<< Season 1980-81 >>

Although fairly nondescript, this season saw the emergence of two of Reading's greatest ever players, who would both go on to represent England. Neil Webb, aged 17 and son of another Reading legend, Douggie, had made his début the previous season, but became Reading's youngest ever scorer when he netted against Swindon. Kerry Dixon, aged 19, was signed from Dunstable, and finished top scorer with 13 goals.

Division 3 (10th)

       Walsall           H  W  2-0         Mower (og), Beavon
       Gillingham        A  L  0-2
       Brentford         A  W  2-1         Earles, Dixon
       Swindon Town      H  W  4-1         Earles, Webb, Bowman (pen), Dixon
       Huddersfield T    A  L  1-4         Wanklyn
       Sheffield Utd     H  W  1-0         Beavon
       Plymouth Arg      H  D  1-1         Sanchez
       Rotherham Utd     A  L  0-2
       Barnsley          H  W  3-2         Earles 2, Webb
       Plymouth Arg      A  L  1-2         Beavon
       Millwall          H  W  4-1         Bowman, Hicks, Webb, Dibble (og)
       Newport County    A  D  0-0
       Chester           A  L  0-1
       Chesterfield      H  L  2-3         Webb, Dixon
       Colchester Utd    H  W  1-0         Williams
       Charlton Ath      A  L  2-4         Earles, Webb
       Exeter City       H  W  2-1         Hicks, Williams
       Burnley           A  W  2-1         Webb, Dixon
       Gillingham        H  L  0-1
       Walsall           A  D  2-2         Williams, Webb
       Blackpool         H  W  3-0         Earles 2, Kearney
       Hull City         A  L  0-2
       Fulham            H  D  0-0
       Portsmouth        A  D  0-0
       Oxford Utd        H  L  0-1
       Chester           H  W  3-0         Kearney, Sanchez, Dixon
       Carlisle Utd      H  W  3-1         Hetzke 2 (1 pen), Dixon
       Blackpool         A  D  0-0
       Swindon Town      A  L  1-3         Bowman
       Brentford         H  D  0-0
       Sheffield Utd     A  L  0-2
       Carlisle Utd      A  D  0-0
       Huddersfield T    H  W  2-1         Beavon 2
       Newport County    H  D  1-1         Heale
       Barnsley          A  W  3-2         Earles, Dixon 2
       Rotherham Utd     H  D  1-1         Earles
       Millwall          A  L  1-2         Beavon
       Colchester Utd    A  W  2-1         Heale 2
       Charlton Ath      H  L  1-3         Hetzke
       Exeter City       A  L  1-3         Kearney
       Burnley           H  L  1-3         Laws (og)
       Oxford Utd        A  L  1-2         Hetzke
       Portsmouth        H  W  2-1         Dixon, Hetzke
       Fulham            A  W  2-1         Dixon 2
       Hull City         H  W  2-0         Dixon 2
       Chesterfield      A  L  2-3         Heale, Kearney

Division 3 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Rotherham Utd       46  17  6  0  43   8   7  7  9  19  24   61
 2. Barnsley            46  15  5  3  46  19   6 12  5  26  26   59
 3. Charlton Ath        46  14  6  3  36  17  11  3  9  27  27   59
 4. Huddersfield T      46  14  6  3  40  11   7  8  8  31  29   56
 5. Chesterfield        46  17  4  2  42  16   6  6 11  30  32   56
 6. Portsmouth          46  14  5  4  35  19   8  4 11  20  28   53
 7. Plymouth Arg        46  14  5  4  35  18   5  9  9  21  26   52
 8. Burnley             46  13  5  5  37  21   5  9  9  23  27   50
 9. Brentford           46   7  9  7  30  25   7 10  6  22  24   47
10. READING             46  13  5  5  39  22   5  5 13  23  40   46
11. Exeter City         46   9  9  5  36  30   7  4 12  26  36   45
12. Newport County      46  11  6  6  38  22   4  7 12  26  39   43
13. Fulham              46   8  7  8  28  29   7  6 10  29  35   43
14. Oxford Utd          46   7  8  8  20  24   6  9  8  19  23   43
15. Gillingham          46   9  8  6  23  19   3 10 10  25  39   42
16. Millwall            46  10  9  4  30  21   4  5 14  13  39   42
17. Swindon Town        46  10  6  7  35  27   3  9 11  16  29   41
18. Chester             46  11  5  7  25  17   4  6 13  13  31   41
19. Carlisle Utd        46   8  9  6  32  29   6  4 13  24  41   41
20. Walsall             46   8  9  6  43  43   5  6 12  16  31   41
21. Sheffield Utd       46  12  6  5  38  20   2  6 15  27  43   40
22. Colchester Utd      46  12  7  4  35  22   2  4 17  10  43   39
23. Blackpool           46   5  9  9  19  28   4  5 14  26  47   32
24. Hull City           46   7  8  8  23  22   1  8 14  17  49   32

FA Cup

R1     Fulham3           H  L  1-2         Earles
League Cup
R1(1)  Northampton T4    A  W  2-0         Hetzke, Earles
R1(2)  Northampton T4    H  L  2-3 [4-3]   Heale 2
R2(1)  Luton Town2       H  L  0-2
R2(2)  Luton Town2       A  D  1-1 [1-3]   Hetzke

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Kerry Dixon         13   0   0   0   13    0    0   0.295
 2. Pat Earles           9   1   1   0   11    0    0   0.250
 3. Neil Webb            7   0   0   0    7    0    0   0.233
 4. Steve Hetzke         5   0   2   0    7    1    0   0.143
 5. Stuart Beavon        6   0   0   0    6    0    0   0.143
 6. Gary Heale           4   0   2   0    6    0    0   0.250
 7. Mike Kearney         4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.148
 8. Richie Bowman        3   0   0   0    3    1    0   0.062
    Jerry Williams       3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.107
10. Martin Hicks         2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.069
    Lawrie Sanchez       2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.048
12. Wayne Wanklyn        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.167
13. Own goals            3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.059
    Line
    Totals              62   1   5   0   68    2    0   1.333

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Steve Hetzke        45     1     3     0     49      49
 2. Richie Bowman       44     0     4     0     48      48
 3. Steve Death         40     1     4     0     45      45
 4. Roger Joslyn        39     1     4     0     44      44
 5. Kerry Dixon         37+2   1     4     0     42+2    44
    Pat Earles          37+2   1     4     0     42+2    44
 7. Stuart Beavon       36+1   1     4     0     41+1    42
 8. Lawrie Sanchez      34+3   1     4     0     39+3    42
 9. Alan Lewis          30     1     0     0     31      31
10. Neil Webb           22+5   1     0+2   0     23+7    30
11. Martin Hicks        27     1     1     0     29      29
12. Jerry Williams      25+2   1     0     0     26+2    28
13. Mike Kearney        26     0+1   0     0     26+1    27
14. Gary Heale          18+3   0     3     0     21+3    24
15. Stew Henderson      13     0     0     0     13      13
16. Hugh Cheetham        7     0     1     0      8       8
17. Dave Shipperley      4     0     3     0      7       7
18. Ron Fearon           6     0     0     0      6       6
19. Steve Wood           5+1   0     0     0      5+1     6
20. Wayne Wanklyn        3+2   0     1     0      4+2     6
21. Mark White           3     0     2     0      5       5
22. Dave Moreline        2     0     2     0      4       4
23. Jon Cullen           2     0     0     0      2       2
24. Michael Barnes       1     0     0     0      1       1
25. John Alexander       0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     1     4     0     51      51