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Championship Set To Resume

01 June 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading's season looks set to resume on 20th June, with all Championship teams set to complete their final 9 matches of the season after a break of over three months due to the virus outbreak. The news follows confirmation that the Premier League is set to resume and League One and League Two ending their seasons. There are a total of 108 Championship games left to play plus the play-off fixtures. With Reading sat firmly mid-table the remaining games will have less signficance to Royals fans compared to other clubs as the League try and wrap up the season behind closed doors.

Reading's last game was way back on 7 March, a 3-1 away win at Birmingham City, and there have been no Championship games since 8 March. The season stopped completely with training suspended, but Reading return to training last week ahead of the expected return to competititve fixtures. Details are yet to be confirmed but all games are expected to be screened live.


Discussion On This Story:


» 30 May 2020 07:46

Do you think the extended break would have a negative impact on the team and when we get back do you think the rust will show or it could actually be a blessing? I am hoping other teams around us will falter. We are in no danger of going down but only 6 points away from playoffs. So In theory a good run from now could do it. Do you think this break could be a good thing and we could regroup and gain momentum, or this season should be a wrote off?


» 30 May 2020 08:21

No idea to be honest, don’t think anyone does

Lots of variables with the hot weather, no crowds etc (certainly wouldn’t expect that to effect us like it might Leeds for example)

Though if I had to guess, suspect we’ll carry on a bit like we were - upper mid table form and finish about 12th


» 30 May 2020 08:56

In my view the ‘break’ is effectivelya new season. I think we will see lots of weird results. Some teams will simply not show up, for a mid table side there will be little motivation to treat these rump games as more than a preseason run out.
The old rule of thumb that you can’t judge the league until you’ve played 10 games suggests this will be a very random set of games.
Luckily for us it’s a meaningless time so I’m going to just ignore it. I literally don’t care and won’t bother watching any games.

 Franconian Royal

» 30 May 2020 09:24

I reckon it could have a little of a negative effect on the side. We were having a little run before the break. Maybe it might be like a lengthened international break. Like OP said, we're safe, but only 6 behind the play-offs. Maybe those sides in the play-offs might falter. We will see when we get going again. Quick question: when is the restart? I've not seen anything written in getreading or the Chronicle. I know they're training, though.


» 30 May 2020 09:51

All Championship squads now back in training, and likely that our first/next game will be 3 weeks today (Sat June 20th).
And if the games are kept in the same order as were scheduled to be played, we will be at home to Stoke on Sat 20th.

Looking forward to seeing a few mates, couple of beers in Spoons before the game...then a top up ale outside the East stand game before the game.....actually, wait a minute.....


» 30 May 2020 11:27

Why wouldn't you watch any of the games - what better things do you have to do of a weekend? Paint the fence for the 10th time? We're in touch of the playoffs and as you say the reset button has been pressed - all our injured players are back? I think it's going to be very entertaining and yet we don't really have too much risk of going down.


» 30 May 2020 11:28

Presumably once games resume they will need to address the issue of season ticket holders.....


» 30 May 2020 14:29

Why wouldn't you watch any of the games - what better things do you have to do of a weekend? Paint the fence for the 10th time?


in a way we are quite fortunate being in the position we are. Agree with all others have said, will be some odd results, for a whole host of reasons, in theory we could Nick a PO spot bit unlikely so odd results won’t impact us like they will those fighting relegation or going for promotion.

 Mid Sussex Royal

» 30 May 2020 14:42

Its not quite like starting again in August though as all the teams have the same players, but I guess sides carrying a lot of injuries at the time we stopped will have benefited, and the warmer weather in June/July should benefit sides that move the ball rather than the hard running more direct sides.

I've no idea having said that how we will fare - thank god we're safe.


» 30 May 2020 15:41

Guys, we're 8pts off the play-offs, not 6.

 Notts Royal

» 30 May 2020 17:19

Also, when would the following season start? Do they have a proposed date/month for that?


» 30 May 2020 18:37

Pure speculation - they’ll want a very short pre-season while the fixture computer does its magic and then get started after two or three weeks.

Season has to end promptly to ensure the Euros can go ahead, to prevent indefinite disruption (particularly as WC22 is going to impact 21/22 and 22/23 seasons) and to keep the money flowing. Players have had their rest. Let’s go.

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