1995–96 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
1995–96 season
Chairman England Doug Ellis
Manager England Brian Little
Stadium Villa Park
Premier League 4th
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Dwight Yorke (17)
All:
Dwight Yorke (25)
Highest home attendance 39,336 (vs. Manchester City, 27 April)
Lowest home attendance 17,679 (vs. Stockport County, 25 October)
Average home league attendance 31,688[1]

During the 1995–96 English football season, Aston Villa competed in the Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Aston Villa made huge progress in their first full season under Brian Little's management. They finished fourth in the league and matched Liverpool's record of five League Cup victories (Liverpool have since reclaimed the record with victories in 2001, 2003 and 2012) thanks to a 3-0 Wembley win over Leeds United in March.[2]Villa were also FA Cup semi-finalists, but their hopes of a Wembley double were ended with a defeat to Liverpool.

A new-look Villa side proved itself to be one of the finest in the country thanks to the likes of Gary Charles, Alan Wright, Ian Taylor and Mark Draper. Trinidadian striker Dwight Yorke proved himself as one of the Premier League's most competent goalscorers, though there were some doubts regarding the suitability of Savo Milošević as the man to replace Dean Saunders.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Manchester United 38 25 7 6 73 35 82
2. Newcastle United 38 24 6 8 66 37 78
3. Liverpool 38 20 11 7 70 34 71
4. Aston Villa 38 18 9 11 52 35 63
5. Arsenal 38 17 12 9 49 32 63
6. Everton 38 17 10 11 64 44 61
7. Blackburn Rovers 38 18 7 13 61 47 61
8. Tottenham Hotspur 38 16 13 9 50 38 61
9. Nottingham Forest 38 15 13 10 50 54 58
10. West Ham United 38 14 9 15 43 52 51
11. Chelsea 38 12 14 12 46 44 50
12. Middlesbrough 38 11 10 17 35 50 43
13. Leeds United 38 12 7 19 40 57 43
14. Wimbledon 38 10 11 17 55 70 41
15. Sheffield Wednesday 38 10 10 18 48 61 40
16. Coventry City 38 8 14 16 42 60 38
17. Southampton 38 9 11 18 34 52 38
18. Manchester City 38 9 11 18 33 58 38
19. Queens Park Rangers 38 9 6 23 38 57 33
20. Bolton Wanderers 38 8 5 25 39 71 29
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated to Division One

Results[edit]

Aston Villa's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Manchester United H 3-1 34,655 Taylor, Draper, Yorke (pen)
23 August 1995 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-0 26,726 Ehiogu
26 August 1995 Leeds United A 0-2 35,086
30 August 1995 Bolton Wanderers H 1-0 31,770 Yorke
9 September 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 1-1 27,084 Milošević
16 September 1995 Wimbledon H 2-0 26,928 Draper, Taylor
23 September 1995 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 33,972 Townsend
30 September 1995 Coventry City A 3-0 20,987 Yorke, Milošević (2)
14 October 1995 Chelsea H 0-1 34,922
21 October 1995 Arsenal A 0-2 38,271
28 October 1995 Everton H 1-0 32,792 Yorke
4 November 1995 West Ham United A 4-1 23,637 Milošević (2), Yorke, Johnson
18 November 1995 Newcastle United H 1-1 39,167 Johnson
20 November 1995 Southampton A 1-0 13,582 Johnson
25 November 1995 Manchester City A 0-1 28,027
2 December 1995 Arsenal H 1-1 37,770 Yorke
10 December 1995 Nottingham Forest A 1-1 25,790 Yorke
16 December 1995 Coventry City H 4-1 28,486 Johnson, Milošević (3)
23 December 1995 Queens Park Rangers A 0-1 14,778
1 January 1996 Middlesbrough A 2-0 28,535 Wright, Johnson
13 January 1996 Manchester United A 0-0 42,667
21 January 1996 Tottenham Hotspur H 2-1 35,666 McGrath, Yorke
31 January 1996 Liverpool H 0-2 39,332
3 February 1996 Leeds United H 3-0 35,982 Yorke (2), Wright
10 February 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 2-0 18,099 Yorke (2)
24 February 1996 Wimbledon A 3-3 12,193 Reeves (own goal), Yorke (pen), Cunningham (own goal)
28 February 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 2-0 28,008 Joachim, Southgate
3 March 1996 Liverpool A 0-3 39,508
6 March 1996 Sheffield Wednesday H 3-2 27,893 Milošević, Townsend
9 March 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 4-2 28,221 Milošević, Yorke (2), Yates (own goal)
16 March 1996 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-2 22,964
19 March 1996 Middlesbrough H 0-0 23,933
6 April 1996 Chelsea A 2-1 23,530 Milošević, Yorke
8 April 1996 Southampton H 3-0 34,059 Taylor, Charles, Yorke
14 April 1996 Newcastle United A 0-1 36,510
17 April 1996 West Ham United H 1-1 26,768 McGrath
27 April 1996 Manchester City H 0-1 39,336
5 May 1996 Everton A 0-1 40,127

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Gravesend & Northfleet A 3-0 26,021 Draper, Johnson, Milošević
R4 28 January 1996 Sheffield United A 1-0 18,749 Yorke (pen)
R5 17 February 1996 Ipswich Town A 3-1 20,748 Draper, Taylor, Yorke
QF 13 March 1996 Nottingham Forest A 1-0 21,067 Carr
SF 31 March 1996 Liverpool N 0-3 39,072

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 20 September 1995 Peterborough United H 6-0 19,602 Yorke (2 pens), Draper, Heald (own goal), Johnson, Southgate
R2 Second Leg 3 October 1995 Peterborough United A 1-1 (won 7-1 on agg) 5,745 Staunton
R3 25 October 1995 Stockport County H 2-0 17,679 Ehiogu, Yorke
R4 29 November 1995 Queens Park Rangers H 1-0 24,951 Townsend
R5 10 January 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-0 39,277 Johnson
SF First Leg 14 February 1996 Arsenal A 2-2 37,562 Yorke (2)
SF Second Leg 21 February 1996 Arsenal H 0-0 (won on away goals) 39,334
F 24 March 1996 Leeds United N 3-0 77,065 Milošević, Taylor, Yorke

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Mark Bosnich
2 England DF Gary Charles
3 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Staunton
4 England DF Gareth Southgate
5 Republic of Ireland DF Paul McGrath[5]
6 England DF Carl Tiler
7 England MF Ian Taylor
8 England MF Mark Draper
9 Serbia and Montenegro FW Savo Milošević[6]
10 England FW Tommy Johnson
11 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Townsend[7] (captain)
12 England DF Phil King
No. Position Player
13 England GK Nigel Spink
14 England DF Alan Wright
15 England MF Lee Hendrie
16 England DF Ugo Ehiogu
18 Trinidad and Tobago FW Dwight Yorke
19 Republic of Ireland MF Gareth Farrelly
20 England DF Riccardo Scimeca
21 Scotland DF Paul Browne
23 England FW Neil Davis
24 Scotland MF Scott Murray
26 England FW Julian Joachim
30 England GK Michael Oakes

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
15 England FW Graham Fenton (to Blackburn Rovers)
No. Position Player
17 England MF Franz Carr (to Reggiana)

Reserve squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
22 England MF David Farrell
25 England MF Steve Cowe
No. Position Player
28 England MF Trevor Berry
35 England GK Adam Rachel

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[8]