<< Season 2001-02 >>

Jamie Cureton's goal Reading achieved the promotion that had so narrowly eluded them the previous season. After a promising start, a poor run saw them drop to mid-table in October. The replacement of assistant manager Martin Allen with Kevin Dillon saw a switch to a more sophisticated passing style of play, typified by the signing of former England international John Salako. Superb runs in November and January saw them hit the top of the table, but with the title in sight the jitters set in with a run of drawn games. This allowed Brighton and Brentford to close the gap. In the end everything came down to the last game of the season, at Brentford.

Needing to win to snatch the second promotion place, Brentford went ahead early in the second half. However with just 13 minutes left, substitute Jamie Cureton popped up with a cool finish to chip the ball over the keeper for the equaliser, and Reading held out for their sixth successive draw to scrape home.

That Brentford side was to have a significant impact on Reading's history, with manager Steve Coppell, coach Wally Downes, and players Steve Sidwell, Lloyd Owusu, Ívar Ingimarsson, Stephen Hunt and Michael Dobson all later joining the Royals.

Division 2 (2nd, Promoted)

       Blackpool         A  W  2-0         Parkinson, Forster
       Huddersfield T    H  W  1-0         Forster
       Queens Park Rang  A  D  0-0
       Port Vale         A  W  2-0         Cureton 2
       Cardiff City      H  L  1-2         A.Smith
       Stoke City        A  L  0-2
       Cambridge Utd     H  W  1-0         Harper
       Wycombe Wand      H  W  2-0         Williams, Henderson
       AFC Bournemouth   A  L  0-1 *
       Bury              H  D  1-1         Igoe
       Colchester Utd    A  L  0-2
       Swindon Town      H  L  1-3         Henderson
       Notts County      A  W  4-3         Hughes, Cureton 2, A.Smith
       Oldham Athletic   A  W  1-0         Cureton
       Brentford         H  L  1-2         Butler (pen)
       Northampton T     A  W  2-0         Cureton, Butler
       Wrexham           H  W  2-0         Forster, Henderson
       Bristol City      H  W  3-2         Mackie, Lever (og), Salako
       Tranmere Rov      H  W  4-1         N.Smith, Forster 2, Henderson
       Peterborough U    A  W  2-1         Henderson 2
       Chesterfield      H  L  0-1
       Wigan Athletic    H  D  1-1         Salako
       Cardiff City      A  D  2-2         Forster, Salako
       Wrexham           A  W  2-0         Forster, Salako
       Port Vale         H  W  2-0         Cureton 2 (1 pen)
       Queens Park Rang  H  W  1-0         Hughes
       Huddersfield T    A  W  1-0         Forster
       Blackpool         H  W  3-0         Forster 3
       Wigan Athletic    A  W  2-0         Hughes, Forster
       Colchester Utd    H  W  3-0         Forster 2 (1 pen), Hughes
       Bury              A  D  1-1         Salako
       Notts County      H  W  2-1         Garden (og), Cureton
       Brighton & HA     A  L  1-3         Cureton
       Swindon Town      A  D  0-0
       Stoke City        H  W  1-0         Cureton
       Wycombe Wand      A  W  2-0         Cureton, Henderson
       Cambridge Utd     A  D  2-2 *       Viveash, Fleming (og)
       AFC Bournemouth   H  D  2-2         Cureton, Hughes
       Brighton & HA     H  D  0-0
       Chesterfield      A  W  2-0         Forster, Cureton
       Oldham Athletic   H  D  2-2         Mackie, Parkinson
       Bristol City      A  D  3-3         Hughes, Forster (pen), Watson
       Northampton T     H  D  0-0
       Tranmere Rov      A  D  2-2         Rougier, Salako
       Peterborough U    H  D  2-2         Forster 2
       Brentford         A  D  1-1         Cureton

       * played at Avenue Road, Dorchester
       * second goal also attributed to Forster or Henderson

