<< Season by Season >>

This table gives a summary of Reading's results for every season since the club was founded in 1871. It shows their league position and the round reached in the FA Cup, League Cup and other minor cup competitions (see the key below for details, the standard colour-coding is used to indicate the division). Championships and cup wins are highlighted. A + after the league position denotes a promotion, - a relegation, and × reaching the play-offs. Clicking on the date gives more detailed information on that season's results. You can also use the << and >> links to navigate between these pages. There is also a graph plotting the league position over the years. For season highs and lows, see here.

 SEASON   DIV   POSN   FA  LC  MC   PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1871-72
 1872-73
 1873-74
 1874-75
 1875-76
 1876-77
 1877-78               R2         
 1878-79               R2         
 1879-80               R1         
 1880-81               R2         
 1881-82               R4         
 1882-83               R2         
 1883-84               R3         
 1884-85               R2         
 1885-86               R1         
 1886-87               R1         
 1887-88               R1         
 1888-89               Q1         
 1889-90               Q2         
 1890-91               Q1         
 1891-92               Q3         
 1892-93               Q3         
 1893-94               R1      R2 
 1894-95*  S1   5/9    Q2      R3   16   2  2  4  13  14   4  0  4  20  24   14 
 1895-96   S1   4/10   Q3           18   7  0  2  27  16   4  1  4  18  22   23 
 1896-97   S1   7/11   Q4           20   7  1  2  19  16   1  2  7  12  33   19 
 1897-98   S1   5/12   Q3           22   7  3  1  26  11   1  4  6  13  20   23 
 1898-99   S1   5/13   Q5           24   9  2  1  24   4   0  6  6   7  20   26 
 1899-00   S1   4/15   R1           28  10  2  2  25   6   5  0  9  16  22   32 
 1900-01   S1   9/15   R3           28   7  2  5  16  10   1  6  7   8  15   24 
 1901-02   S1   5/16   R2           30  10  4  1  38   9   6  3  6  19  15   39 
 1902-03   S1   2/16   R1           30  12  2  1  47  14   7  5  3  25  16   45 
 1903-04   S1   6/18   R1           34   8  6  3  27  15   6  7  4  21  20   41 
 1904-05   S1   2/18   R1           34  13  3  1  36  12   5  4  8  21  26   43 
 1905-06   S1  10/18   R2           34   9  7  1  34  15   3  2 12  19  31   33 
 1906-07   S1  12/20   R1           38  12  3  4  42  11   2  3 14  15  36   34 
 1907-08   S1  12/20   R1           38  12  1  6  38  18   3  5 11  17  32   36 
 1908-09   S1   8/21   R1           40   7  9  4  33  19   4  9  7  27  38   40 
 1909-10   S1  22/22-  R1           42   7  6  8  27  25   0  4 17  11  48   24 
 1910-11   S2   1/12+  Q4           22   9  2  0  31   1   7  1  3  24  10   35 
 1911-12   S1  11/20   R3           38  10  7  2  35  14   1  7 11   8  45   36 
 1912-13   S1   8/20   R3           38  12  3  4  34  20   5  5  9  25  35   42 
 1913-14   S1   4/20   R1           38  14  4  1  32  12   3  6 10  11  24   44 
 1914-15   S1   2/20   R1           38  12  4  3  37  16   9  3  7  31  27   49 
 1915-16* LCo  14/14                14   2  2  3  11  16   1  0  6  12  48    8 
 1916-17  LCo  --/14*                7   0  0  3   4   9   0  0  4   4  25   -- 
 1917-18                                                                        
 1918-19                                                                        
 1919-20   S1   7/22   R1           42  11  5  5  30  14   5  8  8  21  29   45 
 1920-21* D3S  20/22   R1           42   8  4  9  26  22   4  3 14  16  37   31 
 1921-22  D3S  13/22   R1           42  10  5  6  28  15   4  5 12  12  32   38 
