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Ahead of the game | Royals return to action against QPR

Royals hope for vital points as run-in begins...

29 March 2018

All you need to know as the Championship returns over Easter weekend...

Reading vs Queens Park Rangers
Friday 30th March
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
5.30pm kick-off

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The international break has come to a close, and the blue and white hooped shirts can come out once more as the Royals begin the season's run-in.

Eight games remain and Paul Clement will be taking to the home dugout at Madejski Stadium for the very first time on Good Friday, hoping for three points in his opening match in charge of Reading.

The new manager has spent time on the training ground with the squad this week, with decisions to be made on who will be a part of his first starting line-up.

As for the players, they will be hoping to avenge a 2-0 opening-day defeat at the hands of Ian Holloway's side at Loftus Road back in August. 

We're expecting a large crowd for this fixture, so we advise supporters to arrive in plenty of time ahead of our 5.30pm kick-off against the Hoops. 


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Tickets are on sale now and will be available to purchase on the day of the game for all home supporters. For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.

Click the button below for full selling information for this game.

For anyone hoping to purchase Golden Gamble tickets for the half-time draw, there will be a limited number of places from which you can buy your ticket on Friday.

They are: Lower West Stand, gates 3&4; Outside Main Reception; Top of the hill, adjacent to B&Q, and the top of the hill, adjacent to the South Stand.

The Royal

As ever, your matchday programme will be packed full of content to inform and entertain you before the game in RG2 on Friday evening. 

The latest edition of 'The Royal' has a comprehensive 16-page introduction to Paul Clement, as well as his first manager's notes as Reading boss. 

You can test your knowledge with the Reading FC A-Z Quiz, as well as tackling our brain teasers in the Young Royals section.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news from Madejski Stadium, and your copy is available for just £3 from any of our programme sellers all around the ground on Friday!


There have been important changes in car parking and bus travel for the upcoming season, with parking at Madejski Stadium now having to be pre-booked online, as well as a continuation of our bus subsidies with Reading Buses. There are more places to park than ever before, though, so click here and find out what the best option is for you!

Please note - All Reading Buses services to this match will be operating two-and-a-half hours after their original schedule in line with the adjusted kick-off for this match.

IMPORTANT - Madejski Park and Ride services to and from the town centre will NOT be operating for this fixture, due to the match being played on a Bank Holiday. However, Greenwave Mereoak Park and Ride services to the Stadium will be running as for normal matches.


According to Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, the Royals are 7/5 favourites to take the victory in RG2 on Good Friday, with QPR out at 19/10 for the win - with the draw priced at 12/5.

Chris Martin will be hoping to be fit after a bout of illness keeping him out recently, and he is priced at 11/2 to open the scoring on Friday evening.

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Yann Kermorgant is also hoping for a return to the team after coming off the bench at Norwich last time out, and he is available at 2/1 to score any time. 


David Coote will be in the thick of the action as he takes charge of his fourth Reading match of the season on Friday evening. He holds a yellow cards-per-game average of 4.1, and has brandished his red card four times this term.

Mr Coote will be assisted in RG2 by Nick Hopton and Nigel Lugg, with Stephen Martin between the benches as fourth official.

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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 behind-the-scenes story and match photos on Instagram.  And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!


We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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