<< Season 1995-96 >>

Trevor Morley After the disappointment of defeat in the play-off final and the departure of key players this was always going to be a difficult season. Particularly difficult to replace was keeper Shaka Hislop, with Bulgarian World Cup keeper Bobby "Wiggy" Mikhailov arriving, but spending most of the season injured. Overall Reading fielded seven different goalies: Sheppard, Mikhailov, Woods, Hammond, Nixon, Sutton, and Jimmy Quinn (as substitute keeper). Another signing who spent most of his time out injured was Trevor Morley, signed on a free transfer from West Ham, who required an iron plate to repair a fractured skull.

Survival was eventually ensured with a convincing 3-0 win over Wolves, who were now managed by former Reading boss, Mark McGhee. This was the start of a fierce rivalry between the teams (at least on Reading's part) over the next couple of seasons, with Reading fans being less than happy with the manner of McGhee's departure and not being shy about expressing it.

Division 1 (19th)

       Stoke City        A  D  1-1         A.Williams
       Derby County      H  W  3-2         Lovell, Morley, Nogan
       Portsmouth        A  D  0-0
       Millwall          H  L  1-2         Gooding
       Southend Utd      A  D  0-0
       Luton Town        H  W  3-1         Nogan 2, Lovell (pen)
       Grimsby Town      H  L  0-2
       Leicester City    A  D  1-1         Bernal
       Port Vale         H  D  2-2         Lambert 2
       Sunderland        A  D  2-2         Lovell, Kerr
       West Bromwich A   A  L  0-2
       Huddersfield T    H  W  3-1         Lambert, A.Williams, Quinn
       Oldham Athletic   A  L  1-2         Lovell
       Ipswich Town      H  L  1-4         Lovell
       Crystal Palace    A  W  2-0         Shaw (og), Nogan
       Birmingham C      H  L  0-1
       Barnsley          H  D  0-0
       Charlton Ath      A  L  1-2         Brown
       Sheffield Utd     A  D  0-0
       West Bromwich A   H  W  3-1         Morley, Holsgrove, Nogan
       Port Vale         A  L  2-3         Morley, Quinn (pen)
       Sunderland        H  D  1-1         Quinn
       Norwich City      A  D  3-3         Lambert, Nogan, Kerr
       Tranmere Rov      H  W  1-0         Morley
       Derby County      A  L  0-3
       Stoke City        H  W  1-0         Gooding
       Portsmouth        H  L  0-1
       Millwall          A  D  1-1         Bowry (og)
       Grimsby Town      A  D  0-0
       Leicester City    H  D  1-1         Lovell (pen)
       Luton Town        A  W  2-1         Booty, Lovell
       Watford           H  D  0-0
       Wolverhampton W   A  D  1-1         Gooding
       Norwich City      H  L  0-3
       Southend Utd      H  D  3-3         Nogan 3
       Tranmere Rov      A  L  1-2         Caskey
       Oldham Athletic   H  W  2-0         Quinn 2
       Huddersfield T    A  L  1-3         A.Williams
       Ipswich Town      A  W  2-1         Bernal, Quinn
       Crystal Palace    H  L  0-2
       Barnsley          A  W  1-0         Quinn (pen)
       Watford           A  L  2-4         Caskey, Quinn
       Charlton Ath      H  D  0-0
       Sheffield Utd     H  L  0-3
       Wolverhampton W   H  W  3-0         M.Williams, Quinn 2
       Birmingham C      A  W  2-1         Nogan, Quinn

