<< Season 1983-84 >>

Trevor Senior Having nearly gone out of business the previous season, Reading were taken over by former player turned business man, Roger Smee. He did little to endear himself to the fans by sacking popular manager Maurice Evans and replacing him with his assistant, Ian Branfoot. However Branfoot built on Evans' good start to the season to ensure promotion back to Division Three.

Star player was a new goal-scoring hero, Trevor Senior, replacing Kerry Dixon, who departed for Chelsea and, ultimately, England. Cousin Trevor (he was married to my cousin's wife's cousin, so hey, we're family) scored a club record 41 goals in his first season. Overall he scored 191 goals in 362 games in two spells at the club, another record.

A major factor in the team's success was a consistent line-up, with just 17 players being used (a record low). Twelve players: Judge, Williams, White, Beavon, Hicks, Wood, Duncan, Horrix, Senior, Sanchez, Crown, and Richardson all made over 30 League appearances.

Division 4 (3rd, Promoted)

       Blackpool         A  L  0-1
       Stockport Co      H  W  6-2         Sanchez, Tutty, Beavon, Senior 3
       Doncaster Rov     H  W  3-2         Tutty, Senior, Horrix (pen)
       Rochdale          A  L  1-4         Crown
       Chesterfield      H  D  1-1         Senior
       Chester City      A  L  1-2         Senior
       Bristol City      A  L  1-3         Senior
       Darlington        H  W  1-0         Barton (og)
       Northampton T     A  D  2-2         Senior 2
       Crewe Alexandra   H  W  5-0         Senior 2, Wood, Crown, Beavon
       Mansfield Town    H  W  4-0         Senior 2, White, Wood
       York City         A  D  2-2         Crown, Beavon
       Swindon Town      H  D  2-2         Senior 2
       Peterborough U    A  D  3-3         Horrix, Senior 2
       Colchester Utd    A  L  0-3
       Wrexham           H  W  4-1         Senior 2, Sanchez, Horrix
       Bury              A  W  3-2         Sanchez, Horrix 2
       Halifax Town      H  W  1-0         Crown
       Hartlepool Utd    H  W  5-1         Tutty, Price, Beavon (pen), Lowe (og), Wood
       Aldershot         A  D  0-0
       Torquay Utd       H  D  2-2         Senior, Horrix
       Tranmere Rov      A  W  3-2         Beavon, Crown, Senior
       Hereford Utd      H  W  3-1         Beavon, Crown, Senior
       Stockport Co      A  L  0-3
       Blackpool         H  W  2-0         Senior, Sanchez
       Chesterfield      A  L  1-2         Senior
       Rochdale          H  D  0-0
       Darlington        A  D  1-1         Cartwright (og)
       Chester City      H  W  1-0         Beavon
       Peterborough U    H  D  1-1         Senior
       Swindon Town      A  D  1-1         Senior
       York City         H  W  1-0         Sanchez
       Mansfield Town    A  L  0-2
       Colchester Utd    H  W  1-0         Senior
       Wrexham           A  W  3-0         Senior, Sanchez, Hicks
       Northampton T     H  W  3-0         Senior 2, Horrix
       Crewe Alexandra   A  D  1-1         Crown
       Bristol City      H  W  2-0         Sanchez, Horrix
       Halifax Town      A  W  1-0         Sanchez
       Aldershot         H  W  1-0         Senior
       Torquay Utd       A  D  2-2         Senior, Duncan
       Bury              H  D  1-1         Senior
       Doncaster Rov     A  W  3-2         Senior, Price, Sanchez
       Hereford Utd      A  D  1-1         Sanchez
       Tranmere Rov      H  W  1-0         White
       Hartlepool Utd    A  D  3-3         Senior 2, Duncan

