Football League III (South) Records

These tables cover results from the Football League Division 3 South (1920-58). In its first season, before the formation of a corresponding Division 3 North, this division was known as simply "Division 3". Reading's complete record is as follows:

            PL     W    D    L    GF    GA    PTS    P3/PL
HOME       562   353  107  102  1231   581    813    2.075
AWAY       562   127  153  282   661  1004    407    0.950
TOTAL     1124   480  260  384  1892  1585   1220    1.512
(26 seasons)

This can be broken down by opponent as follows (for details see here).

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS    P3
 1. Northampton T       52  19  5  2  64  22   9  5 12  39  51   66    94
 2. Exeter City         52  18  5  3  51  21  11  2 13  43  52   65    94
 3. Watford             52  20  4  2  66  21   4  4 18  24  53   56    80
 4. Newport County      48  17  4  3  58  19   5  8 11  27  45   56    78
 5. Southend Utd        52  17  6  3  64  29   3  8 15  26  53   54    74
 6. Swindon Town        52  17  5  4  57  30   3  9 14  21  44   54    74
 7. Queens Park Rang    44  16  3  3  44  17   5  6 11  20  32   51    72
 8. Aldershot           38  13  3  3  54  28   7  7  5  39  29   50    70
 9. Crystal Palace      44  13  5  4  58  23   5  8  9  24  31   49    67
10. Bristol Rovers      42  15  4  2  48  15   4  5 12  26  44   47    66
11. Torquay Utd         40  14  3  3  57  27   4  8  8  30  35   47    65
12. Brighton & HA       52  13  8  5  47  21   3  9 14  34  57   49    65
13. AFC Bournemouth     46  15  1  7  52  29   3  9 11  21  34   46    64
14. Norwich City        42  12  5  4  44  28   6  5 10  30  37   46    64
15. Millwall            40  14  2  4  41  14   4  7  9  16  27   45    63
16. Leyton Orient       36  11  5  2  45  13   5  5  8  29  29   42    58
17. Gillingham          42  14  3  4  46  16   2  5 14  16  41   40    56
18. Bristol City        38   8  5  6  33  30   6  4  9  26  36   37    51
19. Luton Town          24   9  1  2  26   9   4  1  7  12  28   28    41
20. Walsall             30   7  5  3  21  13   4  3  8  15  25   30    41
21. Coventry City       22   9  2  0  24  11   2  3  6   8  20   27    38
22. Colchester Utd      16   6  0  2  23  10   4  1  3  17  13   21    31
23. Cardiff City        18   5  4  0  20   6   3  2  4   9  18   22    30
24. Port Vale           16   6  0  2  18   7   3  2  3   8  11   20    29
25. Ipswich Town        22   6  1  4  21  18   3  1  7  15  22   20    29
26. Brentford           24   7  1  4  24  15   1  4  7  11  25   21    29
27. Charlton Ath        14   3  3  1  10   7   3  2  2   6   6   17    23
28. Shrewsbury T        14   2  3  2  17  13   3  2  2  11   9   15    20
29. Merthyr Town        12   5  1  0  14   2   0  3  3   4  10   14    19
30. Plymouth Arg        20   3  3  4  13  11   2  1  7  13  17   14    19
31. Notts County        16   4  1  3  15  12   1  0  7   5  17   11    16
32. Mansfield Town       8   3  1  0  10   3   1  2  1  10   8   11    15
33. Southampton         14   2  1  4   8  12   2  2  3   8  14   11    15
34. Aberdare Ath        10   3  0  2   5   3   1  2  2   3   6   10    14
35. Swansea City        14   3  1  3  16  14   0  3  4   6  13   10    13
36. Portsmouth           8   1  2  1   3   5   0  2  2   3   5    6     7
37. Nottingham F         4   0  1  1   1   3   1  1  0   3   2    4     5
38. Thames               2   1  0  0   5   1   0  1  0   0   0    3     4
39. Fulham               2   1  0  0   4   2   0  1  0   3   3    3     4
40. Grimsby Town         2   1  0  0   4   1   0  0  1   0   2    2     3

For the seasons Reading were absent from Division 3 South, see here. Using these tables it is possible to produce a complete table of all Division 3 South games during this period (excluding the abandoned 1939-40 season). It is ranked by the actual number of points gained.

                        PL     W    D    L    GF    GA    PTS
 1. Brighton & HA     1334   577  324  433  2171  1845   1478
 2. Northampton T     1334   545  279  510  2188  2068   1369
 3. Southend Utd      1334   503  312  519  2074  2065   1318
 4. Swindon Town      1334   491  333  510  2058  2130   1315
 5. Watford           1334   488  333  513  1972  2029   1309
 6. READING           1124   480  260  384  1892  1585   1220
 7. Queens Park Rang  1158   466  276  416  1781  1692   1208
 8. Exeter City       1334   445  318  571  1919  2237   1208
 9. AFC Bournemouth   1208   457  288  463  1848  1848   1202
10. Crystal Palace    1166   438  292  436  1831  1853   1168
11. Norwich City      1124   423  291  410  1779  1725   1137
12. Newport County    1250   417  294  539  1788  2258   1128
13. Bristol Rovers    1104   408  253  443  1666  1717   1069
14. Millwall           956   410  233  313  1508  1253   1053
15. Torquay Utd       1040   359  248  433  1622  1885    966
16. Gillingham        1124   349  267  508  1438  1895    965
17. Bristol City       860   374  209  277  1411  1207    957
18. Leyton Orient      864   301  201  362  1262  1397    803
19. Luton Town         714   308  175  231  1295  1038    791
20. Plymouth Arg       604   321  139  144  1101   659    781
21. Brentford          730   290  173  267  1151  1101    753
22. Coventry City      696   282  158  256  1278  1102    722
23. Aldershot Town     830   252  215  363  1099  1439    719
24. Walsall            830   248  187  395  1228  1500    683
25. Ipswich Town       486   214  112  160   806   695    540
26. Charlton Ath       420   165  109  146   622   567    439
27. Notts County       378   173   82  123   668   499    428
28. Southampton        314   150   77   87   562   368    377
29. Swansea City       294   143   78   73   469   306    364
30. Cardiff City       378   140   76  162   610   668    356
31. Colchester Utd     368   119   99  150   518   614    337
32. Merthyr Town       420   115  106  199   524   779    336
33. Port Vale          348   122   89  137   458   460    333
34. Shrewsbury T       322   102   84  136   455   547    288
35. Aberdare Ath       252    78   59  115   334   413    215
36. Fulham             168    81   37   50   376   291    199
37. Portsmouth         168    73   51   44   253   169    197
38. Mansfield Town     168    47   44   77   229   333    138
39. Nottingham F        88    50   19   19   177    79    119
40. Thames              84    20   17   47   107   202     57
41. Grimsby Town        42    15    9   18    49    59     39

Bristol City were champions three times. Charlton, Ipswich, Millwall, Notts County, Plymouth and Swansea were each champions twice. Brentford, Brighton, Bristol Rovers, Cardiff, Coventry, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Luton, Newport, Norwich, Nottingham Forest, Orient, Portsmouth, Queen's Park Rangers, Reading and Southampton were all champions once.

Brighton, Exeter, Northampton, Southend, Swindon and Watford were present for all 31 seasons of Division 3 South. A number of teams had seasons in both Division 3 South and Division 3 North, namely Coventry (16S, 1N), Grimsby (1S, 10N), Mansfield (4S, 16N), Port Vale (8S, 5N), Shrewsbury (7S, 1N), Walsall (19S, 11N).

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