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Preview: Royals prepare for Blades in FA Youth Cup

15 December 2015

A look ahead to Tuesday's meeting with the Blades

Readinhg U18 vs Sheffield United U18
Tuesday 15th December 2015, 7pm
Madejski Stadium
FA Youth Cup, third round

The young Royals host Sheffield United at Madejski Stadium next Tuesday in the third round of the FA Youth Cup; ahead of the tie, we take a look at everything you need to know about the evening clash with the Blades...

The 7pm kick-off will have Adult tickets priced at £3 and Concessions just £1, so make sure you come along to Madejski Stadium to back the young Royals as they look to progress to the next step of the competition!

All supporters will be seated in the West Stand, and should pay in cash on entry via the turnstiles.  Parking is free at Madejski Stadium.

Our FA Youth Cup history...
As recently as the 2013/14 season, we had our best ever run in the competition by reaching the semi-final.  In an epic two-legged tie with Fulham, the Royals were pipped to the final by the Cottagers who won the second leg 3-2 at home with a 90th minute winner from Moussa Dembele. 

That goal against a ten-man Royals side made the aggregate score 5-4, sending Fulham through to face Chelsea in the final; a tie that Fulham went on to lose against their West London rivals.

This year's competition...
This season's tournament started back on the September 3rd in the preliminary qound, with 266 teams entering at the first stage.  Since that round of the competition, more teams have entered during the three qualifying rounds followed by the first and second rounds proper, narrowing the number of teams down to 64.  Several teams, including the Royals, have entered the tournament at the third round stage.

Reading’s opponents on Tuesday night, who were runners-up in the competition in 2011, entered in the first round proper of the tournament and beat Bradford City on penalties after a 0-0 draw in normal time.  The Blades went on to face Chesterfield away in the second round, securing a comfortable 3-0 win to set up the meeting with the Royals in Berkshire.

Elsewhere in the competition, Metropolitan Police have already booked their place in the fourth round with a shock away win over Burnley, and Ilkeston have the chance to create an upset of their own when they host Newcastle United.

What else is on...
Make sure you check out the Fun Zone in the West Stand Lower which will be open before kick-off.  Kingsley and Queensley will be in attendance and young Royals should also look out for Father Christmas, who will be paying a visit to Madejski Stadium ahead of the game!

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