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🏟️ Madejski Stadium | The five lost games since we moved to RG2

Postponed matches at the Madejski are few and far between...it has taken a global pandemic to force our fifth fixture cancellation in more than 20 years...

13 January 2021

Setting aside the fixture switches for live TV broadcast that occur every season and of course last season's final five home games which had to be played in the summer sun just like all others across the Championship, Madejski Stadium has not had many matches postponed.

The recent suspension of our home match against Brentford, due to the positive COVID cases and requirement for Thomas Frank's side to self-isolate, is a rarity.

Here are the occasions when football at the Madejski has needed to be postponed...

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01.01.2003 | Reading vs Leicester City

The first postponement came on New Year's Day in 2003 when referee Mike Warren was forced to called off a game between Alan Pardew's Royals and Micky Adams' Leicester City at half-time.

The game up until the interval had been a dour affair with the incessant rain making the Madejski Stadium pitch unplayable and the match a spectacle that fans will probably have long forgotten.

The match was abandoned at the break and rearranged for the end of the month, when a Paul Dickov brace helped the Foxes earn a win that would guide them closer to eventual automatic promotion. Reading had to settle for a play-off place.

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06.01.2007 | Reading vs Burnley (FA Cup)

Rain brought a halt to the Royals' FA Cup campaign in 2007 before the tie had even been given a chance to kick off. The fans were in and the teams were warming up but the rain was simply relentless.

The ball wouldn't roll on the waterlogged pitch and our cup clash was rearranged for just three days later and Leroy Lita, Shane Long and Sam Sodje rippled the Clarets' net before the home side had to eventually hang on to their lead to secure a 3-2 win.

Steve Coppell's in-form Royals went on to beat Birmingham City in the Fourth Round and then took Manchester United to a replay after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

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09.01.2010 | Reading vs Newcastle United

Snow and sub-zero temperatures caused major disruption to the sporting calendar in Britain and Ireland in January 2010 and the Royals' game at home to Newcastle fell victim before the visitors thought about leavign Tyneside.

Premier League games at Wigan, Hull, Fulham, Burnley and Sunderland were all scheduled to take place on the same day but all had to be rearranged, while in the Championship six games besides our meeting with the Magpies had to be rearranged. 

The game was not rescheduled until April due to the Royals' FA Cup run and despite having recovered from a dismal start to the season, Brian McDermott's men couldn't beat the champions elect when they did get to kick off - a Kevin Nolan brace earned United victory in much warmer conditions.

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30.12.2016 | Reading vs Fulham

And fog was the most recent culprit for forcing a rearrangement when the Cottagers came to town in our final fixture of 2016.

Following a goalless first half in increasingly foggy conditions, referee James Linington called off the game between two sides vying for promotion.

A second half Roy Beerens goal separated the sides when the fixture was staged late in January and the two teams would meet twice more that season as well when they did battle in the play-off semi-finals.

Jaap Stam's men got the better of Slavisa Jokanovic's Cottagers across the two legs - Yann Kermorgant's penalty taking Reading to Wembley.

16.01.2021 | Reading vs Brentford

And, the most recent change, sees us rearrange a game against Brentford this month due to the Bees' need to self-isolate.

This postponement is more serious than fog, a downpour or a flurry of snow - so we wish all those at Brentford a speedy recovery following a number of positive tests this week.

Our rearranged home fixture against the Bees will now be played on Wednesday 10th February 2021, kick-off 7pm.

However, should Brentford remain in the FA Cup beyond the Fourth Round, this game will instead be rescheduled for Wednesday 10th March 2021, kick-off 7pm.


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