Southern League I Records

These tables cover Southern League Division 1 results between 1894 and 1920. Reading's complete record is as follows:

            PL     W    D    L    GF    GA    PTS    P3/PL
HOME       335   198   76   61   640   291    472    2.000
AWAY       335    75   90  170   365   578    240    0.940
TOTAL      670   273  166  231  1005   869    712    1.470
(21 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. Gillingham          40  18  0  2  46  10   8  4  8  30  25   56    82
 2. Swindon Town        42  11  6  4  30  19   4  5 12  22  49   41    56
 3. Southampton         42   9  4  8  29  25   6  5 10  24  38   39    54
 4. West Ham Utd        30  11  2  2  33  11   4  4  7  16  23   36    51
 5. Bristol Rovers      32   9  6  1  30  13   2  9  5  18  20   37    48
 6. Queens Park Rang    32   8  4  4  23  10   5  4  7  14  20   34    47
 7. Northampton T       28   9  2  3  37   9   5  2  7  20  28   32    46
 8. Millwall            42   7  8  6  34  34   4  4 13  21  35   34    45
 9. Watford             28   9  2  3  32  14   3  4  7  12  19   30    42
10. Portsmouth          30   9  4  2  26  12   2  4  9  18  28   30    41
11. Brentford           24   8  4  0  29   7   3  3  6  10  12   29    40
12. Norwich City        20   9  0  1  29  13   3  2  5  12  18   26    38
13. Brighton & HA       24   8  2  2  24   9   2  4  6  13  21   26    36
14. Luton Town          30   5  5  5  29  21   3  3  9  19  38   24    32
15. Tottenham H         24   6  5  1  22  13   1  2  9  15  30   21    28
16. Plymouth Arg        24   4  5  3  15  13   2  4  6   5  17   21    27
17. Wellingborough       8   4  0  0  14   1   3  1  0   8   4   15    22
18. Crystal Palace      18   5  4  0  15   6   0  3  6   8  23   17    22
19. Chatham Town        12   5  1  0  17   6   1  2  3   7  11   15    21
20. Kettering Town       8   4  0  0   7   1   2  2  0   6   4   14    20
21. Southend Utd        10   3  2  0   8   2   1  2  2   5   5   12    16
22. Coventry City       10   4  0  1   5   1   1  1  3   5  12   11    16
23. Sheppey Utd          8   4  0  0   6   0   1  0  3   3  11   10    15
24. Gravesend Utd       10   4  0  1   7   1   0  1  4   6  13    9    13
25. Ilford               4   2  0  0   9   3   2  0  0   8   2    8    12
26. Exeter City         14   1  2  4   7  10   2  1  4   6  13    9    12
27. Leyton              10   2  2  1   8   3   0  3  2   2   4    9    11
28. Fulham               8   2  1  1   4   1   1  1  2   2   4    8    11
29. Merthyr Town         6   3  0  0   3   0   0  2  1   0   4    8    11
30. Wolverton LNWR       4   2  0  0  12   0   1  0  1   3   4    6     9
31. Royal Ordnance F     4   1  1  0   6   3   1  0  1   8   7    5     7
32. Clapton              4   1  0  1   6   4   1  1  0   3   1    5     7
33. Bristol City         8   1  1  2   5   4   1  0  3   4   6    5     7
34. Croydon Common       4   2  0  0   7   2   0  0  2   2   6    4     6
35. Northfleet           4   1  1  0   2   1   0  2  0   3   3    5     6
36. Cardiff City         6   2  0  1   4   2   0  0  3   2   8    4     6
37. Stoke City           4   1  1  0   7   3   0  1  1   0   4    4     5
38. Royal Artillery      2   1  0  0   5   0   0  1  0   1   1    3     4
39. Bedminster           4   1  1  0   4   0   0  0  2   1   3    3     4
40. Newport County       2   1  0  0   2   0   0  1  0   0   0    3     4
41. Brighton Utd         2   1  0  0   1   0   0  1  0   1   1    3     4
42. Bradford PA          2   0  0  1   1   3   0  1  0   1   1    1     1
43. Swansea City         2   0  0  1   0   1   0  0  1   1   2    0     0

