<< Season 1973-74 >>

Having ended the previous season with a run of five games undefeated, Reading extended that run to a then club record 19 games by not losing any of their first 14 games of the season. However a couple of poor runs and too many games drawn rather than won cost them a promotion place. Top scorer was Les Chappell who hit 28 goals, including a record four hat-tricks.

Division 4 (6th)

       Newport County    A  D  0-0
       Darlington        H  W  2-0         Chappell 2 (1 pen)
       Hartlepool        A  W  2-1         B.Wagstaff, Cumming
       Colchester Utd    A  D  0-0
       Bury              H  D  2-2         Habbin, B.Wagstaff
       Brentford         A  W  1-0         Chappell
       Exeter City       A  W  1-0         Habbin
       Peterborough U    H  D  1-1         Bromley
       Brentford         H  W  1-0         Cumming
       Doncaster Rov     A  D  0-0
       Lincoln City      H  D  0-0
       Mansfield Town    H  W  3-0         Chappell 3
       Colchester Utd    H  D  1-1         Chappell
       Workington T      A  D  0-0
       Gillingham        H  L  0-1
       Bradford City     A  L  3-4         Chappell 3 (1 pen)
       Scunthorpe Utd    A  L  0-1
       Rotherham Utd     H  W  1-0         B.Wagstaff
       Stockport Co      A  D  0-0
       Peterborough U    A  L  0-2
       Swansea City      H  L  1-2         Smee
       Hartlepool        H  D  1-1         Chappell
       Darlington        A  L  1-2         Hetzke
       Crewe Alexandra   H  W  2-0         Chappell 2
       Bury              A  L  0-1
       Newport County    H  D  1-1         Carnaby
       Northampton T     A  D  3-3         Chappell 2, Carnaby
       Barnsley          A  L  2-3         Friday, Freeman
       Exeter City       H  W  4-1         Freeman, Carnaby, Friday 2
       Lincoln City      A  W  2-0         Freeman, B.Wagstaff
       Doncaster Rov     H  W  5-0         Chappell 3 (1 pen), Friday, Stuckey
       Swansea City      A  L  1-2         Chappell
       Workington T      H  W  2-0         Freeman 2
       Mansfield Town    A  D  1-1         Carnaby
       Barnsley          H  W  1-0         Stuckey
       Bradford City     H  D  0-0
       Crewe Alexandra   A  L  1-2         Youlden
       Gillingham        A  W  1-0         Chappell
       Northampton T     H  L  1-2         Habbin
       Scunthorpe Utd    H  D  0-0
       Torquay Utd       H  W  4-0         Chappell 4
       Rotherham Utd     A  D  1-1         Habbin
       Torquay Utd       A  D  1-1         Stuckey (pen)
       Stockport Co      H  D  1-1         Habbin
       Chester           H  W  3-0         Freeman 2, Habbin
       Chester           A  D  0-0

Division 4 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Peterborough U      46  19  4  0  49  10   8  7  8  26  28   65
 2. Gillingham          46  16  5  2  51  16   9  7  7  39  33   62
 3. Colchester Utd      46  16  5  2  46  14   8  7  8  27  22   60
 4. Bury                46  18  3  2  51  14   6  8  9  30  35   59
 5. Northampton T       46  14  7  2  39  14   6  6 11  24  34   53
 6. READING             46  11  9  3  37  13   5 10  8  21  24   51
 7. Chester             46  13  6  4  31  19   4  9 10  23  36   49
 8. Bradford City       46  14  7  2  45  20   3  7 13  13  32   48
 9. Newport County*     46  13  6  4  39  23   3  8 12  17  42   45
10. Exeter City*        45  12  5  6  37  20   6  3 13  21  35   44
11. Hartlepool          46  11  4  8  29  16   5  8 10  19  31   44
12. Lincoln City        46  10  8  5  40  30   6  4 13  23  37   44
13. Barnsley            46  15  5  3  42  16   2  5 16  16  48   44
14. Swansea City        46  11  6  6  28  15   5  5 13  17  31   43
15. Rotherham Utd       46  10  9  4  33  22   5  4 14  23  36   43
16. Torquay Utd         46  11  7  5  37  23   2 10 11  15  34   43
17. Mansfield Town      46  13  8  2  47  24   0  9 14  15  45   43
18. Scunthorpe Utd*     45  12  7  3  33  17   2  5 16  14  47   42
19. Brentford           46   9  7  7  31  20   3  9 11  17  30   40
20. Darlington          46   9  8  6  29  24   4  5 14  11  38   39
21. Crewe Alexandra     46  11  5  7  28  30   3  5 15  15  41   38
22. Doncaster Rov       46  10  7  6  32  22   2  4 17  15  58   35
23. Workington T        46  10  8  5  33  26   1  5 17  10  48   35
24. Stockport Co        46   4 12  7  22  25   3  8 12  22  44   34

    * Newport deducted one point (ineligible player)
    * Scunthorpe v Exeter not played, ruled as home win

FA Cup

R1     Slough TownN      H  W  3-0         Bromley, Hetzke, Chappell
R2     Southend Utd3     A  L  0-2
League Cup
R1     Watford3          H  D  2-2         Chappell 2
R1(R)  Watford3          A  W  3-2         T.Wagstaff, Cumming, Chappell
R2     Everton1          A  L  0-1

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Les Chappell        24   1   3   0   28    3    4   0.609
 2. Percy Freeman        7   0   0   0    7    0    0   0.179
 3. Dick Habbin          6   0   0   0    6    0    0   0.130
 4. Brian Carnaby        4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.093
    Robin Friday         4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.210
    Barry Wagstaff       4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.133
 7. Bruce Stuckey        3   0   0   0    3    1    0   0.094
 8. Gordon Cumming       2   0   1   0    3    0    0   0.097
 9. Brian Bromley        1   1   0   0    2    0    0   0.143
    Steve Hetzke         1   1   0   0    2    0    0   0.083
11. Roger Smee           1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.100
    Tommy Youlden        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.034
13. Tony Wagstaff        0   0   1   0    1    0    0   0.050
    Line
    Totals              58   3   5   0   66    4    4   1.294

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Steve Death         46     2     3     0     51      51
 2. Stew Henderson      44     2     3     0     49      49
 3. John Hulme          41+1   2     3     0     46+1    47
 4. Dennis M Butler     41     2     3     0     46      46
    Les Chappell        41     2     3     0     46      46
 6. Dick Habbin         37+4   2     3     0     42+4    46
 7. Brian Carnaby       36+3   1     3     0     40+3    43
 8. Percy Freeman       30+5   0+1   3     0     33+6    39
 9. Bruce Stuckey       31     1     0     0     32      32
10. Gordon Cumming      15+12  2     1+1   0     18+13   31
11. Barry Wagstaff      28     0     2     0     30      30
12. Tommy Youlden       26     0     3     0     29      29
13. Steve Hetzke        22     2     0     0     24      24
14. Tony Wagstaff       14+2   2     2     0     18+2    20
15. Robin Friday        19     0     0     0     19      19
16. Brian Bromley       11+1   2     0     0     13+1    14
17. Roger Smee           6+3   0     1     0      7+3    10
18. Bob Lenarduzzi       5     0     0+1   0      5+1     6
19. Andy Alleyne         5     0     0     0      5       5
20. Bobby Hunt           4     0     0     0      4       4
21. Graham French        3     0     0     0      3       3
22. Adrian Cooper        1     0     0     0      1       1
    Line
    Totals              46     2     3     0     51      51