<< Season 1998-99 >>

Madejski Stadium Reading's first season in the plush new Madejski Stadium was back in the modest surroundings of Division 2, and there was considerable optimism that Tommy Burns' team could bounce straight back. This took a considerable knock however as Reading's miserable form continued at the start of the season. However a mid-season improvement saw them climb to reach the edge of the play-off picture despite never looking totally convincing. However three vital games against fellow hopefuls Manchester City, Gillingham and Fulham were then lost and the season trailed off into mid-table obscurity, with only one win in the last ten matches.

The most remarkable game of the season came as Bristol Rovers visited the Madejski Stadium and hit six second half goals to win 6-0. Jamie Cureton scored the first four to become the first player to get a hat-trick at the new stadium. He later joined Reading and became the first home player to score a hat-trick when he netted a treble against Brentford in 2000-01.

Division 2 (11th)

       Wrexham           A  L  0-3
       Bristol Rovers    A  L  1-4         Williams
       Luton Town        H  W  3-0         Brebner, McIntyre, Fleck
       Chesterfield      A  L  0-1
       Burnley           H  D  1-1         Williams
       Preston NE        A  L  0-4
       Colchester Utd    H  D  1-1         Williams
       Macclesfield T    A  L  1-2         Williams (pen)
       Walsall           A  W  2-0         Williams, Brebner
       Stoke City        H  W  2-1         Brebner, McIntyre
       Gillingham        H  D  0-0
       Blackpool         H  D  1-1         Williams
       Manchester C      A  W  1-0         Williams
       Wycombe Wand      A  W  3-2         Brebner 2, Williams
       York City         H  W  1-0         Brebner
       AFC Bournemouth   H  D  3-3         Caskey, Williams, Parkinson
       Wigan Athletic    H  L  0-1
       Northampton T     A  W  1-0         Brebner
       Lincoln City      H  W  2-1         Clement, Sarr
       Millwall          A  D  1-1         Sarr
       Oldham Athletic   H  D  1-1         McIntyre
       Notts County      H  W  1-0         Richardson (og)
       Chesterfield      H  L  1-2         Sarr
       Wrexham           H  W  4-0         Williams 2 (2 pens), Brebner, Parkinson
       Bristol Rovers    H  L  0-6
       York City         A  D  1-1         Parkinson
       Notts County      A  D  1-1         Glasgow
       Walsall           H  L  0-1
       Burnley           A  D  1-1         Caskey
       Preston NE        H  W  2-1         Caskey, Thorpe (pen)
       Fulham            A  L  1-3         Brebner
       Colchester Utd    A  D  1-1         Parkinson
       Macclesfield T    H  W  1-0         Caskey
       Stoke City        A  W  4-0         McKeever, McIntyre 2, Gray
       AFC Bournemouth   A  W  1-0         McKeever
       Wycombe Wand      H  W  2-1         McIntyre, Caskey
       Luton Town        A  D  1-1         Barras
       Manchester C      H  L  1-3         Scott
       Gillingham        A  L  1-2         Scott
       Fulham            H  L  0-1
       Blackpool         A  L  0-2
       Lincoln City      A  D  2-2         Caskey 2
       Northampton T     H  L  0-1
       Wigan Athletic    A  L  1-4         McLaren
       Millwall          H  W  2-0         Parkinson, Gray
       Oldham Athletic   A  L  0-2

Division 2 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Fulham              46  19  3  1  50  12  12  5  6  29  20  101
 2. Walsall             46  13  7  3  37  23  13  2  8  26  24   87
 3. Manchester C+       46  13  6  4  38  14   9 10  4  31  19   82
 4. Gillingham+         46  15  5  3  45  17   7  9  7  30  27   80
 5. Preston NE+         46  12  6  5  46  23  10  7  6  32  27   79
 6. Wigan Athletic+     46  14  5  4  44  17   8  5 10  31  31   76
 7. AFC Bournemouth     46  14  7  2  37  11   7  6 10  26  30   76
 8. Stoke City          46  10  4  9  32  32  11  2 10  27  31   69
 9. Chesterfield        46  14  5  4  34  16   3  8 12  12  28   64
10. Millwall            46   9  8  6  33  24   8  3 12  19  35   62
11. READING             46  10  6  7  29  26   6  7 10  25  37   61
12. Luton Town          46  10  4  9  25  26   6  6 11  26  34   58
13. Bristol Rovers      46   8  9  6  35  28   5  8 10  30  28   56
14. Blackpool           46   7  8  8  24  24   7  6 10  20  30   56
15. Burnley             46   8  7  8  23  33   5  9  9  31  40   55
16. Notts County        46   8  6  9  29  27   6  6 11  23  34   54
17. Wrexham             46   8  6  9  21  28   5  8 10  22  34   53
18. Colchester Utd      46   9  7  7  25  30   3  9 11  27  40   52
19. Wycombe Wand        46   8  5 10  31  26   5  7 11  21  32   51
20. Oldham Athletic     46   8  4 11  26  31   6  5 12  22  35   51
21. York City           46   6  8  9  28  33   7  3 13  28  47   50
22. Northampton T       46   4 12  7  26  31   6  6 11  17  26   48
23. Lincoln City        46   9  4 10  27  27   4  3 16  15  47   46
24. Macclesfield T      46   7  4 12  24  30   4  6 13  19  33   43

