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Ahead of the game | Boro back in town for Christmas

Getting ready for a festive clash against Play-Off hopefuls

21 December 2018

The Championship season will reach the halfway mark on Saturday, with Christmas just around the corner.

Club News

'The Royal' scoops runner-up prize in Championship Programme of the Year!

21 December 2018

Reading vs Middlesbrough
Saturday 22nd December
3pm kick-off
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

Saturday's match against Middlesbrough will be the first of four games in 11 days for the Royals, and they will be hoping to get the festive period started with victory in front of the Madejski Stadium faithful.

After a win was denied late on against Rotherham, Scott Marshall will be leading the side into Saturday as he continues his caretaker manager role, in the hope of taking all three points against Tony Pulis' side - who currently occupy a place in the Championship's top six.

A number of senior players got match minutes in midweek as our Under-23s progressed into the Quarter-Finals of the Premier League International Cup. Dave Edwards, Omar Richards and Jón Daði Böðvarsson all stepped up their respective injury recoveries, while Vito Mannone and David Meyler kept themselves match fit with 90 minutes under their belts.

Marshall confirmed that John O'Shea has been back in training this week, with the centre-back hoping to be fit for action this weekend.

Make sure you take a look across our website to see what we have on offer at Madejski Stadium this weekend, with plenty happening around the ground as we celebrate Christmas this weekend!  

What's on

We have an abundance of activities going on at Madejski Stadium this weekend as we celebrate Christmas in RG2, from our owners' raffle to special Hospitality menus, to our Royal Bus and plenty more.

Click here for full information on what's happening all around the ground on the day!


Adult tickets start from only £20 at Madejski Stadium for Members, so make sure you're here to back the boys on Saturday! 

Don't forget to take advantage of our Mates Rates offer for this match, whereby Season Ticket holders can bring a friend for only £10 - but make sure you get your tickets in advance, this offer closes three hours before kick-off.

For full pricing information and how to buy, click the button below.


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.

Pre-match chat

Follow it Live!

If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium, 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 be available for fans who cannot make it to the game in the UK or around the world. You can take a look at our iFollow page and see how you can stay tuned for this match.


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 | Friend fires Boro to win against Royals

Defender strikes for visitors to defeat Reading

22 December 2018

George Friend struck for Middlesbrough in the second half at Madejski Stadium on Saturday, condemning Reading to a 1-0 defeat as we reach the halfway stage of the Championship season.

There wasn't a great deal between the teams for the majority of the match, but Friend's solitary strike deep in the second half gave Boro the victory on the day.

Caretaker boss, Scott Marshall handed a full senior debut to Gabriel Osho on Saturday - making him the 49th player to graduate from the Reading Academy. Omar Richards also returned, with four Academy products named in the starting line-up for the Royals.

Reading started at pace, with Danny Loader and Josh Sims putting in some neat interplay in the attacking third before Loader fed Sam Baldock in on goal. The Royals striker powered towards the bottom corner, but an outstretched leg from Darren Randolph denied him.

Boro grew into the game quite quickly, though, with the Play-Off chasers soon taking control of possession and looking to bypass the Reading midfield as often as they could with a direct approach.

A high header in the Reading defensive third allowed Boro to advance and loop over the top for Britt Assombalonga. He beat the offside trap and bore down on goal, but debutant Osho harried him all the way and put in a vital block.

The visitors had the ball in the net after a free-kick was bent into the box for Ryan Shotton to head in - but the centre-back was flagged offside and parity was maintained.

Reading continued to press on themselves, putting plenty of pressure on Boro around the half-hour mark, Tony Pulis' men found it difficult to get out of their own half at times, with the Royals picking off every loose ball, with the only thing eluding them being a goal.

Richards miscontrolled on the edge of the Boro box but the ball still made its way to Loader, whose effort bounced through the crowd but Randolph was able to hold on.

Boro were forced into an early change when Shotton withdrew injured towards the end of the first half. Paddy McNair, who scored from all of 30 yards at Madejski Stadium last season for Sunderland, was on in his place.

A Reading free-kick was taken short to Richards, who jinked his way left and shot through the crowd of players, forcing Randolph into a smart save down to his left. Baldock then picked up a pass in midfield and drove on at goal, his shot was deflected and made Randolph backpedal into an uncomfortable catch.

The Royals continued their pressure by playing around the edge of the box, with the ball finding its way to Andy Yiadom - but the full-back could only guide his first-time strike off target.

Despite Boro having a goal ruled out, a Reading starting line-up with an average age of 24 will have counted themselves unlucky to have not led into the interval.

Half-time | Reading 0-0 Middlesbrough

The early second-half sparring between the teams didn't yield many chances in the opening minutes of the second period, but the game was finely balanced nonetheless in RG2. 

Boro boast the best defensive record in the division, having only conceded 14 times in the 22 matches prior to Saturday's match. And when Loader slid through to Baldock once more, Aden Flint was able to track him all the way and intervene at the crucial moment to clear his lines.

Bacuna, pulling the strings in midfield alongside Andy Rinomhota, was able to swing in a corner to the near post onto the head of Josh Sims, but he could only divert over the bar.

A flurry of substitutions from the teams saw John Swift come on in place of Loader for the Royals, while Boro made a double change of their own, bringing on Jordan Hugill and Lewis Wing to try and turn the tide in their favour.

