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⚔️ Ahead of the game | Battling the Blades for Quarter-Final place

All you need to know ahead of Reading's FA Cup last 16 tie

2 March 2020

A straight knockout Emirates FA Cup tie under the lights at Madejski Stadium with a place in the Quarter-Finals at stake. This has all the makings of a superb match in RG2 on Tuesday night...


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1 March 2020

Reading vs Sheffield United
Emirates FA Cup, Fifth Round
Tuesday 3rd March 2020
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

A lot has changed since Reading last met Sheffield United in the league last season. The Blades went up to the Premier League under the guidance of Chris Wilder, and have since become one of the most talked-about teams in the country.

Their unique style of football has garnered plenty of respect from within the footballing community and beyond, with Wilder relying on plenty of the same personnel who took the team up to the top tier for the first time in 13 seasons.

Now, after a fantastic campaign so far, the Blades have a real chance of qualifying for European football next season, if they are able to keep up their current trajectory.

They will visit Madejski Stadium fresh as well, having not played a competitive match for 11 days after their scheduled Premier League opponents at the weekend, Aston Villa, were involved in Sunday's Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Reading have played twice since the Blades' last match, and will go into Tuesday's match buoyed after a hard-fought win and clean sheet against Barnsley at the weekend.

Skipper, Liam Moore is aiming to be back involved in the squad after missing Saturday's match through illness, while Matt Miazga hopes to continue at centre-back after returning from a six-week injury absence at the weekend.

There is potential for added drama on Tuesday night as winner will take all on the night - there are no longer replays in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, so the tie must be decided on Tuesday, with extra time and penalties available if needed.

It's looking set to potentially be a bumper attendance at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night as we welcome Premier League opposition, make sure you take advantage of the most affordable tickets anywhere in the FA Cup and get down to RG2 to back the boys and make plenty of noise!


Pre-match chat




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For full ticket information, including prices and how you can buy online, head here.

There's still time to take advantage of the most affordable tickets in the whole of the FA Cup Fifth Round, with advance tickets costing just £10 per Adult!

Matchday prices will see ticket prices increase to £15 per Adult from 5pm on Tuesday 3rd March, so make sure you book in advance to get the best possible price for this match!

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.

Match officials


Kevin Friend has been overseeing Premier League matches for the best part of a decade, and he will be on the whistle at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night as the Royals face Sheffield United.

He has already officiated both Manchester United and Manchester City in their wins over Wolves and Fulham respectively so far in the FA Cup this season, before taking charge of the Manchester derby in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

The Leicestershire-based official has a wealth of experience refereeing some of the biggest matches the country has to offer, including last season's FA Cup Final between City and Watford - which is the pinnacle of an English referee's career, as they are only allowed to referee one FA Cup Final in their careers.

Mr Friend will be flanked by Constantine Hatzidakis and Marc Perry on either touchline, with Simon Hooper 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 Wednesday night's 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.


As this is a match in the Emirates FA Cup, the game will not be available to view live on iFollow for UK or international subscribers.

Matchday itinerary and opening times

Fanstore: 9am-10.45pm (approx.)
Ticket Office: 
Jazz Café: 

Fan Zone and Fun Zone open: 
6pm onwards
Gates open: 
Teams announced: 
9.45pm (approx.)

Final F1 bus to Reading Station: 10.41pm


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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