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Ahead of the game | Boro back in town for Christmas

Getting ready for a festive clash against Play-Off hopefuls

21 December 2018

The Championship season will reach the halfway mark on Saturday, with Christmas just around the corner.

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21 December 2018

Reading vs Middlesbrough
Saturday 22nd December
3pm kick-off
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

Saturday's match against Middlesbrough will be the first of four games in 11 days for the Royals, and they will be hoping to get the festive period started with victory in front of the Madejski Stadium faithful.

After a win was denied late on against Rotherham, Scott Marshall will be leading the side into Saturday as he continues his caretaker manager role, in the hope of taking all three points against Tony Pulis' side - who currently occupy a place in the Championship's top six.

A number of senior players got match minutes in midweek as our Under-23s progressed into the Quarter-Finals of the Premier League International Cup. Dave Edwards, Omar Richards and Jón Daði Böðvarsson all stepped up their respective injury recoveries, while Vito Mannone and David Meyler kept themselves match fit with 90 minutes under their belts.

Marshall confirmed that John O'Shea has been back in training this week, with the centre-back hoping to be fit for action this weekend.

Make sure you take a look across our website to see what we have on offer at Madejski Stadium this weekend, with plenty happening around the ground as we celebrate Christmas this weekend!  

What's on

We have an abundance of activities going on at Madejski Stadium this weekend as we celebrate Christmas in RG2, from our owners' raffle to special Hospitality menus, to our Royal Bus and plenty more.

Click here for full information on what's happening all around the ground on the day!


Adult tickets start from only £20 at Madejski Stadium for Members, so make sure you're here to back the boys on Saturday! 

Don't forget to take advantage of our Mates Rates offer for this match, whereby Season Ticket holders can bring a friend for only £10 - but make sure you get your tickets in advance, this offer closes three hours before kick-off.

For full pricing information and how to buy, click the button below.


All of our usual travel options are available for this match, with Park & Ride, matchday bus services and stadium parking all available.

To see a full list of travel options, click here.

Pre-match chat

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If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium, we've got you covered!

Keep up with minute-by-minute action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.

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iFollow will also be available for fans who cannot make it to the game in the UK or around the world. You can take a look at our iFollow page and see how you can stay tuned for this match.


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