When : Saturday 24th August, 3pm
Where : John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, HD1 6PX
Away Stand : One end of the ground in the AbZorb (South) Stand
What might I see in the area : Last of the Summer Wine
Well the time to go again is thankfully shortly to be back with us after the standard disappointment of an away midweek fixture, however for a change the disappointment was due to only getting a point rather than being trounced but that point has pushed Reading up to FIFTEENTH, heights that could only have been dreamt about in the last two seasons.
Managerless Huddersfield (that's good, another club going through management changes just in time to face Reading ) have had a very poor start for a club relegated from the Premier League but that won't make it any the easier for Reading. Currently being led by caretaker Mark Hudson, the Terriers have lost both previous home games to fancied sides Derby and Fulham by 2-1 and only managed a single point from a 1-1 visit to QPR before a late defeat at Cardiff. Note that they have scored and conceded in each game and seem to be a bit like WBA in terms of the way their games have gone, just in reverse
Huddersfield have lost one time Royal Danny Williams but have gained one time Royal Tommy Elphick. Fraizer Campbell has also joined after being released by Hull earlier in the summer. Reading , it seems, have pretty much a full squad available, touchwood, with only Blackett and Obita recovering with injuries. Interesting to note that really only Swift and Moore remain from the current Reading regular starting XI that last played against Huddersfield 2 years ago, though Obita would be a third if he was fit enough.
Biggest issue about this game though is that it is away from home and since a win a Burton in early 2018 Reading have won just TWO of their last 32 league trips (and one of those was a last minute thing at an abject Ipswich last season). Still these things have to be broken at some point....
Tony Harrington's turn to take control of Reading's Saturday fortunes.
30 Mar 19 > Reading 2-1 Preston North End
23-Oct 18 > Birmingham City 2-1 Reading
24-Feb-18 > Reading 3-3 Derby County
16-Sep-18 > Brentford 1-1 Reading
21-Feb-17 > Huddersfield Town 1-0 Reading
10-Dec-16 > Reading 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
06-Feb-16 > Reading 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
29-Sep-15 > Burnley 1-2 Reading
01-Oct-14 > Reading 0-0 Leeds United
The playing record is better than you'd expect for an awkward long trek up north. Of the 22 league seasons shared (all since 1976) Reading have managed 8 wins to Huddersfield's 11. However Reading have lost each of their last 3 league trips to Huddersfield scoring just 1 goal and conceding 7 in the process.
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel all the way up north
- Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
- Ring/text a mate for updates
- Use an iFollow subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)