<< Season 1985-86 >>

13 out of 13 A remarkable season as Ian Branfoot's team won their first 13 matches of the season, a League record (click on the table for more details). The long-ball tactics might have been unsophisticated, but they were certainly effective as Trevor Senior netted another 31 goals. The game of the season came just before Christmas as Reading came from 0-3 down at home to Plymouth to win 4-3. Just after Christmas they were 20 points clear of the second placed team. From then on it was only a matter of time. Promotion was secured with a draw at Darlington, and the championship the following week as Derby were beaten 1-0 at Elm Park and then failed to win their game in hand.

Division 3 (Champions)

       Blackpool         H  W  1-0         J.Williams
       Plymouth Arg      A  W  1-0         Senior
       Bristol Rovers    H  W  3-2         Bater (og), Hicks, Horrix
       Cardiff City      A  W  3-1         Senior 3
       Walsall           H  W  2-1         Brazier (og), Senior
       Rotherham Utd     A  W  2-1         Rogers, White
       Brentford         A  W  2-1         Peters, Senior
       Swansea City      H  W  2-0         Horrix, Senior
       Doncaster Rov     A  W  1-0         White
       Chesterfield      H  W  4-2         Senior 3, J.Williams
       Bolton Wand       H  W  1-0         Wood
       Newport County    A  W  2-0         Beavon, Bremner
       Lincoln City      A  W  1-0         Senior
       Wolverhampton W   H  D  2-2         Bremner, Senior
       Bury              A  L  1-3         Rogers
       Wigan Athletic    H  W  1-0         J.Williams
       Notts County      H  W  3-1         Bremner 2, Senior
       York City         A  W  1-0         Bremner
       Darlington        H  L  0-2
       Derby County      A  D  1-1         Gilkes
       Bristol City      H  W  1-0         Gilkes
       Plymouth Arg      H  W  4-3         Horrix (pen), Senior 2, Bremner
       AFC Bournemouth   A  W  1-0         Horrix
       Bristol Rovers    A  W  2-0         Senior, Rogers
       Gillingham        H  L  1-2         Horrix
       Cardiff City      H  D  1-1         Bremner
       Blackpool         A  D  0-0
       Walsall           A  L  0-6
       Swansea City      A  W  3-2         Senior, Beavon 2
       Chesterfield      A  W  4-3         Senior 2, Peters, J.Williams
       Bolton Wand       A  L  0-2
       Lincoln City      H  L  0-2
       Newport County    H  W  2-0         Wood, Hicks
       Rotherham Utd     H  W  2-1         Wood, Senior
       Bury              H  W  2-0         Senior, Horrix
       Gillingham        A  L  0-3
       AFC Bournemouth   H  L  1-2         Senior
       Notts County      A  D  0-0
       Wolverhampton W   A  W  3-2         Rogers 2, White
       York City         H  D  0-0
       Brentford         H  W  3-1         Senior 2, Wood
       Darlington        A  D  0-0
       Wigan Athletic    A  L  0-1
       Derby County      H  W  1-0         Senior
       Bristol City      A  L  0-3
       Doncaster Rov     H  W  2-0         Senior 2

