<< Season 1990-91 >>

A season of off-the-field turmoil, as chairman Roger Smee's financial problems caused him to sell up to millionaire John Madejski. Manager Ian Porterfield was dismissed following disagreements with the board on financial matters. Assistant manager Eddie Niedzwiecki took over as caretaker manager but refused an offer to stay until the end of the season. After a couple of heavy defeats under physio John Haselden, Mark McGhee was appointed as player-manager in time for the final game of the season. All this was greeted with indifference with the fans, and the crowd of just 1,934 for the game against Bradford was Elm Park's lowest ever for a League game.

Division 3 (15th)

       Exeter City       A  W  3-1         Moran, Senior, Maskell
       Preston NE        H  D  3-3         Moran 2, Friel
       Bradford City     A  L  1-2         Maskell
       Cambridge Utd     H  D  2-2         Senior, Maskell
       Crewe Alexandra   H  W  2-1         Moran 2
       Huddersfield T    A  W  2-0         Senior 2
       Rotherham Utd     A  W  2-0         Senior, Maskell
       AFC Bournemouth   H  W  2-1         Senior, Maskell
       Birmingham C      H  D  2-2         McPherson, Senior
       Wigan Athletic    A  L  0-1
       Bury              A  L  1-2         McPherson
       Brentford         H  L  1-2         Senior
       Leyton Orient     H  L  1-2         Senior
       Stoke City        A  W  1-0         Moran
       Bolton Wand       A  L  1-3         Gooding
       Southend Utd      H  L  2-4         Moran, Senior
       Fulham            H  W  1-0         Lovell
       Tranmere Rov      A  D  0-0
       Swansea City      A  L  1-3         Lovell
       Grimsby Town      H  W  2-0         Gooding 2
       Mansfield Town    H  W  2-1         Senior, Jones
       Preston NE        A  W  2-1         Maskell (pen), Gilkes
       Exeter City       H  W  1-0         Maskell
       Wigan Athletic    H  W  3-1         Maskell, Senior 2
       Crewe Alexandra   A  L  0-1
       Southend Utd      A  W  2-1         Moran, Bailey
       Bolton Wand       H  L  0-1
       Fulham            A  D  1-1         Gooding
       Chester City      A  L  0-1
       Tranmere Rov      H  W  1-0         Gooding
       AFC Bournemouth   A  L  0-2
       Rotherham Utd     H  W  2-0         Gooding, McPherson
       Birmingham C      A  D  1-1         Jones
       Huddersfield T    H  L  1-2         Taylor
       Grimsby Town      A  L  0-3
       Swansea City      H  D  0-0
       Mansfield Town    A  L  0-2
       Cambridge Utd     A  L  0-3
       Chester City      H  D  2-2         Conroy, Gooding
       Bury              H  W  1-0         Maskell
       Shrewsbury T      H  L  1-2         Bailey
       Brentford         A  L  0-1
       Bradford City     H  L  1-2         Maskell
       Leyton Orient     A  L  0-4
       Shrewsbury T      A  L  1-5         Senior
       Stoke City        H  W  1-0         Senior

