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Ahead of the game | Taking on the Tykes

A look ahead to our meeting at Oakwell

29 December 2017

The Royals head to a snowy South Yorkshire in the hope of signing off 2017 in winning fashion – Barnsley provide the opposition at Oakwell.

It wasn’t that long ago that we were meeting the Tykes on our own patch – a dominant display led to a 3-0 win at Madejski Stadium in November.

And now we make the journey up looking to complete a seasonal double before the turn of the year!


Advance tickets are now off sale.  Tickets will be available to buy on the day of the game at Oakwell, for cash only at the turnstiles.  Prices are £2 more expensive than advance tickets and ‘12 to 16’ and ’11 & Under’ tickets will not be available.

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EFL title sponsors Sky Bet have hosts Barnsley as narrow favourites at odds of 13/8, while Royals are 17/10 for the win and a draw is 9/4.

Leading scorer Mo Barrow is 6/1 to notch the game’s first goal, while Dave Edwards is 12/1 to strike first.


Simon Hooper is the man in the middle, the second time he has overseen a Royals game this season.  First time around, he sent off Fulham man Tomas Kalas in the first minute during our 1-1 draw at Madejski Stadium.

He’ll be assisted by Akil Howson and Philip Dermott, as well as fourth official Darren Handley.


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

Because of the adverse weather conditions this weekend, be sure to leave ample time to travel and be sensible on the roads.

Follow it live!

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. 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 (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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