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Reading FC Pre-Season Friendlies, Tour Confirmed

Reading FC have confirmed a pre-season tour to Thailand and three friendlies on home soil as they prepare for the 2015/16 campaign.

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Having already set the dates for a pre-season tour of south-east Asia, the Royals have now confirmed the fixtures that will take place in the club's first visit to the region since the 2007 Peace Cup in South Korea. Arriving on July 6th, Reading play a Thailand Premier League All-Star team on Wednesday July 8th, kicking off at 7pm local time (12pm GMT).

That match takes place in the 19,000 capacity National Stadium in Bangkok and will be broadcast live on local Thai TV. The team fly back to England the following weekend ahead of fixtures with Bristol Rovers (July 21st), Swansea City (July 24th), and Crawley Town (July 27th). All games take place at 7:45pm and are away from home, while the match with the Swans that takes place at Wycombe's Adams Park.

Furthermore, Reading have announced that another friendly fixture is expected to take place at the Madejski Stadium on the weekend of August 1st, with opposition to be confirmed.

On the tour of Thailand, Royals boss Steve Clarke labelled it an "integral" part of pre-season preparations, while co-chairman Sir John Madejski echoed sentiments of it's importance.

"This is an exciting pre-season visit to Thailand for the club and a week I am certain the players and the coaching staff will thoroughly enjoy. It is a part of the world our shareholders are very familiar with of course and it will be a wonderful opportunity to present Reading Football Club to a south-east Asian audience fanatical about English football."

Meanwhile, Thai businesswoman and Reading shareholder Lady Sasima Srivikorn told the official website:

"I am delighted that Thailand will be hosting Reading Football Club as part of the pre-season schedule this summer and I am very excited about what will be a wonderful week in my native country. I am sure the people of Thailand will warmly welcome the players and our coaching team with very open arms."

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