The packed Christmas fixture schedule gets underway in earnest this weekend, and we need you here to back the boys against Derby...
Reading vs Derby County
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 21st December 2019, 3pm
The Royals are gearing up to take on a Derby County side which is currently struggling for form, with just one win in seven and only three goals scored in that time.
However, the Rams' recent record at Madejski Stadium has shown them to be something of a 'bogey' side for the Royals, with Derby not losing at the home of Reading since 2011.
The visitors will also have a former England captain among their ranks in Wayne Rooney, but Derby's new player-coach is not yet eligible to put his playing boots on, and will instead be watching from the dugout at the Madejski.
Two former Royals will be in contention to line up against their former side in George Evans and Chris Martin, with Martin in particular enjoying a resurgent season back at Derby, playing regularly and getting back among the goals as well.
Mark Bowen's side go into Saturday's game knowing that three points would see them leapfrog their opponents at the weekend, as they look to start the festive period in the best way possible.
Off the pitch, there are plenty of Christmas activities happening all around the ground on Saturday - so we would love to see you there as we play some festive football.
Outside the Eamonn Dolan Stand at Madejski Stadium, there will be a Christmas Village for you to enjoy before Saturday's game.
A host of festive refreshments will be on offer, as well as mince pies, free-to-ride dodgem cars and a rodeo reindeer, and much more!
Our activities open at 1pm, and will also be open at half-time on Saturday. The Moving On Choir will also be performing Christmas carols from 1.30pm on the day. For full information about our festive offerings on Saturday, click here.
In our Hospitality packages, for this game there will be a Santa's Grotto available for children to be able to meet the main man just a few days before the big day, as well as a special festive menu alongside your usual offering of the best seats in the house at Madejski Stadium. Click here for further information.
For full ticket information, including prices and how you can buy online, head here.
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.
Michael Salisbury will be on the whistle for the weekend's match, and it will not only be his first time officiating Reading or Derby, but his first time in charge of a Championship match in his career to date. He has spent the last three-and-a-half seasons officiating in Leagues One and Two, and makes the step up to the second tier for the first time this weekend.
He has averaged about 2.5 yellow cards per match so far this season, and has shown the red card on seven occasions. His last outing came at the Abbey Stadium, when Reading loanee Sam Smith started for Cambridge United in their 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle a fortnight ago.
Mr Salisbury will be assisted on the day at Madejski Stadium by Adrian Waters and Akil Howson, with Andy Woolmer on hand as fourth official.
Food & Drink
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.
Also, please note that for the 2019-20 season, we are prioritising contactless card payments on kiosks within the concourses at 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.
EFL clubs united in tackling discrimination
The EFL and EFL Clubs are united in tackling discrimination and prejudiced behaviour in all its forms and are reminding supporters that no forms of abuse will be tolerated ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
Everyone attending or taking part in a football match has the right to feel safe, valued and included and supporters are therefore being reminded of the positive steps that can be taken on matchdays.
The EFL have suggested a protocol for supporters to follow if you ever find yourself needing to report discrimination of any form at a match, which you can find by clicking here.
Matchday itinerary and opening times
Fanstore - 9am - 5.45pm (approx.)
Ticket Office - 9am - half-time
Hospitality - 12.30pm - 6.15pm
Jazz Café - 12pm - 6pm
Fan Zone and Fun Zone open - 1pm onwards
Gates open - 1.30pm
Teams announced - 2pm
Kick-off - 3pm
Full-time - 4.45pm (approx.)
Final F1 bus to Reading Station - 5.41pm
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.