<< Season 1970-71 >>

Cigarette Card Reading's centenary season saw them relegated to the fourth division for the first time. They were rewarded for the previous season's high-scoring exploits by a place in the pre-season Watney Cup, losing 3-2 to Manchester United, but in the league the goals dried up, while the defence remained suspect. They were relegated following defeat by a late Terry Bell own goal at Aston Villa on the last day of the season. This was one of nine own goals scored by Reading players over the course of the season.

Division 3 (21st, Relegated)

       Gillingham        A  D  0-0
       Walsall           H  L  1-2         Harrison (og)
       Chesterfield      A  L  0-4
       Tranmere Rov      H  D  1-1         Cumming
       Swansea City      H  W  3-1         Bell, Habbin, Harley
       Preston NE        A  L  1-4         Cumming (pen)
       Barnsley          H  W  2-0         Cumming, Williams
       Shrewsbury T      H  W  2-1         B.Wagstaff, Cumming (pen)
       Rochdale          A  W  2-1         Cumming (pen), Williams
       Bradford City     A  W  1-0         Williams
       Wrexham           H  D  0-0
       Doncaster Rov     A  L  0-2
       Gillingham        H  W  3-2         Habbin, Cumming, Williams
       Fulham            H  D  1-1         Habbin
       Mansfield Town    A  D  0-0
       Aston Villa       H  L  3-5         Cumming, Habbin, Williams
       Bristol Rovers    A  L  0-4
       Torquay Utd       H  W  2-1         Bell, Cumming
       Port Vale         H  W  2-1         Bell, Chappell
       Rotherham Utd     A  L  1-2         Habbin
       Bury              H  L  1-5         Chappell
       Walsall           A  W  2-1         Harley, Morgan
       Bradford City     H  D  1-1         Habbin
       Fulham            A  D  1-1         Swain
       Halifax Town      A  L  0-4
       Rotherham Utd     H  W  4-2         Habbin 3, Harley
       Bury              A  L  1-5         Habbin
       Halifax Town      H  D  1-1         Bell
       Torquay Utd       A  W  4-0         Cumming, Bell, Swain, Mellows
       Mansfield Town    H  W  1-0         Bell
       Shrewsbury T      A  L  1-3         Cumming
       Port Vale         A  L  1-3         Bell
       Plymouth Arg      H  L  0-2
       Bristol Rovers    H  L  0-2
       Plymouth Arg      A  L  0-4
       Swansea City      A  L  0-5
       Chesterfield      H  D  1-1         Mellows
       Wrexham           A  L  0-2
       Brighton & HA     A  L  0-2
       Preston NE        H  W  1-0         Habbin
       Doncaster Rov     H  W  1-0         Cumming
       Brighton & HA     H  L  0-3
       Barnsley          A  L  0-3
       Tranmere Rov      A  D  0-0
       Rochdale          H  D  1-1         B.Wagstaff
       Aston Villa       A  L  1-2         Habbin

Division 3 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Preston NE          46  15  8  0  42  16   7  9  7  21  23   61
 2. Fulham              46  15  6  2  39  12   9  6  8  29  29   60
 3. Halifax Town        46  16  2  5  46  22   6 10  7  28  33   56
 4. Aston Villa         46  13  7  3  27  13   6  8  9  27  33   53
 5. Chesterfield        46  13  8  2  45  12   4  9 10  21  26   51
 6. Bristol Rovers      46  11  5  7  38  24   8  8  7  31  26   51
 7. Mansfield Town      46  13  7  3  44  28   5  8 10  20  34   51
 8. Rotherham Utd       46  12 10  1  38  19   5  6 12  26  41   50
 9. Wrexham             46  12  8  3  43  25   6  5 12  29  40   49
10. Torquay Utd         46  12  6  5  37  26   7  5 11  17  31   49
11. Swansea City*       46  11  5  7  41  25   4 11  8  18  31   46
12. Barnsley            46  12  6  5  30  19   5  5 13  19  33   45
13. Shrewsbury T        46  11  6  6  37  28   5  7 11  21  34   45
14. Brighton & HA       46   8 10  5  28  20   6  6 11  22  27   44
15. Plymouth Arg        46   6 12  5  39  33   6  7 10  24  30   43
16. Rochdale            46   8  8  7  29  26   6  7 10  32  42   43
17. Port Vale           46  11  6  6  29  18   4  6 13  23  41   42
18. Tranmere Rov        46   8 11  4  27  18   2 11 10  18  37   42
19. Bradford City       46   7  6 10  23  25   6  8  9  26  37   40
20. Walsall             46  10  1 12  30  27   4 10  9  21  30   39
21. READING             46  10  7  6  32  33   4  4 15  16  52   39
22. Bury                46   7  9  7  30  23   5  4 14  22  37   37
23. Doncaster Rov       46   8  5 10  28  27   5  4 14  17  39   35
24. Gillingham          46   6  9  8  22  29   4  4 15  20  38   33

    * Swansea City previously known as Swansea Town

FA Cup

R1     Bishop StortfordN H  W  6-1         Chappell 3, Cumming 2, Bell
R2     Shrewsbury T3     A  D  2-2         Cumming, Williams
R2(R)  Shrewsbury T3     H  W  1-0         Habbin
R3     Watford2          A  L  0-5
League Cup
R1     Newport County4   A  L  1-2         Chappell
Watney Cup
R1     Manchester Utd1   H  L  2-3         Habbin, Cumming

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Gordon Cumming      11   3   0   1   15    3    0   0.306
 2. Dick Habbin         12   1   0   1   14    0    1   0.280
 3. Terry Bell           7   1   0   0    8    0    0   0.222
 4. Bobby Williams       5   1   0   0    6    0    0   0.207
 5. Les Chappell         2   3   1   0    6    0    1   0.171
 6. John Harley          3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.150
 7. Micky Mellows        2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.125
    Malcolm Swain        2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.059
    Barry Wagstaff       2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.043
10. Stuart Morgan        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.053
11. Own goals            1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.019
    Line
    Totals              48   9   1   2   60    3    2   1.154

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Dick Habbin         44+1   3     1     1     49+1    50
 2. Gordon Cumming      42+1   4     1     1     48+1    49
 3. Will Dixon          42     4     1     1     48      48
 4. Barry Wagstaff      40     4     1     1     46      46
    Tony Wagstaff       40     4     1     1     46      46
 6. Dennis M Butler     36     4     1     1     42      42
 7. Fred Sharpe         32     4     1     0     37      37
 8. Terry Bell          30+3   1     1     1     33+3    36
 9. Les Chappell        27+2   4     1     1     33+2    35
10. Malcolm Swain       31     0+2   0     0+1   31+3    34
11. Steve Death         27     4     1     1     33      33
12. Bobby Williams      19+4   4     1     1     25+4    29
13. Ray Flannigan       23+2   1     0     0     24+2    26
14. John Harley         19+1   0     0     0     19+1    20
15. John Pratt          19     0     0     0     19      19
16. Stuart Morgan       15     3     0     1     19      19
17. Micky Mellows       14+2   0     0     0     14+2    16
18. Dennis G Butler      2+3   0     0+1   0      2+4     6
19. Nick Murphy          3+1   0     0     0+1    3+2     5
20. Tom Ryan             1     0     0     0      1       1
    Line
    Totals              46     4     1     1     52      52