<< Season 1955-56 >>

Once again Reading struggled, not helped by the ill health of manager Jack Smith, who was forced to resign. After a period when a committee of board members and senior players selected the team, Harry Johnston was appointed as his replacement.

Division 3 South (17th)

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Leyton Orient       46  18  3  2  76  20  11  5  7  30  29   66    0-1  0-1 
 2. Brighton & HA       46  20  2  1  73  16   9  5  9  39  34   65    0-2  1-3 
 3. Ipswich Town        46  16  6  1  59  28   9  8  6  47  32   64    1-5  3-3 
 4. Southend Utd        46  16  4  3  58  25   5  7 11  30  55   53    4-1  0-1 
 5. Torquay Utd         46  11 10  2  48  21   9  2 12  38  42   52    0-3  0-0 
 6. Brentford           46  11  8  4  40  30   8  6  9  29  36   52    5-2  2-2 
 7. Norwich City        46  15  4  4  56  31   4  9 10  30  51   51    2-2  1-2 
 8. Coventry City       46  16  4  3  54  20   4  5 14  19  40   49    1-0  0-0 
 9. Bournemouth & BA    46  13  6  4  39  14   6  4 13  24  37   48    0-2  1-2 
10. Gillingham          46  12  3  8  38  28   7  7  9  31  43   48    1-2  0-2 
11. Northampton T       46  14  3  6  44  27   6  4 13  23  44   47    4-1  2-1 
12. Colchester Utd      46  14  4  5  56  37   4  7 12  20  44   47    1-3  3-0 
13. Shrewsbury T        46  12  9  2  47  21   5  3 15  22  45   46    0-1  0-3 
14. Southampton         46  13  6  4  60  30   5  2 16  31  51   44    1-1  2-5 
15. Aldershot           46   9  9  5  36  33   3  7 13  34  57   40    0-5  4-4 
16. Exeter City         46  10  6  7  39  30   5  4 14  19  47   40    1-2  2-0 
17. READING             46  10  2 11  40  37   5  7 11  30  42   39
18. Queens Park Rang    46  10  7  6  44  32   4  4 15  20  54   39    3-1  3-3 
19. Newport County      46  12  2  9  32  26   3  7 13  26  53   39    3-0  3-2 
20. Walsall             46  13  5  5  43  28   2  3 18  25  56   38    2-0  0-1 
21. Watford             46   8  5 10  31  39   5  6 12  21  46   37    6-1  0-1 
22. Millwall            46  13  4  6  56  31   2  2 19  27  69   36    4-1  0-4 
23. Crystal Palace      46   7  3 13  27  32   5  7 11  27  51   34    1-0  3-2 
24. Swindon Town        46   4 10  9  18  22   4  4 15  16  56   30    0-1  0-0 

FA Cup

R1     Bournemouth & BA3 H  W  1-0
R2     Aldershot3        H  D  2-2
R2(R)  Aldershot3        A  L  0-3 *

       * after extra time
Southern Floodlit Cup
R1     bye               * 
R2     Millwall3         A  W  3-1
SF     West Ham Utd2     H  L  1-3

       * Reading given a bye in Round 1