AFTER ten long, testing months, supporters will finally begin to return to Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium when QPR host Reading on Saturday (3pm GMT kick-off).
Fans have not been inside our famous home since a 2-2 draw against Birmingham at the end of February 2019 and we are delighted that 2,000 supporters will be in attendance at the weekend.
Two thousand is, of course, only a start in terms of the number of fans allowed in and it is hoped that those figures will increase as the weeks and months go on.
All fans coming to the game should click here and read the information within the link carefully.
Returning to on-the-pitch matters, those attending will be hoping to see a win on their return to W12 and, in Reading, Rangers will face a team who have enjoyed a strong start to the season.
The Royals are fifth in the Sky Bet Championship table but tasted defeat against Birmingham City in their last game.
Despite fans now beginning to return to stadiums, there is no change to the club’s live streaming service at present. Saturday’s game is available to watch worldwide and fans all over the world will be able to watch every kick live on QPR+.
Supporters all over the world will be able to watch QPR’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Reading live on QPR+!
2020/21 season ticket holders who are not attending the fixture will be able to watch the match as normal.
All non-season ticket holders – and fans who requested a refund or cancelled their 2020/21 season tickets – will need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game.
Match passes are priced at £10 for UK and Ireland-based fans and £7 for overseas fans, with all pricing set by the EFL.
To purchase your match pass, CLICK HERE.
Head to head
QPR wins: 31
Reading wins: 40
QPR: Luke Amos and Charlie Owens remain sidelined with their long-term knee injuries and Lee Wallace is a doubt.
Reading: Full-back Andy Yiadom and versatile Brazilian Felipe Araruna have knee injuries, while John Swift has a hamstring problem and George Puscas is recovering from a hernia.
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “The game is about supporters enjoying following their team and giving that type of atmosphere that only a football crowd can give. We are all looking forward to their return and I hope that we deliver a performance they’ll enjoy.”
Reading manager Veljko Paunovic: “We've got to prepare the guys in the best possible manner, recover, replenish and get ready for QPR. We have to keep believing in what we have shown so far - playing good football, getting the ball on the ground and looking to affect the game in the final third with our creativity, our talent and our ideas.”
QPR 4-1 Reading - October 2009
In late October 2009, rampant QPR saw off Reading, despite going down to ten men early in the match.
Loanee Ben Watson took a free-kick early, much to referee Andy Hall’s dismay, and received a second yellow for his troubles.
However, when play resumed, Hungarian Akos Buzsaky curled the effort into the net, putting the R’s ahead.
In-form Jay Simpson doubled Rangers’ advantage when he tapped home Wayne Routledge’s cross on the stroke of half-time.
Following the break, Ivar Ingimarsson received his marching orders for a late tackle on Simpson.
Rowan Vine and Patrick Agyemang went on to seal another emphatic victory for Jim Magilton’s side, ensuring the free-flowing R’s had now scored 13 goals in three games in W12.
This result left in-form QPR 10th in the table and only two points off the play-off places, whilst the Royals hovered over the relegation zone.
QPR starting XI: Cerny, Ramage, Stewart, Gorkss, Borrowdale, Routledge, Buzsaky, Watson, Faurlin, Taarabt, Simpson.
Tony Harrington will take charge of Saturday's match at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
So far this season, he has overseen 13 matches – 12 of which have come in the Championship – where he has dished out 38 yellow cards and one red.
The last time Harrington officiated the R’s came in October 2019 for the 3-2 victory at Hull City. He awarded Rangers two penalties on that day.
He will be supported by assistant referees Daniel Leach and Mark Pottage and fourth official Gavin Ward.