<< Season 1968-69 >>

Manager Roy Bentley paid the price for his lack of league success, although he remained popular and returned as club secretary in 1977. He was replaced by a lengthy caretaker spell by player-coach Ray Henderson, before Jack Mansell took over towards the end of the season, Henderson being appointed as his assistant.

Division 3 (14th)

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Watford             46  16  5  2  35   7  11  5  7  39  27   64    0-1  0-1 
 2. Swindon Town        46  18  4  1  38   7   9  6  8  33  28   64    0-1  0-0 
 3. Luton Town          46  20  3  0  57  14   5  8 10  17  24   61    1-1  1-2 
 4. Bournemouth & BA    46  16  2  5  41  17   5  7 11  19  28   51    0-1  1-1 
 5. Plymouth Arg        46  10  8  5  34  25   7  7  9  19  24   49    1-2  1-3 
 6. Torquay Utd         46  13  4  6  35  18   5  8 10  19  28   48    1-1  0-1 
 7. Tranmere Rov        46  12  3  8  36  31   7  7  9  34  37   48    2-0  1-2 
 8. Southport           46  14  8  1  52  20   3  5 15  19  44   47    1-0  1-1 
 9. Stockport Co        46  14  5  4  49  25   2  9 12  18  43   46    4-2  2-2 
10. Barnsley            46  13  6  4  37  21   3  8 12  21  42   46    3-2  0-1 
11. Rotherham Utd       46  12  6  5  40  21   4  7 12  16  29   45    1-0  1-4 
12. Brighton & HA       46  12  7  4  49  21   4  6 13  23  44   45    1-0  0-2 
13. Walsall             46  10  9  4  34  18   4  7 12  16  31   44    2-2  2-2 
14. READING             46  13  3  7  41  25   2 10 11  26  41   43
15. Mansfield Town      46  14  5  4  37  18   2  6 15  21  44   43    2-1  1-1 
16. Bristol Rovers      46  12  6  5  41  27   4  5 14  22  44   43    2-1  3-1 
17. Shrewsbury T        46  11  8  4  28  17   5  3 15  23  50   43    2-4  3-3 
18. Orient              46  10  8  5  31  19   4  6 13  20  39   42    0-1  2-4 
19. Barrow              46  11  6  6  30  23   6  2 15  26  52   42    0-1  0-0 
20. Gillingham          46  10 10  3  35  20   3  5 15  19  43   41    3-2  2-2 
21. Northampton T       46   9  8  6  37  30   5  4 14  17  31   40    1-0  2-4 
22. Hartlepool          46   6 12  5  25  29   4  7 12  15  41   39    7-0  0-2 
23. Crewe Alexandra     46  11  4  8  40  31   2  5 16  12  45   35    3-1  2-1 
24. Oldham Athletic     46   9  6  8  33  27   4  3 16  17  56   35    4-1  1-1 

FA Cup

R1     Plymouth Arg3     H  W  1-0
R2     Torquay Utd3      H  D  0-0
R2(R)  Torquay Utd3      A  W  2-1
R3     Newcastle Utd1    A  L  0-4
League Cup
R1     Colchester Utd4   A  L  0-2