Football Combination Records

The Football Combination evolved from the London Combination, which after the First World War became a competition for the reserve teams of the London clubs. After the Second World War membership was extended to the rest of the South of England and the league was renamed the Football Combination. It remained the most important reserve competition in the south of the country until the formation of the Premier Reserve League in 1999. The champions and runners-up were as follows:

                       Champions               Runners-up
    1995-96  F Comb    QPR Res                 Tottenham H Res
    1996-97  F Comb    Wimbledon Res           Portsmouth Res
    1997-98  F Comb    Charlton A Res          Tottenham H Res
    1998-99  F Comb    Charlton A Res          Tottenham H Res
    1999-00  F Comb    Millwall Res            QPR Res
    2000-01  F Comb    Fulham Res              Norwich C Res
    2001-02  F Comb    QPR Res                 Crystal P Res
    2002-03  F Comb    Crystal P Res           Norwich C Res

Since 2003 the League has been divided into a number of regional divisions, with the overall champions being the team with the best record or the winner of a play-off between the two teams with the best records. The group winners and the play-off results were as follows:

                       Central & East          Wales & West
    2003-04  F Comb    READING RES*       3    Cardiff C Res      1
    2004-05  F Comb    Luton T Res        1    Cardiff C Res*     4

                       Central                 East                    Wales & West
    2005-06  F Comb    READING RES        1    Luton T Res        -    Cheltenham Res*    2
    2006-07  F Comb    Brighton Res       0    Ipswich T Res*     2    Cheltenham Res     -
    2007-08  F Comb    Southampton Res         Ipswich T Res*          Bristol C Res
    2008-09  F Comb    READING RES*            Luton T Res             Plymouth A Res
    2009-10  F Comb    Brighton Res            Watford Res             Exeter C Res

             * overall champions

The tables for the divisions involving Reading Reserves since they rejoined the Combination from the Capital League in 1998 are as follows. Note that Reading did not run a reserve team in 1999-2000. See the Premier Reserve League records for other recent seasons.

Football Combination 1998-99 (22nd)