 1922-23  D3S  19/22   Q5           42   9  8  4  24  15   1  6 14  12  40   34 
 1923-24  D3S  18/22   Q5           42  12  2  7  35  20   1  7 13  16  37   35 
 1924-25  D3S  14/22   Q6           42   9  6  6  28  15   5  4 12   9  23   38 
 1925-26  D3S   1/22+  R3           42  16  5  0  49  16   7  6  8  28  36   57 
 1926-27   D2  14/22   SF           42  14  1  6  47  20   2  7 12  17  52   40 
 1927-28   D2  18/22   R4           42   9  8  4  32  22   2  5 14  21  53   35 
 1928-29   D2  15/22   R5           42  12  3  6  48  30   3  6 12  15  56   39 
 1929-30   D2  19/22   R3           42  10  7  4  31  20   2  4 15  23  47   35 
 1930-31   D2  21/22-  R3           42  11  2  8  47  33   1  4 16  25  63   30 
 1931-32  D3S   2/22   R1           42  19  1  1  65  21   4  8  9  32  46   55 
 1932-33  D3S   4/22   R3           42  14  5  2  68  30   5  8  8  35  41   51 
 1933-34  D3S   3/22   R3      R2   42  17  4  0  60  13   4  8  9  22  37   54 
 1934-35  D3S   2/22   R5      R1   42  16  5  0  59  23   5  6 10  30  42   53 
 1935-36  D3S   3/22   R3      R3   42  18  0  3  52  20   8  2 11  35  42   54 
 1936-37  D3S   5/22   R3      R2   42  14  5  2  53  23   5  6 10  23  37   49 
 1937-38  D3S   6/22   R1       W   42  17  2  2  44  21   3  9  9  27  42   51 
 1938-39  D3S   5/22   R1      R3   42  12  6  3  46  23   4  8  9  23  36   46 
 1939-40* D3S  --/22                 3   2  0  0   6   0   0  1  0   2   2    5 
          WLS   4/10                18   7  1  1  33  17   3  1  5  14  25   22 
          WLS   9/10       R2       18   5  1  3  19  16   1  1  7  12  26   14 
 1940-41  WLS   6/34       R2   W   26  11  1  3  53  23   3  4  4  20  28   33 
 1941-42  LWL   7/18           R1   30   9  3  3  46  33   4  5  6  30  25   34 
 1942-43  WLS  13/18       SF       28   5  2  7  36  37   4  4  6  31  37   24 
 1943-44  WLS  12/18       SF       30   7  1  7  43  33   5  2  8  30  29   27 
 1944-45  WLS   7/18       R1       30   8  4  3  37  31   6  2  7  41  37   34 
 1945-46  D3S  10/11   R1      R1   20   4  2  4  26  21   1  3  6  17  28   15 
 1946-47  D3S   9/22   R3           42  11  6  4  53  30   5  5 11  30  44   43 
 1947-48  D3S  10/22   R3           42  10  5  6  37  28   5  6 10  19  30   41 
 1948-49  D3S   2/22   R2           42  17  1  3  48  18   8  4  9  29  32   55 
 1949-50  D3S  10/22   R3           42  15  2  4  48  21   2  6 13  22  43   42 
 1950-51  D3S   3/24   R3           46  15  6  2  57  17   6  9  8  31  36   57 
 1951-52  D3S   2/24   R3           46  19  2  2  73  23  10  1 12  39  37   61 
 1952-53  D3S  11/24   R1           46  17  3  3  53  18   2  5 16  16  46   46 
 1953-54  D3S   8/24   R1           46  14  3  6  57  33   6  6 11  29  40   49 
 1954-55  D3S  18/24   R3           46   7 10  6  32  26   6  5 12  33  47   41 
 1955-56  D3S  17/24   R2      SF   46  10  2 11  40  37   5  7 11  30  42   39 
 1956-57  D3S  13/24   R3       F   46  13  4  6  44  30   5  5 13  36  51   45 
 1957-58  D3S   5/24   R3       F   46  14  5  4  52  23   7  8  8  27  28   55 
 1958-59*  D3   6/24   R1      R1   46  16  4  3  51  21   5  4 14  27  42   50 
 1959-60   D3  11/24   R3      R2   46  13  3  7  49  34   5  7 11  35  43   46 
 1960-61   D3  18/24   R3  R2       46  13  5  5  48  29   1  7 15  24  54   40 
 1961-62   D3   7/24   R1  R2       46  14  5  4  46  24   8  4 11  31  42   53 
 1962-63   D3  20/24   R1  R1       46  13  4  6  51  30   3  4 16  23  48   40 
 1963-64   D3   6/24   R2  R1       46  15  5  3  49  26   6  5 12  30  36   52 
 1964-65   D3  13/24   R4  R4       46  12  8  3  45  26   4  6 13  25  44   46 
 1965-66   D3   8/24   R3  R4       46  13  5  5  36  19   6  8  9  34  44   51 
