1995–96 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
1995–96 season
Chairman England Robert Coar
Manager Scotland Kenny Dalglish
England Ray Harford
Stadium Ewood Park
FA Premier League 7th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Charity Shield Runners-up
Champions League Group Stage
Top goalscorer League: Shearer (31)
All: Shearer (37)
Average home league attendance 27,714
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1995–96 English football season, Blackburn Rovers F.C. competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Blackburn had a disappointing title defence in the Premier League, dropping to 7th in the standings in the wake of Kenny Dalglish's resignation as manager. Their first half of the season was little short of disastrous, their 5-0 defeat at struggling Coventry City in mid December being their eighth in the league, with relegation a distant possibility. However, Blackburn improved in the second half of the season, losing just five more games and only narrowly missing out on a UEFA Cup place.

They also got knocked out of the Champions League already in the group stage against comparatively unknown Rosenborg and Legia Warsaw. Compounding the misery was the sale of fan favourite and top scorer Alan Shearer, who went to Newcastle for a British transfer record at the end of July.

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]

Blackburn Rovers' score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Queens Park Rangers H 1-0 22,860 Shearer (pen)
23 August 1995 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-2 25,544 Shearer
26 August 1995 Bolton Wanderers A 1-2 20,253 Holmes
28 August 1995 Manchester United H 1-2 29,843 Shearer
9 September 1995 Aston Villa H 1-1 27,084 Shearer
16 September 1995 Liverpool A 0-3 39,502
23 September 1995 Coventry City H 5-1 24,382 Shearer (3), Hendry, Pearce
30 September 1995 Middlesbrough A 0-2 29,462
14 October 1995 Southampton H 2-1 26,780 Bohinen, Shearer
21 October 1995 West Ham United A 1-1 21,776 Shearer
28 October 1995 Chelsea H 3-0 27,733 Sherwood, Shearer, Newell
5 November 1995 Everton A 0-1 30,097
8 November 1995 Newcastle United A 0-1 36,473
18 November 1995 Nottingham Forest H 7-0 27,660 Shearer (3), Bohinen (2), Newell, Le Saux
26 November 1995 Arsenal A 0-0 37,695
2 December 1995 West Ham United H 4-2 26,638 Shearer (3, 1 pen), Newell
9 December 1995 Coventry City A 0-5 29,469
16 December 1995 Middlesbrough H 1-0 27,996 Shearer
23 December 1995 Wimbledon A 1-1 7,105 Kimble (own goal)
26 December 1995 Manchester City H 2-0 28,915 Shearer, Batty
30 December 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 2-1 30,004 Marker, Shearer
1 January 1996 Leeds United A 0-0 31,285
13 January 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 1-0 13,957 Shearer
20 January 1996 Sheffield Wednesday H 3-0 24,732 Shearer, Bohinen, Gallacher
3 February 1996 Bolton Wanderers H 3-1 30,419 Shearer (3)
10 February 1996 Manchester United A 0-1 42,681
24 February 1996 Liverpool H 2-3 30,895 Wilcox, Sherwood
28 February 1996 Aston Villa A 0-2 28,008
2 March 1996 Manchester City A 1-1 29,078 Shearer
13 March 1996 Leeds United H 1-0 23,358 Fenton
16 March 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 3-2 32,387 Shearer (3, 1 pen)
30 March 1996 Everton H 0-3 29,468
6 April 1996 Southampton A 0-1 14,793
8 April 1996 Newcastle United H 2-1 30,717 Fenton (2)
13 April 1996 Nottingham Forest A 5-1 25,273 Shearer, McKinlay, Wilcox (2), Fenton
17 April 1996 Wimbledon H 3-2 24,174 Shearer (2), Fenton
27 April 1996 Arsenal H 1-1 29,834 Gallacher
5 May 1996 Chelsea A 3-2 28,436 Sherwood, McKinlay, Fenton

FA Charity Shield[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13 August 1995 Everton N 0-1 40,149

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Ipswich Town A 0-0 21,236
R3R 16 January 1996 Ipswich Town H 0-1 19,606

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 20 September 1995 Swindon Town A 3-2 14,740 Sutton, Shearer (2)
R2 Second Leg 4 October 1995 Swindon Town H 2-0 16,924 Shearer (2)
R3 24 October 1995 Watford A 2-1 17,035 Shearer, Newell
R4 29 November 1995 Leeds United A 1-2 26,006 Kelly (own goal)

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
Group B 13 September 1995 Spartak Moscow H 0-1 20,940
Group B 27 September 1995 Rosenborg A 1-2 12,210 Newell
Group B 18 October 1995 Legia Warsaw A 0-1 15,000
Group B 1 November 1995 Legia Warsaw H 0-0 20,897
Group B 22 November 1995 Spartak Moscow A 0-3 25,000
Group B 6 December 1995 Rosenborg H 4-1 20,677 Shearer (pen), Newell (3)

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
1 England GK Tim Flowers
2 Wales DF Chris Coleman
3 Republic of Ireland DF Jeff Kenna
4 England MF Tim Sherwood
5 Scotland DF Colin Hendry
6 England DF Graeme Le Saux
7 England MF Stuart Ripley
8 Scotland FW Kevin Gallacher
9 England FW Alan Shearer
10 England FW Mike Newell
11 England MF Jason Wilcox
12 England DF Nicky Marker
13 England GK Bobby Mimms
14 England FW Graham Fenton
15 England MF Matty Holmes
16 England FW Chris Sutton
No. Position Player
17 Scotland MF Billy McKinlay
18 Sweden MF Niklas Gudmundsson
19 England DF Adam Reed
20 Norway DF Henning Berg
21 England MF Paul Harford
22 Norway MF Lars Bohinen
23 England MF Garry Flitcroft
24 England DF Paul Warhurst
25 England DF Ian Pearce
26 Republic of Ireland DF Gary Tallon
27 England DF Tony Whealing
28 England MF Wayne Gill
29 England DF Steve Hitchen
30 England DF Marlon Broomes
31 Republic of Ireland GK Shay Given
34 England DF Gary Croft

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
22 England MF Mark Atkins (to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
14 England MF Lee Makel (to Huddersfield Town)
No. Position Player
23 England MF David Batty (to Newcastle United)

Starting 11[edit]

Only considering Premiership starts

Top Scorers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blackburn Rovers 1995-1996 Home - statto.com". Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-02-29.