By Rob Cornell
AFC Wimbledon take on Championship opposition tomorrow when Paul Clement’s Reading are the visitors for our first of six friendlies in July.
Please note that the kick-off time is 12.00 noon.
It’ll be an opportunity for supporters to get a first gimpse in Wimbledon colours of two of Neal’s summer signings, as they increase their fitness. Goalkeeper Tom King and midfielder Mitch Pinnock are set to figure for the Dons.
Reading have strengthened their squad too over the summer, bringing in experienced Irish internationals John O'Shea and David Meyler. They avoided relegation last season as they finished three points above the drop zone in 20th position. It'll be the second pre-season game for the Royals, having lost 2-1 at Eastleigh last Saturday.
Our photo shows former Dons favourite Tom Elliott with a header, when the two clubs met at the Cherry Red Records Stadium just under two years ago. Wimbledon won 2-0 on that occasion, against a side managed by Jaap Stam.
It could be a very special day for English football, with the national team involved in a massive World Cup game in Russia later on. You can bring your England colours to the game, so let’s show our support for Gareth Southgate’s men by making it a great atmosphere around the ground! We'll even have face painting to get you in the mood, while you're waiting for the action to start on the big screens from Samara.
Match arrangements for both sets of supporters are listed below:
Tickets are available for AFC Wimbledon fans in the Paul Strank Stand (seating) and the ChemFlow End (terrace). These can be purchased in advance from our online shop or on the day.
Reading supporters will be accommodated in the John Green Stand. The RyGas Stand will be closed for this game.
The gates and the bars at the Cherry Red Records Stadium will open at 11 am. Reading fans will be welcome in the bar areas.
After the game, stay on and join us for “England Happy Hour”. See our previous article for how you can take advantage of a cracking offer! You’ll be able to watch England take on Sweden in the World Cup Quarter-Final from 3 pm in the stadium bars.
A basic match programme will be available for this game.