<< Season 2003-04 >>

After a promising start to the new season, Reading's plans were thrown into disarray as manager Alan Pardew resigned after being refused permission to talk to West Ham about their vacant manager's job. Assistant manager Kevin Dillon took over for a difficult period, beginning inevitably with a visit to Upton Park, before a deal was done that took Pardew to West Ham. Pardew's mentor, Steve Coppell, came from Brighton to take over at the Madejski. Although form improved, the season was mainly notable for a lack of consistency, and for the number of injuries to key players. Even so, wins over West Ham, featuring two goals from Dave Kitson, a £150K signing from Cambridge, Cup finalists Millwall and promoted West Brom, meant that Reading were still in with a slim chance of the play-offs before the last day of the season. However they showed typical inconsistency by losing at Watford.

Division 1 (9th)

       Ipswich Town      A  D  1-1         Sidwell
       Nottingham F      H  W  3-0         Sidwell, Murray, Goater
       Derby County      A  W  3-2         Goater, Murray 2
       Rotherham Utd     H  D  0-0
       Wimbledon         A  W  3-0         Goater 2, Hughes
       West Ham Utd      A  L  0-1
       Cardiff City      H  W  2-1         Forster, Sidwell
       Coventry City     H  L  1-2         Forster
       Sunderland        A  L  0-2
       Norwich City      A  L  1-2         Forster
       Bradford City     H  D  2-2         Sidwell, Hughes
       Gillingham        H  W  2-1         Murray, Sidwell
       Preston NE        H  W  3-2         Goater (pen), Mackie, Forster
       Walsall           H  L  0-1
       Sheffield Utd     A  W  2-1         Williams, Forster
       Crewe Alexandra   A  L  0-1
       Wigan Athletic    H  W  1-0         Hughes
       Millwall          H  W  1-0         Salako
       West Bromwich A   A  D  0-0
       Burnley           A  L  0-3
       Watford           H  W  2-1 *       Cox (og), Sidwell
       Wigan Athletic    A  W  2-0         Forster 2
       Stoke City        A  L  0-3
       Crystal Palace    H  L  0-3
       Wimbledon         H  L  0-3
       Walsall           A  D  1-1         Shorey
       Ipswich Town      H  D  1-1         Owusu
       Nottingham F      A  W  1-0         Murray
       Derby County      H  W  3-1         Goater 2, Sidwell
       Rotherham Utd     A  L  1-5         Goater (pen)
       Gillingham        A  W  1-0         Goater
       Burnley           H  D  2-2         Owusu, Harper
       Sheffield Utd     H  W  2-1         Shorey, Goater (pen)
       Preston NE        A  L  1-2         Salako
       Crystal Palace    A  D  2-2         Owusu 2
       Stoke City        H  D  0-0
       Cardiff City      A  W  3-2         Ingimarsson, Kitson, Morgan
       Sunderland        H  L  0-2
       Coventry City     A  W  2-1         Salako, Goater
       West Ham Utd      H  W  2-0         Kitson 2
       Bradford City     A  L  1-2         Kitson
       Norwich City      H  L  0-1
       Crewe Alexandra   H  D  1-1         Kitson
       Millwall          A  W  1-0         Goater
       West Bromwich A   H  W  1-0         Sidwell
       Watford           A  L  0-1

