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1995–96 FA Premier League

Premier League
Season 1995 (1995)–96
Champions Manchester United
3rd Premier League title
10th English title
Relegated Bolton Wanderers
QPR
Manchester City
Champions League Manchester United
UEFA Cup Newcastle United
Aston Villa
Arsenal
Cup Winners' Cup Liverpool
Matches played 380
Goals scored 988 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorer Alan Shearer (31 goals)
Biggest home win Blackburn Rovers 7–0 Nottingham Forest
(18 November 1995)
Biggest away win Bolton Wanderers 0–6 Manchester United
(25 February 1996)
Highest scoring Sheffield Wednesday 6–2 Leeds United (8 goals)
(16 December 1995)
Longest winning run 6 games[1]
Manchester United
Longest unbeaten run 15 games[1]
Liverpool
Longest winless run 14 games[1]
Coventry City
Wimbledon
Longest losing run 8 games[1]
Manchester City
Middlesbrough
Highest attendance 53,926[2]
Manchester United v Nottingham Forest
Lowest attendance 6,352[2]
Wimbledon v Sheffield Wednesday
1994–95
1996–97

The 1995–96 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the fourth season of the competition, since its formation in 1992. Due to the decision to reduce the number of clubs in the Premier League from 22 to 20, only two clubs were promoted instead of the usual three, Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers.[3]

Manchester United won the Premier League and qualified for the UEFA Champions League, while Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Newcastle United qualified for the UEFA Cup. Liverpool also qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as runners-up of the FA Cup which was won by Manchester United.

Contents

  • Transfers 1
  • English performance in European competition 2
  • Manchester United achieve second domestic double 3
  • Relegated teams 4
  • Player and managerial awards 5
  • Managerial changes 6
  • Personnel and kits 7
  • Final league table 8
  • Results 9
  • Season statistics 10
    • Top scorers 10.1
    • Monthly awards 10.2
  • See also 11
  • References and notes 12
  • External links 13

Transfers

Before the season began, the English transfer record was broken for the third time in 12 months when Liverpool paid £8.4 million for the Nottingham Forest striker Stan Collymore. The record fee for a defender was broken when Newcastle United paid £4million for Wimbledon's Warren Barton. Arsenal paid a club record £7.5 million for Inter Milan's 26-year-old Dutch striker Dennis Bergkamp. Newcastle spent £6 million for 28-year-old Queens Park Rangers striker Les Ferdinand.

English performance in European competition

Blackburn Rovers, the 1994–95 Premier League champions, finished bottom of their group in the Champions League.[4] Manchester United were knocked out of the UEFA Cup in the first round, with Liverpool and Leeds United both being knocked out at the second round.[5] Everton were beaten in the second round of the Cup Winners' Cup.[6] The only English team still in European competition after Christmas were Nottingham Forest, who reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup.[5]

Manchester United achieve second domestic double

Manchester United and Newcastle United emerged as the primary title contenders for the 1995–96 season. The two sides played on 27 December 1995, with Newcastle 10 points ahead in the league. A 2–0 home win for Manchester United cut the gap to seven points, and two days later they beat Queens Park Rangers 2–1 to reduce the gap to just four points. But Manchester United then lost 4–1 at Tottenham on New Year's Day and drew 0–0 with Aston Villa, allowing Newcastle to establish a 12-point lead in January 1996.

Manchester United and Newcastle met again in early March, and a goal by Eric Cantona gave United a 1–0 away win and cut the gap to a single point. With one game left of the season, Manchester United led the Premier League by two points. In case of the two clubs being tied for first place, the Premier League made preliminary preparations for a championship play-off match at Wembley.[7] For Newcastle to win their first title since 1927, they had to win against Tottenham and hope that Middlesbrough beat their Mancunian rivals. But the Premier League title went to Old Trafford as Manchester United won 3–0 and Newcastle could only manage a 1–1 draw with Tottenham. A week later, Manchester United became the first team to complete a second league championship and FA Cup double when a Cantona goal gave them a 1–0 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup Final.[8]

Relegated teams

The Premier League relegation places went to Bolton, Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City. Bolton had spent a large proportion of their first Premier League season bottom of the table. Manchester City failed to beat Liverpool on the final day of the season, consigning them to the final relegation place on goal difference behind Southampton and Coventry City.

Player and managerial awards

Managerial changes

Personnel and kits

(as of 5 May 1996)

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal Bruce Rioch Tony Adams Nike JVC
Aston Villa Brian Little Andy Townsend Reebok AST Research
Blackburn Rovers Ray Harford Tim Sherwood Asics CIS
Bolton Wanderers Colin Todd Alan Stubbs Reebok Reebok
Chelsea Glenn Hoddle Dennis Wise Umbro Coors
Coventry City Ron Atkinson Brian Borrows Pony Peugeot
Everton Joe Royle Dave Watson Umbro Danka
Leeds United Howard Wilkinson Gary McAllister Asics Thistle Hotels
Liverpool Roy Evans Ian Rush Adidas Carlsberg
Manchester City Alan Ball Keith Curle Umbro Brother
Manchester United Alex Ferguson Steve Bruce Umbro Sharp
Middlesbrough Bryan Robson Nigel Pearson Erreà Cellnet
Newcastle United Kevin Keegan Peter Beardsley Adidas Newcastle Brown Ale
Nottingham Forest Frank Clark Stuart Pearce Umbro Labatt's
Queens Park Rangers Ray Wilkins David Bardsley View From Compaq
Sheffield Wednesday David Pleat Peter Atherton Puma Sanderson
Southampton Dave Merrington Matt Le Tissier Pony Sanderson
Tottenham Hotspur Gerry Francis Gary Mabbutt Pony Hewlett-Packard
West Ham United Harry Redknapp Steve Potts Pony Dagenham Motors
Wimbledon Joe Kinnear Vinnie Jones Core Elonex

