith.
Yellow: Bacuna

Swansea City: Nordfeldt, Rangel (c), Mesa, Olsson, Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Routledge (Ayew 62), Fer, Sanches, Narsingh (Fernandez 70), Bony (Abraham 82).
Subs: Mulder, Naughton, Britton, Fulton.
Yellow: Fer, Olsson
Goals: Mawson 52, Ayew 82

Att: 8,729 (968 away)

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Ticket News

Adult tickets from £10 against Premier League opposition…

Lend your support against Swansea City

18 September 2017

On Tuesday evening, we play host to Premier League opposition for the first time in over 18 months – Swansea City come to RG2 in the third round of the Carabao Cup!

And we’re still committed to affordable football against top tier opponents – so come and get behind your team from your town, and play your part as we look to earn a spot in the fourth round.

Season Ticket holding Adults can get advance tickets for this game against the top-tier Swans for just £10, while it’s £12 for non-Season Ticket holders.  Adult prices rise to £15 from 5pm on matchday for all.

There are also concession prices available in advance – it’s just £5 for ST-holding supporters aged 65 & Over and 18-24 (£7 non-ST holders) and £3 for ST holders ages 17 & Under (£5 non-ST holders).

So what’s stopping you from getting behind the boys as we take on our opponents from South Wales under the floodlights in midweek?!

There are few things more satisfying than upsetting a side from a higher division… who could forget that terrific night against West Brom a couple of years ago in the FA Cup?

We want another strong crowd, another great atmosphere… and ultimately a place in the next stage!

So click the button below, join the crowd for Tuesday night, and get behind your team.

Supporters are reminded that all tickets for this fixture are in unreserved seating in the East and Lower West Stands, as well as the Gate 5 side of the Eamonn Dolan Stand.

Also we strongly urge all supporters to arrive as early as possible for the game as there will be bag checks upon entry to the ground, and because it is a cup fixture there will be more collections at the Ticket Office than a usual league game.

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