       * first goal also attributed to Forster

Division 1 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Norwich City        46  18  3  2  44  15  10  7  6  35  24   94
 2. West Bromwich A     46  14  5  4  34  16  11  6  6  30  26   86
 3. Sunderland+         46  13  8  2  33  15   9  5  9  29  30   79
 4. West Ham Utd+       46  12  7  4  42  20   7 10  6  25  25   74
 5. Ipswich Town+       46  12  3  8  49  36   9  7  7  35  36   73
 6. Crystal Palace+     46  10  8  5  34  25  11  2 10  38  36   73
 7. Wigan Athletic      46  11  8  4  29  16   7  9  7  31  29   71
 8. Sheffield Utd       46  11  6  6  37  25   9  5  9  28  31   71
 9. READING             46  11  6  6  29  25   9  4 10  26  32   70
10. Millwall            46  11  8  4  28  15   7  7  9  27  33   69
11. Stoke City          46  11  7  5  35  24   7  5 11  23  31   66
12. Coventry City       46   9  9  5  34  22   8  5 10  33  32   65
13. Cardiff City        46  10  6  7  40  25   7  8  8  28  33   65
14. Nottingham F        46   8  9  6  33  25   7  6 10  28  33   60
15. Preston NE          46  11  7  5  43  29   4  7 12  26  42   59
16. Watford             46   9  8  6  31  28   6  4 13  23  40   57
17. Rotherham Utd       46   8  8  7  31  27   5  7 11  22  34   54
18. Crewe Alexandra     46  11  3  9  33  26   3  8 12  24  40   53
19. Burnley             46   9  6  8  37  32   4  8 11  23  45   53
20. Derby County        46  11  5  7  39  33   2  8 13  14  34   52
21. Gillingham          46  10  1 12  28  34   4  8 11  20  33   51
22. Walsall             46   8  7  8  29  31   5  5 13  16  34   51
23. Bradford City       46   6  3 14  23  35   4  3 16  15  34   36
24. Wimbledon           46   3  4 16  21  40   5  1 17  20  49   29

    + after play-off

Position Graph

Position Graph

FA Cup

R3     Preston NE1       A  D  3-3         Goater, Jackson (og), Davis (og)
R3(R)  Preston NE1       H  L  1-2         Goater
League Cup
R1     Boston Utd3       A  W  3-1         Forster 2, Sidwell
R2     Oxford Utd3       A  W  3-1         Salako, Forster, Harper
R3     Huddersfield T3   H  W  1-0         Forster
R4     ChelseaP          H  L  0-1

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Shaun Goater        12   2   0   0   14    3    0   0.368
 2. Nicky Forster        7   0   4   0   11    0    0   0.324
 3. Steve Sidwell        8   0   1   0    9    0    0   0.188
 4. Dave Kitson          5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.294
    Scott Murray         5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.125
 6. Lloyd Owusu          4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.250
 7. John Salako          3   0   1   0    4    0    0   0.093
 8. Andy Hughes          3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.062
 9. Nicky Shorey         2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.049
10. James Harper         1   0   1   0    2    0    0   0.046
11. Ívar Ingimarsson     1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.036
    John Mackie          1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.100
    Dean Morgan          1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.067
    Adrian Williams      1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.026
15. Own goals            1   2   0   0    3    0    0   0.058
    Line
    Totals              55   4   7   0   66    3    0   1.269

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Steve Sidwell       43     1+1   3     0     47+1    48
 2. Andy Hughes         42+1   1     4     0     47+1    48
 3. James Harper        35+4   2     2     0     39+4    43
 4. John Salako         32+5   0+2   3+1   0     35+8    43
 5. Marcus Hahnemann    36     2     4     0     42      42
 6. Graeme Murty        37+1   2     2     0     41+1    42
 7. Nicky Shorey        35     2     4     0     41      41
 8. Scott Murray        25+9   2     3+1   0     30+10   40
 9. Adrian Williams     33     2     3     0     38      38
10. Shaun Goater        30+4   2     1+1   0     33+5    38
11. Ricky Newman        25+5   2     3     0     30+5    35
12. Nicky Forster       28+2   0     4     0     32+2    34
13. Ívar Ingimarsson    24+1   1     2     0     27+1    28
14. Kevin Watson        10+12  0+1   2     0     12+13   25
15. Steve Brown         19     1     2     0     22      22
16. Dave Kitson         10+7   0     0     0     10+7    17
17. Bas Savage           6+9   1     1     0      8+9    17
18. Lloyd Owusu         11+5   0     0     0     11+5    16
19. Dean Morgan          3+10  1+1   0     0      4+11   15
20. Paul Brooker         5+6   0     0     0      5+6    11
21. Jamie Ashdown       10     0     0     0     10      10
22. John Mackie          7+2   0     1     0      8+2    10
23. Nathan Tyson         0+8   0     0+1   0      0+9     9
24. Omar Daley           0+6   0     0+1   0      0+7     7
25. Martin Butler        0+3   0     0     0      0+3     3
    Dean Gordon          0+3   0     0     0      0+3     3
27. Darius Henderson     0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Jamie Young          0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     2     4     0     52      52