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🏆 Ahead of the game | Bluebirds back in town for FA Cup

Royals get ready for cup action this weekend

24 January 2020

Reading's seventh match in January so far will see attention turn back to the Emirates FA Cup, with familiar opposition heading to Madejski Stadium on Saturday...


🗣️ Bowen | “We want to progress – and it’s important to our fans”

24 January 2020

Reading vs Cardiff City
Emirates FA Cup, Fourth Round
Saturday 25th January 2020, 3pm
Madejski Stadium

Reading's Emirates FA Cup run continues against a Cardiff City side that were also taken to a replay by lower-league opposition in the Third Round, eventually overcoming Carlisle United of League Two in a 4-3 thriller at Brunton Park.

This will be the Bluebirds' second visit to the Madejski this season, and they will be hoping for a happier return than their first.

A brilliant brace from George Pușcaș was supplemented by a strike from John Swift in the Sky Bet Championship back in August, with the Royals running out as 3-0 winners in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

With a hectic schedule in league and cup, both managers may choose to rotate their squads as the teams go in search of a place in the last 16 of the world's oldest cup competition.

Both sides will be battling to be ball number 9 in Monday's Fifth Round draw, with Reading buoyed by a late Sam Baldock equaliser at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

With excellent ticket prices and a place in round five at stake, we would love to see you here to back the boys on Saturday afternoon.

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We are offering superb ticket prices for Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie, with Adult tickets costing just £10 before 12noon on matchday. 

Prices will rise from midday on Saturday, so make sure you contact our Ticket Office and buy your tickets soon to get the best value for the weekend's cup tie.

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.

A reminder to all supporters that seating will be reserved for this fixture.

Pre-match chat




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


Marc Edwards will be the man in the middle on Saturday afternoon, as he takes charge of Championship teams for the first time this season.

The official is currently in his first season of EFL appointments too, predominantly overseeing matches in League One and League Two after progressing from two seasons in the National League.

Mr Edwards officiated an all League One encounter in the Third Round of the FA Cup a few weeks ago, as Portsmouth progress with a 2-1 win away at Fleetwood Town.

He will be flanked on the touchlines by Nigel Lugg and Craig Taylor, with Ollie Yates on hand as fourth official at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon.



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


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

📰 Magic moment for Méïté takes Bluebirds to a replay

Report from cup tie at Madejski Stadium

25 January 2020

A lump-in-the-throat moment all watching was the one which forced a replay from visiting Cardiff, as the Royals and the Bluebirds drew 1-1 at Madejski Stadium.

Reading trailed early to a Callum Paterson goal in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup – but Méïté’s quick response – which he dedicated to his late father – ensured that Reading would be in the hat for the next round.

It was far from plain sailing though as Tom McIntyre was sent for an early bath after earning bookings either side of the break. The ten men of Reading were brave and battling for the final ten minutes of the game and held out for a draw.

It was all change for the Royals’ starting XI – an entirely different starting side to the one which faced Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in midweek. But that still boasted experience, including captain for the afternoon Matt Miazga, Charlie Adam and Garath McCleary in midfield, and Méïté returning to lead the line.

The bench, meanwhile, was the second youngest in the club’s history since the change to seven subs. At an average age of 19 years and 357 days, it was an all-Academy graduate seven, including a couple of potential debutants in the form of Ben House and Coniah Boyce-Clarke.

A slightly more senior Cardiff side included former Reading midfielder Leandro Bacuna – who was fortunate to escape the referee’s notebook early on after arriving high and late on Charlie Adam in the centre circle.

Méïté was first to register an effort as he squirmed through the defence on the right byline and shot low – the angle favoured goalkeeper Alex Smithies, who collected low.

The deadlock lasted less than five minutes. A deep cross from the left was met by Paterson, who nodded back across goal and in.


But the Royals were back on terms just three minutes later – and a poignant moment it was. It was McCleary with the driving run, Adam’s delivery, a touch with the head to control by Méïté before slamming in at the near post. Clearly an emotional moment for the Royals forward, who took off his shirt to reveal a message for his late father: Je t’aime, papa.

Sam Walker was worked between the sticks when a ball cleared from a crowded Reading box, allowing Will Vaulks to fire through the masses of bodies; the stopper got down well to it to palm away.

Méïté could have had a second for Reading when defender McIntyre took the invitation to charge downfield as things opened up in front of him, and squared for the Ivorian. His touch was a tad heavy, allowing Smithies to come off his line to block with his legs.


Not 60 seconds had passed before Cardiff passed up a great opportunity of their own. Gavin Whyte received in the Reading half and used dummy runs of his teammates to work space to shoot – a real fizzer, and not far off target.

