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Ahead of the game | Cottagers coming to RG2

Reading and Fulham to renew acquaintances on Tuesday night

30 September 2019

After a solitary season in the Premier League, Reading and Fulham will lock horns once more in a fixture that has proven to be a feisty encounter in recent seasons...


José on trusting the squad and role of home support against Fulham

30 September 2019

Reading vs Fulham
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 1st October 2019
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

Recent history between the Royals and Fulham suggests that Tuesday night's game at Madejski Stadium will be hotly-contested, with the Cottagers hoping to build another promotion-earning campaign to get straight back to the top flight, following relegation at the first attempt last season.

Scott Parker, now in permanent charge of the Whites after his caretaker spell with the club, has led Fulham to 15 points from their first nine games.

His side ended a run of three consecutive draws with a dominant win over Wigan Athletic on Friday night, in a game where Fulham restricted their visitors to the extent that they did not register a single shot on target.

As for José Gomes and his Reading squad, they will have taken heart from a battling comeback against Swansea City on Saturday afternoon that saw them take a well-earned point, thanks to a last-minute rifled equaliser from Andy Yiadom.

Swansea had taken the lead in the early knockings of the game through a Borja Baston header, but the Royals kept up their onslaught on the Swans' goal throughout the second half and it paid off with a deserved point at the end of it.

But the relentless nature of the Championship ensures the next chance for points is always around the corner, with the Royals and Fulham set to do battle once more and renew their intense on-pitch battles at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.

It's all set to be a blockbuster encounter between two sides that know each other well, so make sure you're in RG2 on the night to show your support for the boys in blue and white hoops.


Pre-match chat




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

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


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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.



It'll be the first night of the year where layers are going to be essential at Madejski Stadium. Wrap up and warm yourselves up by backing the boys on Tuesday evening.

Food & Drink

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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 Tuesday night's 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.

Matchday itinerary and opening times

Fanstore - 9am - 10.45pm (approx.)
Ticket Office - 
9am - half-time
Hospitality - 
5.30pm - 11.15pm
Jazz Café - 
5pm - 11pm

Fan Zone and Fun Zone open - 
6pm onwards
Gates open - 
Teams announced - 
Kick-off - 
Full-time - 
9.45pm (approx.)

Final F1 bus to Reading Station - 10.41pm


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

Reading’s 10 men fall to Fulham defeat

Cottagers cruise to victory in RG2

1 October 2019

A difficult night, to say the least. 10-man Reading fell to a 4-1 defeat against Fulham on home turf on Tuesday evening.

After a fine opening strike by Tom Cairney, it was destined to be an uphill struggle after John Swift’s two bookings in the first 20 minutes reduced the Royals to 10 men. A brace by Aleksandar Mitrovic had the visitors in the box seat at the break.

The Royals battled valiantly but Cairney's second, midway through the second period, ended any faint hope of salvaging any reward from the game.

Yakou Méïté's stunning strike in the 89th minute gave the Royals supporters something to shout about in the final few minutes, but the points went back with the Whites to West London.

Following on from our draw at Swansea City on Saturday, there were three changes to the starting XI as Omar Richards, Josh Barrett and Méïté all started.

And Méïté, who had signed a contract extension earlier in the afternoon, could have opened the scoring within the opening exchanges. Barrett slipped in a delicate ball which the Ivorian blasted against the outstretched legs of Marcus Bettinelli.

But the visitors were looking lively in attack too. Bobby Decordova-Reid had fired narrowly over early on, and then Aleksandar Mitrovic’s drilled shot deflected marginally wide after the Cottagers had stolen possession upfield.

And in the 13th minute, the visitors led. Full-back Joe Bryan was released down the left and found Stefan Johansen in space in the middle – with the Royals defence rushing back into the area, he cut back for Cairney; he took one touch to control, and another to stroke into the top corner from the edge of the area. Rafael, at full stretch, was beaten.


With less than 20 minutes played, Reading were reduced to 10 men. Swift had been booked early on for a sliding tackle, and then was narrowly beaten to the ball in a 50-50 duel. The referee showed no mercy in the wet conditions and deemed the challenge worthy of a second yellow.

Fulham’s numerical advantage made their task easier and allowed them to hold possession well. They converted that into two quick goals before the half-hour.

First, Anthony Knockaert worked room for himself on the right flank and sent in a low, inswinging delivery which Mitrovic stabbed in from close range as he stole a march through the middle.

And then, minutes later, it was a delivery from the other side which opened the door as Bryan joined in the attack and teed up Mitrovic to prod in his second, Fulham’s third.


José Gomes’ side were determined not to go down with a whimper. George Pușcaș hassled and harried Tim Ream and won the ball high upfield; driving into the area, his shot appeared to strike the arm of Alfie Mawson but the referee was deaf to the appeals.

