<< Season 1979-80 >>

A poor end to the season, with only one win in the last eight matches, denied Reading the chance of a second successive promotion. Continuing from the previous season, the goals were evenly spread, with five players reaching double figures. The season was notable for a couple of high scoring games: a 7-1 defeat at Chesterfield was matched by a 7-0 win over Barnsley in Reading's last game of the 1970s.

Division 3 (7th)

       Brentford         H  D  2-2         Hicks, Bowman
       Swindon Town      A  D  0-0
       Barnsley          A  L  0-2
       Gillingham        H  L  1-3         Bowman
       Oxford Utd        A  L  0-4
       Carlisle Utd      H  W  2-0         Heale, Bowman (pen)
       Southend Utd      H  D  1-1         Kearney
       Chester           A  W  2-0         Earles, Kearney
       Mansfield Town    H  W  1-0         Earles
       Colchester Utd    A  D  1-1         Heale
       Swindon Town      H  W  2-1         Bowman, Kearns
       Sheffield Utd     A  L  0-2
       Exeter City       H  W  2-1         Hetzke, Kearney
       Millwall          A  L  0-2
       Bury              H  W  3-1         Earles 2, Alexander
       Brentford         A  D  2-2         Heale, Earles
       Millwall          H  W  2-0         Heale, Bowman
       Hull City         H  W  3-0         Kearney 2, Sanchez
       Chesterfield      A  L  1-7         Kearns
       Blackburn Rov     H  D  1-1         Kearns
       Blackpool         A  L  2-5         Bowman, Kearney
       Sheffield Wed     H  L  0-2
       Plymouth Arg      A  L  0-2
       Barnsley          H  W  7-0         Heale 2, Earles 2, Bowman (pen), Kearns, Kearney
       Gillingham        A  D  1-1         Kearney
       Grimsby Town      A  L  1-2         Hetzke
       Chester           H  W  2-1         Kearney 2
       Mansfield Town    A  D  2-2         Earles, Kearney
       Rotherham Utd     H  D  1-1         Sanchez
       Sheffield Utd     H  W  2-1         Earles, Sanchez
       Southend Utd      A  D  2-2         Kearns, Sanchez
       Exeter City       A  L  0-1
       Wimbledon         H  W  3-0         Kearns 2, Bowman
       Bury              A  L  0-1
       Colchester Utd    H  W  2-0         Joslyn, Sanchez
       Hull City         A  W  1-0         Wanklyn
       Oxford Utd        H  W  2-0         Bowman (pen), Williams
       Chesterfield      H  D  2-2         Bowman, Kearns
       Sheffield Wed     A  D  1-1         Williams
       Plymouth Arg      H  W  1-0         Kearns
       Wimbledon         A  D  1-1         Wanklyn
       Grimsby Town      H  D  1-1         Kearns
       Carlisle Utd      A  D  3-3         Bowman (pen), Earles, Heale
       Blackburn Rov     A  L  2-4         Kearns, Heale
       Blackpool         H  L  0-1
       Rotherham Utd     A  D  1-1         Kearney

Division 3 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Grimsby Town        46  18  2  3  46  16   8  8  7  27  26   62
 2. Blackburn Rov       46  13  5  5  34  17  12  4  7  24  19   59
 3. Sheffield Wed       46  12  6  5  44  20   9 10  4  37  27   58
 4. Chesterfield        46  16  5  2  46  16   7  6 10  25  30   57
 5. Colchester Utd      46  10 10  3  39  20  10  2 11  25  36   52
 6. Carlisle Utd        46  13  6  4  45  26   5  6 12  21  30   48
 7. READING             46  14  6  3  43  19   2 10 11  23  46   48
 8. Exeter City         46  14  5  4  38  22   5  5 13  22  46   48
 9. Chester             46  14  6  3  29  18   3  7 13  20  39   47
10. Swindon Town        46  15  4  4  50  20   4  4 15  21  43   46
11. Barnsley            46  10  7  6  29  20   6  7 10  24  36   46
12. Sheffield Utd       46  13  5  5  35  21   5  5 13  25  45   46
13. Rotherham Utd       46  13  4  6  38  24   5  6 12  20  42   46
14. Millwall            46  14  6  3  49  23   2  7 14  16  36   45
15. Plymouth Arg        46  13  7  3  39  17   3  5 15  20  38   44
16. Gillingham          46   8  9  6  26  18   6  5 12  23  33   42
17. Oxford Utd          46  10  4  9  34  24   4  9 10  23  38   41
18. Blackpool           46  10  7  6  39  34   5  4 14  23  40   41
19. Brentford           46  10  6  7  33  26   5  5 13  26  47   41
20. Hull City           46  11  7  5  29  21   1  9 13  22  48   40
21. Bury                46  10  4  9  30  23   6  3 14  15  36   39
22. Southend Utd        46  11  6  6  33  23   3  4 16  14  35   38
23. Mansfield Town      46   9  9  5  31  24   1  7 15  16  34   36
24. Wimbledon           46   6  8  9  34  38   4  6 13  18  43   34

