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What squad numbers will our new signings wear?

4 September 2015

Shirt numbers assigned for Piazon, Vydra and John

The final 24 hours before the transfer window was a busy period for the Royals, with three arrivals in at Madejski Stadium ahead of the deadline.

Lucas Piazon was the first of the bunch, signing a day ahead of the deadline, and Matej Vydra and Ola John both completed their moves just ahead of the window closing on Tuesday.

And whether it’s just because you want to spot the new signings out on the Madejski Stadium pitch, or whether you’re hoping to get a name and number printed on the back of your new Puma kit, we’re sure you’ll be interested to hear what squad numbers our new trio have been given.

Lucas Piazon has been given the vacant 17 shirt for the Royals after joining from Chelsea.  The Brazilian wore 19 when on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt on loan last season, and was number 35 at Chelsea when he represented the first team on three occasions in 2012.  Last season, the 17 shirt at Reading was occupied by Ryan Edwards, and has been previously occupied by players including Michail Antonio and Kaspars Gorkss.

Czech forward Matej Vydra has been assigned the number 7, which had previously been worn by Pavel Pogrebnyak between his arrival in 2012 and his departure to Dynamo Moscow last month.  Vydra wore the number 20 in his three loan spells in England from Udinese (twice at Watford and once at West Brom), and has worn number 9 for the Czech national team.

Former FC Twente graduate Ola John takes the number 20 shirt for Reading – three different players wore those digits on their back for Reading last year.  Alex McCarthy had it for the opening weeks before his transfer to QPR, and then Glenn Murray took on the number when he joined on loan from Crystal Palace, and finally Yakubu donned the 20 shirt after linking up with the club in February.  John was number 15 at Benfica last season, and had worn 24 when coming through the ranks at Twente.

To pick up your new home and away kit for the 2015/16, you can pop into the Reading FC Megastore at Madejski Stadium – our opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm, and Sundays from 10am to 4pm, and you can get your shirt customised with names and numbers.

You can also customise your shirt when you buy online – head to to begin browsing our online shop.

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