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Ahead of the game | Tykes test awaits at Oakwell

Royals travel to South Yorkshire in search of points on Wednesday

11 December 2019

After disappointment at the weekend, it's straight back to business for Reading as they gear up for the first of two lengthy away trips in four days...


🎥 Reading stars head to Royal Berks

10 December 2019

Barnsley vs Reading
Wednesday 11th December, 7.45pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship

Mark Bowen's side head to Barnsley on Wednesday night with the hope of gaining three valuable points against the Championship's bottom side.

The Tykes were victorious in their last home outing, with a comprehensive performance to dispatch Hull City 3-1 at Oakwell, and were only denied a point at Cardiff City at the weekend through a last-minute winner from Lee Tomlin.

Signs of improvement have been emerging from South Yorkshire of late, with their victory over the Tigers being their first win since the opening day of the season, having been promoted from League One last season.

Former Fulham man, Cauley Woodrow has been leading the line for the hosts this season, and is the club's top scorer - with seven goals from his 17 appearances so far in the Sky Bet Championship.

For the Royals, Bowen will be waiting on the fitness of Ovie Ejaria and Sam Baldock, with Jordan Obita also potentially in the frame to appear for Reading on Wednesday night. John Swift remains a longer term absentee, and former Tyke, Andy Yiadom will hope to have recovered from a knock he sustained against Birmingham at the weekend.


Pre-match chat




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Tickets for this fixture are on sale until midday on Wednesday 11th December, with prices as follows:

  • Adults: £23
  • 65 & Over: £16
  • 19-21: £16
  • 12-18: £10
  • 11 & Under: £5

Match officials


Matthew Donohue will be on the whistle as the Royals face Barnsley on Wednesday night. Donohue is in his first season refereeing at Championship level, and this will be his second match overseeing the Royals - after officiating Reading's trip to Hull City back in August.

This is Donohue's second season refereeing in the EFL in total, after a successful campaign on the whistle in the National League two years ago. In his matches so far this season, he has averaged 3.8 yellow cards per game, and has brandished the red card on three occasions.

He will be assisted at Oakwell by Nik Barnard and Richard Wild, with James Bell on hand to support as fourth official.


Supporters' Trust At Reading (STAR) offer travel to every Reading away game, details of which can be found on the STAR website here.

If you are travelling by car to South Yorkshire this Wednesday, see travel directions from Madejski Stadium below.



It'll be a chilly night in South Yorkshire, but hopefully a dry one.


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