<< Season 1994-95 >>

2-0! Reading built on their Division 2 championship team to finish in their then highest-ever league position, second in Division 1, despite manager Mark McGhee leaving in mid-season for a "bigger team", Leicester. Senior players Jimmy Quinn and Mick Gooding took over as joint managers. In most seasons second place would have been good enough for automatic promotion, but this season, due to re-structuring, only one team went up automatically, so Reading had to be content with a play-off place.

Having seen off Tranmere in the semi-finals they met Bolton in a never-to-be-forgotten final. Reading flew into a 2-0 lead with goals from Lee Nogan and Adrian Williams (right) and then were awarded a penalty. Stuart Lovell took the kick, but it was saved. This proved to be the turning point with Bolton dominating the rest of the match and Reading desperately hanging on. Bolton drew level with five minutes left to take the game into extra time and then went 4-2 ahead before Jimmy Quinn pulled one back to give Reading late hope. It was to prove the last game for of one Reading's greatest ever teams, with key players like Shaka Hislop, Scott Taylor and Simon Osborn departing in the close season.

Division 1 (2nd, Not promoted after play-off)

       Wolverhampton W   A  L  0-1
       Portsmouth        H  D  0-0
       Barnsley          A  W  2-0         Osborn, Taylor
       Stoke City        H  W  4-0         Lovell, Kerr, Gilkes, Taylor
       Millwall          H  D  0-0
       Oldham Athletic   A  W  3-1         Lovell 2, Osborn
       Swindon Town      A  L  0-1
       Sheffield Utd     H  W  1-0         Quinn
       Watford           A  D  2-2         Osborn, Lovell
       Notts County      H  W  2-0         Lovell, Hartenberger
       Charlton Ath      A  W  2-1         Osborn, Gilkes
       Bristol City      H  W  1-0         Gilkes
       Sunderland        H  L  0-2
       West Bromwich A   A  L  0-2
       Derby County      A  W  2-1         Taylor, Gilkes
       Burnley           H  D  0-0
       Southend Utd      A  L  1-4         Quinn
       Tranmere Rov      H  L  1-3         Jones
       Sunderland        A  W  1-0         Taylor
       Middlesbrough     H  D  1-1         Taylor
       Portsmouth        A  D  1-1         Quinn (pen)
       Wolverhampton W   H  W  4-2         Osborn, Quinn, Gilkes 2
       Luton Town        H  D  0-0
       Port Vale         A  W  2-0         Quinn (pen), Taylor
       Grimsby Town      H  D  1-1         Lambert
       Bolton Wand       A  L  0-1
       West Bromwich A   H  L  0-2
       Burnley           A  W  2-1         Nogan, Taylor
       Middlesbrough     A  W  1-0         Holsgrove
       Derby County      H  W  1-0         Kavanagh (og)
       Tranmere Rov      A  L  0-1
       Southend Utd      H  W  2-0         Holsgrove, Nogan
       Notts County      A  L  0-1
       Watford           H  W  4-1         Gilkes 2, Holsgrove, Hartenberger
       Millwall          A  L  0-2
       Barnsley          H  L  0-3
       Stoke City        A  W  1-0         Taylor
       Oldham Athletic   H  W  2-1         Nogan, Lovell
       Sheffield Utd     A  D  1-1         Nogan
       Swindon Town      H  W  3-0         Lovell 3 (1 pen)
       Grimsby Town      A  L  0-1
       Port Vale         H  D  3-3         Nogan 3
       Luton Town        A  W  1-0         Taylor (og)
       Bolton Wand       H  W  2-1         Lovell, Nogan
       Bristol City      A  W  2-1         Lovell, Nogan
       Charlton Ath      H  W  2-1         Nogan, Williams