It continued to be tightly contested and the smallest of margins prevented Reading from going ahead. Sone Aluko scampered past Bluebirds captain Sol Bamba and cracked away a fierce left-footer from the edge of the area. Saved by Smithies and followed in by Méïté – slammed in but offside.

Half-time: Reading 1-1 Cardiff City

The second period began more tentatively than the first; it took some time before the first shot was registered. Andy Rinomhota was the one to get the shot away on the volley, but it was blocked in the area and Miazga was deemed offside as he looked for scraps.


And while Walker was remaining largely untested between the posts for Reading, it was Cardiff who were seeing most of the ball. An overload on the Bluebirds left almost resulted in an opening, but for a timely intervention by Teddy Howe.

Just after the hour, a sad sight to see as Miazga had to leave the field on a stretcher. Landing awkwardly from an aerial battle, his teammates immediately alerted the official to the situation and he was quickly receiving medical attention. Gabriel Osho was the one to replace him.

Cardiff centre-half Bamba was close to a spectacular second for the visiting side; up for a set-piece, Whyte flashed in a low delivery, which the defender met with a flick of the heel - just past the far post.


McCleary's tenacity turned the ball over outside the Cardiff box, and when Howe kept a hacked clearance alive, McCleary picked up again and fired across goal with his left boot - saved by Smithies. Soon after, Loader was found in the middle with a looping cross but volleyed over.

That was to be Loader's last action, as he made way for another Reading debut: House joining the fray to become the 57th player from our Academy to play a first-team fixture.

It was destined to be a testing final ten minutes as the Royals went down to ten - McIntyre stretched into a challenge but was deemed to have committed a second bookable offence. On came Andre Burley to plug the gap in the centre of defence.

It was digging-in time. And in truth Cardiff should have won it when a ball was squared for Bamba, who inexplicably turned the ball wide from underneath the crossbar.

Reading's fighting spirit was there again for all to see; hanging on in there to see off the waves of attack. We'll head to the Cardiff City Stadium for a replay.

Full-time: Reading 1-1 Cardiff City

Reading: Walker, Howe, Richards, McIntyre, Miazga (c) (Osho 66), Adam, Rinomhota, McCleary, Aluko, Loader (House 74 (Burley 83)), Méïté.
Unused subs: Boyce-Clarke, East, Medford-Smith, Dorsett.
Goal: Méïté (8).
Yellow: Méïté, McIntyre, Howe.
Red: McIntyre.

Cardiff City: Smithies, Bennett, Flint, Vaulks, Bacuna, Ralls (Pack 30), Glatzel, Murphy (Hoilett 78), Paterson, Whyte, Bamba (c).
Unused subs: Etheridge, Morrison, Nelson, Richards, Sang.
Goal: Paterson (5).

Attendance: 12,798 (2,270 away).

Referee: Mr M Edwards

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Ticket News

🎟️ Ticket arrangements made for FA Cup tie against Cardiff City

Fixture scheduled for Saturday 25th January; Bristol City game to be moved

16 January 2020

Reading’s progress to the Fourth Round of this season’s Emirates FA Cup means that our home league fixture against Bristol City will be rescheduled, and that we will instead host Cardiff City on Saturday 25th January.

After drawing in South Wales in their first meeting, Carlisle and Cardiff went back to Brunton Park for the replay and triumphed 4-3 in a rollercoaster encounter to set up a Madejski Stadium date. A place in the hat for Round Five will be the prize for the victor.

We will confirm the date of the rearranged game against Bristol City as soon as possible.

Reading vs Cardiff City | Saturday 25th January, 3pm | Madejski Stadium | Emirates FA Cup

Ticket prices for this game will remain the same as the previous round, when we hosted Blackpool at Madejski Stadium.

Age category Advance price
(Until 12pm on matchday)
Matchday prices for all supporters
(From 12pm on matchday)
Adult £10 £15
65 & Over £7 £10
18-24 £7 £10
17 & Under £5 £7
12 & Under £3 £5

On sale-dates will be as follows:

  • Thursday 16th January 2pm – Tuesday 21st January 8.59am: General Sale, with Season Ticket holders’ seats reserved
  • Thursday 21st January 9am: General Sale including any unsold Season Ticket holders’ seats

Please note: Cardiff City have taken up their option of 15% allocation of our capacity in line with Emirates FA Cup competition rules, and therefore Club 1871 will not open in the usual area.

All Club 1871 Season Ticket holders will have the option to buy a ticket within the Y25/Y26 blocks in the East Stand during the reservation period, or in other areas of the stadium if they prefer.

Therefore Y25/Y26 will be exclusively available to Y25/Y26 and Club 1871 Season Ticket holders during the reservation period and will be limited to 1 per person. Once the reservation period has ended additional tickets can be purchased within this area - however Y25/Y26 will remain Members-only throughout the final sales period.

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