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Fixtures Released For Reading’s 2020/21 Campaign

Here’s how the Royals’ upcoming league campaign, starting on September 12, is shaping up.

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It feels a bit weird to be talking about fixtures, given that fans won’t be properly allowed back in stadiums for some time yet, but this morning we’ve learned how Reading’s 2020/21 campaign will look.

First up is a trip to Derby County on September 12, before the first home game a week later: Barnsley on September 19. Rounding out the season in early May are a trip to Norwich City (May 1) and a home tie with Huddersfield Town (May 8).

As for festive fixtures, Reading take on Luton Town at home on Boxing Day. On the Easter weekend, there’s a trip to Barnsley on Good Friday (April 2) before Derby County come to town on the Bank Holiday Monday (April 5).

At the moment, fans are due to be allowed back into grounds from October 1, meaning that three games will definitely be behind closed doors: Derby, Barnsley and a trip to Cardiff City on September 26. From then on, the Madejski Stadium is likely to operate at a 20-30% capacity (more likely the upper end of that). At the time of writing there’s no news on season tickets.


The full fixture list

September

12: Derby County (A), 3pm

19: Barnsley (H), 3pm

26: Cardiff City (A), 3pm

October

3: Watford (H), 3pm

17: Middlesbrough (A), 3pm

20: Wycombe Wanderers (H), 8pm

24: Rotherham United (H), 3pm

27: Blackburn Rovers (A), 7.45pm

31: Coventry City (H), 3pm

November

4: Preston North End (H), 8pm

7: Stoke City (H), 3pm

21: Bournemouth (A), 3pm

25: Millwall (A), 7.45pm

28: Bristol City (H), 3pm

December

2: Sheffield Wednesday (A), 7.45pm

5: Nottingham Forest (H), 3pm

9: Birmingham City (H), 8pm

12: Queen’s Park Rangers (A), 3pm

16: Norwich City (H), 8pm

19: Brentford (A), 3pm

26: Luton Town (H), 3pm

29: Swansea City (A), 7.45pm

January

2: Huddersfield Town (A), 3pm

16: Brentford (H), 3pm

19: Coventry (H), 8pm

26: Preston North End (A), 3pm

29: Bournemouth (H), 3pm

February

6: Stoke City (A), 3pm

20: Millwall (H), 3pm

23: Bristol City (A), 7.45pm

27: Middlesbrough (H), 3pm

March

2: Wycombe Wanderers (A), 7.45pm

6: Rotherham United (A), 3pm

13: Nottingham Forest (A), 3pm

17: Birmingham City (A), 7.45pm

20: Queen’s Park Rangers (H), 3pm

April

2: Barnsley (A), 3pm

5: Derby County (H), 3pm

10: Watford (A), 3pm

17: Cardiff City (H), 3pm

21: Luton Town (A), 7.45pm

24: Swansea City (H), 3pm

May

1: Norwich City (A), 3pm

8: Huddersfield Town (H), 3pm


It’s currently unclear when away fans will be allowed back into stadiums. Keeping grounds to home supporters only makes sense from a social-distancing point of view, which is of course the priority here.

Will we be able to watch games on iFollow? That’s also yet to be officially announced, but you’d imagine that there’ll be some kind of arrangement put into place so that fans can stream the matches they won’t be able to attend in person.

Before the season kicks off, Reading have four fixtures in the diary, mostly of a friendly nature. The Royals play Gillingham this Saturday, before games against Tottenham Hotspur (next Friday) and West Ham United (the following Tuesday). We drew Colchester United at home in the League Cup, a fixture which will take place on Saturday September 5, just one week before the Derby game.