<< Season 1975-76 >>

Hurleys Heroes A memorable season as Reading clinched their first promotion since 1926, thanks to goals from Robin Friday and John Murray. It included a night no one who was present will ever forget as Reading drubbed fellow promotion hopefuls Tranmere 5-0. Murray got a hat-trick, including two penalties, and Friday got the other two, including the Greatest Goal Ever Seen At Elm Park. I nearly missed it because I was looking at my programme or something ridiculous like that, but some instinct made me look up to see Robin Friday control the ball on his chest, twist and volley the ball into the net from fully 30 yards.

Champions Lincoln, managed by future England boss Graham Taylor, achieved 74 points, a record in the two points per win era. This mark was eventually topped by Reading in 2005-06 when they achieved the equivalent of 75 points.

Division 4 (3rd, Promoted)

       Rochdale          H  W  2-0         Youlden, Hetzke
       Crewe Alexandra   A  D  3-3         Hiron 2, Friday
       Southport         H  W  1-0         Murray
       Lincoln City      A  L  1-3         Friday
       Watford           H  W  3-0         Barker, Murray, Friday
       Workington T      A  W  2-0         Murray (pen), Friday
       Hartlepool        A  W  4-2         Whitham 3, Smith (og)
       AFC Bournemouth   H  W  2-1         Dunphy 2
       Scunthorpe Utd    A  L  1-2         Friday
       Bradford City     H  W  2-1         Murray, Hiron
       Barnsley          A  L  2-4         Friday, Henderson
       Newport County    A  D  0-0
       Huddersfield T    H  W  2-0         Cumming, Stuckey
       Doncaster Rov     A  D  1-1         Hiron
       Swansea City      H  W  1-0         Murray
       Exeter City       H  W  4-3         Friday, Murray 2 (1 pen), Hiron
       Torquay Utd       A  D  0-0
       Darlington        A  W  1-0         Peters
       Stockport Co      H  W  5-0         Murray 3, Friday 2
       Scunthorpe Utd    H  W  1-0         Murray
       Tranmere Rov      A  L  0-2
       Cambridge Utd     H  W  1-0         Hiron
       Brentford         A  D  2-2         Peters, Stuckey
       Northampton T     H  W  1-0         Barker
       Southport         A  W  2-1         Hiron, Henderson
       Workington T      H  W  1-0         Friday
       Watford           A  L  1-2         Friday
       Swansea City      A  L  1-5         Friday
       Exeter City       A  L  1-4         Friday
       Torquay Utd       H  D  0-0
       Hartlepool        H  W  1-0         Friday
       Huddersfield T    A  L  0-3
       Newport County    H  W  1-0         Murray (pen)
       Doncaster Rov     H  L  0-1
       Bradford City     A  D  1-1         Nelson
       Barnsley          H  D  0-0
       Darlington        H  W  4-1         Friday 2, Hollis, Hiron
       Stockport Co      A  D  1-1         Friday
       Tranmere Rov      H  W  5-0         Murray 3 (2 pens), Friday 2
       Rochdale          A  D  0-0
       AFC Bournemouth   A  W  1-0         Nelson
       Lincoln City      H  D  1-1         Hiron
       Northampton T     A  L  1-4         Hiron
       Brentford         H  W  1-0         Hiron
       Cambridge Utd     A  D  2-2         Friday, Carnaby
       Crewe Alexandra   H  W  3-1         Friday, Dunphy, Nelson