Division 4 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. York City           46  18  4  1  58  16  13  4  6  38  23  101
 2. Doncaster Rov       46  15  6  2  46  22   9  7  7  36  32   85
 3. READING             46  17  6  0  51  14   5 10  8  33  42   82
 4. Bristol City        46  18  3  2  51  17   6  7 10  19  27   82
 5. Aldershot           46  14  6  3  49  29   8  3 12  27  40   75
 6. Blackpool           46  15  4  4  47  19   6  5 12  23  33   72
 7. Peterborough U      46  15  5  3  52  16   3  9 11  20  32   68
 8. Colchester Utd      46  14  7  2  45  14   3  9 11  24  39   67
 9. Torquay Utd         46  13  7  3  32  18   5  6 12  27  46   67
10. Tranmere Rov        46  11  5  7  33  26   6 10  7  20  27   66
11. Hereford Utd        46  11  6  6  31  21   5  9  9  23  32   63
12. Stockport Co        46  12  5  6  34  25   5  6 12  26  39   62
13. Chesterfield        46  10 11  2  34  24   5  4 14  25  37   60
14. Darlington          46  13  4  6  31  19   4  4 15  18  31   59
15. Bury                46   9  7  7  34  32   6  7 10  27  32   59
16. Crewe Alexandra     46  10  8  5  35  27   6  3 14  21  40   59
17. Swindon Town        46  11  7  5  34  23   4  6 13  24  33   58
18. Northampton T       46  10  8  5  32  32   3  6 14  21  46   53
19. Mansfield Town      46   9  7  7  44  27   4  6 13  22  43   52
20. Wrexham             46   7  6 10  34  33   4  9 10  25  41   48
21. Halifax Town        46  11  6  6  36  25   1  6 16  19  64   48
22. Rochdale            46   8  9  6  35  31   3  4 16  17  49   46
23. Hartlepool Utd      46   7  8  8  31  28   3  2 18  16  57   40
24. Chester City*       46   7  5 11  23  35   0  8 15  22  47   34

    * Chester City previously known as Chester

FA Cup

R1     Hereford Utd4     H  W  2-0         Senior, Horrix
R2     Oxford Utd3       H  D  1-1         Price
R2(R)  Oxford Utd3       A  L  0-3
League Cup
R1(1)  Colchester Utd4   A  L  2-3         Barnes, Senior
R1(2)  Colchester Utd4   H  W  4-3 [6-6] * Beavon, Senior 3

       * after extra time, lost on away goals
Associate Members' Cup
R1     Southend Utd3     A  L  0-5

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Trevor Senior       36   1   4   0   41    0    2   0.820
 2. Lawrie Sanchez      10   0   0   0   10    0    0   0.196
 3. Dean Horrix          8   1   0   0    9    1    0   0.191
 4. Stuart Beavon        7   0   1   0    8    1    0   0.190
 5. David Crown          7   0   0   0    7    0    0   0.137
 6. Wayne Tutty          3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.300
    Steve Wood           3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.073
 8. Ken Price            2   1   0   0    3    0    0   0.130
 9. Colin Duncan         2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.056
    Mark White           2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.048
11. Martin Hicks         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.020
12. Michael Barnes       0   0   1   0    1    0    0   0.125
13. Own goals            3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.058
    Line
    Totals              84   3   6   0   93    2    2   1.788

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Martin Hicks        46     3     2     0     51      51
 2. David Crown         45     3     2     1     51      51
    Lawrie Sanchez      45     3     2     1     51      51
 4. Trevor Senior       45     3     2     0     50      50
 5. Dean Horrix         43     1     2     1     47      47
 6. Alan Judge          41     3     2     1     47      47
 7. Jerry Williams      34+4   3     2     1     40+4    44
 8. Mark White          38+1   0+1   0+1   1     39+3    42
 9. Stuart Beavon       32+4   3     2     1     38+4    42
10. Steve Wood          37     3     1     0     41      41
11. Steve Richardson    33+1   3     2     1     39+1    40
12. Colin Duncan        33     3     0     0     36      36
13. Ken Price           17+3   2     0     1     20+3    23
14. Wayne Tutty          7     0     2     1     10      10
15. Michael Barnes       5+1   0     1     1      7+1     8
16. Gary Westwood        5     0     0     0      5       5
17. Mark Matthews        0+2   0     0     0      0+2     2
    Line
    Totals              46     3     2     1     52      52