<< Season 1981-82 >>

Neil Webb, still only 19, finished as top scorer in what was to be his last season for the club. Although it was obvious that he would inevitably move on, there was surprise that it was to another third division club, Portsmouth, for £87.5K and a sell-on clause. He was later to appear at the top level with Nottingham Forest, Manchester United, before a serious injury when playing for England. Although he recovered, he was never the same player again.

Note 1981 saw a change in League rules with the introduction of three points per win rather than the previous two points.

Division 3 (12th)

       Doncaster Rov     A  W  1-0         Earles
       Gillingham        H  W  3-2         Beavon, Heale, Hetzke (pen)
       Millwall          A  W  1-0         Heale
       Bristol Rovers    H  L  0-3
       Newport County    H  W  2-1         Dixon, Heale
       Swindon Town      A  W  2-0         Heale, Earles
       Plymouth Arg      A  D  1-1         Heale
       Huddersfield T    H  L  1-2         Heale
       Chesterfield      H  L  0-2
       Preston NE        A  D  0-0
       Bristol City      A  L  0-2
       Wimbledon         H  W  2-1         Webb (pen), Hicks
       Chester           A  W  3-2         Kearney, Webb (pen), Dixon
       Walsall           H  D  0-0
       Exeter City       A  L  3-4         Kearney, Heale 2
       Burnley           H  D  1-1         Webb
       Southend Utd      A  L  0-2
       Lincoln City      H  W  3-2         Kearney, Webb (pen), Earles
       Newport County    A  L  1-3         Sanchez
       Portsmouth        H  W  2-1         Dixon, Webb
       Fulham            H  L  0-3
       Plymouth Arg      H  D  2-2         Beavon, Dixon
       Brentford         H  W  4-1         Webb (pen), Dixon 2, Donnellan
       Bristol Rovers    A  D  1-1         Donnellan
       Oxford Utd        A  L  0-1
       Millwall          H  W  4-0         Webb, Beavon, Hicks, Earles
       Huddersfield T    A  L  1-6         Webb
       Doncaster Rov     H  D  3-3         Webb, Donnellan, Earles
       Swindon Town      H  D  1-1         Allan (og)
       Chesterfield      A  L  1-2         Webb
       Preston NE        H  W  2-1         Hetzke, Webb
       Bristol City      H  W  3-1         Dixon 2, Beavon
       Wimbledon         A  D  0-0
       Walsall           A  W  2-1         Webb, Kearney
       Chester           H  W  4-1         Kearney, Sanchez, Dixon, Webb
       Carlisle Utd      A  L  1-2         Webb (pen)
       Exeter City       H  W  4-0         Dixon 2, Kearney, Sanchez
       Burnley           A  L  0-3
       Oxford Utd        H  L  0-3
       Portsmouth        A  L  0-3
       Lincoln City      A  L  1-2         Hicks
       Southend Utd      H  L  0-2
       Fulham            A  D  2-2         Earles, Beavon
       Carlisle Utd      H  D  2-2         Webb (pen), Dixon
       Brentford         A  W  2-1         Kearney, Earles
       Gillingham        A  L  1-2         Kearney

