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Woking to host PL Cup fixtures for U23s

Youngsters to meet Birmingham, Colchester and Fulham at Laithwaite Community Stadium

24 October 2018

Reading’s Under-23s have made arrangements to play their home fixtures of this season’s Premier League Cup group stage at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, home of Woking FC.

More than ever this season, our Under-23s have a packed schedule as they undergo plenty of competitive action as they aim to make the breakthrough to senior football.

Our U23s are competing on four fronts this season.  The Premier League 2 Division 2 fixtures provide the bread and butter, while the Premier League Cup – which we won in its inaugural season in 2014, and were runners-up to Swansea in 2017 – gives us a chance for knock-out silverware.

We’re also involved in European-wide competition with the Premier League International Cup… as well as a very local tournament in the form of the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup!

With fixtures taking place across Madejski Stadium, Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park, and our training ground at Hogwood Park, we are delighted that Woking are also able to provide a venue for these fixtures in the PL Cup.

The Cards are a club which we have worked with in the past – some of our Academy graduates including Harry Cardwell, Curtis Osano, Brett Williams and Alex McCarthy have spent time on loan with Woking over the years.

The Laithwaite Community Stadium lies just 25 miles from Madejski Stadium – a similar distance to Adams Park, where Reading FC Women play their fixtures regularly – and we hope that our supporters will opt to make the journeys to get behind our young talents!

Our three home Premier League Cup fixtures are as follows:

  • Birmingham City – Monday 12 November, 7pm
  • Fulham – Monday 3 December, 7pm
  • Colchester United – Friday 18 January, 7pm

We also meet each of those three teams away from home - we beat Colchester in our first outing - and if we’re in the top two of our group at the end of our six fixtures in February, we’ll advance to the Round of 16 where it’s a straight knock-out competition.


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