1994–95 Reading F.C. season
|Manager|| Mark McGhee (until 14 December)
Mick Gooding and
Jimmy Quinn (player-managers; from 4 January)
|First Division||2nd (qualified for play-offs)|
|FA Cup||Third round|
|League Cup||First round|
|Top goalscorer||League: Stuart Lovell 12
All: Stuart Lovell 15
Manager Mark McGhee left Reading in December to take over at Premiership strugglers Leicester City. Players Jimmy Quinn, Mick Gooding, Adrian Williams and Jeff Hopkins acted as caretakers until January, when Quinn and Gooding were named as full-time player-managers. The inexperienced duo surprised many to lead Reading to second in the First Division. In any other season this would have been enough for promotion to the Premier League, but, due to restructuring of the league, only two teams would be awarded promotion, and therefore Reading entered the play-offs. After beating Tranmere Rovers 3-1 on aggregate (3-1 and 0-0 over two legs) they travelled to Wembley to face Bolton Wanderers. Reading were 2-0 up within 12 minutes and appeared certain to be playing top-flight football for the first time in their history next season, but Bolton fought back to score twice in the last 15 minutes to take the game to extra time. To the horror of Reading fans, Bolton scored twice more in extra time to lead 4-2. Although player-manager Jimmy Quinn, on as a second-half substitute, pulled one back in the 119th minute, Bolton held on to win and sealed promotion to the Premier League at Reading's expense. Following the final defeat, it would be 11 years before Reading finally experienced top-flight football.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|DF||Andy Bernal||Sydney Olympic|
|Date from||Date to||Position||Nationality||Name||From|
|1 July 1995||DF||Ray Ranson||Retired|
|1 13 August 1994||Wolverhampton Wanderers||1–0||Reading||Molineux|
|2 20 August 1994||Reading||0 – 0||Portsmouth||Elm Park|
|3 27 August 1994||Barnsley||0 – 2||Reading||Oakwell|
|4 30 August 1994||Reading||4 – 0||Stoke||Elm Park|
|5 3 September 1994||Reading||0 – 0||Millwall||Elm Park|
|6 10 September 1994||Oldham Athletic||1 – 3||Reading||Boundary Park|
|Richardson||Lovell ?', ?'
|7 14 September 1994||Swindon Town||1 – 0||Reading||County Ground|
|8 17 September 1994||Reading||1 – 0||Sheffield United||Elm Park|
|9 24 September 1994||Watford||2 – 2||Reading||Vicarage Road|
|10 1 October 1994||Reading||2 – 0||Notts County||Elm Park|
|11 8 October 1994||Charlton Athletic||1 – 2||Reading||The Valley|
|12 15 October 1994||Reading||1 – 0||Bristol City||Elm Park|
|13 22 October 1994||Reading||0 – 2||Sunderland||Elm Park|
|14 29 October 1994||West Bromwich Albion||2 – 0||Reading||The Hawthorns|
|15 2 November 1994||Derby County||1 – 2||Reading||Pride Park|
|16 5 November 1994||Reading||0 – 0||Burnley||Elm Park|
|17 19 November 1994||Southend United||4 – 1||Reading||Roots Hall|
|Jones ?', ?'
Bressington ?' (pen.)
|18 26 November 1994||Reading||1 – 3||Tranmere Rovers||Elm Park|
Muir ?', ?'
|19 3 December 1994||Sunderland||0 – 1||Reading||Roker Park|
|20 6 December 1994||Reading||1 – 1||Middlesbrough||Elm Park|
|Taylor||Wilkinson ?' (pen.)|
|21 10 December 1994||Portsmouth||1 – 1||Reading||Fratton Park|
|22 18 December 1994||Reading||4 – 2||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Elm Park|
Gilkes ?', ?'
|Quinn ?' (o.g.)
|23 26 December 1994||Reading||0 – 0||Millwall||Elm Park|
|24 28 December 1994||Port Vale||0 – 2||Reading||Vale Park|
|25 31 December 1994||Reading||1 – 1||Grimsby Town||Elm Park|
|26 2 January 1995||Bolton Wanderers||1 – 0||Reading||Burnden Park|
|27 14 January 1995||Reading||0 – 2||West Bromwich Albion||Elm Park|
|28 21 January 1995||Burnley||1 – 2||Reading||Turf Moor|
|29 4 February 1995||Middlesbrough||0 – 1||Reading||Ayresome Park|
|30 11 February 1995||Reading||1 – 0||Derby County||Elm Park|
|Kavanagh ?' (o.g.)|
|31 18 February 1995||Tranmere Rovers||1 – 0||Reading||Prenton Park|
|32 21 February 1995||Reading||2 – 0||Southend United||Elm Park|
|33 25 February 1995||Notts County||1 – 0||Reading||Meadow Lane|
|34 4 March 1995||Reading||4 – 1||Millwall||Elm Park|
|Gilkes ?', ?'
|35 8 March 1995||Millwall||2 – 0||Reading||The Den|
Williams ?' (o.g.)