    + after play-off

Position Graph

Position Graph

FA Cup

R1     Stoke City2       H  L  0-1
League Cup
R1(1)  Peterborough U3   A  D  1-1         Asaba
R1(2)  Peterborough U3   H  W  2-0 [3-1]   Caskey (pen), Brebner
R2(1)  Barnsley1         A  L  0-3
R2(2)  Barnsley1         H  D  1-1 [1-4]   Caskey (pen)
Associate Members' Cup
R1     AFC Bournemouth2  A  L  0-2

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Martin Williams     11   0   0   0   11    3    0   0.355
 2. Grant Brebner        9   0   1   0   10    0    0   0.233
 3. Darren Caskey        7   0   2   0    9    2    0   0.188
 4. Jim McIntyre         6   0   0   0    6    0    0   0.176
 5. Phil Parkinson       5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.109
 6. Mass Sarr            3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.094
 7. Stuart Gray          2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.065
    Mark McKeever        2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.286
    Keith Scott          2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.222
10. Tony Barras          1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.167
    Neil Clement         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.083
    Robert Fleck         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.200
    Byron Glasgow        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.028
    Andy McLaren         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.143
    Tony Thorpe          1   0   0   0    1    1    0   0.167
16. Carl Asaba           0   0   1   0    1    0    0   0.333
17. Own goals            1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.019
    Line
    Totals              54   0   4   0   58    6    0   1.115

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Darren Caskey       42     1     3+1   1     47+1    48
 2. Scott Howie         42     1     2     1     46      46
 3. Phil Parkinson      42     0     3     1     46      46
 4. Grant Brebner       36+3   1     3     0     40+3    43
 5. Linvoy Primus       31     1     3     1     36      36
 6. Byron Glasgow       28+4   1     2     1     32+4    36
 7. Chris Casper        32     1     1     1     35      35
 8. Jim McIntyre        22+10  0     1     1     24+10   34
 9. Mass Sarr           18+10  0+1   2     0+1   20+12   32
10. Stuart Gray         25+2   0     4     0     29+2    31
11. Martin Williams     20+6   1     2+2   0     23+8    31
12. Paul Brayson        13+15  1     0+1   1     15+16   31
13. Andy Bernal         18+4   1     0     0     19+4    23
14. Ray Houghton        13+5   0     2+1   0     15+6    21
15. Keith McPherson     13+2   1     2     0     16+2    18
16. Jimmy Crawford       9+2   1     1     1     12+2    14
17. Elroy Kromheer      11     0     1     0     12      12
18. Neil Clement        11     0     0     1     12      12
19. Martyn Booty         7+1   0     4     0     11+1    12
20. Graeme Murty         8+1   0     0     0      8+1     9
21. Keith Scott          5+4   0     0     0      5+4     9
22. Alan Maybury         8     0     0     0      8       8
23. Mark Reilly          4+2   0     2     0      6+2     8
24. Andy Gurney          5+3   0     0     0      5+3     8
25. Andy McLaren         7     0     0     0      7       7
26. Mark McKeever        6+1   0     0     0      6+1     7
27. Neville Roach        3+2   0+1   0     0+1    3+4     7
28. Tony Thorpe          6     0     0     0      6       6
29. Tony Barras          4+2   0     0     0      4+2     6
30. Robert Fleck         2+2   0     1     0      3+2     5
31. John Polston         4     0     0     0      4       4
32. Peter v.d.Kwaak      3     0     1     0      4       4
33. Andy Legg            2     0     1     0      3       3
34. Barry Hunter         2+1   0     0     0      2+1     3
35. Andy Wright          0+2   0     0     1      1+2     3
36. Carl Asaba           0+1   0     0+2   0      0+3     3
37. Jason Bowen          1     0     1     0      2       2
    Nicky Hammond        1     0     1     0      2       2
39. Gareth Davies        1     0     0     0      1       1
    James Lambert        1     0     0     0      1       1
41. Phil Hadland         0     0     1     0      1       1
42. Sean Evers           0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Lee Hodges           0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Neville Stamp        0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     1     4     1     52      52