It is set to be a day of firsts for Shrewsbury Town on Saturday as Salop are to walk out at the SCL Stadium for the first time ever.

The historic club, founded back in 1886, were regular opponents for the Royals in the 20th century, meeting 55 times between 1951 and 1992.

In November, Reading threw away a two-goal lead in stoppage time to lose 3-2 at Croud Meadow, the first meeting between the sides at the New Meadow and a first meeting for over 30 years.

Now coming together for the reverse fixture, with a new manager in Paul Hurst, it will be the first meeting between the pair in Berkshire since the club moved from Elm Park in 1998.

Only 3,303 supporters turned out at the old ground in February 1992, a 2-1 win for the Royals, while in excess of 13,000 will be at this weekend's clash.

The Reading Chronicle are told that more than 700 tickets have been snapped out from those in Shropshire for what is a meeting between 16th and 19th in League One. 

Shrewsbury aside, only 10 current EFL teams are yet to appear at the former Madejski Stadium, all of which are in the fourth tier this season.

  • Stockport County
  • Mansfield Town
  • Barrow
  • Harrogate Town
  • Morecambe
  • Accrington Stanley
  • Crawley Town
  • Salford City
  • Forest Green Rovers
  • Sutton United