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🔜 Ahead of the games | Blues coming through to RG2

Our preview of the Royals’ meeting with Birmingham

9 December 2020

A win at the weekend made it four unbeaten – now the plan is to keep that upward momentum going against Birmingham on Wednesday evening.

Supporters came back for the first time in eight months for our match against Nottingham Forest, and played their part on Saturday afternoon.

Now it’s a midweek clash that we have to look forward to – a different kind of atmosphere under the floodlights, but the goal unchanging – three points is our aim!


Royals supporters based in the UK can get an iFollow Video Match Pass for £10, while overseas fans get a pass for the equivalent of £7 in your local currency. There is also the option of getting audio commentary only, as well as packages available for international fans.


Make sure you also get hold of the new EFL iFollow app if you want to watch on your iOS or Android device.

Get your iFollow Match Pass (or view other games available) by clicking here.

Ticket information

Tickets for this fixture are now sold out - please do not travel to the game unless you have a physical ticket, whether that is a paper ticket which you received by mail or a print-at-home ticket.

If you selected the print-at-home option, make sure you follow the instructions to use it in the scanner - see the video below for a quick guide on what you need to do.

Your safety

Upon the return to Madejski Stadium, your safety is absolutely top of the list. We want three points, we want a good performance, but more than any of that we want to ensure that our fans are safe and secure when they return to RG2.

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Click here to find out more about measures that have been put in place and how you can play a role in keeping your fellow supporters safe, too. And keep your eyes on @ReadingFC on Twitter for more safety information as we build up to the match.

The opposition

Birmingham ended their six-game winless streak at Bristol City at the weekend - they'll be looking to repeat the feat and take another scalp of a club among the front-runners when they visit Madejski Stadium on Wednesday.


After falling to Cambridge in the Carabao Cup on the opening day of the camapign, their league season got off to a perfect start under Aitor Karanka; a 1-0 win against last season's play-off finalists Brentford marked a winning beginning to 2020-21.

Only three more victories have followed, however - back-to-back triumphs against Huddersfield and Preston in October, and then Saturday's win at Ashton Gate thanks to a late Harlee Dean goal.

Pre-match chat


Ref watch

Tim Robinson is back at Madejski Stadium, as he was in September when we met Barnsley - he showed two Tykes players the red card that day, as defensive duo Michal Helik and Mads Andersen were each dismissed in our 2-0 win.


He actually refereed this fixture last season; that fell the Blues' way as they took a 3-2 win and three points back to the Midlands.

Lee Venamore and Andrew Fox are assistant referees, and fourth official for the evening is Robert Massey-Ellis.

STAR’s programme notes

Supporters’ Trust at Reading have prepared some notes in the absence of a physical programme – click here to read their column on the STAR website.


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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