|36 11 March 1995||Reading||0 – 3||Barnsley||Elm Park|
|37 18 March 1995||Stoke City||0 – 1||Reading||Victoria Ground|
|38 21 March 1995||Reading||2 – 1||Oldham Athletic||Elm Park|
|39 25 March 1995||Sheffield United||1 – 1||Reading||Bramall Lane|
|40 1 April 1995||Reading||3 – 0||Swindon Town||Elm Park|
|Lovell ?' (pen.), ?', ?'|
|41 8 April 1995||Grimsby Town||1 – 0||Reading||Blundell Park|
|42 15 April 1995||Reading||3 – 3||Port Vale||Elm Park|
|Nogan ?', ?', ?'||Naylor
Bogier ?' (pen.)
|43 17 April 1995||Luton Town||0 – 1||Reading||Kenilworth Road|
|Taylor ?' (o.g.)|
|44 21 April 1995||Reading||2 – 1||Bolton Wanderers||Elm Park|
|45 29 April 1995||Bristol City||1 – 2||Reading||Ashton Gate|
|46 7 May 1995||Reading||2 – 1||Charlton Athletic||Elm Park|
|3||Bolton Wanderers||46||16||6||1||43||13||5||8||10||24||32||67||45||+ 22||77|
|4||Wolverhampton Wanderers||46||15||5||3||39||18||6||8||9||38||43||77||61||+ 16||76|
|5||Tranmere Rovers||46||17||4||2||51||23||5||6||12||16||35||67||58||+ 9||76|
|8||Sheffield United||46||12||9||2||41||21||5||8||10||33||34||74||55||+ 19||68|
|9||Derby County||46||12||6||5||44||23||6||6||11||22||28||66||51||+ 15||66|
|10||Grimsby Town||46||12||7||4||36||19||5||7||11||26||37||62||56||+ 6||65|
|11||Stoke City||46||10||7||6||31||21||6||8||9||19||32||50||53||– 3||63|
|13||Southend United||46||13||2||8||33||25||5||6||12||21||48||54||73||– 19||62|
|14||Oldham Athletic||46||12||7||4||34||21||4||6||13||26||39||60||60||± 0||61|
|15||Charlton Athletic||46||11||6||6||33||25||5||5||13||25||41||58||66||– 8||59|
|16||Luton Town||46||8||6||9||35||30||7||7||9||26||34||61||64||– 3||58|
|17||Port Vale||46||11||5||7||30||24||4||8||11||28||40||58||64||– 6||58|
|19||West Bromwich Albion||46||13||3||7||33||24||3||7||13||18||33||51||57||– 6||58|
|21||Swindon Town||46||9||6||8||28||27||3||6||14||26||46||54||73||– 19||48|
|23||Bristol City||46||8||8||7||26||28||3||4||16||16||35||42||63||– 21||45|
|24||Notts County||46||7||8||8||26||28||2||5||16||19||38||45||66||– 21||40|
|First Leg 14 May 1995||Tranmere Rovers||1–3||Reading||Birkenhead|
|14:55 BST (UTC+1)||Malkin ?'||[ Report]||Lovell ?', ?'
|Stadium: Prenton Park
Referee: John Kirkby
|Second Leg 17 May 1995||Reading||0–0
|19:45 BST (UTC+1)||[ Report]||Stadium: Elm Park
Referee: Paul Alcock
|29 May 1995||Bolton||4–3 (aet)||Reading||London|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Coyle 75'
de Freitas 86', 118'
|Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Peter Foakes
|Third Round 7 January 1995||Reading||1–3||Oldham Athletic||Reading|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Taylor||[ Report]||Sharp
|Stadium: Elm Park
|First Round 1st Leg 16 August 1994||Gillingham||0–1||Reading||Gillingham|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||[ Report]||Hopkins||Stadium: Priestfield Stadium
|First Round 2nd Leg 23 August 1994||Reading||3–0
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Quinn ?', ?'
|[ Report]||Stadium: Elm Park
|Second Round 1st Leg 20 September 1994||Reading||3–1||Derby County||Reading|
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Quinn ?', ?'
|[ Report]||Gabbiadini||Stadium: Elm Park
|Second Round 2nd Leg 28 September 1994||Derby County||2–0
|15:00 BST (UTC+1)||Gabbiadini
|[ Report]||Stadium: Pride Park
|Place||Position||Nation||Number||Name||First Division||Playoffs||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
- Hislop was born in Hackney, England and represented England at U-21 level, but also qualified to represent Trinidad and Tobago internationally and would make his international debut for Trinidad and Tobago in 2000.
- Barnard was born in Rinteln, Germany but represented England at U-18 level, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally and would make his international debut for Wales in 1998.
- Williams was born in Reading, England, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally through his father, and made his international debut for Wales in 1995.
- Gilkes was born in Hackney, England, but also qualified to represent Barbados internationally and would make his international debut for Barbados in 2000.