<< Season 1931-32 >>

Relegation brought about the departure of manager Angus Wylie, to be replaced by Joe Smith, who was the first manager to be allowed full control over team matters. Under his guidance Reading narrowly missed out on promotion back to Division Two, thereby setting a pattern which was to be maintained for the rest of the decade, when they never finished lower than 6th.

Division 3 South (2nd)

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Fulham              42  15  3  3  72  27   9  6  6  39  35   57    4-2  3-3 
 2. READING             42  19  1  1  65  21   4  8  9  32  46   55
 3. Southend Utd        42  12  5  4  41  18   9  6  6  36  35   53    3-1  1-1 
 4. Crystal Palace      42  14  7  0  48  12   6  4 11  26  51   51    3-0  1-1 
 5. Brentford           42  11  6  4  40  22   8  4  9  28  30   48    1-2  0-3 
 6. Luton Town          42  16  1  4  62  25   4  6 11  33  45   47    2-1  1-6 
 7. Exeter City         42  16  3  2  53  16   4  4 13  24  46   47    2-0  0-4 
 8. Brighton & HA       42  12  4  5  42  21   5  8  8  31  37   46    3-1  0-2 
 9. Cardiff City        42  14  2  5  62  29   5  6 10  25  44   46    5-1  1-5 
10. Norwich City        42  12  7  2  51  22   5  5 11  25  45   46    1-1  0-0 
11. Watford             42  14  4  3  49  27   5  4 12  32  52   46    2-1  2-3 
12. Coventry City       42  17  2  2  74  28   1  6 14  34  69   44    2-1  1-5 
13. Queens Park Rang    42  11  6  4  50  30   4  6 11  29  43   42    3-2  0-2 
14. Northampton T       42  12  3  6  48  26   4  4 13  21  43   39    3-2  4-2 
15. Bournemouth & BA    42   8  8  5  42  32   5  4 12  28  46   38    3-1  2-2 
16. Clapton Orient      42   7  8  6  41  35   5  3 13  36  55   35    5-0  2-2 
17. Swindon Town        42  12  2  7  47  31   2  4 15  23  53   34    5-2  2-0 
18. Bristol Rovers      42  11  6  4  46  30   2  2 17  19  62   34    3-0  0-2 
19. Torquay Utd         42   9  6  6  49  39   3  3 15  23  67   33    4-1  4-1 
20. Mansfield Town*     42  11  5  5  54  45   0  5 16  21  63   32    4-1  7-1 
21. Gillingham          42   8  6  7  26  26   2  2 17  14  56   28    2-0  1-1 
22. Thames*             42   6  7  8  35  35   1  2 18  18  74   23    5-1  0-0 

    * Mansfield transferred to Division 3 North, 1932
    * Thames resigned (replaced by Aldershot)

FA Cup

R1     Crystal Palace3   H  L  0-1