<< Season 1989-90 >>

A good season for draws, if nothing else. The total of 19 league draws is a club record, but it was the FA Cup which was really spectacular. Bristol Rovers were dispatched at the third attempt, Welling at the fourth attempt, and Sunderland at the first attempt, before Reading went out to Newcastle in a replay. Only two six goal hauls, against Swansea and Preston, bucked the trend. The total of 63 games played in all competitions is also a record, with Martin Hicks' 61 appearances also being a record for a single player. Off the field, Ian Branfoot was replaced as manager by Ian Porterfield following a disappointing start to the season. Porterfield's first signing was Mick Gooding from Wolves. Although already over 30 when he signed, he went on to be one of Reading's longest serving players, eventually becoming manager himself.

Division 3 (10th)

       Shrewsbury T      H  D  3-3         Taylor, Hicks, Gilkes
       Crewe Alexandra   A  D  1-1         Williams
       Tranmere Rov      H  W  1-0         Conroy
       Notts County      A  D  0-0
       Walsall           H  L  0-1
       Swansea City      A  W  6-1         Senior 3, Hicks, Knight, Wood
       Chester City      H  D  1-1         Bashir
       Bristol Rovers    A  D  0-0
       Blackpool         A  D  0-0
       Huddersfield T    H  D  0-0
       Fulham            H  W  3-2         Senior, Beavon (pen), Mauge (og)
       Leyton Orient     A  L  1-4         Leworthy
       Mansfield Town    H  W  1-0         Leworthy
       Wigan Athletic    A  L  1-3         Senior
       Birmingham C      H  L  0-2
       Bury              A  L  0-4
       Bristol City      H  D  1-1         Senior
       Preston NE        A  L  0-1
       Northampton T     A  L  1-2         Beavon
       Brentford         H  W  1-0         Senior
       Rotherham Utd     H  W  3-2         Senior, Moran 2 (1 pen)
       Crewe Alexandra   H  D  1-1         Gooding
       Shrewsbury T      A  D  1-1         Moran
       Walsall           A  D  1-1         Senior
       Tranmere Rov      A  L  1-3         Moran
       Preston NE        H  W  6-0         Moran, Senior 2, Bennett (og), Leworthy 2
       Swansea City      H  D  1-1         Moran (pen)
       Bristol City      A  W  1-0         Leworthy
       Bolton Wand       H  W  2-0         Tait, Gooding
       Bristol Rovers    H  L  0-1
       Chester City      A  D  1-1         Leworthy
       Blackpool         H  D  1-1         Moran (pen)
       Huddersfield T    A  W  1-0         Tait
       Fulham            A  W  2-1         Beavon, Conroy
       Leyton Orient     H  D  1-1         Leworthy
       Bolton Wand       A  L  0-3
       Mansfield Town    A  D  1-1         Tait
       Wigan Athletic    H  W  2-0         Moran, Williams
       Cardiff City      H  L  0-1
       Brentford         A  D  1-1         Gooding
       Northampton T     H  W  3-2         Moran 2, Senior
       Rotherham Utd     A  D  1-1         Senior
       Bury              H  W  1-0         Wood
       Cardiff City      A  L  2-3         Moran, Senior
       Notts County      H  D  1-1         Taylor
       Birmingham C      A  W  1-0         Gilkes

Division 3 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Bristol Rovers      46  15  8  0  43  14  11  7  5  28  21   93
 2. Bristol City        46  15  5  3  40  16  12  5  6  36  24   91
 3. Notts County+       46  17  4  2  40  18   8  8  7  33  35   87
 4. Tranmere Rov+       46  15  5  3  54  22   8  6  9  32  27   80
 5. Bury+               46  11  7  5  35  19  10  4  9  35  30   74
 6. Bolton Wand+        46  12  7  4  32  19   6  8  9  27  29   69
 7. Birmingham C        46  10  7  6  33  19   8  5 10  27  40   66
 8. Huddersfield T      46  11  5  7  30  23   6  9  8  31  39   65
 9. Rotherham Utd       46  12  6  5  48  28   5  7 11  23  34   64
10. READING             46  10  9  4  33  21   5 10  8  24  32   64
11. Shrewsbury T        46  10  9  4  38  24   6  6 11  21  30   63
12. Crewe Alexandra     46  10  8  5  32  24   5  9  9  24  29   62
13. Brentford           46  11  4  8  41  31   7  3 13  25  35   61
14. Leyton Orient*      46   9  6  8  28  24   7  4 12  24  32   58
15. Mansfield Town      46  13  2  8  34  25   3  5 15  16  40   55
16. Chester City        46  11  7  5  30  23   2  8 13  13  32   54
17. Swansea City        46  10  6  7  25  27   4  6 13  20  36   54
18. Wigan Athletic      46  10  6  7  29  22   3  8 12  19  42   53
19. Preston NE          46  10  7  6  42  30   4  3 16  23  49   52
20. Fulham              46   8  8  7  33  27   4  7 12  22  39   51
21. Cardiff City        46   6  9  8  30  35   6  5 12  21  35   50
22. Northampton T       46   7  7  9  27  31   4  7 12  24  37   47
23. Blackpool           46   8  6  9  29  33   2 10 11  20  40   46
24. Walsall             46   6  8  9  23  30   3  6 14  17  42   41

