<< Season 1974-75 >>

A season notable for including my first Reading game, a friendly against Oxford on 10th August 1974 (won 2-0). On the pitch, Charlie Hurley's team started promisingly again, but fell away to miss out on promotion.

Division 4 (7th)

       Cambridge Utd     H  W  2-0         Murray, Habbin
       Rotherham Utd     A  L  1-2         Friday
       Northampton T     H  W  3-2         Habbin, Friday, Taylor
       Scunthorpe Utd    A  W  1-0         Friday
       Newport County    H  W  3-0         Habbin, Taylor (pen), Friday
       Crewe Alexandra   H  D  1-1         Taylor (pen)
       Exeter City       A  W  2-0         Murray, Habbin
       Chester           A  L  0-2
       Southport         H  W  4-1         Wagstaff, Friday 3
       Rochdale          A  W  2-0         Murray, Habbin
       Torquay Utd       A  L  1-2         Habbin
       Shrewsbury T      H  L  1-2         Carnaby
       Mansfield Town    A  D  1-1         Habbin
       Barnsley          H  L  0-3
       Darlington        H  W  3-0         Habbin, Lenarduzzi, Stuckey
       Hartlepool        A  W  3-2         Habbin 2, Friday
       Workington T      A  L  1-2         Carnaby
       Bradford City     H  D  1-1         Friday (pen)
       Doncaster Rov     H  W  2-0         Habbin 2
       Lincoln City      A  D  1-1         Murray
       Southport         A  L  0-2
       Swansea City      H  L  1-2         Murray
       Stockport Co      H  L  1-3         Friday (pen)
       Crewe Alexandra   A  L  0-1
       Lincoln City      H  W  1-0         Murray
       Doncaster Rov     A  D  1-1         Friday
       Brentford         A  L  0-1
       Workington T      H  W  3-0         Murray, Cooper, Friday
       Darlington        A  W  1-0         Cooper
       Brentford         H  W  1-0         Murray
       Bradford City     A  W  3-1         Henderson 2, Murray
       Hartlepool        H  D  0-0
       Northampton T     A  W  3-0         Murray, Cumming, Robertson (og)
       Chester           H  W  2-1         Murray, Henderson
       Cambridge Utd     A  L  0-1
       Scunthorpe Utd    H  D  1-1         Lenarduzzi
       Swansea City      A  W  2-1         Friday, Taylor
       Stockport Co      A  L  0-1
       Exeter City       H  W  3-0         Henderson, Friday 2
       Barnsley          A  L  0-2
       Rochdale          H  W  2-1         Alleyne, Friday
       Torquay Utd       H  W  1-0         Murray
       Newport County    A  D  2-2         Ashton, Hancock (og)
       Shrewsbury T      A  L  0-2
       Rotherham Utd     H  D  1-1         Friday
       Mansfield Town    H  D  1-1         Friday

Division 4 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Mansfield Town      46  17  6  0  55  15  11  6  6  35  25   68
 2. Shrewsbury T        46  16  3  4  46  18  10  7  6  34  25   62
 3. Rotherham Utd       46  13  7  3  40  19   9  8  6  31  22   59
 4. Chester             46  17  5  1  48   9   6  6 11  16  29   57
 5. Lincoln City        46  14  8  1  47  14   7  7  9  32  34   57
 6. Cambridge Utd       46  15  5  3  43  16   5  9  9  19  28   54
 7. READING             46  13  6  4  38  20   8  4 11  25  27   52
 8. Brentford           46  15  6  2  38  14   3  7 13  15  31   49
 9. Exeter City         46  14  3  6  33  24   5  8 10  27  39   49
10. Bradford City       46  10  5  8  32  21   7  8  8  24  30   47
11. Southport           46  13  7  3  36  19   2 10 11  20  37   47
12. Newport County      46  13  5  5  43  30   6  4 13  25  45   47
13. Hartlepool          46  13  6  4  40  24   3  5 15  12  38   43
14. Torquay Utd         46  10  7  6  30  25   4  7 12  16  36   42
15. Barnsley            46  10  7  6  34  24   5  4 14  28  41   41
16. Northampton T       46  12  6  5  43  22   3  5 15  24  51   41
17. Doncaster Rov       46  10  9  4  41  29   4  3 16  24  50   40
18. Crewe Alexandra     46   9  9  5  22  16   2  9 12  12  31   40
19. Rochdale            46   9  9  5  35  22   4  4 15  24  53   39
20. Stockport Co        46  10  8  5  26  27   2  6 15  17  43   38
21. Darlington          46  11  4  8  38  27   2  6 15  16  40   36
22. Swansea City        46   9  4 10  25  31   6  2 15  21  42   36
23. Workington T        46   7  5 11  23  29   3  6 14  13  37   31
24. Scunthorpe Utd      46   7  8  8  27  29   0  7 16  14  49   29