Division 1 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Sunderland          46  13  8  2  32  10   9  9  5  27  23   83
 2. Derby County        46  14  8  1  48  22   7  8  8  23  29   79
 3. Crystal Palace+     46   9  9  5  34  22  11  6  6  33  26   75
 4. Stoke City+         46  13  6  4  32  15   7  7  9  28  34   73
 5. Leicester City+     46   9  7  7  32  29  10  7  6  34  31   71
 6. Charlton Ath+       46   8 11  4  28  23   9  9  5  29  22   71
 7. Ipswich Town        46  13  5  5  45  30   6  7 10  34  39   69
 8. Huddersfield T      46  14  4  5  42  23   3  8 12  19  35   63
 9. Sheffield Utd       46   9  7  7  29  25   7  7  9  28  29   62
10. Barnsley            46   9 10  4  34  28   5  8 10  26  38   60
11. West Bromwich A     46  11  5  7  34  29   5  7 11  26  39   60
12. Port Vale           46  10  5  8  30  29   5 10  8  29  37   60
13. Tranmere Rov        46   9  9  5  42  29   5  8 10  22  31   59
14. Southend Utd        46  11  8  4  30  22   4  6 13  22  39   59
15. Birmingham C        46  11  7  5  37  23   4  6 13  24  41   58
16. Norwich City        46   7  9  7  26  24   7  6 10  33  31   57
17. Grimsby Town        46   8 10  5  27  25   6  4 13  28  44   56
18. Oldham Athletic     46  10  7  6  33  20   4  7 12  21  30   56
19. READING             46   8  7  8  28  30   5 10  8  26  33   56
20. Wolverhampton W     46   8  9  6  34  28   5  7 11  22  34   55
21. Portsmouth          46   8  6  9  34  32   5  7 11  27  37   52
22. Millwall            46   7  6 10  23  28   6  7 10  20  35   52
23. Watford             46   7  8  8  40  33   3 10 10  22  37   48
24. Luton Town          46   7  6 10  30  34   4  6 13  10  30   45

    + after play-off

Position Graph

Position Graph

FA Cup

R3     Gillingham3       H  W  3-1         Morley, Quinn 2
R4     Manchester UtdP   H  L  0-3
League Cup
R2(1)  West Bromwich A1  H  D  1-1         Lovell
R2(2)  West Bromwich A1  A  W  4-2 [5-3]   Lovell, Quinn 2 (1 pen), Lambert
R3     Bury3             H  W  2-1 *       Lucketti (og), Quinn
R4     SouthamptonP      H  W  2-1         Nogan, Morley
R5     Leeds UtdP        A  L  1-2         Quinn

       * earlier match abandoned with score 0-2

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Jimmy Quinn         11   2   4   0   17    3    0   0.405
 2. Lee Nogan           10   0   1   0   11    0    1   0.244
 3. Stuart Lovell        7   0   2   0    9    2    0   0.225
 4. Trevor Morley        4   1   1   0    6    0    0   0.286
 5. James Lambert        4   0   1   0    5    0    0   0.238
 6. Mick Gooding         3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.065
    Adrian Williams      3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.086
 8. Andy Bernal          2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.051
    Darren Caskey        2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.133
    Dylan Kerr           2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.222
11. Martyn Booty         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.059
    Kenny Brown          1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.067
    Paul Holsgrove       1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.027
    Martin Williams      1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.062
15. Own goals            2   0   1   0    3    0    0   0.057
    Line
    Totals              54   3  10   0   67    5    1   1.264

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Michael Gilkes      36+8   1     3+2   0     40+10   50
 2. Phil Parkinson      36+6   2     5     0     43+6    49
 3. Mick Gooding        37+3   2     4     0     43+3    46
 4. Lee Nogan           32+7   2     4     0     38+7    45
 5. Jimmy Quinn         20+15  2     2+3   0     24+18   42
 6. Stuart Lovell       28+7   0+2   3     0     31+9    40
 7. Andy Bernal         34     1     4     0     39      39
 8. Paul Holsgrove      27+3   2     5     0     34+3    37
 9. Adrian Williams     31     2     2     0     35      35
10. Dariusz Wdowczyk    29+1   0     2     0     31+1    32
11. Tom Jones           13+8   2     3     0     18+8    26
12. Simon Sheppard      18     0     4     0     22      22
13. Michael Meaker      15+6   0+1   0     0     15+7    22
14. Trevor Morley       14+3   2     2     0     18+3    21
15. James Lambert       10+5   0+2   2+2   0     12+9    21
16. Keith McPherson     16     0     3     0     19      19
17. Martyn Booty        17     0     0     0     17      17
18. Bobby Mikhailov     16     1     0     0     17      17
19. Martin Williams     11+4   0     0+1   0     11+5    16
20. Darren Caskey       15     0     0     0     15      15
21. Kenny Brown         12     0     3     0     15      15
22. Jeff Hopkins        14     0     0     0     14      14
23. Steve Swales         4+5   1     0+1   0      5+6    11
24. Dylan Kerr           4+4   0     0+1   0      4+5     9
25. Nicky Hammond        5     1     0     0      6       6
26. Chris Woods          5     0     0     0      5       5
27. Michael Thorp        2     1     2     0      5       5
28. Robert Codner        3+1   0     1     0      4+1     5
29. Steve Sutton         2     0     0     0      2       2
30. Eric Nixon           0     0     1     0      1       1
31. Andy Freeman         0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Neville Gordon       0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     2     5     0     53      53