<< Season 1988-89 >>

Reading narrowly avoided relegation for the second consecutive season. After six successive defeats they needed to win at Chesterfield on the final day of the season to ensure survival. At half time they were 0-2 down, but fought back to win 4-2 in order to stay up. The return of Trevor Senior after unhappy spells at Watford and Middlesbrough proved a welcome boost as he netted 24 goals.

Division 3 (18th)

       Sheffield Utd     H  L  1-3         Gilkes
       Wolverhampton W   A  L  1-2         Whitehurst
       Bolton Wand       H  D  1-1         Whitehurst
       Wigan Athletic    A  L  0-3
       Southend Utd      H  W  4-0         Knight, Beavon (pen), Gordon, Hicks
       Gillingham        A  W  1-0         Moran
       Chester City      H  W  3-1         Tait, Knight 2
       Bury              A  L  1-2         Tait
       Cardiff City      A  W  2-1         Conroy, Gilkes
       Mansfield Town    H  W  1-0         Beavon (pen)
       Notts County      A  D  3-3         Elsey, Senior, Gilkes
       Bristol Rovers    H  W  3-1         Conroy 2, Knight
       Northampton T     A  W  3-1         Gilkes, Conroy, Jones
       Brentford         H  D  2-2         Jones, Knight
       Fulham            A  L  1-2         Senior
       Preston NE        H  D  2-2         Moran, Senior
       Chesterfield      H  D  0-0
       Bristol City      A  L  1-2         Senior
       Port Vale         A  L  0-3
       Aldershot         H  W  3-1         Knight, Tait 2
       Blackpool         H  W  2-1         Senior (pen), Knight
       Swansea City      A  L  0-2
       Wolverhampton W   H  L  0-2
       Bolton Wand       A  D  1-1         Hicks
       Chester City      A  L  0-3
       Bury              H  D  1-1         Moran
       Cardiff City      H  W  3-1         Gilkes, Moran, Senior
       Mansfield Town    A  L  1-2         Senior
       Bristol Rovers    A  D  1-1         Elsey
       Notts County      H  L  1-3         Beavon
       Huddersfield T    A  D  2-2         Senior 2
       Brentford         A  L  2-3         Senior, Jones
       Northampton T     H  D  1-1         Payne
       Sheffield Utd     A  L  0-1
       Swansea City      H  W  2-0         Senior 2
       Aldershot         A  D  1-1         Beavon (pen)
       Port Vale         H  W  3-0         Beavon, Gilkes, Senior
       Huddersfield T    H  W  2-1         Senior 2
       Blackpool         A  W  4-2         Elsey, Gilkes, Payne, Beavon
       Southend Utd      A  L  1-2         Gilkes
       Wigan Athletic    H  L  0-3
       Gillingham        H  L  1-2         Gilkes
       Preston NE        A  L  1-2         Beavon (pen)
       Fulham            H  L  0-1
       Bristol City      H  L  1-2         Hicks
       Chesterfield      A  W  4-2         Senior, Payne, Beavon 2 (2 pens)

Division 3 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Wolverhampton W     46  18  4  1  61  19   8 10  5  35  30   92
 2. Sheffield Utd       46  16  3  4  57  21   9  6  8  36  33   84
 3. Port Vale+          46  15  3  5  46  21   9  9  5  32  27   84
 4. Fulham+             46  12  7  4  42  28  10  2 11  27  39   75
 5. Bristol Rovers+     46   9 11  3  34  21  10  6  7  33  30   74
 6. Preston NE+         46  14  7  2  56  31   5  8 10  23  29   72
 7. Brentford           46  14  5  4  36  21   4  9 10  30  40   68
 8. Chester City        46  12  6  5  38  18   7  5 11  26  43   68
 9. Notts County        46  11  7  5  37  22   7  6 10  27  32   67
10. Bolton Wand         46  12  8  3  42  23   4  8 11  16  31   64
11. Bristol City        46  10  3 10  32  25   8  6  9  21  30   63
12. Swansea City        46  11  8  4  33  22   4  8 11  18  31   61
13. Bury                46  11  7  5  27  22   5  6 12  28  45   61
14. Huddersfield T      46  10  8  5  35  25   7  1 15  28  48   60
15. Mansfield Town      46  10  8  5  32  22   4  9 10  16  30   59
16. Cardiff City        46  10  9  4  30  16   4  6 13  14  40   57
17. Wigan Athletic      46   9  5  9  28  22   5  9  9  27  31   56
18. READING             46  10  6  7  37  29   5  5 13  31  43   56
19. Blackpool           46  10  6  7  36  29   4  7 12  20  30   55
20. Northampton T       46  11  2 10  41  34   5  4 14  25  42   54
21. Southend Utd        46  10  9  4  33  26   3  6 14  23  49   54
22. Chesterfield        46   9  5  9  35  35   5  2 16  16  51   49
23. Gillingham          46   7  3 13  25  32   5  1 17  22  49   40
24. Aldershot           46   7  6 10  29  29   1  7 15  19  49   37