FA Cup

R1     Swindon Town3     A  L  0-4
League Cup
R1     Brighton & HA3    H  D  0-0
R1(R)  Brighton & HA3    A  D  2-2 *       Wagstaff, Murray
R1(2R) Brighton & HA3    H  D  0-0 *
R1(3R) Brighton & HA3    A  W  3-2         Taylor 2, Friday
R2     Rotherham Utd4    H  W  4-2         Habbin 3, Friday
R3     Burnley1          H  L  1-2         Habbin

       * after extra time

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Robin Friday        18   0   2   0   20    2    1   0.408
 2. Dick Habbin         12   0   4   0   16    0    1   0.470
 3. John Murray         12   0   1   0   13    0    0   0.255
 4. Alan Taylor          4   0   2   0    6    2    0   0.240
 5. Stew Henderson       4   0   0   0    4    0    0   0.080
 6. Brian Carnaby        2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.051
    Adrian Cooper        2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.182
    Bob Lenarduzzi       2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.049
 9. Barry Wagstaff       1   0   1   0    2    0    0   0.069
10. Andy Alleyne         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.067
    John Ashton          1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.091
    Gordon Cumming       1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.028
    Bruce Stuckey        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.048
14. Own goals            2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.038
    Line
    Totals              63   0  10   0   73    4    2   1.377

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Steve Death         45     1     6     0     52      52
 2. John Murray         42+2   1     6     0     49+2    51
 3. Stew Henderson      43     1     6     0     50      50
 4. Robin Friday        42     1     6     0     49      49
 5. Tommy Youlden       40     1     5     0     46      46
 6. Bob Lenarduzzi      39     1     1     0     41      41
 7. Brian Carnaby       29+3   0+1   6     0     35+4    39
 8. Dave Moreline       31     1     6     0     38      38
 9. Gordon Cumming      32+1   1     2     0     35+1    36
10. Dick Habbin         27     1     6     0     34      34
11. Barry Wagstaff      21+1   1     6     0     28+1    29
12. Alan Taylor         13+8   0     3+1   0     16+9    25
13. Steve Hetzke        14+1   0     6     0     20+1    21
14. Bruce Stuckey       18+3   0     0     0     18+3    21
15. Geoff Barker        16     0     0     0     16      16
16. Andy Alleyne        15     0     0     0     15      15
17. Adrian Cooper       11     0     0     0     11      11
18. John Ashton          8+3   0     0     0      8+3    11
19. Les Chappell         5+4   0     1     0      6+4    10
20. Bobby Scott          5     0     0     0      5       5
21. Percy Freeman        2+2   1     0     0      3+2     5
22. Brian Bromley        2     0     0     0      2       2
    Peter Silvester      2     0     0     0      2       2
    Dave Tearse          2     0     0     0      2       2
25. Sam McHale           1     0     0     0      1       1
    Frank Parsons        1     0     0     0      1       1
27. Kim Sainsbury        0+1   0     0     0      0+1     1
    Line
    Totals              46     1     6     0     53      53