FA Cup

R1     Kettering TownA   H  W  4-2         Kearney 2, Heale, Kearns
R2     BarkingN          H  W  3-1         Bowman (pen), Sanchez, Heale
R3     Colchester Utd3   H  W  2-0         Earles, Heale
R4     Swansea City2     A  L  1-4         Kearney
League Cup
R1(1)  Oxford Utd3       A  W  5-1         Kearney, Earles 2, Wanklyn, Williams
R1(2)  Oxford Utd3       H  W  2-1 [7-2]   Earles, White
R2(1)  Mansfield Town3   H  W  4-3         Heale, Earles 2, Alexander
R2(2)  Mansfield Town3   A  L  2-4 [6-7]   Bowman, Alexander

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Mike Kearney        12   3   1   0   16    0    0   0.390
 2. Pat Earles          10   1   5   0   16    0    0   0.348
 3. Richie Bowman       11   1   1   0   13    5    0   0.250
 4. Ollie Kearns        11   1   0   0   12    0    0   0.400
 5. Gary Heale           8   3   1   0   12    0    0   0.279
 6. Lawrie Sanchez       5   1   0   0    6    0    0   0.111
 7. Wayne Wanklyn        2   0   1   0    3    0    0   0.088
    Jerry Williams       2   0   1   0    3    0    0   0.167
 9. John Alexander       1   0   2   0    3    0    0   0.300
10. Steve Hetzke         2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.039
11. Martin Hicks         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.333
    Roger Joslyn         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.031
13. Mark White           0   0   1   0    1    0    0   0.019
    Line
    Totals              66  10  13   0   89    5    0   1.648

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Steve Death         46     4     4     0     54      54
 2. Lawrie Sanchez      45+1   4     4     0     53+1    54
 3. Richie Bowman       45     4     3     0     52      52
 4. Mark White          45     3     4     0     52      52
 5. Steve Hetzke        43     4     4     0     51      51
 6. Dave Moreline       43     4     2     0     49      49
 7. Pat Earles          38+1   3     4     0     45+1    46
 8. Gary Heale          32+5   4     2     0     38+5    43
 9. Mike Kearney        32+2   4     3     0     39+2    41
10. Wayne Wanklyn       29+3   0     0+2   0     29+5    34
11. Roger Joslyn        28     4     0     0     32      32
12. Ollie Kearns        24+3   2+1   0     0     26+4    30
13. Jerry Williams      12+3   0     3     0     15+3    18
14. Dave Shipperley     14+1   1     0     0     15+1    16
15. Alan Lewis           8+1   2     2     0     12+1    13
16. John Alexander       7+1   0     1+1   0      8+2    10
17. Hugh Cheetham        3+2   0     4     0      7+2     9
18. Stew Henderson       3     1     1     0      5       5
19. Neil Webb            3+2   0     0     0      3+2     5
20. Chris Sparks         3     0     1     0      4       4
21. Martin Hicks         1     0     2     0      3       3
22. Steve Wood           2     0     0     0      2       2
23. Jon Cullen           0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     4     4     0     54      54