Watney Cup Records

The Watney Cup was a short-lived (1970-73) pre-season competition which was competed for by the two top scorers in each of the four divisions of the Football League. It featured an experimental offside rule and was the first British tournament to use penalty shoot-outs to decide games. Jack Mansell's Reading side qualified as one of the Third Division entrants for the 1970-71 season for their exploits in the 1969-70 season, when they scored 87 times, cumulating in an 8-0 drubbing of Southport on the last day of the season. They faced a Manchester United side including the likes of Best, Charlton and Law, narrowly losing out 3-2 in front of a crowd of over 18,000 at Elm Park.

The results from the finals were as follows:

    1970     Watney Cup  Derby County1        4    Manchester Utd1      1
    1971     Watney Cup  West Bromwich A1     4    Colchester Utd4      4  (pens 3-4)
    1972     Watney Cup  Bristol Rovers3      0    Sheffield Utd1       0  (pens 7-6)
    1973     Watney Cup  Stoke City1          2    Hull City2           0

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