Division 3 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. READING             46  16  3  4  39  22  13  4  6  28  29   94
 2. Plymouth Arg        46  17  3  3  56  20   9  6  8  32  33   87
 3. Derby County        46  13  7  3  45  20  10  8  5  35  21   84
 4. Wigan Athletic      46  17  4  2  54  17   6 10  7  28  31   83
 5. Gillingham          46  14  5  4  48  17   8  8  7  33  37   79
 6. Walsall             46  15  7  1  59  23   7  2 14  31  41   75
 7. York City           46  16  4  3  49  17   4  7 12  28  41   71
 8. Notts County        46  12  6  5  42  26   7  8  8  29  34   71
 9. Bristol City        46  14  5  4  43  19   4  9 10  26  41   68
10. Brentford           46   8  8  7  29  29  10  4  9  29  32   66
11. Doncaster Rov       46   7 10  6  20  21   9  6  8  25  31   64
12. Blackpool           46  11  6  6  38  19   6  6 11  28  36   63
13. Darlington          46  10  7  6  39  33   5  6 12  22  45   58
14. Rotherham Utd       46  13  5  5  44  18   2  7 14  17  41   57
15. AFC Bournemouth     46   9  6  8  41  31   6  3 14  24  41   54
16. Bristol Rovers      46   9  8  6  27  21   5  4 14  24  54   54
17. Chesterfield        46  10  6  7  41  30   3  8 12  20  34   53
18. Bolton Wand         46  10  4  9  35  30   5  4 14  19  38   53
19. Newport County      46   7  8  8  35  33   4 10  9  17  32   51
20. Bury                46  11  7  5  46  26   1  6 16  17  41   49
21. Lincoln City        46   7  9  7  33  34   3  7 13  22  43   46
22. Cardiff City        46   7  5 11  22  29   5  4 14  31  54   45
23. Wolverhampton W     46   6  6 11  29  47   5  4 14  28  51   43
24. Swansea City        46   9  6  8  27  27   2  4 17  16  60   43

Points Gap Graph

Points Gap Graph

FA Cup

R1     WealdstoneA       H  W  1-0         Horrix (pen)
R2     Hereford Utd4     H  W  2-0         Senior, Horrix
R3     Huddersfield T2   A  D  0-0
R3(R)  Huddersfield T2   H  W  2-1 *       Senior 2
R4     Bury3             H  D  1-1         Senior
R4(R)  Bury3             A  L  0-3

       * after extra time
League Cup
R1(1)  AFC Bournemouth3  H  L  1-3         Rogers
R1(2)  AFC Bournemouth3  A  L  0-2 [1-5]
Associate Members' Cup
R1(A)  AFC Bournemouth3  A  L  0-5
R1(B)  Orient4           H  L  0-3
Associate Members' Cup (R1) Table
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
 1. Orient               2   2  0  0   6   1    6
 2. AFC Bournemouth      2   1  0  1   6   3    3
 3. READING              2   0  0  2   0   8    0

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Trevor Senior       27   4   0   0   31    0    2   0.564
 2. Dean Horrix          6   2   0   0    8    2    0   0.157
 3. Kevin Bremner        7   0   0   0    7    0    0   0.250
 4. Andy Rogers          5   0   1   0    6    0    0   0.133
 5. Jerry Williams       4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.108
    Steve Wood           4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.073
 7. Stuart Beavon        3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.056
    Mark White           3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.111
 9. Michael Gilkes       2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.133
    Martin Hicks         2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.045
    Gary Peters          2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.043
12. Own goals            2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.036
    Line
    Totals              67   6   1   0   74    2    2   1.321

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Trevor Senior       46     6     2     1     55      55
    Gary Westwood       46     6     2     1     55      55
    Steve Wood          46     6     2     1     55      55
 4. Stuart Beavon       44     6     2     2     54      54
 5. Dean Horrix         38+3   6     2     2     48+3    51
 6. Gary Peters         41     5     0     1     47      47
 7. Andy Rogers         40     2     2     0+1   44+1    45
 8. Martin Hicks        34     6     2     1+1   43+1    44
 9. Steve Richardson    32     4     2     0     38      38
10. Jerry Williams      26+5   3     2     1     32+5    37
11. Colin Bailie        25+1   3+2   2     1     31+3    34
12. Kevin Bremner       18+4   5     0     1     24+4    28
13. Mark White          25     0     2     0     27      27
14. Glenn Burvill       11+5   5     0+1   2     18+6    24
15. Terry Hurlock       16     0     0     0     16      16
16. Michael Gilkes       7+2   3+1   0     2     12+3    15
17. Nicky Platnauer      7     0     0     1      8       8
18. Nigel Stevenson      3     0     0     0      3       3
19. Deane Foster         0     0     0     2      2       2
20. Brian Roberts        0+1   0     0     1      1+1     2
21. John Staker          0     0     0     1+1    1+1     2
22. Sean Reck            1     0     0     0      1       1
23. Derick Williams      0     0     0     1      1       1
24. Steve Head           0     0     0     0+1    0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     6     2     2     56      56