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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | New Year starts with Swans visit

All you need to know as Swansea head to RG2

31 December 2018

New year, new start for the Royals as we get 2019 underway on our home turf...


José | "We recover, share ideas and prepare"

31 December 2018

Reading vs Swansea City
Tuesday 1st January
3pm kick-off
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

We start the new year with our new manager's first home match in charge of the Royals, with José Gomes set to walk out to the Madejski Stadium dugout as Reading boss for the first time.

Reading take on a Swansea City side tucked away in mid-table, without a win in their last three and out to try and push themselves back up towards the top six.

After a bumper away following at Loftus Road on Saturday, we would love to see as many of you here as possible to welcome our new management team to Madejski Stadium on New Year's Day!

The Royals head into this match off the back of a hard-earned clean sheet and a point against Play-Off chasers, Queens Park Rangers. With a glamour FA Cup tie away at Manchester United to look forward to this weekend, it's still business as usual with three vital Championship points on offer.

For those of you in attendance prior to the match, our usual pre-match activities are on offer in the Fun Zone - where Under-23 stars Jack Nolan and Akinwale Odimayo will be appearing before kick-off.

We recommend arriving in plenty of time for our match on Tuesday, with a large crowd anticipated for the New Year's Day fixture.

The Royals will be aiming to build on a much-improved performance at Loftus Road back home, and we'll need your support all the way!


What's on

The January Sale will be starting in our Megastore - whereby you can get 50% off on selected retail!

Head in store on matchday to check out the very latest offers in our Megastore.


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

We're anticipating a large crowd for Tuesday's game, so if you're buying your ticket on the day at Madejski Stadium, we recommend arriving at least an hour before kick-off to ensure a shorter queueing time.

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



Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, price the Royals at 2/1 for victory on Tuesday, with the visitors 13/10 favourites for the win at Madejski Stadium. The draw is available at 12/5.

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 | Clinical Swans despatch Royals

Swansea run out clear winners at Madejski Stadium

1 January 2019

Clinical finishing from Swansea City saw them put four past the Royals on New Year's Day.

Oli McBurnie's brace was supplemented by strikes from Mike van der Hoorn and Connor Roberts as the Swans ran out comfortable winners at Madejski Stadium.

Callum Harriott came off the bench and notched what was to be a late consolation on a tough afternoon from a Reading point of view.

The Royals played with an unchanged line-up following a clean sheet at QPR at the weekend - with Harriott back among the substitutes and hoping to make his first senior appearance for two years.

But with only 100 seconds on the clock at Madejski Stadium, Swansea had the lead. A deep cross from the right by Kyle Naughton was met by McBurnie 12 yards out, who guided a header into the bottom corner to immediately put Reading on the back foot.

Reading almost responded quickly after Mo Barrow was brought down cynically 30 yards out. John Swift eyed up the free-kick, striking over the wall towards the bottom corner - with Erwin Mulder forced into a flying save to his right to parry.

Sone Aluko did well to turn away from his marker on the right wing, setting himself on a forward run into shooting range 20 yards out. He put his foot through it, but travelled wide of the upright as the Royals looked for a quick equaliser.

The similarity in playing styles from both teams saw plenty of build-up from the back in the early stages, but the lively Barrow drew another foul on the right of the Swansea area. Swift hung up a free-kick for Yakou Méïté to head - but he couldn't direct it goalwards and it looped over the bar.

Unfortunately for the Royals, Swansea would double their advantage on the half-hour mark. A chipped ball into the area was nodded on by skipper Leroy Fer, McBurnie missed the header, Jaakkola could only parry into the path of Connor Roberts six yards out, who duly tapped in to give Swansea their second.

Up the other end, the referee had to consult goal-line technology as Reading looked to pull one back. Having played around the Swansea area, Swift almost caught Mulder out with a lobbed effort. The goalkeeper tracked back, caught it on the line and was a matter of inches away from getting Reading back into the game.

Instead of a Reading reply, Swansea were to score their third before the interval. A low free-kick towards the far post from Matt Grimes saw Mike van der Hoorn run onto the loose ball and tuck in from close range to cap a difficult half for the Royals. 

Half-time | Reading 0-3 Swansea City

Swansea started the second half gunning for a fourth, and it took a last-ditch block from Omar Richards to stop McBurnie in space. A throw-in came in after O'Shea's clearance from Richards' block, but Dyer was brought down in the area and the referee didn't hesitate in pointing straight to the spot.

McBurnie stepped up, sent Jaakkola the wrong way and notched his fourth goal against the Royals this season, across both fixtures.

Reading tried everything to get on the board in RG2, with a chipped cross from McCleary finding Méïté, he nodded into the ground and Mulder was able to gather comfortably.

The Swans were taking their time on the ball while holding a healthy advantage at Madejski Stadium, with Jón Daði Böðvarsson and Danny Loader both introduced to try and aid Reading's attacking efforts in the final half hour.

Reading had the Swans penned into their half as the visitors looked content to sit behind the ball. Swift picked it up on the edge of the box and curled an effort just wide of the far post.

One positive of the day was seeing the introduction of Harriott with 15 minutes remaining, marking a long recovery from injury that has seen him out of action since the start of 2017.

And it was Harriott who pulled one back for the Royals, just four minutes after coming on. Some neat interplay with Loader saw the winger power through on goal and rifle into the bottom corner with a precise finish.

Reading came close to a quick second soon afterwards, Böðvarsson feeding Loader on the edge of the box. The young striker turned and shot, with a small deflection taking it narrowly wide of the post.

An afternoon to forget from a Reading perspective.

Full-time | Reading 1-4 Swansea City

Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Ilori, O'Shea, Richards, Rinomhota, Swift, Aluko (Loader 61), Barrow, McCleary (c) (Harriott 73), Méïté (Böðvarsson 61).
Subs: Walker, Moore, Kelly, Osho.
Goals: Harriott (77)
Yellow: Ilori

Swansea City: Mulder, Roberts, Routledge (Carter-Vickers 88), Grimes, Rodon, Van der Hoorn, Naughton, Fer (c), Dyer (Fulton 85), Celina, McBurnie (Baker-Richardson 73).
Subs: Nordfeldt, James, Montero, McKay.
Goals: McBurnie (2, 48), Roberts (30), Van der Hoorn (45)
Yellow: Roberts

Attendance: 15,644 (1,980 away)
Referee: Tim Robinson

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Ticket News

New year, new start; welcome our new boss to RG2

Tickets available now for our New Year’s Day fixture

30 December 2018

2018 is drawing to a close – we’re aiming to get 2019 off to a flying start when we host Swansea City on New Year’s Day.

A new year, and a new wave of optimism.  Under José Gomes, who will be taking charge of his first Madejski Stadium game as Royals boss, we want to finish the season strongly and go into the new campaign with renewed vigour and purpose.

Shake off any cobwebs from the festivities the night before, head down to the home of the Royals, and make some noise as José’s reign begins in RG2.

It’s time to rally round.  To get behind the team, be proud to wear the blue and white hoops – players and supporters alike.

Our Madejski Stadium games will be key to ensuring a good end to the season and your support on New Year’s Day will be just the start.

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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