Show your support when they face West Brom on FridayReading’s already-promoted U21s take on West Bromwich Albion at Madejski Stadium on Friday evening, 7pm, and fans can again attend the game for FREE.
Over 500 spectators have turned out for each of the U21s’ last two home games in RG2 – both of which they have won without conceding a goal.
On April 27th, first-half strikes from Andrija Novakovich and Sean Long put Martin Kuhl’s side in control against Stoke City and, after the break, Shane Griffin completed a 3-0 scoreline.
They were back at Madejski Stadium four days later to take on Aston Villa, where a brilliant free-kick from Liam Kelly was the difference between the sides. After Novakovich was felled 25 yards from goal, Kelly stepped up to curl the dead ball over the wall and into the corner.
The victory was the U21s’ seventh in a row and the clean sheet their sixth in succession. It proved to be the result that earned them promotion to Premier League Division One as 24 hours later third-placed Derby County failed to beat Friday’s opponents West Brom.
The Royals faced Wolves on Monday evening in their penultimate games on the season, and they went in front early on through Craig Tanner’s slotted finish. But six minutes before the interval they conceded their first goal in 617 minutes when Jordan Graham turned home and the same player won it for the hosts four minutes into stoppage time.
Reading can no longer catch Middlesbrough at the summit of the league table but supporters are encouraged to come down and show their support for their promotion-winning U21s side!