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28 July 2019 Venue Madejski Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Pre-season programme ends with Chelsea

A look ahead to Sunday’s fixture against the Blues

26 July 2019

Just one more pre-season fixture remains for the Royals before the season gets underway properly – and it’s a big one, with Chelsea in town this Sunday.

Reading vs Chelsea
Sunday 28th July 2019, 3pm
Madejski Stadium
Pre-season friendly

It will be Frank Lampard’s first match as Chelsea boss on English soil, following the Blues’ worldwide set of fixtures – which included a 2-1 victory over FC Barcelona at the Saitama Stadium in Japan last time out.

Back in familiar surroundings, the West London club will make the short hop down the M4 to Madejski Stadium. For us, it will offer a stern test against some superstars as our preparation for 2019-20 comes to a head.

It could offer a first Madejski Stadium appearance in the hoops for Michael Morrison and Charlie Adam, as well as Matt Miazga’s first game since his return as we take on his parent club.

Tickets

Supporters are strongly recommended to buy before the postage deadline at 3pm on Thursday 25th July. Because Season Ticket holders who attend will be issued with paper tickets, we are expecting a large number of supporters to collect on matchday – therefore by receiving your ticket in the post, you will avoid the need to join a lengthy queue.

Season Ticket holders benefit from a discount for this game, with Adult tickets just £10 and Concession prices available.

Full ticket information including prices and how to buy is available here.

Travel & Parking

Football buses will be running for this fixture; for this game, these will run to the same schedule as a Saturday 3pm fixture from the 2018-19 season.

Any supporters with Season Parking Permits for the 2019-20 season will be able to use them for this fixture against Chelsea.

For more information about your travel options for this game, head to our Travel & Parking section on our website here, which includes links to bus timetables and parking options.

Weather

READING WEATHER

With another hot day expected in Reading, ensure that you stay hydrated throughout the day.

Food & Drink

Club News

Supporter experience | What’s new in 2019-20?

23 July 2019

We have our new food offerings around the outside of the ground for this fixture, thanks to local business Blue Collar – their stalls will be in the Fan Zone and around the stadium vicinity.

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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.

For the 2019-20 season, we are prioritising contactless card payments on kiosks within 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.

Fanstore

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Make sure you visit the new Fanstore too before or after the game – the 2019-20 Macron kit will not yet be on sale at this fixture, but there is plenty of other Royals merchandise available right now.

Hospitality

Our Hospitality suites will be available, with the exception of Club 106 which will be launched at our first Sky Bet Championship game when we meet Sheffield Wednesday on August 3rd.

For more information about what’s new in 2019-20, head here.

Reminder

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 | Royals fall to Chelsea in final friendly

Recap of Reading's encounter with Chelsea

28 July 2019

An entertaining fixture in front of a bustling crowd, goals from Chelsea’s Ross Barkley, Kenedy, and a Mason Mount brace were enough to overcome the Royals in their final pre-season preparations - Josh Barrett, Michael Morrison and Sam Baldock grabbed the Royals' goals.

Having faced Barcelona in Japan five days earlier, Chelsea descended on RG2 for our final friendly of pre-season on Saturday, with Frank Lampard at the helm taking charge of his first game for the Blues on English soil.

Matt Miazga was introduced to the side having returned to Reading on loan earlier in the week, featuring from the substitutes bench against his parent club.

Charlie Adam and Morrison were too both given initial minutes at Madejski Stadium, while Joao Virgínia guarded the posts like he did against Peterborough.

With the game underway, both sides looked to assert themselves early on – John Swift almost found a route for Yakou Méïté on goal, but the latter’s cross was well cleared.

Captain Liam Moore then rose highest from Swift’s free-kick, but the defender could only watch on as his header glanced narrowly wide, off the upright.

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Continuing on with their attacking pressure, a lovely sweeping move from the Royals would soon see them in front. After receiving the ball from Danny Loader on the edge of the area, Barrett saw his initial shot blocked, but followed up instantly with a spectacular looped effort over Willy Caballero for a wonderful opener.

With Reading looking to take the initiative after taking the lead, it was then Méïté’s turn to come close, heading wide from another Swift corner.

Last season’s Europa League winners weren’t behind for long however, as a foul 20-yards out gave Barkley the opportunity to curl a delightful free-kick past Virgínia at full reach, levelling the score.

Looking to play out from the back, another chance soon came the way of Loader when he received the ball from Tyler Blackett’s cross, but unleashing towards goal, his fiery effort couldn’t trouble the hands of the goalkeeper.

