<< Season 1958-59 >>

Reading's first season in the new national Division 3 saw them finish in a respectable sixth place. A good home record was offset by a poor away record, doubtless partially due to the longer journeys to places like Accrington and Rochdale, although four of their five away wins came against former North section teams. A complete analysis of matches between Southern and Northern teams gives the following:

            PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
South      288  83 36 25 303 163  39 38 67 177 242  318
North      288  67 38 39 242 177  25 36 83 163 303  258

giving a win percentage of 42.4% for the South and 31.9% for the North.

Division 3 (6th)

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Plymouth Arg        46  14  7  2  55  27   9  9  5  34  32   62    0-2  2-2 
 2. Hull City           46  19  3  1  65  21   7  6 10  25  34   61    2-0  0-2 
 3. Brentford           46  15  5  3  49  22   6 10  7  27  27   57    3-1  1-3 
 4. Norwich City        46  13  6  4  51  29   9  7  7  38  33   57    3-1  0-1 
 5. Colchester Utd      46  15  2  6  46  31   6  8  9  25  36   52    0-0  1-3 
 6. READING             46  16  4  3  51  21   5  4 14  27  42   50
 7. Tranmere Rov        46  15  3  5  53  22   6  5 12  29  45   50    0-0  1-2 
 8. Southend Utd        46  14  6  3  52  26   7  2 14  33  54   50    3-0  2-2 
 9. Halifax Town        46  14  5  4  48  25   7  3 13  32  52   50    3-0  1-4 
10. Bury                46  12  9  2  51  24   5  5 13  18  34   48    1-0  1-1 
11. Bradford City       46  13  4  6  47  25   5  7 11  37  51   47    3-2  2-1 
12. Bournemouth & BA    46  12  9  2  40  18   5  3 15  29  51   46    2-0  1-0 
13. Queens Park Rang    46  14  6  3  49  28   5  2 16  25  49   46    2-2  0-2 
14. Southampton         46  12  7  4  57  33   5  4 14  31  47   45    4-1  3-3 
15. Swindon Town        46  13  4  6  39  25   3  9 11  20  32   45    3-1  0-2 
16. Chesterfield        46  12  5  6  40  26   5  5 13  27  38   44    1-2  0-1 
17. Newport County      46  15  2  6  43  24   2  7 14  26  44   43    1-3  1-2 
18. Wrexham             46  12  6  5  40  30   2  8 13  23  47   42    2-1  1-0 
19. Accrington Stan     46  10  8  5  42  31   5  4 14  29  56   42    5-0  3-4 
20. Mansfield Town      46  11  5  7  38  42   3  8 12  35  56   41    3-3  0-1 
21. Stockport Co        46   9  7  7  33  23   4  3 16  32  55   36    2-1  1-0 
22. Doncaster Rov       46  13  2  8  40  32   1  3 19  10  58   33    2-0  5-2 
23. Notts County        46   5  9  9  33  39   3  4 16  22  57   29    3-1  1-3 
24. Rochdale            46   8  7  8  21  26   0  5 18  16  53   28    3-0  0-1 

FA Cup

R1     Watford4          A  D  1-1
R1(R)  Watford4          H  L  0-2
Southern Floodlit Cup
R1     Crystal Palace4   A  L  2-4