Division 2 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Brighton & HA       46  17  5  1  42  16   8 10  5  24  26   90
 2. READING             46  12  7  4  36  20  11  8  4  34  23   84
 3. Brentford+          46  17  5  1  48  12   7  6 10  29  31   83
 4. Cardiff City+       46  12  8  3  39  25  11  6  6  36  25   83
 5. Stoke City+         46  16  4  3  43  12   7  7  9  24  28   80
 6. Huddersfield T+     46  13  7  3  35  19   8  8  7  30  28   78
 7. Bristol City        46  13  6  4  38  21   8  4 11  30  32   73
 8. Queens Park Rang    46  11 10  2  35  18   8  4 11  25  31   71
 9. Oldham Athletic     46  14  6  3  47  27   4 10  9  30  38   70
10. Wigan Athletic      46   9  6  8  36  23   7 10  6  30  28   64
11. Wycombe Wand        46  13  5  5  38  26   4  8 11  20  38   64
12. Tranmere Rov        46  10  9  4  39  19   6  6 11  24  41   63
13. Swindon Town        46  10  7  6  26  21   5  7 11  20  35   59
14. Port Vale           46  11  6  6  35  24   5  4 14  16  38   58
15. Colchester Utd      46   9  6  8  35  33   6  6 11  30  43   57
16. Blackpool           46   8  9  6  39  31   6  5 12  27  38   56
17. Peterborough U      46  11  5  7  46  26   4  5 14  18  33   55
18. Chesterfield        46   9  3 11  35  36   4 10  9  18  29   52
19. Notts County        46   8  7  8  28  29   5  4 14  31  42   50
20. Northampton T       46   9  4 10  30  33   5  3 15  24  46   49
21. AFC Bournemouth     46   9  4 10  36  33   1 10 12  20  38   44
22. Bury                46   6  9  8  26  32   5  2 16  17  43   44
23. Wrexham             46   7  7  9  29  32   4  3 16  27  57   43
24. Cambridge Utd       46   7  7  9  29  34   0  6 17  18  59   34

    + after play-off

Position Graph

Position Graph

Points Gap Graph

Points Gap Graph

FA Cup

R1     Welling UtdS      H  W  1-0         Cureton
R2     York City3        A  L  0-2
League Cup
R1     Luton Town3       H  W  4-0         Henderson 2, Parkinson, A.Smith
R2     West Ham UtdP     H  D  0-0 *
R3     Aston VillaP      A  L  0-1

       * after extra time, won 6-5 on penalties
Associate Members' Cup
R2     Colchester Utd2   H  W  2-1         N.Smith, Henderson
R3     BarnetA           A  L  1-4         Henderson

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Nicky Forster       18   0   0   0   18    2    1   0.383
 2. Jamie Cureton       15   1   0   0   16    1    0   0.381
 3. Darius Henderson     7   0   2   2   11    0    0   0.244
 4. Andy Hughes          6   0   0   0    6    0    0   0.143
    John Salako          6   0   0   0    6    0    0   0.188
 6. Phil Parkinson       2   0   1   0    3    0    0   0.081
    Alex Smith           2   0   1   0    3    0    0   0.176
 8. Martin Butler        2   0   0   0    2    1    0   0.105
    John Mackie          2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.065
10. Neil Smith           1   0   0   1    2    0    0   0.118
11. James Harper         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.031
    Sammy Igoe           1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.024
    Anthony Rougier      1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.026
    Adrian Viveash       1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.042
    Kevin Watson         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.083
    Adrian Williams      1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.025
17. Own goals            3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.057
    Line
    Totals              70   1   4   3   78    4    1   1.472

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Graeme Murty        43     2     2     1     48      48
 2. Nicky Forster       36+6   1     2     2     41+6    47
 3. Darius Henderson     2+36  1+1   1+2   2      6+39   45
 4. Andy Hughes         34+5   2     0     1     37+5    42
 5. Jamie Cureton       24+14  2     1+1   0     27+15   42
 6. Sammy Igoe          27+8   0+2   2     1+1   30+11   41
 7. Adrian Williams     33+2   1     3     1     38+2    40
 8. Anthony Rougier     20+13  1     1+2   1+1   23+16   39
 9. Nicky Shorey        32     2     2     2     38      38
10. Phil Whitehead      33     1     3     0     37      37
11. Phil Parkinson      32+1   0     3     0+1   35+2    37
12. John Salako         31     0     0     1     32      32
13. James Harper        19+7   1     3     1+1   24+8    32
14. John Mackie         27     0+2   0     1+1   28+3    31
15. Adrian Viveash      18     2     1+1   2     23+1    24
16. Martin Butler       14+3   0     2     0     16+3    19
17. Adrian Whitbread    14     1     3     0     18      18
18. Alex Smith          12+1   1     2     1     16+1    17
19. Keith Jones         10+6   1     0     0     11+6    17
20. Neil Smith           3+11  1     1     1      6+11   17
21. Matthew Robinson    14     0     1+1   0     15+1    16
22. Kevin Watson        12     0     0     0     12      12
23. Joe Gamble           2+4   1     0+1   2      5+5    10
24. Marcus Hahnemann     6     0     0     0      6       6
    Ben Roberts          6     0     0     0      6       6
26. Jamie Ashdown        1     1     0     2      4       4
27. Nathan Tyson         0+1   0+1   0+1   0+1    0+4     4
28. Michael Branch       0+2   0     0     0      0+2     2
29. Leo Roget            1     0     0     0      1       1
30. Bas Savage           0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     2     3     2     53      53