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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Royals ready for Rams

Season opener is just around the corner

2 August 2018

The waiting is almost over. The Championship season is finally upon us...


Clement assesses squad fitness ahead of season opener

2 August 2018

Reading vs Derby County
Friday 3rd August
8pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium

All the talk of pre-season and getting prepared for the new campaign can now finish. On Friday at 8pm in RG2, the first competitive ball of the EFL season will be kicked - and it all starts to matter again.

With six weeks of training and friendlies under their belts, the Royals will now face Derby County for the first available points of the season.

For opposing manager Frank Lampard, it will be his first ever competitive match in charge of the club he took over in the summer.

He will be against a familiar face in Paul Clement, with the Reading manager having coached him while the pair were at Chelsea.

The last three matches between the teams have produced 17 goals between them (nine for Reading, eight for Derby) - and the Sky Sports cameras will be in town as the new Championship season gets underway.

There's a good chance several of our new signings will be making competitive debuts for the Royals, including latest signing Sam Baldock - who hopes to be involved after arriving from Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday.

Clement confirmed that John O'Shea, Anssi Jaakkola, Chris Gunter and Dave Edwards are all injury absentees for Friday's game, with Tyler Blackett serving a suspension carried over from last season.

With all the pre-season excitement boiling down into what really matters on Friday night, make sure you're here to back the boys and make some noise in the 2018-19 season!


Tickets are available on the day at the Madejski Stadium, and Season Ticket holders can take advantage of Midweek Mates Rates to bring a friend along!

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.

For full pricing information and seating arrangements for this fixture, click the button below.

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Fixture News

Start the season in style!

1 August 2018

All of our usual travel options are available for this match, with Park & Ride, matchday bus services and stadium parking all available.

To see a full list of travel options, click here.

Please note, there have been a number of changes to Stagecoach bus timetables for the upcoming season, click here to see the updated timetable which will be in use for Friday's game.


Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, make the visitors 13/10 favourites for the win on Friday night, with the Royals priced at 21/10 for all three points. The draw is available at 9/4.

There have been several Price Boosts on the odds for Friday's game, including Jón Daði Böðvarsson to score first and the Royals to win priced at 13/2 - boosted from 9/2.

Also, Mo Barrow to be the first goalscorer has been boosted to 9/1.

Follow it Live!

If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium on Friday night, we've got you covered!

- Keep up with minute-by-minute action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.

- We'll have you covered on our Reading FC social media channels - on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

- iFollow will also have audio coverage available to UK and international subscribers - Please note that iFollow will not have video coverage of this match, as it is being broadcast live on Sky Sports.


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

Report | Cruel end to season opener

Royals robbed of points as Derby steal victory with last touch of the game

3 August 2018

The Royals were robbed of anything from an opening encounter they bossed, thanks to Tom Lawrence's last second header that won it for Frank Lampard's Rams.

  • Carson saves from Kelly and Ilori at the end of a first half Reading bossed
  • Bodvarsson header deservedly hands dominant Royals the lead
  • Mason Mount beats Mannone with a strike from range to level
  • Mannone makes good parried save to deny Wilson late on
  • Lawrence glances home with a superb header to win it in the 94th minute

There were league debuts for Andy Yiadom and David Meyler announced when teamsheets were exchanged, while Frank Lampard named former Royal Alex Pearce on his bench.

The opening opportunity of the EFL season fell Reading's way. David Meyler won the ball in midfield and John Swift released Mo Barrow down the left. His low cross into the near post was hacked clear at the second attempt before a lurking Royals body in the box could get a touch.

With six minutes on the clock, the Royals made another good interception as Derby tried to pass it out from the back. Swift this time the recipient and he slid the ball into the stride of Bodvarsson, but Carson was off his line quickly to charge down the Icelander's toed effort.

Reading again pressed soon after. Barrow broke down the left and his deflected cross was cleared only as far as Bodvarsson. He lined up a shot but it was straight down Carson's throat from the edge of the area.

The Rams had their first sighter of goal with ten minutes played, Tom Lawrence latching onto a clearing Ilori header to lash a shot at goal from 25 yards out, but it took a deflection off a Reading body and fizzed harmlessly wide of the goal for a corner.

The Royals were looking the more comfortable though and Bodvarsson intercepted a pass out from the back to scurry towards the edge of the Derby area. Swift joined him in attack, but the key pass was just too strong for Swift to collect and subsequently bear down on Carson's goal.

Midway through the half, Barrow beat Wisdom for pace and won a free kick on the left. Kelly delivered a threatening inswinging set piece which Carson had to punch off the forehead of Bodvarsson who flung his body at the ball in vain.

Barrow made more progress down the left but his cross was just too deep for Swift's flying right boot which failed to connect and the game remained goalless.

Carson was forced into a fine low save to his left to keep out a drilled effort from Liam Kelly as half-time approached.

Then Carson was down well to his right to smother a Tiago Ilori header from the subsequent corner. And there was still time for Aluko to bend a left-footed shot just wide of the top left corner. The Royals were much the better side but the teams went into the dressing room level.

Half-time: Reading 0-0 Derby County

Early in the second half, the Rams had the ball in the back of the net, but Nugent's header was ruled out by the linesman; the Derby striker had connected with a deflected cross that had looped kindly to him in the centre of the box and his downward header beat Mannone's dive only for celebrations to be cut short.

