<< Season 1962-63 >>

Reading just avoided the drop on goal average from Bradford Park Avenue. The most memorable feat of the season came from goalie Arthur Wilkie. He was injured in the game against Halifax and, these being the days before substitutes, had to soldier on as an outfield player, with Maurice Evans taking over between the sticks. Remarkably he scored twice as Reading ran out 4-2 winners. Also memorable was the winter of 1962-63 - the game at home to Bristol Rovers on Boxing Day was abandoned due to a blizzard and Reading did not play again for nearly two months, until February 23rd. This was particularly irritating for new manager Roy Bentley, who replaced the sacked Harry Johnson early in the new year. He had to wait six weeks to see his new charges play.

Division 3 (20th)

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Northampton T       46  16  6  1  64  19  10  4  9  45  41   62    2-1  0-5 
 2. Swindon Town        46  18  2  3  60  22   4 12  7  27  34   58    1-2  1-1 
 3. Port Vale           46  16  4  3  47  25   7  4 12  25  33   54    4-3  0-2 
 4. Coventry City       46  14  6  3  54  28   4 11  8  29  41   53    4-1  1-2 
 5. Bournemouth & BA    46  11 12  0  39  16   7  4 12  24  30   52    2-1  0-1 
 6. Peterborough U      46  11  5  7  48  33   9  6  8  45  42   51    0-1  1-1 
 7. Notts County        46  15  3  5  46  29   4 10  9  27  45   51    1-1  0-1 
 8. Southend Utd        46  11  7  5  38  24   8  5 10  37  53   50    1-3  0-2 
 9. Wrexham             46  14  6  3  54  27   6  3 14  30  56   49    3-0  1-1 
10. Hull City           46  12  6  5  40  22   7  4 12  34  47   48    2-2  1-0 
11. Crystal Palace      46  10  7  6  38  22   7  6 10  30  36   47    0-1  1-2 
12. Colchester Utd      46  11  6  6  41  35   7  5 11  32  58   47    4-1  2-4 
13. Queens Park Rang    46   9  6  8  44  36   8  5 10  41  40   45    1-1  2-3 
14. Bristol City        46  10  9  4  54  38   6  4 13  46  54   45    0-3  2-4 
15. Shrewsbury T        46  13  4  6  57  41   3  8 12  26  40   44    5-0  1-2 
16. Millwall            46  11  6  6  50  32   4  7 12  32  55   43    2-0  1-4 
17. Watford             46  12  3  8  55  40   5  5 13  27  45   42    0-0  0-4 
18. Barnsley            46  12  6  5  39  28   3  5 15  24  46   41    4-1  0-1 
19. Bristol Rovers      46  11  8  4  45  29   4  3 16  25  59   41    1-0  0-1 
20. READING             46  13  4  6  51  30   3  4 16  23  48   40
21. Bradford PA         46  10  9  4  43  36   4  3 16  36  61   40    4-1  2-3 
22. Brighton & HA       46   7  6 10  28  38   5  6 12  30  46   36    4-5  4-2 
23. Carlisle Utd        46  12  4  7  41  37   1  5 17  20  52   35    2-0  1-1 
24. Halifax Town        46   8  3 12  41  51   1  9 13  23  55   30    4-2  2-1 

FA Cup

R1     Swindon Town3     A  L  2-4
League Cup
R1     Cardiff City2     A  L  1-5