                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
 1. Charlton A Res      28  19  3  6  60  24   60
 2. Tottenham H Res     28  18  3  7  56  24   57
 3. Chelsea Res         28  18  3  7  39  22   57
 4. Ipswich T Res       28  17  4  7  62  32   55
 5. Watford Res         28  14  9  5  56  29   51
 6. Southampton Res     28  15  4  9  53  37   49
 7. Peterborough Res    28  14  6  8  50  35   48
 8. Fulham Res          28  14  5  9  63  44   47
 9. Arsenal Res         28  13  6  9  47  32   45
10. Colchester U Res    28  13  4 11  46  43   43
11. West Ham U Res      28  11  8  9  56  40   41
12. Norwich C Res       28  12  5 11  38  34   41
13. Northampton Res     28  12  5 11  35  41   41
14. Luton T Res         28  11  7 10  45  43   40
15. QPR Res             28  11  5 12  44  34   38
16. Portsmouth Res      28  11  5 12  40  37   38
17. Wimbledon Res       28   9 11  8  36  36   38
18. Brighton Res        28   9 10  9  27  31   37
19. Bournemouth Res     28  10  6 12  43  39   36
20. Crystal P Res       28   9  6 13  43  50   33
21. Oxford U Res        28  10  3 15  33  52   33
22. READING RES         28   9  4 15  31  41   31
23. Swindon T Res       28   8  6 14  26  47   30
24. Cambridge U Res     28   8  6 14  41  65   30
25. Barnet Res          28   8  5 15  33  65   29
26. Millwall Res        28   7  6 15  33  58   27
27. Brentford Res       28   5  7 16  25  56   22
28. Wycombe W Res       28   5  7 16  24  58   22
29. Gillingham Res      28   4  5 19  21  57   17
Football Combination 2000-01 (3rd)
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Fulham Res          24  18  3  3  66  17   57     -   1-2 
 2. Norwich C Res       24  16  6  2  73  27   54     -   1-1 
 3. READING RES         24  17  2  5  43  22   53
 4. QPR Res             24  15  2  7  36  22   47    3-2   -  
 5. Cambridge U Res     24  13  4  7  37  30   43    1-1   -  
 6. Millwall Res        24  12  5  7  33  18   41    1-0   -  
 7. Crystal P Res       24  11  6  7  42  35   39     -   0-3 
 8. Luton T Res         24   9  9  6  27  21   36    2-0   -  
 9. Brighton Res        24  10  6  8  45  40   36    3-2   -  
10. Gillingham Res      24  10  6  8  32  32   36    1-0   -  
11. Portsmouth Res      24   9  7  8  31  29   34    2-1   -  
12. Brentford Res       24   8 10  6  28  33   34     -   0-1 
13. Oxford U Res        24   9  5 10  37  40   32    2-0   -  
14. Swindon T Res       24   8  7  9  33  31   31     -   2-0 
15. Peterborough Res    24   8  5 11  32  32   29     -   1-3 
16. Bristol R Res       24   7  7 10  24  34   28    2-1   -  
17. Bristol C Res       24   6  9  9  26  30   27    2-0   -  
18. Southend U Res      24   7  6 11  36  42   27    2-1   -  
19. Barnet Res          24   7  5 12  29  40   26     -   3-0 
20. Colchester U Res    24   6  6 12  25  38   24     -   2-1 
21. Cheltenham T Res    24   5  9 10  28  44   24    0-1   -  
22. Bournemouth Res     24   5  6 13  27  51   21    4-0   -  
23. Northampton Res     24   5  5 14  20  40   20     -   3-0 
24. Wycombe W Res       24   4  5 15  21  55   17     -   3-2 
25. Leyton O Res        24   2  5 17  22  50   11     -   2-0 
Football Combination 2001-02 (9th)
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS     H    A  
 1. QPR Res             24  14  6  4  52  22   48     -   0-3 
 2. Crystal P Res       24  14  5  5  50  26   47    0-2   -  
 3. Brentford Res       24  13  6  5  48  33   45     -   1-2 
 4. Portsmouth Res      24  12  6  6  36  22   42     -   0-1 
 5. Cardiff C Res       24  11  5  8  41  31   38    2-1   -  
 6. Peterborough Res    24  12  2 10  41  39   38    0-1   -  
 7. Luton T Res         24  10  7  7  39  30   37     -   1-1 
 8. Millwall Res        24  10  7  7  43  36   37    3-3   -  
 9. READING RES         24  10  6  8  35  25   36
10. Southend U Res      24   9  8  7  35  29   35     -   0-1 
11. Leyton O Res        24  11  2 11  37  53   35    5-0   -  
12. Norwich C Res       24   9  7  8  40  38   34    4-0   -  
13. Oxford U Res        24   9  7  8  30  35   34     -   1-2 
14. Brighton Res        24   7 11  6  30  27   32     -   0-0 
15. Barnet Res          24  10  2 12  31  34   32    3-0   -  
16. Cheltenham T Res    24   9  5 10  30  43   32     -   2-0 
17. Bristol C Res       24   9  4 11  31  34   31    3-0   -  
18. Gillingham Res      24   8  6 10  31  34   30     -   3-0 
19. Bristol R Res       24   7  7 10  33  35   28     -   2-2 
20. Colchester U Res    24   7  5 12  32  38   26    1-0   -  
21. Cambridge U Res     24   7  4 13  29  43   25     -   0-4 
22. Wycombe W Res       24   7  3 14  31  44   24    1-0   -  
23. Bournemouth Res     24   6  5 13  26  47   23    1-0   -  
24. Northampton Res     24   4 10 10  25  42   22    1-1   -  
25. Swindon T Res       24   4  6 14  22  38   18    1-1   -  
Football Combination 2002-03 (5th)
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Crystal P Res       25  16  5  4  60  23   53    3-0   -  
 2. Norwich C Res       25  14  8  3  44  18   50     -   0-0 
 3. Portsmouth Res      25  14  6  5  47  23   48     -   2-0 
 4. Plymouth A Res      25  15  3  7  48  36   48    4-2   -  
 5. READING RES         25  14  4  7  53  32   46
 6. Colchester U Res    25  13  5  7  37  24   44     -   0-1 
 7. Bristol C Res       25  13  5  7  47  40   44    6-0   -  
 8. Brighton Res        25  11  8  6  41  24   41     -   1-0 
 9. Millwall Res        25  12  4  9  37  30   40     -   2-0 
10. Cardiff C Res       25  11  7  7  31  24   40     -   1-2 
11. Brentford Res       25  11  5  9  44  43   38    1-2   -  
12. Southend U Res      25  11  5  9  37  38   38    4-0   -  
13. Oxford U Res        25  11  3 11  37  36   36    0-1   -  
14. QPR Res             25   9  7  9  36  34   34    4-0   -  
15. Swindon T Res       25  10  4 11  33  54   34     -   1-1 
16. Luton T Res         25   8  8  9  34  31   32    2-1   -  
17. Leyton O Res        25   8  8  9  46  44   32     -   2-2 
18. Cheltenham T Res    25   9  4 12  47  44   31     -   0-4 
19. Cambridge U Res     25   8  5 12  40  45   29    3-2   -  
20. Peterborough Res    25   8  4 13  44  48   28     -   2-2 
21. Wycombe W Res       25   7  4 14  27  48   25    3-2   -  
22. Bournemouth Res     25   5  6 14  40  57   21     -   4-2 
23. Bristol R Res       25   5  6 14  27  47   21     -   0-1 
24. Gillingham Res      25   4  9 12  24  45   21    3-1   -  
25. Northampton Res     25   5  5 15  31  55   20    3-5   -  
26. Barnet Res          25   2  4 19  20  69   10     -   2-1 
Football Comb. (Central & East) 2003-04 (Champions)
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS     H    A  
 1. READING RES*        14  12  1  1  48  11   37
 2. Gillingham Res      14  10  2  2  27   9   32     -   1-0 
 3. Northampton Res     14   8  3  3  33  25   27    7-0   -  
 4. Millwall Res        14   8  3  3  31  25   27    3-0   -  
 5. Cambridge U Res     14   7  2  5  29  24   23    4-1   -  
 6. Crystal P Res       14   6  3  5  25  18   21    2-2   -  
 7. Brighton Res        14   6  2  6  34  24   20     -   1-0 
 8. QPR Res             14   6  2  6  16  22   20     -   3-0 
 9. Peterborough Res    14   4  7  3  31  25   19    2-1   -  
10. Colchester U Res    14   5  2  7  15  13   17    3-2   -  
11. Norwich C Res       14   5  2  7  21  23   17     -   1-2 
12. Wycombe W Res       14   3  4  7  14  22   13     -   2-1 
13. Brentford Res       14   1  7  6  22  33   10     -   4-1 
14. Aldershot T Res     14   2  1 11  16  66    7     -  10-1 
15. Southend U Res      14   1  1 12   7  29    4    5-0   -  

