Southern Floodlit Cup Records

Reading v Luton The Southern (Professional) Floodlit Cup was a precursor to the League Cup during the 1950s contested by teams from the south of the country. It was played in midweek at a time when floodlights were only just being introduced. Reading twice reached the final, losing 2-1 to Luton in 1956-57 and 2-0 to Portsmouth in 1957-58. Both games were played at Elm Park.

The picture on the right shows the team sheet from the Luton match. The Reading team of Meeson, McLaren, Reeves, Anderton, Spiers, Evans, Wilson, Wheeler, Kirkup, Webb and Dixon, was as published.

The results from the finals were as follows:

    1955-56  SPF Cup     West Ham Utd2        2    Aldershot3           1
    1956-57  SPF Cup     READING3             1    Luton Town1          2
    1957-58  SPF Cup     READING3             0    Portsmouth1          2
    1958-59  SPF Cup     Crystal Palace4      0    Arsenal1             2
    1959-60  SPF Cup     Coventry City3       2    West Ham Utd1        1

Reading's complete record in the competition is as follows:

            PL     W    D    L    GF    GA    PTS    P3/PL
HOME         7     3    1    3    17    16      7    1.429
AWAY         7     3    2    2    12    15      8    1.571
TOTAL       14     6    3    5    29    31     15    1.500
(5 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. Queens Park Rang     3   1  0  0   5   2   1  1  0   2   1    5     7
 2. Luton Town           3   0  1  1   4   5   1  0  0   1   0    3     4
 3. West Ham Utd         4   1  0  1   6   6   0  1  1   4   9    3     4
 4. Millwall             1   0  0  0   0   0   1  0  0   3   1    2     3
 5. Arsenal              1   1  0  0   2   1   0  0  0   0   0    2     3
 6. Crystal Palace       1   0  0  0   0   0   0  0  1   2   4    0     0
 7. Portsmouth           1   0  0  1   0   2   0  0  0   0   0    0     0

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