This excludes the disputed game against Chatham which was ordered to be replayed, and a number of results that were expunged when the opponents resigned mid-season. The results of these games were as follows:

1896-97  Royal Ordnance F  A  W  8-3  (expunged)
1898-99  Chatham Town      H  W  3-2  (replayed)
1899-00  Brighton Utd      A  L  2-4  (expunged)
         Brighton Utd      H  D  1-1  (expunged)
1900-01  Chatham Town      H  D  0-0  (expunged)

Warmley in 1898-99 and Cowes in 1899-1900 also resigned mid-season, but without having played against Reading.

It is also possible to produce a complete table of all Southern League Division 1 games during this period (excluding the expunged records listed above). It is ranked by the actual number of points gained. Only Southampton, Millwall and Swindon were ever-present, with Reading and Gillingham missing just one season (1910-11 in Reading's case).

                        PL     W    D    L    GF    GA    PTS
 1. Southampton        708   348  144  216  1281   946    840
 2. Millwall           708   309  145  254  1185   924    763
 3. READING            670   273  166  231  1005   869    712
 4. Swindon Town       708   283  141  284  1137  1089    707
 5. Portsmouth         570   276  123  171   937   674    675
 6. Queens Park Rang   608   245  155  208   878   799    645
 7. Bristol Rovers     608   229  138  241   886   919    596
 8. West Ham Utd       566   226  140  200   822   747    592
 9. Gillingham         692   214  155  323   817  1128    583
10. Northampton T      552   214  130  208   829   830    558
11. Plymouth Arg       492   210  125  157   701   542    545
12. Luton Town         538   206  114  218   812   824    526
13. Watford            546   189  125  232   704   869    503
14. Brighton & HA      492   192  118  182   675   642    502
15. Tottenham H        360   180   75  105   640   401    435
16. Crystal Palace     390   158  107  125   587   495    423
17. Brentford          476   154   94  228   570   744    402
18. Norwich City       424   135  124  165   558   610    394
19. Exeter City        314   117   73  124   409   423    307
20. Coventry City      234    86   48  100   362   400    220
21. Leyton             234    73   61  100   285   348    207
22. Southend Utd       238    69   65  104   281   386    203
23. Fulham             140    62   47   31   181   115    171
24. Cardiff City       118    53   33   32   188   123    139
25. Chatham Town       128    58   23   47   239   214    139
26. Bristol City       102    54   22   26   219   140    130
27. Gravesend Utd      122    39   26   57   175   268    104
28. Kettering Town     122    33   32   57   149   203     98
29. Merthyr Town       118    30   33   55   127   199     93
30. Wellingborough     128    36   15   77   139   295     87
31. Stoke City          76    23   14   39    90   138     60
32. Croydon Common      80    22   14   44    99   159     58
33. Sheppey Utd         94    23   12   59   121   215     58
34. Bedminster          52    23    6   23    79    84     52
35. Swansea City        42    16   11   15    53    45     43
36. Bradford PA         38    12   12   14    53    54     36
37. Newport County      42    13    7   22    45    70     33
38. Northfleet          42     9    7   26    53   106     25
39. Royal Ordnance F    34     6    9   19    43    74     21
40. Clapton             34     9    3   22    52   105     21
41. Brighton Utd        24     9    2   13    37    48     20
42. Ilford              34     6    3   25    36   121     15
43. Royal Artillery     24     4    4   16    17    60     12
44. Wolverton LNWR      42     5    1   36    45   156     11

Southampton were champions six times in this period. Fulham, Millwall, Portsmouth and Queen's Park Rangers were each champions twice. Brighton, Bristol Rovers, Northampton, Plymouth, Tottenham and Watford were each champions once. For a complete list of champions, see here.

When Reading, along with the rest of the Southern League Division 1, were elected to the Football League in 1920, their place in the Southern League was taken by their reserve team. They remainded in the league until 1927. For details, see here.

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