1976–77 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
1976–77 season
Chairman Denis Hill-Wood
Manager Terry Neill
First Division 8th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Quarter finals
Top goalscorer League:
Malcolm Macdonald (25)
All:
Malcolm Macdonald (29)
Highest home attendance 53,232 vs Manchester United (14 May 1977)
Lowest home attendance 19,517 vs West Bromwich Albion (23 October 1976)
Average home league attendance 32,671
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1976–77 English football season, Arsenal F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1976–77 season, former Tottenham boss Terry Neill was recruited by the Arsenal board to replace Bertie Mee in the summer, and at the age of 34 he became the youngest Arsenal manager to date.

Arsenal started the season well with just 2 defeats in their first 9 league games but their title challenge soon began to fade and at one stage went on a poor run of 9 defeats in 11 league games picking up just 3 points out of the possible 22. The Gunners finished the season in a disappointing 8th place.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 18 3 0 47 11 5 8 8 15 22 62 33 + 29 57
2 Manchester City 42 15 5 1 38 13 6 9 6 22 21 60 34 + 26 56
3 Ipswich Town 42 15 4 2 41 11 7 4 10 25 28 66 39 + 27 52
4 Aston Villa 42 17 3 1 55 17 5 4 12 21 33 76 50 + 26 51
5 Newcastle United 42 14 6 1 40 15 4 7 10 24 34 64 49 + 15 49
6 Manchester United 42 12 6 3 41 22 6 5 10 30 40 71 62 + 9 47
7 West Bromwich Albion 42 10 6 5 38 22 6 7 8 24 34 62 56 + 6 45
8 Arsenal 42 11 6 4 37 20 5 5 11 27 39 64 59 + 5 43
9 Everton 42 9 7 5 35 24 5 7 9 27 40 62 64 – 2 42
10 Leeds United 42 8 8 5 28 26 7 4 10 20 25 48 51 – 3 42
11 Leicester City 42 8 9 4 30 28 4 9 8 17 32 47 60 – 13 42
12 Middlesbrough 42 11 6 4 25 14 3 7 11 15 31 40 45 – 5 41
13 Birmingham City 42 10 6 5 38 25 3 6 12 25 36 63 61 + 2 38
14 Queens Park Rangers 42 10 7 4 31 21 3 5 13 16 31 47 52 – 5 38
15 Derby County 42 9 9 3 36 18 0 10 11 14 37 50 55 – 5 37
16 Norwich City 42 12 4 5 30 23 2 5 14 17 41 47 64 – 17 37
17 West Ham United 42 9 6 6 28 23 2 8 11 18 42 46 65 – 19 36
18 Bristol City 42 8 7 6 25 19 3 6 12 13 29 38 48 – 10 35
19 Coventry City 42 7 9 5 34 26 3 6 12 14 33 48 59 – 11 35
20 Sunderland 42 9 5 7 29 16 2 7 12 17 38 46 54 – 8 34
21 Stoke City 42 9 8 4 21 16 1 6 14 7 35 28 51 – 23 34
22 Tottenham Hotspur 42 9 7 5 26 20 3 2 16 22 52 48 72 – 24 33

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

Results[edit]

