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📚 Buy your FA Cup copy of The Royal on Saturday

Plenty to peel through as ever in your programme

24 January 2020

There's plenty to read in your Emirates FA Cup edition of The Royal at the weekend, on sale around Madejski Stadium for £3 on Saturday afternoon.

Match Previews

🏆 Ahead of the game | Bluebirds back in town for FA Cup

24 January 2020

David Downs looks back at a memorable FA Cup meeting between the Royals and Cardiff from 1998, which turned out to be the final FA Cup match hosted at Elm Park, while football historian, Leigh Edwards discusses 10 Classic Campaigns for the Bluebirds.

The University of Reading dive into the most important statistics ahead of Saturday's game, while you'll be able to hear about the Reading band whose song heralds a legend of the blue and white hoops.

As ever, you'll find out all you need to know about Saturday's opponents, and former Bluebird, Chris Gunter features on the cover of the weekend's issue.

The Tilehurst End hail the Royals' Academy and the impact of our young players in our Third Round replay away at Blackpool, while Supporters' Trust at Reading discuss the history and magic of the FA Cup.

Liam Moore and Mark Bowen offer their thoughts ahead of the game in their pre-match notes, with the skipper paying tribute to Michael Olise's performance at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

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Here's a snippet of what the Reading captain had to say:

I’ve got to give a special mention to Michael Olise; I thought he was absolutely brilliant on the night. I’ve been quite demanding of him in training at times, and his ability is clear to see. He’s very blessed with the ball at his feet, he can make things happen - but me and a few of the other senior lads have been on his case to work hard and do the other side of the game.

To be fair to him, it’s taken a little bit of time – but that’s to be expected at his age. In training recently, he’s been showing great signs of progression.

On the pitch, his work-rate was brilliant. He’s set his bar very high now, it’s our job as senior players to demand that from him day in, day out now and I’ve got no doubts that, if he does that, he can do anything he wants in this game because he has got the ability.

Make sure you pick up your copy from an of our programme sellers around Madejski Stadium for just £3, and read your essential pre-match companion.

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