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Ahead of the game | Back at home against the Bluebirds

A look ahead to Cardiff City's visit on Sunday lunchtime

16 August 2019

Following the Royals' progress in the Carabao Cup in midweek, the team are back at home this weekend as Neil Warnock's Cardiff City are in town.

Reading vs Cardiff City
Sunday 18th August 2019, 12noon
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

The unrelenting nature of the football season will get in full swing from Sunday, as Reading start a run of five matches in 14 days when they take on Cardiff City at Madejski Stadium.

José Gomes and his squad will be looking to get off the mark in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend, after defeats in their opening two league encounters.

The Bluebirds haven't had the start of the season they were expecting either, though, after a shock opening day 3-2 defeat away at Wigan Athletic saw Neil Warnock's side start the season on the wrong note.

They atoned for that defeat last time out, however, as a 96th-minute winner from Isaac Vassell put Cardiff on the board, earning a 2-1 win over newly-promoted Luton Town at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Gomes and his Royals will hope to take momentum gained from a penalty shootout win in the Carabao Cup in midweek into Sunday's encounter, with several new signings in line to potentially make their home debuts for the club.

There will be a couple of familiar faces in the Bluebirds' travelling squad, as Sean Morrison and Leandro Bacuna could be in the line-up to face their former side.

For the Royals, after being absent in midweek in the Carabao Cup, Andy Yiadom, Lucas João and João Virgínia will look to make their way back into the squad for the weekend's game.




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You can also visit our Ticket Office during opening hours or ring 0118 968 1313.


Parking paid on site on arrival on a first-come first-served basis at the cost of £10. There are also other options off site for our fans including buses and Park & Ride.

Please note that contactless payments are now being accepted for matchday parking at Madejski Stadium and the Old Greyhound Stadium.

For details on your full range of travel options, head here.


MADEJSKI STADIUM Weather forecast

Food & Drink

Matchday menu - Cardiff.jpg

Once again, local business Blue Collar will be on site around the ground, serving up delicious street food.

Make sure you follow @bluecollarfood on Twitter to find out their latest news, where they’ll be announcing what fantastic food outlets will be located where for the first fixture.

For the 2019-20 season, we are prioritising contactless card payments on kiosks within Madejski Stadium - meaning quicker service for all. There will be only one cash till per kiosk so please ensure you have card payment if possible.

Matchday itinerary and opening times

Fanstore - 9am - 2.45pm (approx.)
Ticket Office -
9am - half-time
Hospitality -
9.30am - 3.15pm
Jazz Café -
9am - 3pm

Fan Zone and Fun Zone open -
10am onwards
Gates open -
Teams announced -
Kick-off -
Full-time -
1.45pm (approx.)

Final F1 bus to Reading Station - 2.41pm


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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