It's our Academy Christmas Extravaganza this weekend, and there's plenty happening on the pitch as well as off it at Madejski Stad
Reading U23 vs Manchester United U23
Premier League 2, Division 2
Sunday 16th December
With Scott Marshall set to lead the first team at Rotherham this weekend, David Dodds will be in charge as the Royals' Under-23s welcome Manchester United to RG2 on Sunday lunchtime.
The Royals were knocked off top spot in the league after their 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end last weekend at West Bromwich Albion. They remain behind Wolves on goal difference, though, with Manchester United lurking just two points behind in third place as the table stands.
This will be the youngsters' penultimate match before their winter break, with Feyenoord laying in wait in the Premier League International Cup on Wednesday night - and our boys will qualify from their group with victory!
Royals deliver festive cheer to children’s ward at Royal Berkshire Hospital!12 December 2018
But Sunday is the perfect opportunity for our supporters to see the next generation of Royals take to the turf at Madejski Stadium, with Danny Loader, Andy Rinomhota and Tom McIntyre all making the step up to the first team squad so far this season.
Reading are the top scorers in their division, too, and while the competition is set to be fierce on the pitch - there's plenty going on around Madejski Stadium to celebrate Christmas with our Academy!
Entry to the game is FREE to all Season Ticket Holders and just £3 for Adults and £1 for Concessions on the day of the game. So we want as many Royals fans in the Lower West Stand at Madejski Stadium to see what the next generation of first team footballers have to offer!
Sunday is being billed as our Academy Christmas Extravaganza and two hours before our Under-23s kick off against United, all our other Academy age groups and their families are set to take part in a very special Santa Run!
Our Academy age groups will all don blue Santa hats for a 5K run around Madejski Stadium and Green Park which will start and end outside the South Stand - and every runner will be paying a £5 entry fee and raising sponsorship funds for two very worthwhile causes!
Half of the money raised will go towards Action Bladder Cancer UK, a charity chosen on behalf of the late Eamonn Dolan and his family. The other half of the funds raised will be given directly to the Reading FC Community Trust’s disability programme - members of our Deaf Team, some of the club’s Primary Stars staff and a number of students from a local SEN school who work with our Trust coaches on a regular basis will all be taking part in the Santa Run, ho, ho ho-ing their way around the circuit.
This year, however, we are unable to open up the run to supporters. However, we hope that this might be the start of a regular much bigger event which can effectively bring the club together at Christmas and engage supporters and the local community.
Post-Santa Run, there will be plenty of festive fun for all the family to enjoy. All the runners will be able to enjoy refreshments and mince pies in the Princess Suite and some of our first team’s Academy stars will be on site to meet and greet players, supporters and their families.
Mr Claus himself is set to make an appearance with his grotto in the Windsor Suite, where there will be an opportunity to get your face painted and both write and post a letter to Lapland in time for the wish list to get to him before the big day!
Make sure you're here to back the boys this weekend on the pitch, and enjoy yourselves with a fun day in store around Madejski Stadium!