Madejski Stadium is scheduled to host four of our Under-23 squad’s Premier League 2 fixtures in the upcoming campaign – Aston Villa, Brighton, Wolves and Stoke will all visit the home of the Royals in league action.
A further four games are due to be held at Adams Park, and three are listed to be taking place behind closed doors at Hogwood Park.
There are a number of other fixtures which are also due to take place at senior sides’ stadia on the road… our visits to Brighton, Wolves, Middlesbrough and Norwich are all scheduled to be played at first-team venues, as well as Southampton where our campaign begins on Monday 14th August.
It’ll mean a trip to St Mary’s for our youngsters – a similar age-group travelled there last year in the Checkatrade Trophy and took a penalty shoot-out win in the knock-out stages.
The Premier League 2 takes on the same format as last season – games home and away against each of the 11 other members of the division, with squads able to name up to three overage outfield players and one over age goalkeeper in matchday squads.
Both the Royals and our first opponents of the new campaign Southampton took a step down to the second tier this summer after occupying the bottom two places in the 12-team top flight. In a concertinaed division, it was only goal difference that kept Tottenham up at our expense.
And a new campaign ushers in hopes of promotion – but more importantly, plenty of competitive football against some of the brightest talents in England for our fledgling players, and potentially a pathway to the first team!
Liam Kelly was the real success story of last year’s PL2 campaign – after beginning the season as part of our youth squad, his impressive performances allowed him to establish himself in Jaap Stam’s first-team plans and ultimately make appearances at the Emirates, Old Trafford and Wembley for our senior team.
We will also be involved in the Premier League Cup and the Premier League International Cup this year – the draws will soon be made for both. We are also entering an Under-21 team into the Checkatrade Trophy – we have visits to Southend, Colchester and Gillingham forthcoming, with dates to be announced soon.
Here is the fixture list in full our Premier League 2 league fixtures – these will appear in the ‘Under-23 Fixtures’ section of our website soon. All fixture dates, times and venues are subject to change.
Southampton vs Reading (St Mary’s)
Monday 14 August 2017, 7pm
Reading vs Blackburn Rovers (Hogwood Park – behind closed doors)
Friday 18 August 2017, 1pm
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Reading (American Express Community Stadium)
Friday 25 August 2017, 7pm
Reading vs Fulham (Adams Park)
Monday 11 September 2017, 7pm
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Reading (Molineux)
Monday 18 September 2017, 7pm
Reading vs Norwich City (Hogwood Park – behind closed doors)
Monday 25 September 2017, 1pm
Middlesbrough vs Reading (Riverside)
Sunday 15 October 2017, 1pm
Reading vs Aston Villa (Madejski Stadium)
Monday 23 October 2017, 7pm
West Bromwich Albion vs Reading (Aggborough)
Monday 30 October 2017, 7pm
Newcastle United vs Reading (Northumberland FA)
Monday 20 November 2017, 7pm
Stoke City vs Reading (TBC)
Sunday 26 November 2017, 2pm
Blackburn Rovers vs Reading (Lancashire FA)
Monday 11 December 2017, 7pm
Reading vs Southampton (Hogwood Park – behind closed doors)
Monday 18 December 2017, 12pm
Reading vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Madejski Stadium)
Monday 8 January 2018, 7pm
Fulham vs Reading (Motspur Park)
Friday 12 January 2018, 7pm
Reading vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (Madejski Stadium)
Monday 29 January 2018, 7pm
Norwich City vs Reading (Carrow Road)
Sunday 4 February 2018, 2pm
Reading vs Middlesbrough (Adams Park)
Sunday 18 February 2018, 1pm
Reading vs West Bromwich Albion (Adams Park)
Monday 5 March 2018, 7pm
Aston Villa vs Reading (Bescot Stadium)
Monday 12 March 2018, 7pm
Reading vs Newcastle United (Adams Park)
Monday 16 April 2018, 7pm
Reading vs Stoke City (Madejski Stadium)
Monday 23 April 2018, 7pm