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Match Previews

🐶 Ahead of the game | Tykes in town on Saturday

The Royals are back in action against Barnsley this weekend

28 February 2020

A reaction is needed after Wednesday night. Thankfully, Saturday presents the chance to put it right straight away at Madejski Stadium...


💥"There is nowhere to hide. I'm expecting a huge reaction"

27 February 2020

Reading vs Barnsley
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 29th February 2020, 3pm
Madejski Stadium

There's always another game around the corner in the Sky Bet Championship, and the Royals will be glad to get Wednesday night's defeat out of their minds as they get ready to welcome an in-form Barnsley side to Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Tykes are still in the relegation zone as the table stands, but they have clawed their way closer to safety by winning their last three Championship matches.

Gerhard Struber's side have also kept clean sheets in each of those victories, showing that the Reds will be a stern test for the Royals on Saturday.

Reading will be hoping for an immediate response to a midweek defeat, with three points offering them the chance to move further away from the Championship's bottom three once more.

After being unable to come on in midweek through a knee injury, George Pușcaș will be monitored ahead of the weekend's match. Lucas João, Lucas Boyé, Chris Gunter, Matt Miazga and Tom McIntyre all remain sidelined, though.

Your vocal support will be needed as ever in another crucial match for Reading this weekend. There's plenty going on around the ground before the match too, so get here early and back the boys on Saturday!

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Blue Light Day


On Saturday, we welcome our local emergency services to Madejski Stadium to thank them and show recognition of all their hard work and invaluable support they provide to Reading FC on matchday and beyond.

In the Fanzone from 1.30pm, there will be a fire engine, police vehicles and and ambulance for supporters to have a look inside.

Fans are also invited to chat to emergency service staff about local recruitment opportunities, what the job is really like and how to get involved.

You're welcome to take a selfie in a police car, peek inside an ambulance and, all being well, the local police dogs unit are due to join us on Saturday afternoon.

World Book Day

Elsewhere, in preparation for World Book Day on Thursday 5th March, young Royals supporters will be able to pick up a copy of a free book in conjunction with WHSmith.



For full ticket information, including prices and how you can buy online, head here.

You can also visit our Ticket Office during their opening hours or ring 0118 968 1313.

Pre-match chat





⏩ Morro | “Pick ourselves up, develop a plan, try to win on Saturday”

28 February 2020

Parking paid on site on arrival on a first-come first-served basis at the cost of £10. There are also other options off site for our fans including buses and Park & Ride.

Please note that contactless payments are now being accepted for matchday parking at Madejski Stadium and the Old Greyhound Stadium.

For details on your full range of travel options, head here.

Match officials


Jeremy Simpson will be overseeing proceedings at Madejski Stadium on Saturday, in his first visit to RG2 this season.

Mr Simpson was on the whistle at the DW Stadium back in November when Reading were able to produce a fine comeback to beat Wigan, and he last took charge of Barnsley in their 3-0 home defeat to Play-Off chasing Preston in mid-January.

The Lancashire-based official has refereed games throughout the EFL pyramid this season, though predominantly in the Championship - showing around three yellow cards per match on average, while also brandishing the red card six times so far in 2019-20.

He will be assisted on the touchlines by Nigel Lugg and Robert Hyde, with Mark Pottage between the benches as fourth official.



Food & Drink


Make sure you follow @bluecollarfood on Twitter to find out their latest news, where they’ll be announcing what fantastic food outlets will be located where for the first fixture.

Also, please note that for the 2019-20 season, we are prioritising contactless card payments on kiosks within the concourses at Madejski Stadium - meaning quicker service for all. There will be only one cash till per kiosk so please ensure you have card payment if possible.

EFL clubs united in tackling discrimination

The EFL and EFL Clubs are united in tackling discrimination and prejudiced behaviour in all its forms and are reminding supporters that no forms of abuse will be tolerated ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

Everyone attending or taking part in a football match has the right to feel safe, valued and included and supporters are therefore being reminded of the positive steps that can be taken on matchdays.

The EFL have suggested a protocol for supporters to follow if you ever find yourself needing to report discrimination of any form at a match, which you can find by clicking here.

Matchday itinerary and opening times

Fanstore - 9am - 5.45pm (approx.)
Ticket Office - 
9am - half-time
Hospitality - 
12.30pm - 6.15pm
Jazz Café - 
12pm - 6pm

Fan Zone and Fun Zone open - 
1pm onwards
Gates open - 
Teams announced - 
Kick-off - 
Full-time - 
4.45pm (approx.)

Final F1 bus to Reading Station - 5.41pm


Subscribers to iFollow will be able to listen to Saturday's match, either with an Audio Match Pass for the cost of £2.50, or with an Audio Monthly Pass, where you can listen to every Reading match for £4.49 per month. Click here for all your options.


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

📰 Royals back to winning ways against Reds

Méïté and Pușcaș on target in Barnsley win

29 February 2020

Yakou Méïté and George Pușcaș were both on the scoresheet as they fired Reading to a well-earned 2-0 victory over Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

The opening exchanges between the teams were nip-and-tuck, but Méïté applied the vital touch from a free kick to put Reading ahead in the first half, before heroics between the posts on the stroke of half-time kept Reading in front.