Reading had strong appeals of a penalty waved away by the referee, after a half-volley from Bacuna appeared to strike the arm of Daniel Ayala, but play carried on at Madejski Stadium.

Up the other end, substitute Wing acted instinctively to shoot from 25 yards out when offered half-a-yard of space. He struck it sweetly, with Jaakkola having to be on guard to punch clear.

But the breakthrough came with 13 minutes left, against the run of play. An overhit Boro cross bounced out to Jonny Howson on the right wing. He cut inside to McNair, taking two Royals out of commission and allowing McNair to cross for George Friend to fire into the open goal from eight yards.

Garath McCleary was soon introduced for the Royals with eight minutes remaining to try and salvage a point against the promotion chasers, with Jón Daði Böðvarsson also making a return to first-team action at Madejski Stadium.

But it was Boro who looked more likely to add a second, Friend latching on to a corner and rattling the crossbar before Reading could clear. The Royals broke quickly to the Boro box, with McCleary's strike from 18 yards ricocheting off a visiting shirt and prompting another big shout for handball from the Reading players - emphatically waved away by the referee.

Five minutes were added for Reading to try and force their way back level. Barrow and Bacuna played it between each other on the left, before the stand-in skipper powered a strike well clear of Randolph's crossbar.

Reading forced a corner, which was half-cleared and lofted back in to the path of Tyler Blackett deep in stoppage time, but the defender couldn't keep his shot down and the Royals were defeated by the visitors on the day.

Full-time | Reading 0-1 Middlesbrough

Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Richards (Böðvarsson 85), Blackett, Osho, Bacuna (c), Rinomhota, Sims (McCleary 82), Barrow, Loader (Swift 70), Baldock.
Unused subs: Mannone, O'Shea, Edwards, McNulty.
Yellow: Rinomhota, Blackett

 Randolph, Friend, Shotton (McNair 38), Ayala, Flint, Saville, Besic (Wing 66), Clayton, Howson, Fry, Assombalonga (Hugill 67).
Unused subs: Lonergan, Batth, Braithwaite, Tavernier.
Yellow: Besic
Goals: Friend 77

Referee: Mr S Martin
Attendance: 14,943 (1,233 away)

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Ticket News

Take up Xmas Mates Rates for Boro!

Don’t miss out on a terrific deal…

11 December 2018

The big Christmas fixture is almost upon us – and Season Ticket holders can spread the festive spirit by taking advantage of our ‘Mates Rates’ offer when we meet Middlesbrough!

Boro make the long journey to RG2 on Saturday 22nd December, and any of our Season Ticket holders can grab a ticket for up to two friends or family members for just £10 Adults / £5 Concessions.

It’s a terrific Christmas treat – and a chance to get out of that last-minute Christmas crush in town! – so take advantage of these amazing rates ahead of the game.

Royals who are exiled all over the country will be heading back to Berkshire for Christmas and taking in the game as part of their yuletide traditions… make sure you’re here too!

Just click the banner below for full information about the fixture, including how to buy…

Terms and conditions

  • Each Season Ticket holder can buy up to two tickets for friends and family members
  • If a Season Ticket Holder wishes to move their seat, this must be done at the same time
  • The offer is also available online, except for seat moves and in Club 1871 (South Stand)  Membership is required in Club 1871 and therefore must be arranged via the Ticket Office directly by visiting in person or ringing 0118 968 1313
  • In order for the correct price to be applied online, the tickets need to be in the Season Ticket holder's name. If you would like the tickets to be on a supporter's Member Card, please phone the Ticket Office by ringing 0118 968 1313
  • The offer is available up to 3 hours before kick-off, after which matchday prices will apply for all supporters
  • Not available in conjunction with any other offer.  Please note all fixtures are subject to change. Standard match ticket terms and conditions apply.

Ticket Prices

Reading FC Sky Bet Championship Tickets 2018/19

The Eamonn Dolan Stand - Family Area
(at least 1 child per transaction)

Non-member & matchday price Christmas Mates Rates*
Adult £18 £23 £10
65 & Over £13 £16 £5
18-24 £10 £13 £5
17 & Under £5 £8 £5
12 & Under £2 £5 £5
The Eamonn Dolan Stand Member Non-member & matchday price Christmas Mates Rates*
Adult £20 £25 £10
65 & Over £13 £16 £5
18-24 £10 £13 £5
17 & Under £5 £8 £5
12 & Under £4 £7 £5
Lower West & East Stands Member Non-member & matchday price Christmas Mates Rates*
Adult £23 £28 £10
65 & Over £15 £18 £5
18-24 £10 £13 £5
17 & Under £7 £10 £5
12 & Under £5 £8 £5
Upper West Stand Member Non-member & matchday price Christmas Mates Rates*
Adult £30 £35 £10
65 & Over £20 £23 £5
18-24 £17 £20 £5
17 & Under £14 £17 £5
12 & Under £12 £13 £5
Club 1871 (South Stand - unreserved)
Member  Matchday price (Members only) Christmas Mates Rates*
Adult £20 £25 £10
65 & Over £13 £16 £5
18-24 £10 £13 £5
17 & Under £5 £8 £5

*For more information about Christmas Mates Rates, scroll to the top of this page.

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