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Away Days: Reading FC

18 August 2023

Stevenage make the sixty-three mile trip to Berkshire to face Rubén Sellés’ Reading in another tough test in Sky Bet League One…

Steve Evans’ men have enjoyed a dream start to life in the third tier, picking up three victories in three, conceding just one goal, as well as overcoming Championship side Watford in the Carabao Cup. On Tuesday evening, Boro got the better of Cambridge United, with Jamie Reid netting the winner just one minute after Cambridge’s equaliser. The side are one of just three clubs in Sky Bet League One to have won their opening three games.

Stevenage will be familiar with the Select Car Leasing Stadium after their impressive victory over the Royals in last campaign’s Carabao Cup when the sides were two leagues apart. The clubs now meet a year later in the same league with an important three points on the line.

Opposition Lowdown

Reading suffered relegation to the third tier at the end of last season for the first time since 1998 and will now be looking to bounce back. So far, they’ve had an unsatisfactory start, losing two of their three opening games in the league as they fell to defeat against Peterborough and Port Vale.

The first round of the Carabao Cup proved that the Royals are more than capable of holding their own. They travelled to Championship side Milwall and picked up an astounding 4-0 victory against a strong eleven. Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan scored a brace, with Charlie Savage and Mamadi Camara also getting on the scoresheet.

On the following Tuesday, Reading got their first three points on the board through a 1-0 home victory over Cheltenham. The side now sit eighteenth in the table after three games.

Ruben Selles took over as The Royals’ boss in July and has brought in plenty of new faces to freshen up his squad. Perhaps most notably, Lewis Wing signed from Wycombe after having a phenomal campaign in midfield. Attacking duo Harvey Knibbs and Sam Smith both signed from Cambridge United and young midfielder Charlie Savage joined from Premier League giants Manchester United.

The Stadium

Reading play their home fixtures at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, which has a capacity of 24,161. The stadium was opened in 1998 and replaced Elm Park as Reading’s home ground. Away supporters are typically housed in one half of The South Stand behind the goal.

The Officials

Anthony Backhouse has been appointed Match Referee for this weekend’s fixture with Alex James and Abbas Khan as Assistants and Daniel Middleton as Fourth Official. Backhouse’s most recent Boro fixture was the 0-0 draw at home to Mansfield last campaign, with the only yellow card of the game going to Carl Piergianni.

Fan Behaviour

Supporters are reminded at all times that the throwing of objects, taking drugs, tragedy abuse, using pyros and discriminatory behaviour all risk a criminal record and a club ban, dangerous and illegal behaviour will not be tolerated by Stevenage Football Club.


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Match Reports

Report: Reading 2-0 Stevenage

19 August 2023

Ten-men Boro suffer defeat in Berkshire...

Boro travelled to Reading looking to make it four wins in four after a delightful start to their Sky Bet League One campaign. Steve Evans made three changes from Tuesday’s victory in Cambridge as Krisztian Hegyi, Jake Forster-Caskey and Jamie Reid came into the starting eleven.

It was a reasonably open five minutes to kick the game off as Jake Forster-Caskey’s shot from the edge of the area was held onto by David Button, before Reading’s Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan saw his shot fly inches past the post.

Stevenage were unfortunately forced into an early change after just ten minutes as Kane Smith made way for Harrison Neal making his debut in midfield. Nathan Thompson moved over to the right-back position.

It was very much a stop-start first half, with a few stoppages in play due to injuries and substitutions. Just after twenty minutes, there was another stoppage in play as Nathan Thompson received a second yellow card and Boro were down to ten men.

Steve Evans made the decision to make a defensive substitution after the red card as Jamie Reid made way for Alex MacDonald who slotted in at right-back.

Despite being a man down, Stevenage did get their chances. Aaron Pressley got on the end of an inviting cross, but Reading’s David Button pushed his header onto the post.

Soon after, Reading would apply the pressure and eventually found the opening goal just before half-time. Dominant striker Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan rose above everyone to nod home and give the hosts the lead.

At half-time Boro made another change as Ben Thompson replaced Louis Thompson in midfield. Stevenage started the half on the front foot as they looked for an equaliser but couldn’t quite carve out a dangerous chance.

However, Reading doubled their lead just before the hour mark. Krisztian Hegyi denied the initial attempt from close range, but Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan was there to tap home the rebound to get his second of the afternoon.

Left-back Reece Hannam was introduced ten minutes later for his Boro debut after signing the week prior, replacing Jordan Roberts.

Stevenage were very much on the back foot for large portions of the second half as they did everything in their power to prevent Reading scoring more. Krisztian Hegyi made an incredibly smart stop with fifteen to go.

Very little action happened in either of the eighteen-yard-areas for the remainder of the half as the fourth official held up an additional eight minutes to be played. Reading did find the back of the net with a couple of minutes to go but were denied by the linesman’s flag.

Eventually, the referee blew his final whistle to conclude a disappointing afternoon for Evans’ men. Attention now turns to next Saturday as Portsmouth arrive at The Lamex.

Attendance: 11,674 with 578 away supporters.

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Ticket News

Tickets & Travel: Reading

17 August 2023

Match tickets are on sale for Boro’s Sky Bet League One fixture at the Select Car Leasing Stadium vs Reading…

Kicking off at 3pm on Saturday 19th August, Stevenage make the 130-mile roundtrip to Berkshire to take on Ruben Selles' Royals.

Match tickets are available online at and from the Stevenage FC Club Shop (open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays 10am-5pm).

South Stand

Family Area

Disabled supporters are charged at the full price for their age category and are entitled to bring a carer free of charge.

Online ticket sales for delivery will come off sale at 11.59pm on Monday 14st August, but will still be able to collect or purchase from the Stevenage FC Club Shop until midday on Friday 18th August.

Match tickets can also be purchased and collected from The Select Car Leasing Stadium on the day of the game. 

Travel by Coach

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach will be departing The Lamex Stadium at 11am on the day of the game, so please ensure to arrive with time to spare in order to confirm a scheduled departure. Tickets cost £25 for SA members and £30 for non-members.

To book a seat, visit and book online.

Travel by Train

Purchase your train ticket to Reading at and keep up-to-date with latest travel info by following @nationalrailenq.

For more travel information to The Select Car Leasing Stadium, click here.


Remember, a 2023/24 Season Ticket remains the best value way to watch Stevenage in Sky Bet League One this season. Get yours today at


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