<< Season 1992-93 >>

1992 saw a re-organisation of the Football League as the First Division broke away to form the Premier League. The Football League responded by renumbering their remaining divisions, so that Reading found themselves in the new style Second Division - what we still in our hearts know is really the Third Division. They recovered from a poor start to finish just outside the play-off positions. There were signs, particularly an 11 match unbeaten run, that Mark McGhee was beginning to put a decent team together despite having very little money to spend.

Jimmy Quinn was signed from Bournemouth for just £55K, Phil Parkinson from Bury for £37.5K, Jeff Hopkins on a free transfer from Bristol Rovers, and a British-born, Trinidad-raised, American-educated goalie by the unlikely name of Neil Shaka Hislop straight from university. McGhee's squad was also strengthened by the maturing skills of a number of home-grown players, including Adrian Williams, Stuart Lovell and Scott Taylor.

Division 2 (8th)

       Hartlepool Utd    A  D  1-1         Quinn
       Leyton Orient     H  D  1-1         McGhee
       Bolton Wand       A  L  1-2         Williams
       Hull City         H  L  1-2         Taylor
       West Bromwich A   A  L  0-3
       Rotherham Utd     H  W  3-1         Quinn 2, Gilkes
       Wigan Athletic    H  W  4-0         Quinn 2, Gilkes, Gooding
       Brighton & HA     A  W  1-0         Lovell
       Fulham            H  W  3-0         Lovell, Quinn, Gilkes
       Huddersfield T    A  D  0-0
       Bradford City     H  D  1-1         Gilkes
       Preston NE        A  L  0-2
       Swansea City      A  L  1-2         Williams
       Plymouth Arg      H  W  3-0         Jones, Quinn, McPherson
       Burnley           A  D  1-1         McGhee
       Blackpool         H  D  0-0
       AFC Bournemouth   A  D  1-1         Gilkes
       Exeter City       H  L  2-3         Quinn, Parkinson
       Chester City      A  W  3-0         Gilkes 2, Lambert
       Stockport Co      H  L  2-4         Gilkes, Moody
       Stoke City        H  L  0-1
       Mansfield Town    A  D  1-1         Lambert
       Rotherham Utd     A  L  2-3         Quinn 2
       Brighton & HA     H  W  3-0         Taylor 2, Gooding
       Wigan Athletic    A  D  1-1         Lambert
       Bolton Wand       H  L  1-2         Williams
       Leyton Orient     A  W  2-1         Dillon, Parkinson
       Hartlepool Utd    H  W  2-0         Williams, Quinn
       Hull City         A  D  1-1         Gray
       Preston NE        H  W  4-0         Taylor, Gilkes, Gray, Quinn
       Huddersfield T    H  W  2-1         Gray, Gilkes
       Fulham            A  D  0-0
       Port Vale         H  W  1-0         Hopkins
       Blackpool         A  W  1-0         Quinn
       Burnley           H  W  1-0         Gilkes
       Exeter City       A  D  0-0
       AFC Bournemouth   H  W  3-2         Lovell 2, Quinn
       Port Vale         A  L  1-3         Quinn
       Chester City      H  W  1-0         Parkinson
       Stoke City        A  L  0-2
       Mansfield Town    H  W  3-1         Lovell, Gooding, Taylor
       Stockport Co      A  D  2-2         Quinn (pen), Lovell
       West Bromwich A   H  D  1-1         Parkinson
       Bradford City     A  L  0-3
       Swansea City      H  W  2-0         Quinn (pen), Lovell
       Plymouth Arg      A  D  2-2         Lovell, Gilkes