Pușcaș notched his 10th of the season on the hour mark with a fine solo goal, running through from the halfway line to slot into the bottom corner and give the Royals three important points at the weekend.

The arrival of the team news saw Mark Bowen makefive changes to the side that lost to Wigan in midweek, with Liam Moore missing out through illness and Matt Miazga returning from injury to start in his place.

Within the first minute, play was stopped after Barnsley's Aapo Halme and Jordan Williams clashed heads when going up for the same high ball. After a delay, play was able to continue.

The weather was variable to say the least on Saturday, with bright sunshine quickly followed by hail and rain showers in tricky conditions at the Madejski.

Reading forced the first chance with a good move starting from Rafael. The ball made its way to Michael Olise on the left, who cut back for an incisive ball to Ovie Ejaria - jinking past his man and letting fly, forcing Brad Collins into a flying save to his left.

The visitors had won their last three matches going into the weekend's match in Berkshire, and showed neat flashes of their attacking intent without troubling Reading too much in the first 15 minutes in RG2.

But a free kick in the Barnsley half would see the Royals open the scoring on the day. John Swift swung a dangerous ball into the area, with Michael Morrison getting his head to it. Méïté was then on hand to guide it into the bottom corner. 


The ball seemed to trickle beyond the defence and Collins in the Barnsley goal in slow motion, but it doesn't matter how they cross the line. The Ivorian notched his 11th of the season and the Royals were in front.

Straight after the restart, the Reds went on the offensive to try and get level. Jacob Brown forged his way into space outside the area - his low daisy-cutter was beyond Rafael, but also beyond the post in a quick reminder to the Royals not to get complacent.

Reading's passing was slick in the first half, moving forward with intent and putting the visitors under consistent pressure - showing an immediate response following the disappointment of midweek.


Barnsley showed glimpses of their potential, though, when a corner was recycled and a cross was fired towards Conor Chaplin at the far post. He controlled and rifled across goal, but mercifully wide of Rafael's upright.

Reading were looking good value for their lead, but a loss of balance in defence allowed Woodrow to storm through on goal. He got into the box with just Rafael to beat, but Barnsley's top scorer dragged his effort wide in a let-off for Reading.

The last action of the half saw Rafael spring into action to help his team. Woodrow struck low to force an initial save, before he controlled and fired a follow-up towards the far corner, but the Brazilian in our goal was able to claw it away in a stunning save to bring the half to a close.

Half time | Reading 1-0 Barnsley

The second half got underway with Luke Thomas being introduced for Barnsley, as they looked to turn the tide of the match in RG2.

Within 15 seconds of the restart, Reading got themselves on the front foot. Rinomhota threaded a ball through to Pușcaș on the right, with the striker crossing towards Méïté in the area. He got his head to it, but could only put it beyond Collins' near post.

The volume increased in the stands at Madejski Stadium, with the home faithful roaring their team on as they looked to double their lead against the Reds.

Sensing danger, Gerhard Struber rolled the dice and made his two remaining substitutions before the hour mark, with his team in desperate need of three points to help their survival bid.

Woodrow pounced on a defensive mix-up to give himself another opportunity to score shortly afterwards, with Miazga tracking him well to put in a key block at the crucial moment.

But on the break, Reading doubled their advantage. Pușcaș was the recipient of a ball forward to the halfway line, and he did brilliantly to spin away from Halme and bear down on goal.


He had time to place his finish, doing so expertly from outside the area and jumping into a jubilant Club 1871 to celebrate his 10th goal of the season.

Garath McCleary was introduced midway through the second half in place of Méïté, with Reading now defending a two-goal advantage.

McCleary almost made an instant impact as he threaded a ball through to Ejaria, who in turn spotted Olise on the run. The teenager got a shot away, but the flag was already up for offside.


That proved to be the Academy graduate's last action of the day, as Ayub Masika was brought on for his home Reading debut.

The visitors weren't giving up without a fight at the Madejski. Barnsley attacked in numbers when they were in possession, with sub Mike-Steven Bähre lining up a shot from outside the area. It had power, but Rafael had it covered as he watched it wide.

With defensive surety needed for the final minutes, Pelé was introduced in place of John Swift as Reading looked to keep their advantage.

Woodrow and Thomas both tried their luck from range without avail in quick succession, with the Royals limiting Barnsley's chances to pot-shots as they saw the game out.

Two goals, three points and a clean sheet were Reading's just reward for a fine performance at Madejski Stadium. Onwards to Tuesday night, where we take on Sheffield United in the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round...

Full time | Reading 2-0 Barnsley

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom, Miazga, Morrison (c), Obita, Rinomhota, Swift (Pelé 79) Ejaria, Olise (Masika 70), Méïté (McCleary 64), Pușcaș.
Subs: Walker, Baldock, Blackett, Richards.
Goals: Méïté (17), Pușcaș (60)
Yellow: Pușcaș

Barnsley: Collins, J Williams, Sollbauer, Halme, Oduor (Thomas HT), Ritzmaier (Bähre 57), Ludewig, Mowatt (c), Brown, Chaplin (Schmidt 57), Woodrow.
Subs: Walton, B Williams, Dougall, Simoes.
Yellow: Mowatt, J Williams, Sollbauer

Referee: Mr J Simpson
Attendance: 13,263 (735 away)

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