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🕒 Ahead of the game | Tackling the Tricky Trees

All you need to know as the Royals get ready to take on Championship high flyers

10 January 2020

The tough tests keep coming for Mark Bowen's Royals, with another team in contention for promotion coming to Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon...


🗯️ Bowen expecting ‘different problems’ from Forest’s visit

9 January 2020

Reading vs Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 11th January 2020, 3pm
Madejski Stadium

Reading's home form has been in a good way of late, however. With five home wins out of seven and seven matches unbeaten in all competitions, both sides go into Saturday's game in RG2 bang in form - with Forest winning each of their last three in the Sky Bet Championship.

Among the ranks with Saturday's visitors is a former Royal in the shape of Lewis Grabban, whose form up front has seen him net 14 times in the Championship so far this season, including a brace last time out in the league as Forest overcame Blackburn with a 3-2 win at The City Ground.

The Royals' ascension in the table is something that has been hard-earned, with a superb run over the festive period taking them to within touching distance of the top half of the table.

Royals manager Bowen has stressed the importance of 'drawing a line' under that spell, though, as they prepare themselves to get back to league action on Saturday afternoon.

Bowen confirmed that striker, George Pușcaș could be back in contention for selection on Saturday, after sustaining a shoulder injury. Andy Yiadom remains a longer-term absentee, with Sam Baldock set to push for a start after playing 90 minutes in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend.

With both teams in form and a sold-out away allocation coming down from Nottinghamshire, it's all set to be a cracking atmosphere at the Madejski this weekend - and we would love to have you here to back the boys.

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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.

Pre-match chat




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.

Match officials


Dean Whitestone will be the man in the middle on Saturday, keeping the piece between the Royals and Forest at Madejski Stadium as he oversees proceedings.

Mr Whitestone's last visit to Madejski Stadium came back in October, when Matt Miazga's last-ditch winner gave the Royals all three points against Preston North End.

He has officiated a Forest match already this season, too, with Saturday's visitors overcoming Brentford with a 1-0 win at home in early October.

The Northamptonshire official is in his 15th season refereeing in the Football League, and will be assisted on Saturday by Robert Hyde and Matt Foley, with Nigel Lugg on hand as fourth official.



It looks like it's going to be a fairly mild afternoon on Saturday with little chance of rain under some cloud cover - perfect winter conditions for football.

Food & Drink

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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.

Keep up with the action

If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium on Saturday, you will be able to keep up with all the action on our streaming service, iFollow.

International supporters will be able to watch Saturday's match live, with supporters based in the UK able to listen live as the match unfolds.

To find out more about iFollow and what packages are available to you, click here.

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 - 
Teams announced - 
Kick-off - 
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.

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