<< Season 1935-36 >>

Manager Joe Smith left before the start of the season to manage Blackpool, who he guided into the top division. He was replaced at Reading by former player Billy Butler, who continued Smith's pattern of near misses.

Division 3 South (3rd)

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Coventry City       42  19  1  1  75  12   5  8  8  27  33   57    2-1  1-3 
 2. Luton Town          42  13  6  2  56  20   9  6  6  25  25   56    2-1  1-2 
 3. READING             42  18  0  3  52  20   8  2 11  35  42   54
 4. Queens Park Rang    42  14  4  3  55  19   8  5  8  29  34   53    1-2  1-0 
 5. Watford             42  12  3  6  47  29   8  6  7  33  25   49    3-0  2-4 
 6. Crystal Palace      42  15  4  2  64  20   7  1 13  32  54   49    0-1  0-2 
 7. Brighton & HA       42  13  4  4  48  25   5  4 12  22  38   44    3-0  2-4 
 8. Bournemouth & BA    42   9  6  6  36  26   7  5  9  24  30   43    0-2  1-4 
 9. Notts County        42  10  5  6  40  25   5  7  9  20  32   42    3-1  3-1 
10. Torquay Utd         42  14  4  3  41  27   2  5 14  21  35   41    2-0  0-0 
11. Aldershot           42   9  6  6  29  21   5  6 10  24  40   40    3-1  0-1 
12. Millwall            42   9  8  4  33  21   5  4 12  25  50   40    3-1  1-0 
13. Bristol City        42  11  5  5  32  21   4  5 12  16  38   40    5-2  1-1 
14. Clapton Orient      42  13  2  6  34  15   3  4 14  21  46   38    4-1  0-1 
15. Northampton T       42  12  5  4  38  24   3  3 15  24  66   38    5-2  2-4 
16. Gillingham          42   9  5  7  34  25   5  4 12  32  52   37    1-0  0-2 
17. Bristol Rovers      42  11  6  4  48  31   3  3 15  21  64   37    3-2  4-1 
18. Southend Utd        42   8  7  6  38  21   5  3 13  23  41   36    2-1  2-1 
19. Swindon Town        42  10  5  6  43  33   4  3 14  21  40   36    2-0  1-4 
20. Cardiff City        42  11  5  5  37  23   2  5 14  23  50   36    4-1  3-2 
21. Newport County      42   8  4  9  36  44   3  5 13  24  67   31    2-1  5-1 
22. Exeter City         42   7  5  9  38  41   1  6 14  21  52   27    2-0  5-4 

FA Cup

R1     CorinthiansN      H  W  8-3
R2     Chester4          A  D  3-3
R2(R)  Chester4          H  W  3-0
R3     Manchester Utd2   H  L  1-3
Division 3 South Cup
R1     bye               * 
R2     Aldershot3        H  W  2-1
R3     Northampton T3    A  L  0-4

       * Reading given a bye in Round 1