<< Season 1954-55 >>

Without Ron Blackman, Reading struggled to their lowest position for over thirty years. A highlight of the season (literally) was the installation of floodlights at Elm Park. The first game was against Racing Club of Paris, with the second half being covered live by the BBC. Reading ran out 3-0 winners with Wally Hinshelwood scoring twice and Jimmy Wheeler once. Further floodlit friendlies followed against teams such as Cercle Athletique, Stade Français, Dundee, Hibernian, East Fife and a Ugandan XI. Elm Park also staged a second televised floodlit match when the Division 3 South representative side, including Hinshelwood, beat their Northern counterparts 2-0.

Division 3 South (18th)

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Bristol City        46  17  4  2  62  22  13  6  4  39  25   70    0-2  1-2 
 2. Leyton Orient       46  16  2  5  48  20  10  7  6  41  27   61    0-2  0-2 
 3. Southampton         46  16  6  1  49  19   8  5 10  26  32   59    0-1  1-3 
 4. Gillingham          46  12  8  3  41  28   8  7  8  36  38   55    2-2  1-5 
 5. Millwall            46  14  6  3  44  25   6  5 12  28  43   51    0-0  2-2 
 6. Brighton & HA       46  14  4  5  47  27   6  6 11  29  36   50    0-2  2-3 
 7. Watford             46  11  9  3  45  26   7  5 11  26  36   50    1-1  3-1 
 8. Torquay Utd         46  12  6  5  51  39   6  6 11  31  43   48    3-2  1-3 
 9. Coventry City       46  15  5  3  50  26   3  6 14  17  33   47    2-2  1-2 
10. Southend Utd        46  13  5  5  48  28   4  7 12  35  52   46    1-1  0-0 
11. Brentford           46  11  6  6  44  36   5  8 10  38  46   46    0-0  2-2 
    Norwich City        46  13  5  5  40  23   5  5 13  20  37   46    1-1  1-0 
13. Northampton T       46  13  5  5  47  27   6  3 14  26  54   46    0-1  6-2 
14. Aldershot           46  12  6  5  44  23   4  7 12  31  48   45    2-2  1-3 
15. Queens Park Rang    46  13  7  3  46  25   2  7 14  23  50   44    3-1  3-2 
16. Shrewsbury T        46  14  5  4  49  24   2  5 16  21  54   42    1-2  3-2 
17. Bournemouth & BA    46   7  8  8  32  29   5 10  8  25  36   42    1-0  0-0 
18. READING             46   7 10  6  32  26   6  5 12  33  47   41
19. Newport County      46   8  8  7  32  29   3  8 12  28  44   38    2-1  1-3 
20. Crystal Palace      46   9 11  3  32  24   2  5 16  20  56   38    5-0  1-1 
21. Swindon Town        46  10  8  5  30  19   1  7 15  16  45   37    2-1  0-2 
22. Exeter City         46   9  7  7  30  31   2  8 13  17  42   37    0-0  1-3 
23. Walsall             46   9  6  8  49  36   1  8 14  26  50   34    2-2  0-4 
24. Colchester Utd      46   7  6 10  33  40   2  7 14  20  51   31    4-0  2-0 

FA Cup

R1     Colchester Utd3   H  D  3-3
R1(R)  Colchester Utd3   A  W  2-1
R2     Gillingham3       A  D  1-1
R2(R)  Gillingham3       H  W  5-3
R3     Manchester Utd1   H  D  1-1
R3(R)  Manchester Utd1   A  L  1-4