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13/14 Club Guide Part Three

17 July 2013

Get the lowdown on our opponents

Take a look at who the Royals will be coming up against in the season ahead with Part Two of our Championship opponents for 2013/14. Read part one here and read part two here.

A club who are back on the up, Charlton Athletic will be hoping for another positive season at the Valley in 2013/14.

The Addicts were relegated from the top flight in 2007 and then fell down to League One after three unsuccessful campaigns in the Championship. At the second time of asking, Chris Powell's side earned promotion in 2011/12 as Champions of the third tier.

It was an impressive return to the Championship, which saw an eight-game unbeaten run at the end of the season almost propel the Addicts into a play-off place. The South London club will be hoping to go one better this time around.

When we meet: Tuesday 3rd December, 7.45pm (H) & Saturday 5th April, 3pm (A)
Distance between us: 50 miles
Former Royal: Ben Hamer
Last five vs Charlton: WDLDL

Supporters of Derby County may have been disappointed with a middle-of-the-road 2012/13 campaign, which saw them finish seven points off to top six places and seven points clear of the relegation zone.

But Nigel Clough will be optimistic about the likes of Watford's Craig Forsyth arriving at Pride Park, and will keep faith in their youth set-up as they aim to be part of the promotion stampede.

A founder member of the Football League, Nigel Clough's squad welcome Blackburn Rovers on the opening day, as two former English champions go head-to-head as part of the Football League’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

When we meet: Saturday 21st September, 3pm (A) & Saturday 15th March, 3pm (H)
Distance between us: 150
Former Royal and Ram: Andy Griffin
Last five vs Derby: WWWDW

The Royals will be aiming to continue their fantastic record against Donny in 2013/14, as they secured their place in the Championship on an unbelievable final day in League One.

Reading have won 28 of their 42 fixtures against the South Yorkshire outfit, but will be wary of Rovers who will be looking to at least solidify their second-tier status.

Donny needed just to avoid defeat against Brentford to confirm their passage to the Championship, but conceded a penalty in stoppage time with the score 0-0. However, the spot-kicked cannoned off the cross-bar and Rovers broke away to clinch the win dramatically secure the League One title.

When we meet: Saturday 19th October, 3pm (H) & Saturday 26th April, 3pm (A)
Distance between us: 191 miles
Former Royal: James Harper
Last five vs Donny: WWWWD

Royals supporters will see their team take on Huddersfield - another Yorkshire side - for the first time since 2003, after they finished 19th last term following promotion via the League 1 Play-Offs the previous campaign.

The Terriers enjoyed a blistering start to 2012/13, but had to settle for retaining their Championship status - with Mark Robins taking over the club in February.

But with new additions James Vaughan, Martin Paterson, Jon Stead and Adam Hammill, Huddersfield will be aiming for a stronger season in 2013/14

When we meet: Saturday 14th December, 3pm (A) & Saturday 29th March, 3pm (H)
Distance between us: 158 miles
Former Terrier: Sean Morrison
Last five vs Hudderfield: LLWWW

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