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Ex-United centre-backs to do battle at Madejski

16 October 2016

Bruce set to add to balanced W1 D1 L1 record at our home

Steve Bruce has been appointed as Aston Villa’s new manager and his first away trip will take him to Madejski Stadium on Tuesday 18th October, kick-off 8pm.

Aston Villa will be bringing more than 4,000 fans to Berkshire on Tuesday night and Royals fans will also be out in force hoping to see us preserve an unbeaten record at home this season!

And they will witness two former Manchester United centre-halves do battle as bosses, as Bruce prepares to take charge in his fourth match as an opposition manager at the Madejski in taking on Jaap Stam for the first time.

So far, Bruce's record reads won one, lost one and drawn one.

His first appearance at Madejski Stadium ended in heartache. Having only taken charge of Wigan in April 2011, Bruce was at the helm for a play-off semi-final against Alan Pardew’s Royals – and after a goalless first leg the Latics headed to Berkshire.

Kevin Nicholls handed Athletic a 26th minute lead at the Madejski, but Martin Butler dramatically levelled with four minutes of normal time remaining and Nicky Forster famously won and then converted a saved Jamie Cureton penalty to take Reading to the Millennium Stadium to meet Walsall in the Final at Bruce and Wigan’s expense.

His most recent visit to Reading came just last season when his high-flying Hull side earned three valuable points in their hunt for automatic promotion.

Abel Hernandez and Andrew Robertson found a way past Ali Al Habsi last April – after Jake Cooper had handed Brian McDermott’s Royals a 4th minute lead.

In between, Bruce’s Birmingham City faced a rampant Steve Coppell side who were sweeping all aside in the Championship en route to a record-breaking title win. However, Reading’s meeting with the Blues came in the FA Cup that season.

City were Premier League. Reading were heading that way in style, when an FA Cup clash saw Bruce lead Birmingham to the Madejski in January 2006. Shane Long gave the home side a first half lead only to see David Dunn level midway through the second half – and Birmingham would edge the replay at St Andrew’s.

Don’t miss what promises to be an exciting encounter under the lights at the Madejski – tickets are on general sale to all adults from as little as £20 for adults, £13 for those 65 and over and £10 for 18-24s. Under-17s can buy a seat for just a fiver, while under-7s (accompanied by an adult) can get into the game for free!

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