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Ahead of the game | Blades battle Royals in RG2

Sky cameras in town for Sheffield United visit

7 December 2018

Reading get back onto the turf at Madejski Stadium this weekend, with Chris Wilder's high flyers the visitors.

Ticket News

Rally round the Royals this Saturday!

6 December 2018

Reading vs Sheffield United
Saturday 8th December
5.30pm kick-off
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

There will be several familiar faces heading to Madejski Stadium this weekend, with former Royals, Ollie Norwood and Billy Sharp set to line up for the Blades. Marc McNulty, fresh from his first Royals goal, could be in the line-up to face his former side this weekend.

Two brothers will be on the pitch, too, with Sam Baldock's younger brother, George, fit to feature for the Blades under the lights in RG2.

The Baldock brothers have played twice before - with Sam at Bristol City and George at MK Dons at the time. In two matches, Sam scored four times - so a repeat on Saturday would be very welcome!

Under-23s manager Scott Marshall has taken training for the Royals alongside Nigel Gibbs on Thursday and Friday, with the Scotsman currently overseeing a 14-match unbeaten run for our youngsters. He's set to take caretaker charge of the senior squad after the match.

Chris Wilder's Blades, meanwhile, sit in the Play-Off places as the Championship table stands - six points off leaders, Norwich City.

Following a late defeat against Leeds last weekend, they will be hoping to bounce back with a strong showing against the Royals.

Off the pitch, there's lots to enjoy for our younger fans at Madejski Stadium this weekend, with the Fun Zone having turned festive for Christmas and young Royals are invited to write a letter to Father Christmas in the Megastore on Saturday evening.

We'd love to see as many loyal Royals as possiblebacking the boys against the Blades, with three crucial Championship points to play for!


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

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.

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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. Please note, with this match being televised in the UK, only audio commentary will be available via iFollow on this occasion.


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 | Quickfire Blades double defeats Royals

Reading beaten by late strikes from promotion chasers

8 December 2018

Two late goals from promotion-chasing Sheffield United left Reading beaten at Madejski Stadium on Saturday evening.

Substitute and former Royal, Billy Sharp, struck from close range six minutes from time, before a Jack O'Connell header took a heavy deflection from Sam Baldock on its way in two minutes later.

It was a defeat that was perhaps harsh on the Royals, who had been more than a match for their high-flying opponents for most of the game.

Caretaker boss Scott Marshall named a side with one change from the previous weekend's match against Stoke, with Josh Sims replacing John Swift.

On a clear but chilly night at Madejski Stadium, the Royals started brightly. An Andy Yiadom cross was headed away and into the path of an unlikely source of strikes in Chris Gunter. He controlled and fired from 25 yards, but his shot cleared the bar comfortably.

It was a lively start from both sides in RG2 - but former Royal, Ollie Norwood, stood over a dangerous free-kick after being brought down by Andy Rinomhota on the edge of the box. No trouble for Anssi Jaakkola on this occasion, though, floating safely into the Eamonn Dolan Stand behind.

Reading breathed a sigh of relief soon after, with a corner headed towards goal by John Egan flicking on for Conor Washington to nod in - but the striker's intervention prompted the flag to go up for offside and the scores remained level.

A loose ball in midfield then saw Norwood able to pick a pass over the top of the Royals' defence, with David McGoldrick giving chase. He beat Tiago Ilori to it, tried to chip Jaakkola but his effort limply made its way to the big Finn between the posts. Reading were riding a wave of pressure from the visitors.

But Reading had a chance of their own after Danny Loader was brought down by Norwood. Bacuna swung a free-kick to the near post, that Enda Stevens had to be alert to clear.

The heavens opened and the Royals grew into proceedings midway through the first period, seeing plenty of the ball and looking to be the aggressors in a stalemate in RG2.

Up the other end, the Blades broke - somewhat against the run of play at that point - and had the ball in the net again after George Baldock's low cross was turned in by McGoldrick. However, the assistant's flag was raised once again.