Division 3 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Cambridge Utd       46  14  5  4  42  22  11  6  6  33  23   86
 2. Southend Utd        46  13  6  4  34  23  13  1  9  33  28   85
 3. Grimsby Town        46  16  3  4  42  13   8  8  7  24  21   83
 4. Bolton Wand+        46  14  5  4  33  18  10  6  7  31  32   83
 5. Tranmere Rov+       46  13  5  5  38  21  10  4  9  26  25   78
 6. Brentford+          46  12  4  7  30  22   9  9  5  29  25   76
 7. Bury+               46  13  6  4  39  26   7  7  9  28  30   73
 8. Bradford City       46  13  3  7  36  22   7  7  9  26  32   70
 9. AFC Bournemouth     46  14  6  3  37  20   5  7 11  21  38   70
10. Wigan Athletic      46  14  3  6  40  20   6  6 11  31  34   69
11. Huddersfield T      46  13  3  7  37  23   5 10  8  20  28   67
12. Birmingham C        46   8  9  6  21  21   8  8  7  24  28   65
13. Leyton Orient       46  15  2  6  35  19   3  8 12  20  39   64
14. Stoke City          46   9  7  7  36  29   7  5 11  19  30   60
15. READING             46  11  5  7  34  28   6  3 14  19  38   59
16. Exeter City         46  12  6  5  35  16   4  3 16  23  36   57
17. Preston NE          46  11  5  7  33  29   4  6 13  21  38   56
18. Shrewsbury T        46   8  7  8  29  22   6  3 14  32  46   52
19. Chester City        46  10  3 10  27  27   4  6 13  19  31   51
20. Swansea City        46   8  6  9  31  33   5  3 15  18  39   48
21. Fulham              46   8  8  7  27  22   2  8 13  14  34   46
22. Crewe Alexandra     46   6  9  8  35  35   5  2 16  27  45   44
23. Rotherham Utd       46   5 10  8  31  38   5  2 16  19  49   42
24. Mansfield Town      46   5  8 10  23  27   3  6 14  19  36   38

    + after play-off

Position Graph

Position Graph

FA Cup

R1     Colchester UtdA   A  L  1-2         Hicks
League Cup
R1(1)  Oxford Utd2       H  L  0-1
R1(2)  Oxford Utd2       A  L  1-2 [1-3]   Hicks
Associate Members' Cup
PR(A)  Aldershot4        A  L  1-3         Leworthy
PR(B)  Southend Utd3     H  L  1-4         Gooding
Associate Members' Cup (PR) Table
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
 1. Southend Utd         2   2  0  0  14   2    6
 2. Aldershot            2   1  0  1   4  11    3
 3. READING              2   0  0  2   2   7    0

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Trevor Senior       15   0   0   0   15    0    0   0.333
 2. Craig Maskell       10   0   0   0   10    1    0   0.244
 3. Steve Moran          8   0   0   0    8    0    0   0.267
 4. Mick Gooding         7   0   0   1    8    0    0   0.167
 5. Keith McPherson      3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.059
 6. Danny Bailey         2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.077
    Linden Jones         2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.067
    Stuart Lovell        2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.062
 9. Martin Hicks         0   1   1   0    2    0    0   0.041
10. Mike Conroy          1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.027
    George Friel         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.062
    Michael Gilkes       1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.040
    Scott Taylor         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.028
14. David Leworthy       0   0   0   1    1    0    0   0.083
    Line
    Totals              53   1   1   2   57    1    0   1.118

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Keith McPherson     46     1     2     2     51      51
 2. Martin Hicks        44     1     2     2     49      49
 3. Mick Gooding        44     0     2     2     48      48
 4. Trevor Senior       35+5   1     2     2     40+5    45
 5. Craig Maskell       31+7   0+1   2     0     33+8    41
 6. Steve Francis       34     1     2     2     39      39
 7. Mike Conroy         29+4   1     2     0+1   32+5    37
 8. Steve Richardson    32     0     2     2     36      36
 9. Scott Taylor        25+7   1     1     1+1   28+8    36
10. Stuart Lovell       22+8   0     0     1+1   23+9    32
11. Linden Jones        27     1     2     0     30      30
12. Steve Moran         21+5   1     2     1     25+5    30
13. Danny Bailey        26     0     0     0     26      26
14. Michael Gilkes      19+2   1     0+1   2     22+3    25
15. George Friel         8+5   1     0+1   1     10+6    16
16. Phil Burns          12     0     0     0     12      12
17. David Leworthy       4+6   0     0     2      6+6    12
18. Steve Morrow        10     0     0     0     10      10
19. Adrian Williams      7     1     1     1     10      10
20. Chris Seymour        7+2   0     0     0      7+2     9
21. Brian Statham        8     0     0     0      8       8
22. Matt Edwards         6+2   0     0     0      6+2     8
23. Floyd Streete        4     0     0     1      5       5
24. Garry Brooke         1+3   0     0     0      1+3     4
25. Mark Smith           3     0     0     0      3       3
26. Keith Knight         1     0     0     0      1       1
    Line
    Totals              46     1     2     2     51      51