Seven minutes into the second half and Paul Clement's Royals had the goal they deserved. A nice passing move saw the hosts move the ball to the left where Barrow delivered a superb first time cross for Bodvarsson to head home - the Icelander rising above his marker to direct a perfect downward header into the bottom left corner.

A timely tackle from Paul McShane stopped Wilson in his tracks, the ball ricocheting off Ledley and into the arms of Mannone as Derby looked to respond immediately.

And Frank Lampard's men were level on the hour. Mason Mount took aim from 22 yards out and struck a sweet effort at goal. Mannone got down to his left but couldn't turn the rasping effort around his post.

Mount nearly got into a shooting position moments later but couldn't control a clever cross into his run into the box, the ball skidding behind for a goal kick.

Sam Baldock was introduced after 66 minutes, the striker making his Royals debut in what was now a finely poised opening game of the Championship season. And Meite followed soon after as he replaced Bodvarsson.

With little more than five minutes left, Mannone made an excellent parried save to deny Wilson the winner as he directed a deep cross that had flashed across the face of goal back on target.

And both teams were looking for the win as it ticked over into the final minute of the ninety - Barrow's low cross was behind everyone and Derby cleared, before Yiadom drove a 30 yard effort harmlessly over the crossbar.

At the start of four minutes of injury time, Bryson hooked an effort over the bar from the edge of the box.

But with the last touch of the game, Derby nicked the win. A superb cross under pressure from the right wing was met by the glancing head of Lawrence who brilliantly picked out the top corner.

A result that is so harsh on a Reading side who performed well throughout and deserved at very least a point. 

Full-time: Reading 1-2 Derby County

Reading: Mannone, Yiadom, Richards, McShane (c), Ilori, Meyler (Bacuna 85), Kelly, Swift (Baldock 67), Aluko, Barrow, Böðvarsson (Meite 75).
Subs: Walker, O'Shea, Clement, McNulty.
Yellow: Meyler, Kelly, Meite
Goals: Bodvarsson 53

Derby County: Carson, Wisdom, Bryson, Davies, Keogh, Ledley (Johnson 69), Wilson, Mount, Lawrence (Pearce 94), Lowe, Nugent (Bennett 73).
Subs: Roos, Jozefzoon, Thomas, Bogle.
Yellow: Wisdom, Bryson, Lowe.
Goals: Mount 60

Att: 16,923 (1,947 away)

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Ticket News

For the best value, get yourself a Season Ticket!

Still time to secure your seat for the 2018-19 campaign

2 August 2018

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If you want to back the boys over the course of the season, the best value will always be with a Reading FC Season Ticket!

Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Royals ready for Rams

2 August 2018

The very best deal over the course of the campaign is with a Season Ticket. Always has been, always will be - even with the specific match promotions that we run throughout the course of the season.

With just hours until the new season gets underway - there's still time for you and your family to be here and back the boys all season long!

While we all know that last season didn't live up to our expectations, the Royals need your vocal and continued support as we tackle another term in the Sky Bet Championship.

We offer some of the most competitive prices in the whole division, especially for young fans!

Take a look at the table below and check out which option is right for you...

To contact our Ticket Office, simply call 0118 968 1313 for further information.

Please note, all Season Tickets bought at this stage would be registered under the 'New Season Ticket' price bracket.

Reading FC Season Tickets 2018/19
The Eamonn Dolan Stand - Family Area Season Ticket
Per game
Adult £325 £14.13
65 & Over £235 £10.22
18-24 £145 £6.30
17 & Under £59 £2.57
12 & Under £23 £1
7 & Under* Free with non-child ST
The Eamonn Dolan Stand New Season Ticket
Per game
Adult £345 £15
65 & Over £235 £10.22
18-24 £145 £6.30
17 & Under £89 £3.87
12 & Under £49 £2.13
7 & Under* Free with non-child ST
Lower West & East Stands New Season Ticket
Per game
Adult £395 £17.17
65 & Over £250 £10.87
18-24 £145 £6.30
17 & Under £99 £4.30
12 & Under £59 £2.57
7 & Under* Free with non-child ST
Upper West Stand New Season Ticket
Per game
Adult £495 £21.52
65 & Over £305 £13.26
18-24 £175 £7.61
17 & Under £135 £5.87
12 & Under £89 £3.87
7 & Under* Free with non-child ST
Club 1871 (South Stand)
New Season Ticket
Per game
Adult £345 £15
65 & Over £235 £10.22
18-24 £145 £6.30
17 & Under £89 £3.87

* 7 & Under Season Tickets are not available online and need to be claimed at the time of purchasing a full priced non-child Season Ticket (one per person). We also only have a limited number available and may withdraw the offer at any time.

The child needs to be a minimum of 4 years old based on the age they are on 1st August 2018 to claim their own seat, however Under-5s are entitled to be carried through the turnstiles if they then sit on the parents/guardian’s lap during the match.

Season Tickets for supporters 7 & Under are intended to be used on a regular basis by the named holder and the Club reserves the right to suspend the Season Ticket if not used in this way.

† For full information about Club 1871, the fan-led initiative in the South Stand, click here.

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