After the break in league action, the Sky Bet Championship will be back with a bang at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon...
Reading vs Preston North End
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 19th October 2019
Mark Bowen's first challenge as Reading manager will be to take on a team that's flying high in the Championship at the moment in Preston North End.
Alex Neil's men have started the campaign in a rich vein of form, and have only lost once in their last 10 matches in all competitions - a defeat against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
A 5-1 demolition of Barnsley last time out before the international break saw North End rise to 3rd place in the league standings, a single point behind West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest at the summit.
Winger Daniel Johnson is the man in form for the visitors, having already scored seven goals and assisted four more this season so far.
Preston are also showing their quality at both ends of the pitch. Not only are they the league's top scorers, their solid defensive record means they also boast the best goal difference in the division as the table stands.
For the Royals, John Swift will be available for selection again after serving a one-match suspension against Bristol City last time out, and skipper Liam Moore is in line to reach the landmark of his 150th competitive appearance for the club.
A host of international players returned to the club this week after serving their nations in October, and will all be hoping for a place in Bowen's first starting line-up as Reading manager.
Community Trust Day 2019
Saturday's game will also be our annual Community Trust Day, which will highlight and celebrate the vital work done on a daily basis by the Reading FC Community Trust.
Our Trust sees around 4,000 people per week in Reading and the surrounding areas, running a wide variety of different programmes with the aims to Develop, Care and Educate.
Saturday's issue of The Royal will have an extended section on the work done by our Community Trust and will share some of the successful stories of their work, and children involved with the Trust have been chosen to walk out with the Royals to be ready for kick-off.
Bucket collections will be taking place around Madejski Stadium on Saturday, and we would like to encourage supporters to donate and help support the work of our Community Trust.
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.
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.
Food & Drink
This weekend will see a debut for what is sure to be a popular offering from our partners at Blue Collar, with the Gourmet Fry Co. serving up a superb selection of chips with gourmet toppings in the Fan Zone this weekend.
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 - 1.30pm
Teams announced - 2pm
Kick-off - 3pm
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.