<< Season 1897-98 >>

In addition to the Southern League, Reading competed in the Western League to provide some additional fixtures.

Southern League Division 1 (5th)

                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Southampton*        22  18  1  3  53  18   37    0-2  1-2 
 2. Bristol City        22  13  7  2  67  33   33    2-2  2-3 
 3. Tottenham H         22  12  4  6  52  31   28    3-3  1-1*
 4. Chatham Town        22  12  4  6  50  34   28    5-1  1-1 
 5. READING             22   8  7  7  39  31   23
 6. New Brompton        22   9  4  9  37  37   22    4-1  3-4 
 7. Sheppey Utd         22  10  1 11  40  49   21    1-0  1-3 
 8. Gravesend Utd       22   7  6  9  28  39   20    1-0  1-1 
 9. Millwall Ath        22   8  2 12  48  45   18    2-1  1-0 
10. Swindon Town        22   7  2 13  36  48   16    1-0  1-2 
11. Northfleet+*        22   4  3 15  29  60   11    1-1  1-1 
12. Wolverton LNWR+     22   3  1 18  28  82    7    6-0  0-2 

    * Southampton previously known as Southampton St Mary's
    * played at Millwall
    + after Test Match
    * Northfleet resigned after losing Test Match
Southern League Test Matches
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
 1. Royal Artillery      4   3  1  0   8   4    7
 2. Warmley              4   2  1  1  14   7    5
 3. Northfleet           4   1  0  3   6  11    2
 4. Wolverton LNWR       4   0  2  2   5  11    2
Western League Professional Section (3rd)
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
 1. Bristol City*       13  10  1  2  51  16   23
 2. Swindon Town        14   9  1  4  32  16   19
 3. READING             14   7  2  5  28  25   16
 4. Bristol St G        14   6  3  5  26  28   15
 5. Bristol E Rov       14   6  2  6  39  26   14
 6. Warmley             14   5  3  6  36  27   13
 7. Eastleigh           13   3  2  8  23  54    8
 8. Trowbridge Town     14   2  0 12  15  58    4

    * Bristol City awarded win over Eastleigh

FA Cup

Q3     Swindon TownS     H  D  0-0
Q3(R)  Swindon TownS     A  L  2-3