<< Season 1910-11 >>

Reading's first ever league title was in the modest surroundings of the Southern League Division 2. A superb defensive record - only one goal conceded at home (in a 5-1 win) and only eleven overall - saw them beat off Stoke on goal average. An interesting feature was the large number of Welsh teams, including Cardiff, who were playing their first season in a senior league. Indeed Reading secured promotion with 2-0 wins at home to Stoke and away to Cardiff, both in front of crowds of over 10,000. This was followed by a 5-0 win over Chesham to win the championship.

These large crowds gave a welcome financial boost as the club was still in dire financial straits. They did however manage to afford £5 to sign Jack Smith from Portsmouth, and it proved money well spent as he played over 200 games for Reading, ending up as player-manager in the early Football League years.

Southern League Division 2 (Champions)

                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS     H    A  
 1. READING             22  16  3  3  55  11   35
 2. Stoke               22  17  1  4  72  21   35    2-0  0-1 
 3. Merthyr Town        22  15  3  4  52  22   33    2-0  0-1 
 4. Cardiff City        22  12  4  6  48  29   28    0-0  2-0 
 5. Croydon Common      22  11  3  8  61  26   25    1-0  2-0 
 6. Treharris           22  10  3  9  38  31   23    5-1  2-2 
 7. Aberdare            22   9  5  8  38  33   23    0-0  1-0 
 8. Ton Pentre          22  10  3  9  44  40   23    2-0  1-3 
 9. Walsall             22   7  4 11  37  41   18    4-0  3-1 
10. Kettering           22   6  1 15  34  68   13    5-0  1-0 
11. Chesham Town*       22   1  3 18  16  97    5    5-0  8-1 
12. Salisbury City*     22   0  3 19  16  92    3    5-0  4-1 

    * Chesham adjusted from GA=93
    * Salisbury City resigned

FA Cup

Q4     Exeter CityS      H  D  1-1
Q4(R)  Exeter CityS      A  L  0-1

For the sake of completeness, since this was the only season Reading spent outside the top division between the formation of the Southern League in 1894 and the amalgamation of its top teams into the Football League in 1920, we give the first division table, even though this involves admitting that Swindon were champions:

Southern League Division 1 Table

                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
 1. Swindon Town        38  24  5  9  80  31   53
 2. Northampton T       38  18 12  8  54  27   48
 3. Brighton & HA       38  20  8 10  58  36   48
 4. Crystal Palace      38  17 13  8  55  48   47
 5. West Ham Utd        38  17 11 10  63  46   45
 6. Queens Park Rang    38  13 14 11  52  41   40
 7. Leyton              38  16  8 14  57  52   40
 8. Plymouth Arg        38  15  9 14  54  55   39
 9. Luton Town          38  15  8 15  67  63   38
10. Norwich City        38  15  8 15  46  48   38
11. Coventry City       38  16  6 16  65  68   38
12. Brentford           38  14  9 15  41  42   37
13. Exeter City         38  14  9 15  51  53   37
14. Watford             38  13  9 16  49  65   35
15. Millwall            38  11  9 18  42  54   31
16. Bristol Rovers      38  10 10 18  42  55   30
17. Southampton         38  11  8 19  42  67   30
18. New Brompton        38  11  8 19  34  65   30
19. Southend Utd        38  10  9 19  47  64   29
20. Portsmouth          38   8 11 19  34  53   27