<< Season 1930-31 >>

When Reading were beaten 7-1 by Spurs on the first day of the season it was obvious that this wasn't going to be their year, a feeling that was confirmed a couple of weeks later when they lost 8-1 at Burnley (a club League record). However in Arthur Bacon the Biscuitmen had a goalscorer of their own. He hit 30 goals, including six in one match (a club record), a 7-3 win against Stoke. This was also the eighth successive match he had scored in (another record). Despite this Reading slipped out of the second division. They were not to return for 55 years.

Division 2 (21st, Relegated)

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Everton             42  18  1  2  76  31  10  4  7  45  35   61    0-2  2-3 
 2. West Bromwich A     42  14  3  4  40  16   8  7  6  43  33   54    0-3  0-1 
 3. Tottenham H         42  15  5  1  64  20   7  2 12  24  35   51    1-2  1-7 
 4. Wolverhampton W     42  15  2  4  56  25   6  3 12  28  42   47    3-0  1-3 
 5. Port Vale           42  15  3  3  39  16   6  2 13  28  45   47    0-3  1-2 
 6. Bradford PA         42  15  4  2  71  24   3  6 12  26  42   46    3-0  3-1 
 7. Preston NE          42  12  5  4  55  31   5  6 10  28  33   45    1-4  3-3 
 8. Burnley             42  13  5  3  55  30   4  6 11  26  47   45    3-1  1-8 
 9. Southampton         42  13  4  4  46  22   6  2 13  28  40   44    1-1  2-3 
10. Bradford City       42  12  5  4  39  26   5  5 11  22  37   44    0-0  1-6 
11. Stoke City          42  11  6  4  34  17   6  4 11  30  54   44    7-3  1-2 
12. Oldham Athletic     42  13  5  3  45  28   3  5 13  16  44   42    1-3  1-1 
13. Bury                42  14  3  4  44  20   5  0 16  31  62   41    3-4  2-2 
14. Millwall            42  12  4  5  47  25   4  3 14  24  55   39    2-1  0-4 
15. Charlton Ath        42  11  4  6  35  33   4  5 12  24  53   39    2-0  1-2 
16. Bristol City        42  11  5  5  29  23   4  3 14  25  59   38    4-1  0-1 
17. Nottingham F        42  12  6  3  54  35   2  3 16  26  50   37    5-2  1-1 
18. Plymouth Arg        42  10  3  8  47  33   4  5 12  29  51   36    1-2  1-3 
19. Barnsley            42  13  3  5  42  23   0  6 15  17  56   35    6-1  2-3 
20. Swansea Town        42  11  5  5  40  29   1  5 15  11  45   34    1-0  1-2 
21. READING             42  11  2  8  47  33   1  4 16  25  63   30
22. Cardiff City        42   7  6  8  32  31   1  3 17  15  56   25    3-0  0-5 

FA Cup

R3     Crystal Palace3   A  D  1-1
R3(R)  Crystal Palace3   H  D  1-1 *
R3(2R) Crystal Palace3   *  L  0-2

       * after extra time
       * at Stamford Bridge, London