We can announce that our Under-23s’ fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup will now be played at Madejski Stadium, kicking off at 7pm on Wednesday 19th December.
And we’re delighted to announce that entry and parking will be FREE for all supporters!
Initially scheduled to take place in Woking, the game will now be contested in RG2 – giving more local supporters a chance to get behind the side as we look to progress to the knock-out stages!
It’s the third year that our youngsters have been involved in the 24-team competition, and we could qualify for the Quarter-Final stage for the first time with a win under the lights – that would see us top the group.
Anything other result would make qualification unlikely; Feyenoord and Everton have points to play for in their final group game and it’d need a very particular set of results for us to finish as one of the two best-placed runners-up in the six groups.
Our hopes of going through were kept alive in the dying stages of our home game against Sparta. Danny Loader had given the Royals a lead, but Ondrej Novotny and Vojtech Patrak each scored to turn the game on its head. But Loader levelled in the 95th minute, earning Reading a critical point!
Wednesday offers a new challenge and one that’s bound to be tough. In fact, the Dutch club’s 8-0 mauling of Sparta Prague gives them a firm grasp on the goal-difference advantage in Group B!
Dutch football is well reputed as a breeding ground for young talent, and Feyenoord in particular. Former Royasl Royston Drenthe and Nathan Aké are products of Varkenoord, their Academy, as are the likes of Robin van Persie, Georginio Wijnaldum, Leroy Fer and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
So come along and support the young Royals and see some football for FREE under the Madejski Stadium floodlights!
First team signing session at the Megastore on Wednesday!
And before we kick-off in the Premier League International Cup, we’re hosting an exclusive Christmas signing session in the Megastore… and you’re invited to attend!
Starting at 5pm, we’re due to welcome five first-team footballers into the Megastore where they’ll be signing your merchandise and posing for photos and selfies.
Don’t forget, we have an offer running where you can get 20% off all Royals replica shirts. We also have a host of different Royals-branded merchandise and stocking-fillers on offer. It’s late night shopping for one evening – the Megastore will be open until 8pm.
The signing session is an RSVP event, so click here to register your attendance!