<< Season 1947-48 >>

After having guided the club through the war years, manager Joe Edelston departed to be replaced by Ted Drake. He started to put a youth system in place that was to serve the club well in the successful years of the early 1950s.

Division 3 South (10th)

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Queens Park Rang    42  16  3  2  44  17  10  6  5  30  20   61    3-2  0-2 
 2. Bournemouth & BA    42  13  5  3  42  13  11  4  6  34  22   57    3-0  0-2 
 3. Walsall             42  13  5  3  37  12   8  4  9  33  28   51    0-1  0-0 
 4. Ipswich Town        42  16  1  4  42  18   7  2 12  25  43   49    1-2  0-1 
 5. Swansea Town        42  14  6  1  48  14   4  6 11  22  38   48    4-1  1-1 
 6. Notts County        42  12  4  5  44  27   7  4 10  24  32   46    3-1  1-5 
 7. Bristol City        42  11  4  6  47  26   7  3 11  30  39   43    2-7  2-0 
 8. Port Vale           42  14  4  3  48  18   2  7 12  15  36   43    2-0  0-1 
 9. Southend Utd        42  11  8  2  32  16   4  5 12  19  42   43    1-3  1-1 
10. READING             42  10  5  6  37  28   5  6 10  19  30   41
11. Exeter City         42  11  6  4  34  22   4  5 12  21  41   41    2-1  0-1 
12. Newport County      42   9  8  4  38  28   5  5 11  23  45   41    0-0  0-2 
13. Crystal Palace      42  12  5  4  32  14   1  8 12  17  35   39    0-0  1-2 
14. Northampton T       42  10  5  6  35  28   4  6 11  23  44   39    1-1  1-1 
15. Watford             42   6  6  9  31  37   8  4  9  26  42   38    2-0  1-0 
16. Swindon Town        42   6 10  5  21  20   4  6 11  20  26   36    2-3  1-1 
17. Leyton Orient       42   8  5  8  31  32   5  5 11  20  41   36    6-2  2-2 
18. Torquay Utd         42   7  6  8  40  29   4  7 10  23  33   35    2-0  2-1 
19. Aldershot           42   5 10  6  22  26   5  5 11  23  41   35    0-0  2-1 
20. Bristol Rovers      42   7  3 11  39  34   6  5 10  32  41   34    0-0  3-2 
21. Norwich City        42   8  3 10  33  34   5  5 11  28  42   34    2-4  1-2 
22. Brighton & HA       42   8  4  9  26  31   3  8 10  17  42   34    1-0  0-2 

FA Cup

R1     BromleyN          A  D  3-3 *
R1(R)  BromleyN          H  W  3-0
R2     Newport County3   H  W  3-0
R3     West Bromwich A2  A  L  0-2

       * after extra time