Division 3 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Burnley             46  13  7  3  37  20   8 10  5  29  25   80
 2. Carlisle Utd        46  17  4  2  44  21   6  7 10  21  29   80
 3. Fulham              46  12  9  2  44  22   9  6  8  33  29   78
 4. Lincoln City        46  13  7  3  40  16   8  7  8  26  24   77
 5. Oxford Utd          46  10  8  5  28  18   9  6  8  35  31   71
 6. Gillingham          46  14  5  4  44  26   6  6 11  20  30   71
 7. Southend Utd        46  11  7  5  35  23   7  8  8  28  28   69
 8. Brentford           46   8  6  9  28  22  11  5  7  28  25   68
 9. Millwall            46  12  4  7  36  28   6  9  8  26  34   67
10. Plymouth Arg        46  12  5  6  37  24   6  6 11  27  32   65
11. Chesterfield        46  12  4  7  33  27   6  6 11  24  31   64
12. READING             46  11  6  6  43  35   6  5 12  24  40   62
13. Portsmouth          46  11 10  2  33  14   3  9 11  23  37   61
14. Preston NE          46  10  7  6  25  22   6  6 11  25  34   61
15. Bristol Rovers*     46  12  4  7  35  28   6  5 12  23  37   61
16. Newport County      46   9 10  4  28  21   5  6 12  26  33   58
17. Huddersfield T      46  10  5  8  38  25   5  7 11  26  34   57
18. Exeter City         46  14  4  5  46  33   2  5 16  25  51   57
19. Doncaster Rov       46   9  9  5  31  24   4  8 11  24  44   56
20. Walsall             46  10  7  6  32  23   3  7 13  19  32   53
21. Wimbledon           46  10  6  7  33  27   4  5 14  28  48   53
22. Swindon Town        46   9  5  9  37  36   4  8 11  18  35   52
23. Bristol City        46   7  6 10  24  29   4  7 12  16  36   46
24. Chester             46   2 10 11  16  30   5  1 17  20  48   32

    * Bristol Rovers deducted two points (ineligible player)

FA Cup

R1     AFC Bournemouth4  A  L  0-1
League Cup
R1(1)  Charlton Ath2     H  D  2-2         Earles, Hetzke (pen)
R1(2)  Charlton Ath2     A  L  1-3 [3-5]   Heale
Football League Group Cup
R1(A)  Watford2          A  L  1-4         Sanchez
R1(B)  Aldershot4        H  W  4-0         Hetzke 3 (2 pens), Sanchez
R1(C)  Oxford Utd3       H  W  2-0         Kearney 2
Football League Group Cup (R1) Table
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
 1. Watford              3   2  1  0   9   4    7
 2. READING              3   2  0  1   7   4    6
 3. Aldershot            3   1  1  1   2   5    4
 4. Oxford Utd           3   0  0  3   2   7    0

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Neil Webb           15   0   0   0   15    6    0   0.326
 2. Kerry Dixon         12   0   0   0   12    0    0   0.255
 3. Mike Kearney         8   0   0   2   10    0    0   0.323
 4. Gary Heale           8   0   1   0    9    0    0   0.375
 5. Pat Earles           7   0   1   0    8    0    0   0.210
 6. Steve Hetzke         2   0   1   3    6    4    1   0.158
 7. Stuart Beavon        5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.109
 8. Lawrie Sanchez       3   0   0   2    5    0    0   0.122
 9. Gary Donnellan       3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.136
    Martin Hicks         3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.060
11. Own goals            1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.019
    Line
    Totals              67   0   3   7   77   10    1   1.481

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Jerry Williams      45     1     2     3     51      51
 2. Martin Hicks        43+1   1     2     3     49+1    50
 3. Ron Fearon          42     1     2     3     48      48
 4. Kerry Dixon         38+4   0+1   0+1   2+1   40+7    47
 5. Neil Webb           40     1     2     3     46      46
 6. Stuart Beavon       38+2   1     1+1   2+1   42+4    46
 7. Lawrie Sanchez      34+1   1     2     3     40+1    41
 8. Alan Lewis          34+2   0     1     2     37+2    39
 9. Pat Earles          32+1   0     2     3     37+1    38
10. Steve Hetzke        31+1   1     2     3     37+1    38
11. Steve Wood          32     1     1     1     35      35
12. Mike Kearney        26+1   1     2     1     30+1    31
13. Gary Heale          18     1     2     3     24      24
14. Gary Donnellan      19+3   0     0     0     19+3    22
15. Jon Cullen          12+5   1     0     0     13+5    18
16. Mark White           9     0     1     1     11      11
17. Michael Barnes       4+2   0     0     0      4+2     6
18. Steve Death          3     0     0     0      3       3
19. Paul Clark           2     0     0     0      2       2
    Stew Henderson       2     0     0     0      2       2
21. Roger Joslyn         0+1   0     0     0+1    0+2     2
22. Colin Court          1     0     0     0      1       1
    Mark Matthews        1     0     0     0      1       1
24. Andy Moore           0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     1     2     3     52      52