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Royals drawn at home to Gillingham in Carabao Cup

Tie scheduled to take place week commencing 7th August 2017

16 June 2017

The Royals have been drawn to face Gillingham at Madejski Stadium in the First Round of the Carabao Cup this season.

Round One ties are scheduled to take place week commencing 7th August 2017.

The Royals last met Gillingham in 2004-5, playing out a goalless draw at Priestfield on New Year's Day. There were four goals between the teams when we met at the Madejski earlier that season though - Steve Coppell's Royals running out 3-1 winners thanks to a Dave Kitson hat-trick.

Reading last lost to the Kent-based side back in April 1999 when Carl Asaba scored against his former employees to deny Reading any share of the spoils.

The two teams last met in the League Cup in 1994, playing a two-legged affair against each other - the Royals won both games thanks to goals from Jeff Hopkins, a Jimmy Quinn brace and Stuart Lovell.

Gillingham narrowly avoided relegation to League Two last season, Adrian Pennock guiding the Gills to safety and a 20th placed finish.

The draw for the competition was streamed live from Bangkok, Thailand at 1pm (UK time) on Friday and the Royals were seeded in the regionalised Round One format.

World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit, Carabao CEO Sathien Setthasit, British Ambassador to Thailand Brian Davidson and EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey officially unveiled the 35 Round One ties from the home of the competition’s title sponsor, Carabao, our Principal Partner.

And fans were able to watch the draw unfold live on various platforms, including EFL’s new live streaming platform, iFollow, on Facebook via the Carabao Cup and Carabao UK pages and at SkySports.com.

Last season, the Royals began their campaign with a home win over Plymouth Argyle, ahead of victories against MK Dons and Brighton led us to the Emirates for a glamour tie against the Gunners.

Due to the global appeal of the competition, Carabao, the Thai energy drinks brand, became title sponsor to the competition and official EFL partner earlier this year, with the exclusive partnership running until 2020.

Round One Draw

Birmingham City

V

Crawley Town

Exeter City

V

Charlton Athletic

Queens Park Rangers

V

Northampton Town

Newport County

V

Southend United

Bristol City

V

Plymouth Argyle

Cardiff City

V

Portsmouth

Millwall

V

Stevenage

Oxford United

V

Cheltenham Town

AFC Wimbledon

V

Brentford

Norwich City

V

Swindon Town

Bristol Rovers

V

Cambridge United

Peterborough United

V

Barnet

Wycombe Wanderers

V

Fulham

Colchester United

V

Aston Villa

Wolverhampton Wanderers

V

Yeovil Town

Reading

V

Gillingham

Forest Green Rovers

V

Milton Keynes Dons

Luton Town

V

Ipswich Town

Coventry City

V

Blackburn Rovers

Nottingham Forest

V

Shrewsbury Town

Bradford City

V

Doncaster Rovers

Mansfield Town

V

Rochdale

Grimsby Town

V

Derby County

Barnsley

V

Morecambe

Crewe Alexandra

V

Bolton Wanderers

Oldham Athletic

V

Burton Albion

Wigan Athletic

V

Blackpool

Bury

V

Sunderland

Sheffield Wednesday

V

Chesterfield

Accrington Stanley

V

Preston North End

Fleetwood Town

V

Carlisle United

Sheffield United

V

Walsall

Scunthorpe United

V

Notts County

Rotherham United

V

Lincoln City

Leeds United

V

Port Vale