On the half-hour mark, Reading were forced into making their first change of the game. Omar Richards was introduced into the back four, a straight swap for an injured Blackett.

Another set-piece and another opportunity to take the lead followed for Chelsea. Olivier Giroud was the man in space from Barkley’s delivery, but the Frenchman couldn’t direct his effort the right side of the post.

With minutes left in the first-half, Frank Lampard’s men would indeed see themselves in front at the interval. After lashing wide moments before, Kenedy’s hit from range was low and hard to Virginia’s right, narrowly evading his grasp.

Half-time | Reading 1-2 Chelsea

A new look Reading side took to the field in the second half, and immediately, the Royals found themselves a route back in the game.

Four minutes into the half, two new signings combined perfectly – Adam’s swinging corner was met by the boot of Morrison, who made no mistake in turning home past Caballero.

The crossbar was then rattled down the other end as David Luiz took matters into his own hands, firing at goal after a spell of Chelsea possession.    

The advantage was then back with the visitors, as Mount took charge from Tammy Abraham’s intercepted cross, firing precisely past Sam Walker.

The lead was then doubled for Chelsea minutes later as a mistake at the back allowed Mount to grab his second of the game, tucking home from six yards after Abraham had cut out a pass in the Reading box.

Andrija Novakovich almost pulled a goal back for Reading when a quickly taken corner was delivered his way, but the striker could only lash wide on the spin past substitute Cumming's near post.

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The deficit was halved however with 20 minutes left on the clock. Clever play from the Royals saw Michael Olise thread the ball through to Baldock in front of goal who, like all good strikers, stabbed home under pressure.  

With goals aplenty in the second period, Abraham was next up to fancy his chances, but after scoring against Barcelona mid-week, wasn’t able to find the net past Walker.

As the game was drawing to a close, Mount had the chance to seal his hat-trick but fired well wide of Walker’s post.

Chelsea loanee Matt Miazga produced a good block to keep Mateo Kovacic out with three minutes left to play, but come the final whistle it was Frank Lampard's men who held on to the victory at Madejski Stadium. 

Overall, it was a positive test against Premier League opposition for Gomes’ side, who now have one week left before the new season commences against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 3rd August.

Full-Time | Reading 3-4 Chelsea

Reading first-half: Virgínia, Yiadom, Blackett (Richards 31), Moore (c), McIntyre, Rinomhota, Swift, Barrow, Méïté, Barrett, Loader.
Reading second-half: Walker, Howe (Watson 69), Richards, Miazga, Morrison, Adam, Holsgrove, Olise, East, Novakovich, Baldock.
Goals: Barrett 13, Morrison 49, Baldock 70.

Chelsea first-half: Caballero, Alonso, Christensen, Drinkwater, Barkley, Bakayoko, Kenedy, Giroud, Zappacosta, Pulisic, Tomori.
Chelsea second-half: Caballero (Cumming 63), Azpilicueta, Zouma, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Pedro, Abraham, Batshuayi.
Goals: Barkley 22, Kenedy 42, Mount 57, 60.

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Ticket News

⚠️ Important ticket info: Reading vs Chelsea

The latest ahead of today’s game

28 July 2019

Due to a large number of ticket sales over the weekend, we are now expecting a crowd which could exceed 20,000 supporters for today’s game against Chelsea. Our Ticket Office is dealing with a huge amount of on-the-day collections which is now over 3,000 tickets.

This is over four times the usual amount of collections for a league fixture, in part because Season Ticket holders are being issued with paper tickets for the game.

Therefore as of 11am on matchday, a queue is out the door of the Ticket Office for sales and collections.

Please note that from 1pm, the following will now happen:

  • The Main Ticket Office (next to the Fanstore) will be ticket collections only – all sales from 1pm will be from the East Stand Ticket Office
  • The East Stand Ticket Office will be for home sales only (no away end tickets available)
  • The Main Ticket Office will be unable to deal with any other requests from 1pm other than collections or sales for the Chelsea game. Any purchases/queries for Season Tickets and future games will not be possible
  • The Ticket Office phone line will close at 1pm (an hour earlier than normal matchdays to allow the Ticket Office to staff available windows)

Once again, we urge all supporters to arrive as early as possible in order to avoid lengthy queuing – preferably we would advise trying to arrive up to two hours before kick-off. Supporters arriving later risk missing the start of the match, owing to the large number of collections.

Our full matchday guide is available here.

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