Division 4 Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Lincoln City        46  21  2  0  71  15  11  8  4  40  24   74
 2. Northampton T       46  18  5  0  62  20  11  5  7  25  20   68
 3. READING             46  19  3  1  42   9   5  9  9  28  42   60
 4. Tranmere Rov        46  18  3  2  61  16   6  7 10  28  39   58
 5. Huddersfield T      46  11  6  6  28  17  10  8  5  28  24   56
 6. AFC Bournemouth*    46  15  5  3  39  16   5  7 11  18  32   52
 7. Exeter City         46  13  7  3  37  17   5  7 11  19  30   50
 8. Watford             46  16  4  3  38  18   6  2 15  24  44   50
 9. Torquay Utd         46  12  6  5  31  24   6  8  9  24  39   50
10. Doncaster Rov       46  10  6  7  42  31   9  5  9  33  38   49
11. Swansea City        46  14  8  1  51  21   2  7 14  15  36   47
12. Barnsley            46  12  8  3  34  16   2  8 13  18  32   44
13. Cambridge Utd       46   7 10  6  36  28   7  5 11  22  34   43
14. Hartlepool          46  10  6  7  37  29   6  4 13  25  49   42
15. Rochdale            46   7 11  5  27  23   5  7 11  13  31   42
16. Crewe Alexandra     46  10  7  6  36  21   3  8 12  22  36   41
17. Bradford City       46   9  7  7  35  26   3 10 10  28  39   41
18. Brentford           46  12  7  4  37  18   2  6 15  19  42   41
19. Scunthorpe Utd      46  11  3  9  31  24   3  7 13  19  35   38
20. Darlington          46  11  7  5  30  14   3  3 17  18  43   38
21. Stockport Co        46   8  7  8  23  23   5  5 13  20  53   38
22. Newport County      46   8  7  8  35  33   5  2 16  22  57   35
23. Southport           46   6  6 11  27  31   2  4 17  14  46   26
24. Workington T        46   5  4 14  19  43   2  3 18  11  44   21

    * AFC Bournemouth previously known as Bournemouth & BA

FA Cup

R1     Hendon IIN        A  L  0-1
League Cup
R1(1)  Gillingham3       H  L  0-1
R1(2)  Gillingham3       A  D  1-1 [1-2]   Friday

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Robin Friday        21   0   1   0   22    0    0   0.478
 2. John Murray         15   0   0   0   15    5    2   0.375
 3. Ray Hiron           11   0   0   0   11    0    0   0.239
 4. Eamonn Dunphy        3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.065
    Dennis Nelson        3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.300
    Jack Whitham         3   0   0   0    3    0    1   0.143
 7. Geoff Barker         2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.065
    Stew Henderson       2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.071
    Gary Peters          2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.061
    Bruce Stuckey        2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.071
11. Brian Carnaby        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.050
    Gordon Cumming       1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.030
    Steve Hetzke         1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.053
    Mick Hollis          1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.143
    Tommy Youlden        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.023
16. Own goals            1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.020
    Line
    Totals              70   0   1   0   71    5    3   1.449

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Dave Moreline       44     1     1     0     46      46
 2. Robin Friday        44     0     2     0     46      46
 3. Ray Hiron           42+1   1     2     0     45+1    46
 4. Eamonn Dunphy       43+2   0     1     0     44+2    46
 5. Tommy Youlden       40     1     2     0     43      43
 6. John Murray         33+4   1     1+1   0     35+5    40
 7. Steve Death         32     1     2     0     35      35
 8. Gordon Cumming      30     1     2     0     33      33
 9. Gary Peters         25+5   0+1   2     0     27+6    33
10. Geoff Barker        29+1   1     0     0     30+1    31
11. Bruce Stuckey       26     1     1     0     28      28
12. Stew Henderson      25+2   0     1     0     26+2    28
13. Jack Whitham        13+6   1     1     0     15+6    21
14. Brian Carnaby       18     1     1     0     20      20
15. Steve Hetzke        17     0     2     0     19      19
16. Bob Lenarduzzi      13+3   1     0     0     14+3    17
17. John Turner         14     0     0     0     14      14
18. Dennis Nelson       10     0     0     0     10      10
19. Mick Hollis          4+3   0     0     0      4+3     7
20. Andy Alleyne         2     0     1     0      3       3
21. Adrian Cooper        2     0     0     0      2       2
    Line
    Totals              46     1     2     0     49      49