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Birmingham Preview

27 September 2013

Key info for Blues clash

Reading vs Birmingham City - Championship
Saturday 28th September, 3pm
Madejski Stadium - click here to buy tickets

Team news

Reading: New signing Billy Sharp will be hoping to be involved on Saturday, while manager Nigel Adkins kept his cards close to his chest this week on the likes of Danny Williams, Royston Drenthe and Wayne Bridge - who all missed our 3-1 win at Derby last week.

Birmingham: Striker Nikola Zigic returns to the matchday squad after overcoming a back injury, while David Murphy and Wade Elliott will look to return. Akwasi Asante (hamstring), Hayden Mullins (calf), Lee Novak (dead leg) and Neal Eardley (knee) are all unavailable.

Buy now by calling 0844 249 1871 or visiting Purchase before 12pm on Saturday to benefit from the advanced prices.


Lower West, East, North & South
Member Advance
Non-member Advance
Concessions (17-21 or 65 and over)£17
16 and Under
Upper West

Concessions (17-21 or 65 and over)£22
16 and Under

A word from the manager
Nigel Adkins: "Like us, Birmingham are a team in good momentum - we know it's going to be a challenging fixture."

A word from the new man
Billy Sharp: "We have Birmingham on Saturday, hopefully I can be in the squad and get my debut – but that is up to the manager.”

A word from the away dugout
Blues manager Lee Clark: "We know it’s a tough game but I believe we can go there with the momentum we have got and cause them problems.”

Shirt Printing
Why not get Billy Sharp 14 on the back of your new Royals shirt! The North Stand printing area will be open on Saturday and you can also order your kit at


Reading wins: 8
Draws: 10
Birmingham wins: 8

Last five
English Championship - Sat 28 Apr 2012 - Birmingham 2 - 0 Reading    
English Championship - Sun 06 Nov 2011 - Reading 1 - 0 Birmingham    
English Championship - Sun 03 May 2009 - Reading 1 - 2 Birmingham    
English Championship - Sat 20 Dec 2008 - Birmingham 1 - 3 Reading    
Premier League - Sat 22 Mar 2008 - Reading 2 - 1 Birmingham    

Matchday Programme
Find out what's in the Birmingham issue by clicking here! Remember if you missed an issue, you can always buy online at

Matchday activities!
This Saturday Royals fans can enjoy some special behind the scenes treatment, and take a look around our official team bus! Click here for more information and click here to download the guide to the game.

Live Commentary
Unable to make the game on Saturday? Reading FC Player has it covered! We bring you LIVE Commentary from every match - home and away - thanks to the Royals online TV channel and BBC Radio Berkshire.
Subscribers can tune in before any Royals fixture and enjoy the informative pre-match build-up and full commentary courtesy of Tim Dellor and Royals legends Ady Williams & Mick Gooding. It's only 10p a day! Click here.

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