Arsenal's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
21 August 1976 Bristol City H 0–1 41,082
25 August 1976 Norwich City A 3–1 26,769 Macdonald, Nelson, Stapleton
28 August 1976 Sunderland A 2–2 41,211 Macdonald, Ross
4 September 1976 Manchester City H 0–0 35,132
11 September 1976 West Ham United A 2–0 31,965 Ross, Stapleton
18 September 1976 Everton H 3–1 34,076 Brady, Macdonald, Stapleton
25 September 1976 Ipswich Town A 1–3 25,505 Hunter (own goal)
2 October 1976 Queens Park Rangers H 3–2 39,442 Brady, Rice, Stapleton
16 October 1976 Stoke City H 2–0 28,745 Macdonald, Rice
20 October 1976 Aston Villa A 1–5 33,860 Ball
23 October 1976 Leicester City A 1–4 19,351 Stapleton
30 October 1976 Leeds United A 1–2 33,566 Matthews
6 November 1976 Birmingham City H 4–0 23,063 Stapleton, Macdonald (pen), Nelson, Ross
20 November 1976 Liverpool H 1–1 45,016 Armstrong
27 November 1976 Coventry City A 2–1 18,313 Macdonald, Stapleton
4 December 1976 Newcastle United H 5–3 35,000 Macdonald (3), Ross, Stapleton
15 December 1976 Derby County A 0–0 24,016
18 December 1976 Manchester United H 3–1 39,572 Brady, Macdonald (2)
27 December 1976 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–2 47,751 Macdonald (2)
3 January 1977 Leeds United H 1–1 44,090 Macdonald
15 January 1977 Norwich City H 1–0 30,537 Rice
18 January 1977 Birmingham City A 3–3 23,247 Macdonald (3)
22 January 1977 Bristol City A 0–2 26,282
5 February 1977 Sunderland H 0–0 30,925
12 February 1977 Manchester City A 0–1 45,368
15 February 1977 Middlesbrough A 0–3 26,083
19 February 1977 West Ham United H 2–3 38,221 Brady, Stapleton
1 March 1977 Everton A 1–2 29,802 Macdonald
5 March 1977 Ipswich Town H 1–4 34,688 Macdonald (pen)
8 March 1977 West Bromwich Albion H 1–2 19,517 Macdonald
12 March 1977 Queens Park Rangers A 1–2 26,191 Young
23 March 1977 Stoke City A 1–1 13,951 Price
2 April 1977 Leicester City H 3–0 23,013 O'Leary (2), Rix
9 April 1977 West Bromwich Albion A 2–0 24,275 Macdonald, Stapleton
11 April 1977 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–0 47,432 Macdonald
16 April 1977 Liverpool A 0–2 48,174
23 April 1977 Coventry City H 2–0 22,790 Macdonald, Stapleton
25 April 1977 Aston Villa H 3–0 23,961 Armstrong, Macdonald, Nelson
30 April 1977 Newcastle United A 2–0 44,677 Macdonald, Matthews
3 May 1977 Derby County H 0–0 26,659
7 May 1977 Middlesbrough H 1–1 23,911 Stapleton
14 May 1977 Manchester United A 2–3 53,232 Brady, Stapleton

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1976-77 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 1977 Notts County A 1–0 17,328 Ross
R4 29 January 1977 Coventry City H 3–1 41,078 Macdonald (2), Stapleton
R5 26 February 1977 Middlesbrough A 1–4 35,208 Macdonald

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 31 August 1976 Carlisle United H 3–2 21,550 Macdonald, Ross (2)
R3 21 September 1976 Blackpool A 1–1 18,983 Armstrong
R3R 28 September 1976 Blackpool H 0–0 27,195
R3R2 5 October 1976 Blackpool H 2–0 26,791 Stapleton, O'Leary
R4 26 October 1976 Chelsea H 2–1 52,285 Ross, Stapleton
QF 1 December 1976 Queens Park Rangers A 1–2 27,621 Stapleton

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- England GK Jimmy Rimmer
- Northern Ireland DF Pat Rice
- Republic of Ireland DF David O'Leary
- England DF Peter Simpson
- Northern Ireland DF Sammy Nelson
- Republic of Ireland MF Liam Brady
- England MF Trevor Ross
- England MF Alan Hudson
- Republic of Ireland FW Frank Stapleton
- England FW Malcolm Macdonald
- England MF George Armstrong
No. Position Player
- England MF Alan Ball
- England DF Pat Howard
- England MF John Matthews
- Scotland DF Willie Young
- England DF Richie Powling
- England DF Peter Storey
- England MF David Price
- England DF Wilf Rostron
- England MF Graham Rix
- Scotland MF Alex Cropley
- England FW John Radford

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