    + after play-off
    * Leyton Orient previously known as Orient

FA Cup

R1     Bristol Rovers3   A  D  1-1         Conroy
R1(R)  Bristol Rovers3   H  D  1-1 *       Senior
R1(2R) Bristol Rovers3   A  W  1-0         Senior
R2     Welling UtdA      H  D  0-0
R2(R)  Welling UtdA      A  D  1-1 *       Beavon (pen)
R2(2R) Welling UtdA      H  D  0-0 *
R2(3R) Welling UtdA      A  W  2-1         Moran 2
R3     Sunderland2       H  W  2-1         Jones 2
R4     Newcastle Utd2    H  D  3-3         Jones, Senior, Gilkes
R4(R)  Newcastle Utd2    A  L  1-4         Senior

       * after extra time
League Cup
R1(1)  Bristol City3     A  W  3-2         Gilkes 3
R1(2)  Bristol City3     H  D  2-2 [5-4]   Senior, Gilkes
R2(1)  Newcastle Utd2    H  W  3-1         Senior 2, Taylor
R2(2)  Newcastle Utd2    A  L  0-4 [3-5]
Associate Members' Cup
PR(A)  Bristol City3     H  D  1-1         Moran
PR(B)  Swansea City3     A  W  2-1         Tait, Senior
R1     Brentford3        A  L  1-2         Moran (pen)
Associate Members' Cup (PR) Table
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
 1. Bristol City*        2   1  1  0   3   2    4
    READING              2   1  1  0   3   2    4
 3. Swansea City         2   0  0  2   2   4    0

    * placed first on toss of coin

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Trevor Senior       14   4   3   1   22    0    1   0.431
 2. Steve Moran         11   2   0   2   15    4    0   0.395
 3. David Leworthy       7   0   0   0    7    0    0   0.212
 4. Michael Gilkes       2   1   4   0    7    0    1   0.127
 5. Stuart Beavon        3   1   0   0    4    2    0   0.083
 6. Mick Tait            3   0   0   1    4    0    0   0.100
 7. Mick Gooding         3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.091
 8. Mike Conroy          2   1   0   0    3    0    0   0.068
 9. Scott Taylor         2   0   1   0    3    0    0   0.081
10. Linden Jones         0   3   0   0    3    0    0   0.054
11. Martin Hicks         2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.033
    Adrian Williams      2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.105
    Darren Wood          2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.048
14. Naseem Bashir        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.250
    Keith Knight         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.053
16. Own goals            2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.032
    Line
    Totals              57  12   8   4   81    6    2   1.286

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Martin Hicks        44    10     4     3     61      61
 2. Steve Francis       46     8     4     2     60      60
 3. Steve Richardson    43     9     4     3     59      59
 4. Linden Jones        38+1  10     4     2     54+1    55
 5. Michael Gilkes      40+2   6     4     3     53+2    55
 6. Trevor Senior       35    10     4     2     51      51
 7. Stuart Beavon       29+3  10     4     2     45+3    48
 8. Mike Conroy         27+7   4+2   1+1   2     34+10   44
 9. Darren Wood         31+1   5+1   4     0     40+2    42
10. Mick Tait           27+1  10     0     2     39+1    40
11. Steve Moran         23+5   5+2   0     3     31+7    38
12. Scott Taylor        22+7   0+2   4     0+2   26+11   37
13. Mick Gooding        27     3     0     3     33      33
14. David Leworthy      16+12  0+2   0+1   0+2   16+17   33
15. Mark Whitlock       10     8+2   0     3     21+2    23
16. Lee Payne           10+2   6     3     1     20+2    22
17. Adrian Williams     16     0     2     1     19      19
18. Keith Knight        13     4     2     0     19      19
19. Naseem Bashir        1+2   0     0+1   0      1+3     4
20. Irvin Gernon         3     0     0     0      3       3
    Paul Lemon           3     0     0     0      3       3
22. Phil Burns           0     2     0     1      3       3
23. George Friel         2+1   0     0     0      2+1     3
    Line
    Totals              46    10     4     3     63      63