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🔜 Ahead of the game | Terriers trip opens our new year

Preview of our visit to the John Smith’s Stadium

2 January 2021

A challenging 2020 is behind us – bring on 2021. Our new year begins in West Yorkshire, where we visit Huddersfield Town this weekend.

It will bring us to the halfway point of our season – the Terriers are the only side which we’re yet to meet this term.

And we’ll want to go into the second half of the campaign in winning fashion, and still in those top six spots… so we’ll need to perform well from our visit to the John Smith’s Stadium.


There’s no TV coverage of our first encounter of 2021 in Huddersfield, so the only place to watch it is on iFollow.

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’s also now a ‘half season ticket’ package available for overseas supporters.


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.

The opposition

It’s a daunting prospect to go to the John Smith’s Stadium at the moment – the Terriers go into this game on the back of five consecutive wins on their own patch, most recently against Watford and Blackburn Rovers.


That recent run of home form is the reason that they are inside the top half – just – as we approach the midpoint of the 2020-21 campaign.

We are yet to meet Carlos Corberan’s team this season – but there’s plenty to study in their 22 league games to date, in which they’ve won and lost nine games apiece.

Ref watch

Jeremy Simpson takes charge of our second game this season; the first time he was in the middle was when we beat Bristol City 3-1 at Madejski Stadium. He hasn’t refereed a Huddersfield game since September 2019, when he sent off Millwall’s Shane Ferguson when they played out a 1-1 draw in Yorkshire.


Nik Barnard and James Wilson will run the lines and Scott Oldham mans the technical area as fourth official.


A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to this game, so supporters must not travel to Madejski Stadium.
We can’t wait to see you all again soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.

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