Division 2 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Stoke City          46  17  4  2  41  13  10  8  5  32  21   93
 2. Bolton Wand         46  18  2  3  48  14   9  7  7  32  27   90
 3. Port Vale+          46  14  7  2  44  17  12  4  7  35  27   89
 4. West Bromwich A+    46  17  3  3  56  22   8  7  8  32  32   85
 5. Swansea City+       46  12  7  4  38  17   8  6  9  27  30   73
 6. Stockport Co+       46  11 11  1  47  18   8  4 11  34  39   72
 7. Leyton Orient       46  16  4  3  49  20   5  5 13  20  33   72
 8. READING             46  14  4  5  44  20   4 11  8  22  31   69
 9. Brighton & HA       46  13  4  6  36  24   7  5 11  27  35   69
10. Bradford City       46  12  5  6  36  24   6  9  8  33  43   68
11. Rotherham Utd       46   9  7  7  30  27   8  7  8  30  33   65
12. Fulham              46   9  9  5  28  22   7  8  8  29  33   65
13. Burnley             46  11  8  4  38  21   4  8 11  19  38   61
14. Plymouth Arg        46  11  6  6  38  28   5  6 12  21  36   60
15. Huddersfield T      46  10  6  7  30  22   7  3 13  24  39   60
16. Hartlepool Utd      46   8  6  9  19  23   6  6 11  23  37   54
17. AFC Bournemouth     46   7 10  6  28  24   5  7 11  17  28   53
18. Blackpool           46   9  9  5  40  30   3  6 14  23  45   51
19. Exeter City         46   5  8 10  26  30   6  9  8  28  39   50
20. Hull City           46   9  5  9  28  26   4  6 13  18  43   50
21. Preston NE          46   8  5 10  41  47   5  3 15  24  47   47
22. Mansfield Town      46   7  8  8  34  34   4  3 16  18  46   44
23. Wigan Athletic      46   6  6 11  26  34   4  5 14  17  38   41
24. Chester City        46   6  2 15  30  47   2  3 18  19  55   29

    + after play-off

Position Graph

Position Graph

FA Cup

R1     Birmingham C1     H  W  1-0         Quinn
R2     Leyton Orient2    H  W  3-0         Quinn 2 (1 pen), Parkinson
R3     Manchester CP     A  D  1-1         Taylor
R3(R)  Manchester CP     H  L  0-4
League Cup
R1     Maidstone Utd3    H  *
R2(1)  Watford1          A  D  2-2         Quinn, Williams
R2(2)  Watford1          H  L  0-2 [2-4]

       * Maidstone United scratched
Associate Members' Cup
R1(A)  Brighton & HA2    H  D  1-1         Gilkes
R1(B)  AFC Bournemouth2  A  D  1-1         Viveash
R2     Exeter City2      A  D  2-2 *       Quinn 2

       * after extra time, lost 2-4 on penalties
Associate Members' Cup (R1) Table
                        PL   W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
 1. Brighton & HA        2   1  1  0   4   3    4
 2. READING              2   0  2  0   2   2    2
 3. AFC Bournemouth      2   0  1  1   3   4    1

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Jimmy Quinn         17   3   1   2   23    3    0   0.451
 2. Michael Gilkes      12   0   0   1   13    0    0   0.289
 3. Stuart Lovell        8   0   0   0    8    0    0   0.308
 4. Scott Taylor         5   1   0   0    6    0    0   0.154
 5. Phil Parkinson       4   1   0   0    5    0    0   0.106
 6. Adrian Williams      4   0   1   0    5    0    0   0.125
 7. Mick Gooding         3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.061
    Andy Gray            3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.250
    James Lambert        3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.086
10. Mark McGhee          2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.154
11. Kevin Dillon         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.021
    Jeff Hopkins         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.023
    Tom Jones            1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.038
    Keith McPherson      1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.019
    Paul Moody           1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.167
16. Adrian Viveash       0   0   0   1    1    0    0   0.167
    Line
    Totals              66   5   2   4   77    3    0   1.400

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Keith McPherson     44     4     2     2     52      52
 2. Jimmy Quinn         42     4     2     3     51      51
 3. Mick Gooding        38+2   3+1   2     3     46+3    49
 4. Kevin Dillon        40     3     2     2     47      47
 5. Phil Parkinson      38+1   3     2     2+1   45+2    47
 6. Michael Gilkes      38     4     2     1     45      45
 7. Jeff Hopkins        36     4     2     2     44      44
 8. Adrian Williams     30+1   4     2     3     39+1    40
 9. Steve Francis       34     4     0     1     39      39
10. Scott Taylor        30+2   3     1     2+1   36+3    39
11. James Lambert        9+18  4     0+1   1+2   14+21   35
12. Tom Jones           21     2     2     1     26      26
13. Stuart Lovell       18+4   0+3   1     0     19+7    26
14. Mark Holzman        12+4   2     0     2     16+4    20
15. Shaka Hislop        12     0     2     2     16      16
16. Steve Richardson    11+4   0     0     1     12+4    16
17. Mark McGhee          9+4   0     0     0      9+4    13
18. Andy Gray            8+3   0     0     1      9+3    12
19. David McDonald      11     0     0     0     11      11
20. Lea Barkus           4+5   0+1   0     1      5+6    11
21. Darren Jackson       5     0     0     1      6       6
    Paul Moody           5     0     0     1      6       6
    Adrian Viveash       5     0     0     1      6       6
24. David Bass           5     0     0     0      5       5
25. Darren McCance       1     0     0     0      1       1
    Line
    Totals              46     4     2     3     55      55