Final league table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 25 7 6 73 35 +38 82 1996–97 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Newcastle United 38 24 6 8 66 37 +29 78 1996–97 UEFA Cup First round
3 Liverpool 38 20 11 7 70 34 +36 71 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
4 Aston Villa 38 18 9 11 52 35 +17 63 1996–97 UEFA Cup First round
5 Arsenal 38 17 12 9 49 32 +17 63
6 Everton 38 17 10 11 64 44 +20 61
7 Blackburn Rovers 38 18 7 13 61 47 +14 61
8 Tottenham Hotspur 38 16 13 9 50 38 +12 61
9 Nottingham Forest 38 15 13 10 50 54 −4 58
10 West Ham United 38 14 9 15 43 52 −9 51
11 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 46 44 +2 50
12 Middlesbrough 38 11 10 17 35 50 −15 43
13 Leeds United 38 12 7 19 40 57 −17 43
14 Wimbledon 38 10 11 17 55 70 −15 41
15 Sheffield Wednesday 38 10 10 18 48 61 −13 40
16 Coventry City 38 8 14 16 42 60 −18 38
17 Southampton 38 9 11 18 34 52 −18 38
18 Manchester City (R) 38 9 11 18 33 58 −25 38 Relegation to 1996–97 Football League First Division
19 Queens Park Rangers (R) 38 9 6 23 38 57 −19 33
20 Bolton Wanderers (R) 38 8 5 25 39 71 −32 29

Updated to games played on 15 September 2012.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Liverpool qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup runners-up, as winners Manchester United already qualified for the Champions League.
(C)=Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q)=Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results

Home ╲ Away ARS AST BLB BOL CHE COV EVE LEE LIV MCI MUN MID NEW NOT QPR SHW SOU TOT WHU WDN
Arsenal 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 4–2 4–2 0–0 1–0 1–3
Aston Villa 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 1–0 3–0 0–2 0–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 4–2 3–2 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–0
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 5–1 0–3 1–0 2–3 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 7–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 4–2 3–2
Bolton Wanderers 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–6 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–3 0–3 1–0
Chelsea 1–0 1–2 2–3 3–2 2–2 0–0 4–1 2–2 1–1 1–4 5–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–2
Coventry City 0–0 0–3 5–0 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–4 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–2 3–3
Everton 0–2 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–3 4–0 1–3 3–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–4
Leeds United 0–3 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–1
Liverpool 3–1 3–0 3–0 5–2 2–0 0–0 1–2 5–0 6–0 2–0 1–0 4–3 4–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–2
Manchester City 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–2 2–3 0–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0
Manchester United 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 2–0 5–0 2–1 2–2 4–1 1–0 2–1 3–1
Middlesbrough 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–4 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 4–1 0–3 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 4–2 1–2
Newcastle United 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 6–1
Nottingham Forest 0–1 1–1 1–5 3–2 0–0 0–0 3–2 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 4–1
Queens Park Rangers 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–3 3–0 2–3 3–0 0–3
Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 2–0 2–1 4–2 0–0 4–3 2–5 6–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–1 2–1
Southampton 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–3 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 3–4 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 0–1 2–3 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–3 1–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–1
West Ham United 0–1 1–4 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 4–2 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1
Wimbledon 0–3 3–3 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–2 2–3 2–4 1–0 3–0 2–4 0–0 3–3 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–1
Source:
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

  • Total goals: 988
  • Average goals per game: 2.6

Top scorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers 31
2 Robbie Fowler Liverpool 28
3 Les Ferdinand Newcastle United 25
4 Dwight Yorke Aston Villa 17
5 Andrei Kanchelskis Everton 16
Teddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur 16
7 Chris Armstrong Tottenham Hotspur 15
Ian Wright Arsenal 15
9 Eric Cantona Manchester United 14
Stan Collymore Liverpool 14
Dion Dublin Coventry City 14

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August Kevin Keegan Newcastle United David Ginola Newcastle United
September Kevin Keegan Newcastle United Tony Yeboah Leeds United
October Frank Clark Nottingham Forest Trevor Sinclair Queens Park Rangers
November Alan Ball Manchester City Rob Lee Newcastle United
December Roy Evans Liverpool Robbie Fowler Liverpool
January Roy Evans Liverpool Stan Collymore Liverpool
Robbie Fowler
February Alex Ferguson Manchester United Dwight Yorke Aston Villa
March Alex Ferguson Manchester United Eric Cantona Manchester United
April Dave Merrington Southampton Andrei Kanchelskis Everton

See also

References and notes

  1. ^ a b c d "English Premier League 1995–96". statto.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Premier League 1995/96 Attendances". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  3. ^ England 1994/95
  4. ^ European Competitions 1995–96
  5. ^ a b European Competitions 1995–96
  6. ^ European Competitions 1995–96
  7. ^ "Arsenal and Chelsea may face play-off". www.premierleague.com. Premier League. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  8. ^ England – FA Challenge Cup 1995–1996
  9. ^ England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Players' Players of the Year
  10. ^ England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Young Players of the Year

External links

  • 1995–96 Premier League Season at RSSSF
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