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21 January 2014

U18s v Crewe at Madejski Stadium

Reading U18s vs Crewe Alexandra U18s
FA Youth Cup Fourth Round
Madejski Stadium

Simply arrive on the night - the East Stand will be open, concessions cost only £1, adults £3. Buy from the ticket office - no cash on the turnstiles. 

All parking is completely FREE of charge to all supporters.

How we got there

The Royals kicked off their 2013/14 Cup campaign in superb fashion, as they cruised past a talented Leeds United side to book a fourth round place.

Harry Cardwell gave the Academy the lead after 16 minutes, finishing coolly after a well worked team move involving Sammi Fridjonsson and Liam Kelly. United grabbed an equaliser as the impressive Eoghan Stokes drove to the edge of the box before sending an unstoppable daisy cutter past Lewis Ward. Leeds did come out of the blocks quickly after the interval, but found themselves behind again, as Reading's latest Icelander Fridjonsson unleashed his secret weapon!

The technically gifted midfielder hurled a huge, Rory Delap-esque throw into the centre of the box which the home side couldn't deal with, allowing Fosu top bundle home.  Kelly made it three by capitalising on some uncertainty from the Leeds backline, and the Royals never looked likely to relinquish their lead - as Cardwell fired wide, before Fosu also missed out on a brace as his long ranger pummelled the crossbar. 3-1 it finished – and certainly a performance to warm the cockles on a freezing cold Yorkshire evening.

The opposition

Crewe are sure to provide a tough test for the Royals in the fourth round. They currently sit second in the U18 Premier Development League 2, North – though have two games in hand over leaders Huddersfield. This season they have already defeated Birmingham, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest.

EPPP Status: Category 2 (Provisional)

Third Round Clash:  Bristol Rovers 1 – 2 Crewe Alexandra

Notable Alumni: Danny Murphy, Dean Ashton, David Vaughan

Our form

The Royals warmed up for this fixture with an entralling 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

Click here to read the match report, and click to watch full highlights on Reading FC Player.

Up for grabs

The draw for round five has already been made – meaning that either the Royals or the Railwaymen will be at home against either Accrington Stanley or Bristol City. Accrington pulled off arguably the shock of the round by defeating West Ham United after extra time last time out! Any potential fifth round clash would need to be played by 15th February 2014.

Previous Champions

Manchester United can claim to be the tournament’s most successful club, having lifted the trophy on ten occasions. Names to have graced the final include George Best, John Barnes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, and Gareth Bale. The current holders are Norwich City, who defeated Chelsea 4-2 in last year’s two legged final. The Royals thrashed Brentford 5-1 away from home to progress to the fourth round, only to succumb in somewhat unfortunate fashion to a 2-0 home defeat to Bolton at the next stage.

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