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Ahead of the game | Suffolk awaits Stam's Royals

Ipswich test lies ahead for Reading

15 December 2017

Ipswich Town vs Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Portman Road
Saturday 16th December 2017 (3pm)

As we edge closer to the midpoint of the league season, we’re looking to make ground on some of the teams that sit above us in the standings; three points at Portman Road this weekend would go a long way.

After a bottom-half finish last term, Mick McCarthy’s men have made a decent start to the current campaign and lie five points off a play-off spot.  And the Royals lie five points behind the Tractor Boys ahead of the weekend… which we’d like to cut down to just two.

They were amongst the front-runners at the season’s start, winning five straight games in all competitions within a fortnight at the start of August, but confidence ebbed when they ended up losing eight out of eleven.  Only twice this season have they played out draws – the other 21 games have all have decisive results.

We’ve had mixed fortunes over the years – one of the more dramatic games game in 2011 when the Royals trailed in stoppage time and scored twice to overturn it and win 3-2!  And now it’s time for our current crop to make a memorable victory of their own.


Tickets will be available on the turnstile at Portman Road on Saturday, through cash only turnstiles 10 and 11 from 1.30pm on Saturday 16th December. There will be no price increase on advance ticket prices either.

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313. Our official online ticketing service sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to


Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) offer travel to all away games, details of which can be found by following the link here.

Away ground guide

Click here for more information from Ipswich Town.

Pre-match chat


Hosts Ipswich are narrow home favourites according to EFL title sponsor Sky Bet, who give the Tractor Boys odds of 8/5 for a win, while the Royals are 17/10 and a draw is 23/10.

Our current leading scorer Mo Barrow is 2/1 to notch again at any time, while Yann Kermorgant is 15/8 to open his season account in Suffolk.

NB: All betting odds are subject to change, but are correct at the time of writing.


Peter Bankes is our man in the middle for the first time this season - we were defeated at Derby and Brighton last term when he took charge.  He had brandished 74 yellows and four red cards so far this season across 21 games.

Daniel Leach and Geoffrey Russell will be his assistants, while Ian Cooper steps in as fourth official. 


We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

Follow it live!

Can't get to Portman Road?

If you’re based in the UK or Ireland and can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on iFollow for as little as £4.49 per month or £45 for a season pass. Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else.

And supporters based overseas will be able to watch live video of a majority of our games – including this one – by using iFollow.  Match passes are just £5, or you can sign up for the season for £110 (prices equated to your local currency).

As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and look out for our match photos on Instagram.  And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!


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