Time ticked on towards the interval but the Royals kept going for an opener. A quick midfield passing move saw Bacuna play to Sims 20 yards out. The space opened up for him to have a go, but he couldn't direct his strike on target with Dean Henderson untroubled.

Neither side was able to break the deadlock before the interval. 

Half-time | Reading 0-0 Sheffield United

The visitors started the second period on the front foot, with McGoldrick getting played in on goal - striking low but Jaakkola was able to parry around the post. The resulting corner came in and was headed goalward, but Gunter's crucial intervention on the line prevented the opener.

Chris Wilder's side pushed on with more of the pressure going forward, but the Royals stood firm to deny their openings at goal.

Baldock the younger cut inside for the Blades to play to Fleck in space outside the box. He took a pot-shot at goal and Jaakkola watched it over the bar to safety for Reading.

It wasn't long before Sam Baldock and Mo Barrow were introduced for the Royals, with Scott Marshall looking to break through a Blades defence that had been seldom tested up to the hour mark. Meanwhile, the ever-dangerous Billy Sharp - who already has 11 goals to his name this season - was introduced for the Blades.

Jaakkola's gloves were soon tested again with George Baldock crossing in for McGoldrick to head down, but the Finn was behind the ball and gathered comfortably.

Travelling Blades fans were up and celebrating when they thought they had taken the lead through a bullet diving header from substitute Sharp - but it only grazed the side netting on the wrong side of the post from the visitors' point of view.

The clock carried on towards the final 10 minutes of action at Madejski Stadium, with the promotion-chasing visitors looking the more likely to get the opener late on in the game.

A Fleck free-kick was powerfully punched away by Jaakkola, before young Loader threw himself in the way of the rebound in a bullish defensive display from the Royals.

Eventually, the Royals' resistance was broken. A cross from the right touchline from Basham was deflected through the area with Sharp there to pick up the pieces and poke the Blades in front from five yards. It was a cruel blow on Reading, who had defended resolutely up to that point.

With the Royals still looking to set themselves after going behind, the Blades quickly doubled their advantage.

A cross from Fleck from a corner was headed at goal by centre-back Jack O'Connell, it took a wicked deflection off Sam Baldock on its way in and is likely to be listed as an own goal against the Royals striker.

Full-time | Reading 0-2 Sheffield United

Reading: Jaakkola, Gunter, Yiadom, Ilori, Blackett, Bacuna (c), Rinomhota, Sims (Barrow 64), McCleary (Aluko 86), McNulty (S Baldock 64), Loader.
Unused subs: Mannone, Swift, Kelly, McIntyre.
Yellow: Loader

Sheffield United: Henderson, G Baldock, Stevens, O'Connell, Basham, Fleck, Lundstram (Duffy HT), Egan, Norwood, McGoldrick, Washington (Sharp 60).
Unused subs: Moore, Coutts, Stearman, Johnson, Cranie.
Yellow: Fleck
Goal: Sharp 84, Baldock OG 86

Referee: Mr J Linington
Attendance: 12,066 (1,066 away)

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Ticket News

Rally round the Royals this Saturday!

Lend your support for the evening kick-off

6 December 2018

Some things change in football, but others stay the same. And one constant for our club is the importance of your support.

Club News

Scott Marshall taking first-team training

6 December 2018

As we head deep into the winter months, we have important times ahead this season.  Many matches to play and points to be won. 

And none sooner that this Saturday’s home game against Sheffield United…

So let’s start as we mean to go on.  An unashamedly partisan home atmosphere, backing the boys through every minute of the match, giving the Royals the best chance of being three points better off at the final whistle.

It’s a 5.30pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on other networks around the globe.  The world will have their eyes on Madejski Stadium as we take on the Blades under the floodlights in RG2.

So make sure you’re part of the crowd and playing your part.

Tickets begin at just £20 for Adults, £13 for 65 & Over, £10 for ages 18-24, £5 for 17 & Under and £4 for 12 & Under.

For full ticket information for this fixture, click the banner below!

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