 1966-67   D3   4/24   R2  R2       46  13  7  3  45  20   9  2 12  31  37   53 
 1967-68   D3   5/24   R3  R3       46  15  5  3  43  17   6  4 13  27  43   51 
 1968-69   D3  14/24   R3  R1       46  13  3  7  41  25   2 10 11  26  41   43 
 1969-70   D3   8/24   R1  R1       46  16  3  4  52  29   5  8 10  35  48   53 
 1970-71   D3  21/24-  R3  R1  R1   46  10  7  6  32  33   4  4 15  16  52   39 
 1971-72   D4  16/24   R4  R1       46  14  3  6  37  26   3  5 15  19  50   42 
 1972-73   D4   7/24   R4  R1       46  14  7  2  33   7   3 11  9  18  31   52 
 1973-74   D4   6/24   R2  R2       46  11  9  3  37  13   5 10  8  21  24   51 
 1974-75   D4   7/24   R1  R3       46  13  6  4  38  20   8  4 11  25  27   52 
 1975-76   D4   3/24+  R1  R1       46  19  3  1  42   9   5  9  9  28  42   60 
 1976-77   D3  21/24-  R3  R1       46  10  5  8  29  24   3  4 16  20  49   35 
 1977-78   D4   8/24   R2  R1       46  12  7  4  33  23   6  7 10  22  29   50 
 1978-79   D4   1/24+  R3  R4       46  19  3  1  49   8   7 10  6  27  27   65 
 1979-80   D3   7/24   R4  R2       46  14  6  3  43  19   2 10 11  23  46   48 
 1980-81   D3  10/24   R1  R2       46  13  5  5  39  22   5  5 13  23  40   46 
 1981-82*  D3  12/24   R1  R1  R1   46  11  6  6  43  35   6  5 12  24  40   62 
 1982-83   D3  21/24-  R1  R1  SF   46  10  8  5  37  28   2  9 12  27  51   53 
 1983-84   D4   3/24+  R2  R1  R1   46  17  6  0  51  14   5 10  8  33  42   82 
 1984-85   D3   9/24   R3  R1  R1   46   8  7  8  31  29  11  5  7  37  33   69 
 1985-86   D3   1/24+  R4  R1  R1   46  16  3  4  39  22  13  4  6  28  29   94 
 1986-87   D2  13/22   R3  R2  R2   42  11  4  6  33  23   3  7 11  19  36   53 
 1987-88   D2  22/23-  R3  R4   W   44   5  7 10  20  25   5  5 12  24  45   42 
 1988-89   D3  18/24   R4  R2  R1   46  10  6  7  37  29   5  5 13  31  43   56 
 1989-90   D3  10/24   R4  R2  R1   46  10  9  4  33  21   5 10  8  24  32   64 
 1990-91   D3  15/24   R1  R1  PR   46  11  5  7  34  28   6  3 14  19  38   59 
 1991-92   D3  12/24   R3  R1  PR   46   9  8  6  33  27   7  5 11  26  35   61 
 1992-93*  D2   8/24   R3  R2  R2   46  14  4  5  44  20   4 11  8  22  31   69 
 1993-94   D2   1/24+  R1  R2  R3   46  15  6  2  40  16  11  5  7  41  28   89 
 1994-95   D1   2/24×  R3  R2       46  12  7  4  34  21  11  3  9  24  23   79 
 1995-96   D1  19/24   R4  R5       46   8  7  8  28  30   5 10  8  26  33   56 
 1996-97   D1  18/24   R4  R2       46  13  7  3  37  24   2  5 16  21  43   57 
 1997-98   D1  24/24-  R5  R5       46   8  4 11  27  31   3  5 15  12  47   42 
 1998-99   D2  11/24   R1  R2  R1   46  10  6  7  29  26   6  7 10  25  37   61 
 1999-00   D2  10/24   R3  R2  R4   46  10  9  4  28  18   6  5 12  29  45   62 
 2000-01   D2   3/24×  R2  R1  R3   46  15  5  3  58  26  10  6  7  28  26   86 
 2001-02   D2   2/24+  R2  R3  R3   46  12  7  4  36  20  11  8  4  34  23   84 
 2002-03   D1   4/24×  R3  R1       46  13  3  7  33  21  12  1 10  28  25   79 
 2003-04   D1   9/24   R3  R4       46  11  6  6  29  25   9  4 10  26  32   70 
 2004-05* FLC   7/24   R4  R2       46  13  7  3  33  15   6  6 11  18  29   70 
 2005-06  FLC   1/24+  R4  R4       46  19  3  1  58  14  12 10  1  41  18  106 
 2006-07   PL   8/20   R5  R3       38  11  2  6  29  20   5  5  9  23  27   55 
 2007-08   PL  18/20-  R3  R3  R1   38   8  2  9  19  25   2  4 13  22  41   36 
 2008-09  FLC   4/24×  R3  R3       46  12  5  6  40  17   9  9  5  32  23   77 
 2009-10  FLC   9/24   R6  R2       46  10  7  6  39  22   7  5 11  29  41   63 
 2010-11  FLC   5/24×  R6  R2       46  12  7  4  43  25   8 10  5  34  26   77 
 2011-12  FLC   1/24+  R3  R1       46  14  5  4  36  18  13  3  7  33  23   89 