    + after play-off

FA Cup

R1     Hendon IIN        H  W  4-2         L.Taylor 2, Elsey, Senior
R2     Maidstone UtdA    H  D  1-1         Senior
R2(R)  Maidstone UtdA    A  W  2-1         Gernon, Senior
R3     Tranmere Rov4     A  D  1-1         Elsey
R3(R)  Tranmere Rov4     H  W  2-1         Senior, Franklin
R4     Grimsby Town4     A  D  1-1         Saunders (og)
R4(R)  Grimsby Town4     H  L  1-2         Moran
League Cup
R1(1)  Torquay Utd4      A  W  1-0         Moran
R1(2)  Torquay Utd4      H  W  3-1 [4-1]   Tait, Beavon (pen), Moran
R2(1)  Bradford City2    H  D  1-1         Tait
R2(2)  Bradford City2    A  L  1-2 [2-3] * Jones

       * after extra time
Associate Members' Cup
PR(A)  Aldershot3        H  W  5-2         Senior 2, Knight 2, Moran
PR(B)  Leyton Orient4    A  D  1-1         Senior
R1     Hereford Utd4     H  L  2-3         Williams, Senior
Associate Members' Cup (PR) Table
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
 1. READING              2   1  1  0   6   3    4
 2. Leyton Orient        2   1  1  0   4   2    4
 3. Aldershot            2   0  0  2   3   8    0

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Trevor Senior       16   4   0   4   24    1    0   0.511
 2. Stuart Beavon        9   0   1   0   10    7    0   0.204
 3. Michael Gilkes       9   0   0   0    9    0    0   0.152
 4. Keith Knight         7   0   0   2    9    0    0   0.243
 5. Steve Moran          4   1   2   1    8    0    0   0.174
 6. Mick Tait            4   0   2   0    6    0    0   0.130
 7. Karl Elsey           3   2   0   0    5    0    0   0.086
 8. Mike Conroy          4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.222
 9. Linden Jones         3   0   1   0    4    0    0   0.114
10. Martin Hicks         3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.051
    Lee Payne            3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.200
12. Billy Whitehurst     2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.500
13. Les Taylor           0   2   0   0    2    0    0   0.095
14. Colin Gordon         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.200
15. Paul Franklin        0   1   0   0    1    0    0   0.042
    Irvin Gernon         0   1   0   0    1    0    0   0.036
17. Adrian Williams      0   0   0   1    1    0    0   0.091
18. Own goals            0   1   0   0    1    0    0   0.017
    Line
    Totals              68  12   6   8   94    8    0   1.567

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Michael Gilkes      46     6     4     3     59      59
 2. Martin Hicks        45     7     4     3     59      59
 3. Karl Elsey          41+3   7     4     3     55+3    58
 4. Steve Richardson    38+1   7     3     3     51+1    52
 5. Stuart Beavon       37+2   4+1   2+1   1+1   44+5    49
 6. Trevor Senior       37     7     0     3     47      47
 7. Mick Tait           36     5     4     1     46      46
 8. Steve Moran         23+11  3+2   4     3     33+13   46
 9. Keith Knight        25+4   3+1   1     3     32+5    37
10. Linden Jones        27+2   2     3+1   0     32+3    35
11. Gary Phillips       24     7     0     3     34      34
12. Irvin Gernon        18+4   5     0     0+1   23+5    28
13. Steve Francis       22     0     4     0     26      26
14. Paul Franklin       14+2   4     2     2     22+2    24
15. Mark Whitlock       16+1   2     0     2     20+1    21
16. Les Taylor          12+2   3     2     2     19+2    21
17. Mike Conroy          9+4   3     0+1   0+1   12+6    18
18. Lee Payne           15     0     0     0     15      15
19. Keith Curle         10     0     4     0     14      14
20. Adrian Williams      6+2   2     0     1      9+2    11
21. Colin Gordon         3+1   0     1     0      4+1     5
22. Billy Whitehurst     2     0     2     0      4       4
23. Scott Taylor         0+3   0     0     0      0+3     3
24. Andy King            0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     7     4     3     60      60