Division 1 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Middlesbrough       46  15  4  4  41  19   8  9  6  26  21   82
 2. READING+            46  12  7  4  34  21  11  3  9  24  23   79
 3. Bolton Wand+        46  16  6  1  43  13   5  8 10  24  32   77
 4. Wolverhampton W+    46  15  5  3  39  18   6  8  9  38  43   76
 5. Tranmere Rov+       46  17  4  2  51  23   5  6 12  16  35   76
 6. Barnsley            46  15  6  2  42  19   5  6 12  21  33   72
 7. Watford             46  14  6  3  33  17   5  7 11  19  29   70
 8. Sheffield Utd       46  12  9  2  41  21   5  8 10  33  34   68
 9. Derby County        46  12  6  5  44  23   6  6 11  22  28   66
10. Grimsby Town        46  12  7  4  36  19   5  7 11  26  37   65
11. Stoke City          46  10  7  6  31  21   6  8  9  19  32   63
12. Millwall            46  11  8  4  36  22   5  6 12  24  38   62
13. Southend Utd        46  13  2  8  33  25   5  6 12  21  48   62
14. Oldham Athletic     46  12  7  4  34  21   4  6 13  26  39   61
15. Charlton Ath        46  11  6  6  33  25   5  5 13  25  41   59
16. Luton Town          46   8  6  9  35  30   7  7  9  26  34   58
17. Port Vale           46  11  5  7  30  24   4  8 11  28  40   58
18. Portsmouth          46   9  8  6  31  28   6  5 12  22  35   58
19. West Bromwich A     46  13  3  7  33  24   3  7 13  18  33   58
20. Sunderland          46   5 12  6  22  22   7  6 10  19  23   54
21. Swindon Town        46   9  6  8  28  27   3  6 14  26  46   48
22. Burnley             46   8  7  8  36  33   3  6 14  13  41   46
23. Bristol City        46   8  8  7  26  28   3  4 16  16  35   45
24. Notts County        46   7  8  8  26  28   2  5 16  19  38   40

    + after play-off

Position Graph

Position Graph

Division 1 Play-offs

SF(1)  Tranmere Rov      A  W  3-1         Lovell 2, Nogan
SF(2)  Tranmere Rov      H  D  0-0 [3-1]
F      Bolton Wand       *  L  3-4         Nogan, Williams, Quinn

       * at Wembley (att. 64,107), after extra time
FA Cup
R3     Oldham Athletic1  H  L  1-3         Taylor
League Cup
R1(1)  Gillingham3       A  W  1-0         Williams
R1(2)  Gillingham3       H  W  3-0 [4-0]   Quinn 2, Lovell
R2(1)  Derby County1     H  W  3-1         Quinn 2, Holsgrove
R2(2)  Derby County1     A  L  0-2 [3-3] *

       * after extra time, lost on away goals

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Stuart Lovell       11   0   1   2   14    1    1   0.368
 2. Lee Nogan           10   0   0   2   12    0    1   0.522
 3. Jimmy Quinn          5   0   4   1   10    2    0   0.238
 4. Scott Taylor         8   1   0   0    9    0    0   0.176
 5. Michael Gilkes       8   0   0   0    8    0    0   0.174
 6. Simon Osborn         5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.128
 7. Paul Holsgrove       3   0   1   0    4    0    0   0.138
 8. Adrian Williams      1   0   1   1    3    0    0   0.103
 9. Uwe Hartenberger     2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.125
10. Tom Jones            1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.048
    Dylan Kerr           1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.025
    James Lambert        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.091
13. Own goals            2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.037
    Line
    Totals              58   1   7   6   72    3    2   1.333

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Shaka Hislop        46     1     4     3     54      54
 2. Scott Taylor        31+13  1     1+2   3     36+15   51
 3. Mick Gooding        37+2   1     4     3     45+2    47
 4. Michael Gilkes      37+3   1     2     3     43+3    46
 5. Dariusz Wdowczyk    37+1   1     2     3     43+1    44
 6. Jimmy Quinn         31+4   1     4     0+2   36+6    42
 7. Andy Bernal         33     1     3     3     40      40
 8. Dylan Kerr          35+1   0     4     0     39+1    40
 9. Simon Osborn        31+1   0     4     3     38+1    39
10. Stuart Lovell       25+5   1     4     3     33+5    38
11. Phil Parkinson      25+6   1     3     0     29+6    35
12. Adrian Williams     20+2   0     4     3     27+2    29
13. Paul Holsgrove      23+1   1     2+2   0     26+3    29
14. Jeff Hopkins        20+1   0+1   3+1   0+2   23+5    28
15. Keith McPherson     19+4   0     0+1   3     22+5    27
16. Lee Nogan           18+2   0     0     3     21+2    23
17. Tom Jones           18+2   1     0     0     19+2    21
18. Uwe Hartenberger     8+7   0+1   0     0      8+8    16
19. James Lambert        3+8   0     0     0      3+8    11
20. Adrian Viveash       6     0     0     0      6       6
21. Darren Barnard       3+1   0     0     0      3+1     4
22. Alan Carey           0+2   0     0     0      0+2     2
23. Mick Murphy          0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     1     4     3     54      54