 2012-13   PL  19/20-  R5  R4       38   4  8  7  23  33   2  2 15  20  40   28 
 2013-14  FLC   7/24   R3  R2       46   8 10  5  38  25  11  4  8  32  31   71 
 2014-15  FLC  19/24   SF  R3       46   8  5 10  24  25   5  6 12  24  44   50 
 2015-16  FLC  17/24   R6  R3       46   8  9  6  25  20   5  4 14  27  39   52 
 2016-17  FLC  --/24   R3  R4  R3                                               
League Divisions
 PL    Premier League, 2006-08, 2012-13                                      >> 
 D1    Division 1                                                            >> 
 FLC   Football League Championship, 2004-06, 2008-12, 2013-present          >> 
 D1    Division 1, 1994-98, 2002-04                                          >> 
 D2    Division 2, 1926-31, 1986-88                                          >> 
 FL1   Football League One                                                   >> 
 D2    Division 2, 1992-94, 1998-2002                                        >> 
 D3    Division 3, 1958-71, 1976-77, 1979-83, 1984-86, 1988-92               >> 
 D3S   Division 3 South, 1920-26, 1931-39, 1946-58                           >> 
 D3N   Division 3 North                                                      >> 
 FL2   Football League Two                                                   >> 
 D3    Division 3                                                            >> 
 D4    Division 4, 1971-76, 1977-79, 1983-84                                 >> 
 S1    Southern League Division 1, 1894-1910, 1911-15, 1919-20               >> 
 S2    Southern League Division 2, 1910-11                                   >> 
 LCo   London Combination, 1915-17                                           >> 
 WLS   War League South, 1939-41, 1942-45                                    >> 
 LWL   London War League, 1941-42                                            >> 
 D3S   Division 3 South (Southern Section), 1945-46                          >> 

Cup Competitions
 FA    FA Cup, 1877-1915, 1919-39, 1945-present                              >> 
 LC    League Cup, 1960-present                                              >> 
       War League Cup (WLC), 1939-41, 1942-45                                >> 
 MC    FA Amateur Cup (FAAC), 1893-95                                        >> 
       Division 3 South Cup (D3SC), 1933-39                                  >> 
       Southern Floodlit Cup (SPFC), 1955-60                                 >> 
       Watney Cup (WC), 1970                                                 >> 
       Football League Group Cup (FLGC), 1981-82                             >> 
       Football League Trophy (FLT), 1982-83, 2016-17 (U23)                  >> 
       Associate Members' Cup (AMC), 1983-86, 1988-94, 1998-2002             >> 
       Full Members' Cup (FMC), 1986-88                                      >> 
       Peace Cup (PC), 2007                                                  >> 
       London War Cup (LWC), 1940-42                                         >> 
       Division 3 South League Cup (D3SC), 1945-46                           >> 

Notes
       Club founded, 1871.
       Southern League founded, 1894.
       Southern League suspended, 1915-19.
       Resigned from London Combination, 1916.
       Southern League Division 1 incorporated as Division 3 South, 1920.
       Football League abandoned, 1939, suspended 1939-46.
       Divisions 3 South and North reorganised as Divisions 3 and 4, 1958.
       Three points per win introduced, 1981 (also see here).
       Divisions renumbered after formation of Premier League, 1992.
       Division 1 re-branded as Football League Championship, 2004.

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