    * Reading beat Cardiff 3-1 in play-off
Football Comb. (Central & East) 2004-05 (2nd)
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Luton T Res*        15  11  3  1  34  10   36    0-2   -  
 2. READING RES         15   9  3  3  41  16   30
 3. Millwall Res        15   8  5  2  28  14   29    2-1   -  
 4. Brighton Res        15   7  6  2  19   9   27    0-1   -  
 5. Northampton Res     15   7  6  2  20  12   27    2-2   -  
 6. QPR Res             15   8  2  5  21  13   26     -   2-3 
 7. Peterborough Res    15   6  4  5  27  24   22    1-0*  -  
 8. Colchester U Res    15   5  4  6  35  23   19     -   5-2 
 9. MK Dons Res         15   6  1  8  26  26   19     -   5-0 
10. Crawley T Res       15   4  5  6  27  42   17     -   1-1 
11. Southend U Res      15   4  4  7  25  27   16     -   5-2 
12. Gillingham Res      15   3  6  6  16  22   15    1-1   -  
13. Oxford U Res        15   3  6  6  16  29   15     -   4-0 
14. Aldershot T Res     15   4  1 10  12  34   13    4-0   -  
15. Woking Res          15   3  2 10  19  41   11    3-0   -  
16. Stevenage B Res     15   1  4 10  14  38    7     -   6-1 

    * Cardiff beat Luton 4-1 in play-off
    * Reading awarded 1-0 win over Peterborough
Football Comb. (Central) 2005-06 (1st)
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS     H    A  
 1. READING RES*        16  12  2  2  48  10   38
 2. Millwall Res        16  10  2  4  37  21   32    0-2  6-0 
 3. Brighton Res        16   9  2  5  40  21   29    2-0  0-0 
 4. Gillingham Res      16   8  3  5  25  25   27    3-2  3-0 
 5. QPR Res             16   5  6  5  30  26   21    2-0  1-1 
 6. Wycombe W Res       16   6  1  9  27  26   19    2-1  1-0 
 7. Aldershot T Res     16   5  1 10  24  42   16    5-1  2-3 
 8. Crawley T Res       16   4  0 12  23  39   12    2-0  3-0 
 9. Woking Res          16   3  3 10  12  56   12    9-0  7-0 

    * Cheltenham beat Reading 2-1 in play-off
Football Comb. (Central) 2008-09 (Champions)
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS     H    A  
 1. READING RES         18  13  3  2  64  12   42
 2. Millwall Res        18  11  1  6  54  31   34    3-1  4-1 
 3. Crystal P Res       18  10  2  6  39  35   32    6-2  5-0 
 4. Southampton Res     18   9  3  6  30  32   30    1-3  3-0 
 5. Brighton Res        18   9  2  7  31  29   29    4-0  4-0 
 6. QPR Res             18   8  4  6  37  36   28    5-0  1-1 
 7. Charlton A Res      18   7  2  9  25  25   23    0-2  4-0 
 8. Aldershot T Res     18   4  5  9  29  31   17    0-0  1-1 
 9. Gillingham Res      18   3  6  9  26  41   15    4-0  4-0 
10. Lewes Res           18   1  2 15  11  74    5   10-1  5-0 
Football Comb. (Wales & West) 2009-10 (3rd)
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Exeter C Res        18  10  5  3  41  37   35    0-1  1-2 
 2. Swansea C Res       18  10  2  6  31  22   32    3-1  4-0 
 3. READING RES         18  10  1  7  38  24   31
 4. Swindon T Res       18   9  4  5  44  32   31    1-4  0-2 
 5. Bristol C Res       17   9  2  6  51  28   29    2-2  0-1 
 6. Southampton Res     18   9  2  7  40  29   29    2-0  3-2 
 7. Plymouth A Res      17   7  4  6  34  18   25    1-0  0-1*
 8. Forest Green Res    18   4  5  9  23  39   17    3-1  1-4 
 9. Salisbury C Res     18   4  3 11  19  57   15    5-0  4-3 
10. Bournemouth Res     18   2  2 14  14  49    8    7-0  1-0*

    * Plymouth awarded 1-0 win over Reading
    * Reading awarded 1-0 win over Bournemouth

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