And then Ovie Ejaria was unable to cut the deficit before the break – he collected a loose ball and glided into a central area, before slicing wide on his left foot.

Half-time: Reading 0-3 Fulham

Lucas Boyé replaced Barrett at the break; fresh legs to do some hard running after the interval. The Whites were first to threaten after the restart, as Mitrovic burst down the left and found Knockaert in the centre; Rafael rushed off his line and pawed away bravely.

The second half was all about standing up, showing guts. Reading's ten men look determined to do just that; Andy Rinomhota picked off a loose Harry Arter pass and offloaded quickly to Pușcaș, who steamed downfield from his own half and into the Fulham box, before striking a matter of inches over the crossbar.


Rafael made another fine stop before the hour-mark - Knockaert's corner was only half dealt-with, and Mawson's piledriver was kept at bay by a outstretched hand in the bottom corner.

The Whites' lead was further extended at the midpoint of the second period as Cairney grabbed his second. Rafael had to rush out to an underhit back-pass, but his clearance was blocked; with bodies from both teams scrambling to win possession, the midfielder had the presence of mind to lob the ball into the empty net.

Lucas João and Michael Olise were introduced into the fray to try and add fresh attacking intent. Fulham's sub Aboubakar Kamara had a meek shout for a penalty as he tumbled in the area with Liam Moore close by. Nothing doing.

Méïté provided a moment of magic to give Reading supporters something to cheer. Olise swiped the ball wide right to the Ivorian; he cut inside onto his left boot and thrashed beyond Bettinelli's reach. A good moment in an otherwise forgettable evening for the Royals.

Full-time: Reading 1-4 Fulham

Reading: Rafael, Yiadom, Richards, Moore (c), Morrison, Rinomhota, Swift, Ejaria (Olise 79), Barrett (Boyé HT), Méïté, Pușcaș (João 70).
Unused subs: Walker, Miazga, McIntyre, Pelé.
Goal: Méïté (89)
Yellow: Swift, Moore.
Red: Swift.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Odoi, Bryan (Le Marchand 75), Mawson, Ream, Johansen, Arter, Cairney (c) (Kamara 72), Decordova-Reid, Knockaert (Onomah 69), Mitrovic.
Unused subs: Rodak, Cavaleiro, Reed, Sessegnon.
Goals: Cairney (13, 67), Mitrovic (26, 29).

Attendance: 13,809 (1,929 away).

Referee: Mr A Woolmer

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Ticket News

Midweek Mates Rates returns for 2019-20 – Adults £10, Concessions £5

Great rates for friends and family of Season Ticket holders

19 August 2019

Season Ticket holder with the Royals? Want to score some points with your friends and family? Then you’ll be delighted to learn that the Midweek Mates Rates deal is back for 2019-10 campaign, meaning that you can grab two extra tickets at a fantastic discount.

Or if you haven’t got a Season Ticket but know someone who has, make sure you pester them into grabbing a discounted ticket on your behalf for our upcoming games.

Season Tickets holders are eligible to buy up to two extra tickets for £10 Adults or £5 Concessions (seniors, juniors and young adults), valid anywhere in the stadium. They can also switch seats for a single game at no extra cost; just mention it to our Ticket Office when you book.

We are hoping for an exciting season ahead – and Sunday’s 3-0 win against Cardiff was the kind of performance to brag about. So bring along friends or family members and show them what the fuss is about at Madejski Stadium.

Once again, anyone coming to our floodlit fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship at Madejski Stadium will enjoy the benefits of this generous offer. As well as offering the very best rates for games, it’s another added benefit of being a Season Ticket holder with the Royals.


It all begins with our home game against Fulham on Tuesday 1st October – we’ve played some fascinating evening fixtures against the Cottagers in recent years so make sure you get along to this one, too.

The Midweek Mates Rates offer is currently scheduled to apply for the following games:

  • Reading vs Fulham: Tuesday 1st October 2019
  • Reading vs Leeds United: Tuesday 26th November 2019
  • Reading vs West Bromwich Albion: Wednesday 12th February 2020
  • Reading vs Wigan Athletic: Wednesday 26th February 2020

You can buy tickets in the following ways:

Online: through our online Ticket Office here
By phone: by ringing 0118 968 1313 during our opening hours
In person: by visiting the Ticket Office at Madejski Stadium during our opening hours

Don’t forget that you can synchronise our fixtures to your calendar using our ECAL service – hit the button below to do so.


And a reminder to all that Season Tickets are still on sale. Even though two fixtures have been played, it is still by far the best value for money for supporters who want to join us on the campaign. You can get yours here today.

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