<< Season 1977-78 >>

Reading's first season back in Division Four proved instantly forgettable. Pat Earles, signed midway through the previous season, headed the scorer charts on his way to becoming one of Reading's all-time top scorers.

Division 4 (8th)

       Southend Utd      H  L  0-1
       Brentford         A  D  1-1         Peters
       Halifax Town      H  W  2-1         Earles 2
       Torquay Utd       A  L  0-3
       Watford           H  L  1-3         Earles
       Southport         H  W  3-1         Peters, Williams, Murray
       Hartlepool Utd    A  L  1-2         Earles
       York City         A  L  0-2
       Wimbledon         H  D  2-2         Earles, Cumming
       Aldershot         H  W  1-0         Williams
       Northampton T     A  W  2-0         Bowman, Nelson
       Scunthorpe Utd    A  W  1-0         Cumming
       Crewe Alexandra   H  W  2-0         Sanchez, Nelson
       AFC Bournemouth   A  L  0-1
       Swansea City      A  L  1-2         Earles
       Darlington        H  W  2-1         Davies, Kearns
       Grimsby Town      A  W  1-0         Earles
       Huddersfield T    H  W  1-0         Earles
       Barnsley          A  L  1-4         Kearns
       Doncaster Rov     H  W  3-0         Kearns 2, Earles
       Stockport Co      A  L  0-2
       Rochdale          H  W  4-3         Kearns 2, Earles, Scott (og)
       Newport County    H  W  2-0         Kearns, Bennett
       Darlington        A  L  0-2
       AFC Bournemouth   H  D  0-0
       Southend Utd      A  W  2-0         Kearns 2
       Torquay Utd       H  D  3-3         Kearns 2 (1 pen), Bowman
       Hartlepool Utd    H  L  2-3         Kearney, Earles
       Wimbledon         A  D  1-1         Earles
       Northampton T     H  D  0-0
       Watford           A  L  0-1
       Scunthorpe Utd    H  W  1-0         Kearns
       Southport         A  D  1-1         Kearns
       Crewe Alexandra   A  D  1-1         Bowman
       Swansea City      H  L  1-4         Kearns
       Stockport Co      H  W  2-1         Earles, Kearns
       Newport County    A  D  0-0
       Aldershot         A  D  1-1         Davies
       Grimsby Town      H  D  0-0
       Brentford         H  D  0-0
       Huddersfield T    A  W  2-0         Kearns, Hicks
       Halifax Town      A  W  4-2         Earles 2 (1 pen), Kearney, Lewis
       Barnsley          H  D  0-0
       Rochdale          A  L  0-1
       York City         H  W  1-0         Clements (og)
       Doncaster Rov     A  D  2-2         Bowman 2

Division 4 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Watford             46  18  4  1  44  14  12  7  4  41  24   71
 2. Southend Utd        46  15  5  3  46  18  10  5  8  20  21   60
 3. Swansea City        46  16  5  2  54  17   7  5 11  33  30   56
 4. Brentford           46  15  6  2  50  17   6  8  9  36  37   56
 5. Aldershot           46  15  8  0  45  16   4  8 11  22  31   54
 6. Grimsby Town        46  14  6  3  30  15   7  5 11  27  36   53
 7. Barnsley            46  15  4  4  44  20   3 10 10  17  29   50
 8. READING             46  12  7  4  33  23   6  7 10  22  29   50
 9. Torquay Utd         46  12  6  5  43  25   4  9 10  14  31   47
10. Northampton T       46   9  8  6  32  30   8  5 10  31  38   47
11. Huddersfield T      46  13  5  5  41  21   2 10 11  22  34   45
12. Doncaster Rov       46  11  8  4  37  26   3  9 11  15  39   45
13. Wimbledon           46   8 11  4  39  26   6  5 12  27  41   44
14. Scunthorpe Utd      46  12  6  5  31  14   2 10 11  19  41   44
15. Crewe Alexandra     46  11  8  4  34  25   4  6 13  16  44   44
16. Newport County      46  14  6  3  43  22   2  5 16  22  51   43
17. AFC Bournemouth     46  12  6  5  28  20   2  9 12  13  31   43
18. Stockport Co        46  14  4  5  41  19   2  6 15  15  37   42
19. Darlington          46  10  8  5  31  22   4  5 14  21  37   41
20. Halifax Town        46   7 10  6  28  23   3 11  9  24  39   41
21. Hartlepool Utd*     46  12  4  7  34  29   3  3 17  17  55   37
22. York City           46   8  7  8  27  31   4  5 14  23  38   36
23. Southport*          46   5 13  5  30  32   1  6 16  22  44   31
24. Rochdale            46   8  6  9  29  28   0  2 21  14  57   24

    * Hartlepool United previously known as Hartlepool
    * Southport not re-elected (replaced by Wigan)

FA Cup

R1     Aldershot4        H  W  3-1         Earles 2, Kearns
R2     WealdstoneS       A  L  1-2         Earles
League Cup
R1(1)  Watford4          A  L  1-2         Nelson
R1(2)  Watford4          H  W  1-0 [2-2]   Murray (pen)
R1(R)  Watford4          A  L  0-5

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Pat Earles          15   3   0   0   18    1    0   0.375
 2. Ollie Kearns        16   1   0   0   17    1    0   0.567
 3. Richie Bowman        5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.102
 4. Dennis Nelson        2   0   1   0    3    0    0   0.075
 5. Gordon Cumming       2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.062
    Roy Davies           2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.054
    Mike Kearney         2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.100
    Gary Peters          2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.039
    Jerry Williams       2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.154
10. John Murray          1   0   1   0    2    1    0   0.182
11. Paul Bennett         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.029
    Martin Hicks         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.053
    Alan Lewis           1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.026
    Lawrie Sanchez       1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.111
15. Own goals            2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.039
    Line
    Totals              55   4   2   0   61    3    0   1.196

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Gary Peters         46     2     3     0     51      51
 2. Richie Bowman       43+1   2     2+1   0     47+2    49
 3. Pat Earles          43     2     3     0     48      48
 4. Dennis Nelson       34+1   2     3     0     39+1    40
 5. Alan Lewis          33+1   2     3     0     38+1    39
 6. Roy Davies          37     0     0     0     37      37
 7. Steve Death         33     2     0     0     35      35
 8. Paul Bennett        33     1     1     0     35      35
 9. Gordon Cumming      28+2   2     0     0     30+2    32
10. Ollie Kearns        27     2     0+1   0     29+1    30
11. Mark White          25     1     0     0     26      26
12. Ray Hiron           12+3   2     3     0     17+3    20
13. Mike Kearney        15+5   0     0     0     15+5    20
14. Martin Hicks        19     0     0     0     19      19
15. Steve Hetzke        16     0     3     0     19      19
16. John Turner         13     0     3     0     16      16
17. Dave Moreline       10     1     3     0     14      14
18. Jerry Williams       7+6   0     0     0      7+6    13
19. John Murray          8     0     3     0     11      11
20. Martyn Britten       6+1   0     3     0      9+1    10
21. Dave Sutton          9     0     0     0      9       9
22. Lawrie Sanchez       7+1   1     0     0      8+1     9
23. Wayne Wanklyn        2+2   0     0     0      2+2     4
24. Gary Goodchild       0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     2     3     0     51      51