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2015/16 Preview: August

18 June 2015

Start looking ahead to the new campaign

Following the release of the Championship fixture list on Wednesday morning, preparations for the new season are in full swing for club staff and fans alike.

And here, in a month-by-month feature, takes a peek at what the Royals have to look forward to in the opening weeks of the campaign. 

Birmingham City v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
St Andrews Stadium
Saturday 8th August, 3pm

The Royals will begin the new campaign away at Birmingham City. After avoiding relegation by the skin of their teeth in 2013/14, Blues enjoyed a more comfortable campaign last term. It began alarmingly, however, and they struggled at the wrong end of the Championship for the opening months of the season. A managerial change, which saw Gary Rowett come in as Birmingham boss,  proved to be a great move for the club as they eased their relegation worries and eventually went on to secure a top-half finish. Although Blues did the league double over Reading last term, St Andrews should hold some happy memories for Royals fans as in 2011/12 we signed off our promotion-winning season in the second city! 

Colchester United v Reading
Capital One Cup
West Homes Community Stadium
Week commencing August 10th

Reading last met Colchester United in the 2001/02 campaign. After suffering a 2-0 defeat away at Layer Road, the Royals were in red-hot form when the fixture at Madejski Stadium came around. Two goals from Nicky Forster and one from Andy Hughes secured a 3-0 victory for Alan Pardew’s side as Reading earned their seventh win, and seventh clean sheet in a row. We went on to earn promotion at the end of that season! The U’s avoided relegation from League One on the final day of last season and will be hoping for a more fruitful campaign this time around.  

Reading v Leeds United
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 15th August, 3pm

Leeds are the first visitors to Madejski Stadium of 2015/16. With former Wigan and Brentford boss Uwe Rosler now at the helm, it is a new era for the Whites, who endured an up-and-down campaign last time out. Reading are unbeaten in nine of their last 10 meetings with Leeds. The Royals began last season’s home league campaign against Ipswich Town, where a solitary goal from Jake Taylor secured a 1-0 win.

Sheffield Wednesday v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 18th August, 7.45pm

A first midweek away trip in the Championship will see Steve Clarke’s side travel to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday. Like Leeds, Wednesday are likely to be under the stewardship of a new manager having parted with Stuart Gray earlier this month. Last season, our two fixtures with Sheffield Wednesday were both won by the home side; Pavel Pogrebnyak and Nathaniel Chalobah were on target in a 2-0 win for the Royals at Madejski Stadium in January.

Reading v Milton Keynes Dons
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 22nd August, 3pm

The Royals’ final home match of August 2015 will be a historic one as MK Dons and Reading have never previously met before. MK earned Championship status on the final day of last season, beating Yeovil Town 5-1 to finish as runners up to Bristol City in League One. Karl Robinson’s side have gained a reputation in recent seasons for playing an expansive brand of football. The midweek after this clash will see the second round of the Capital One Cup contested. 

Brentford v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Griffin Park
Saturday 29th August, 3pm

The Royals sign off August 2015 at Griffin Park against Brentford, who were unsuccessful in the end-of-season play-offs in May. A brilliant first campaign for the Bees saw them gain many plaudits for their style of play and they will be looking to kick on in the new campaign. They will, however, will without manager last term’s manager Mark Warburton and influential midfielder Alex Pritchard, who has returned to parent club Tottenham Hotspur following a season-long loan spell in West London.

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