1995–96 Coventry City F.C. season

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Coventry City
1995–96 season
Chairman Bryan Richardson
Manager England Ron Atkinson
Stadium Highfield Road
Premier League 16th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
Dion Dublin (14)
All:
Dion Dublin (16)
Average home league attendance 18,507

During the 1995–96 English football season, Coventry City competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Once again, Coventry City defied the odds after a season of struggle. This time they had the determination of manager Ron Atkinson and the regular supply of goals from Dion Dublin to thank for their survival. They hit the headlines in December with a spectacular 5–0 win over defending champions Blackburn, but the defence leaked too many goals for the Sky Blues to progress beyond 16th place in the final table, surviving only on goal difference to secure a 30th successive season of top flight football.

New to the side for the season were defender Paul Williams from Derby County and Brazlian midfielder Marques Isaias, followed soon after by 21-year-old Leeds United striker Noel Whelan.

Atkinson splashed out more than £15 million on new players during the close season, as he looked to build a Coventry side which was capable of matching the high placing of his old club Aston Villa, one of Coventry's deadliest rivals.

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]

Coventry City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Newcastle United A 0-3 36,485
23 August 1995 Manchester City H 2-1 15,957 Telfer, Dublin
26 August 1995 Arsenal H 0-0 20,065
30 August 1995 Chelsea A 2-2 24,398 Isaías, Ndlovu
9 September 1995 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 17,219 Dublin
16 September 1995 Middlesbrough A 1-2 27,882 Isaías
23 September 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 1-5 24,382 Ndlovu
30 September 1995 Aston Villa H 0-3 20,987
14 October 1995 Liverpool A 0-0 39,079
21 October 1995 Sheffield Wednesday H 0-1 13,998
28 October 1995 Leeds United A 1-3 30,161 Dublin
4 November 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 2-3 17,545 Dublin, Williams
19 November 1995 Queens Park Rangers A 1-1 11,189 Dublin
22 November 1995 Manchester United H 0-4 23,400
25 November 1995 Wimbledon H 3-3 12,523 Heald (own goal), Dublin, Rennie
4 December 1995 Sheffield Wednesday A 3-4 16,229 Dublin (3)
9 December 1995 Blackburn Rovers H 5-0 13,376 Busst, Dublin, Rennie, Ndlovu, Salako
16 December 1995 Aston Villa A 1-4 28,486 Dublin
23 December 1995 Everton H 2-1 16,639 Busst, Whelan
30 December 1995 Bolton Wanderers A 2-1 16,678 Whelan, Salako (pen)
1 January 1996 Southampton H 1-1 16,818 Whelan
14 January 1996 Newcastle United H 0-1 20,547
20 January 1996 Manchester City A 1-1 25,710 Dublin
31 January 1996 West Ham United A 2-3 18,884 Whelan, Dublin
3 February 1996 Arsenal A 1-1 35,623 Whelan
10 February 1996 Chelsea H 1-0 20,639 Whelan
24 February 1996 Middlesbrough H 0-0 18,810
2 March 1996 West Ham United H 2-2 17,459 Salako, Whelan
9 March 1996 Everton A 2-2 34,517 Daish, Williams
16 March 1996 Bolton Wanderers H 0-2 17,226
25 March 1996 Southampton A 0-1 14,461
30 March 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-3 26,808 Dublin
6 April 1996 Liverpool H 1-0 23,137 Whelan
8 April 1996 Manchester United A 0-1 50,332
13 April 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 1-0 22,910 Jess
17 April 1996 Nottingham Forest A 0-0 24,629
27 April 1996 Wimbledon A 2-0 15,540 Ndlovu (2)
5 May 1996 Leeds United H 0-0 22,769

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Plymouth Argyle A 3-1 17,721 Pickering, Telfer, Salako
R4 7 February 1996 Manchester City H 2-2 18,709 Whelan, Dublin
R4R 14 February 1996 Manchester City A 1-2 22,419 Dublin

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 20 September 1995 Hull City H 2-0 8,915 Richardson, Lamptey
R2 Second Leg 4 October 1995 Hull City A 1-0 (won 3-0 on agg) 6,929 Lamptey
R3 25 October 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 3-2 18,227 Busst, Ndlovu (pen), Salako
R4 29 November 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-2 24,628 Williams

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 Steve Ogrizovic
2 England DF Brian Borrows
3 England DF David Burrows
4 England DF Paul Williams
5 Scotland DF David Rennie
6 England MF Kevin Richardson
7 England MF Paul Telfer
8 Brazil FW Isaías
9 Zimbabwe FW Peter Ndlovu
10 England FW Dion Dublin
11 England MF John Salako
12 England DF Dave Busst
13 Australia GK John Filan
No. Position Player
14 England FW Noel Whelan
16 Scotland MF Eoin Jess
17 England DF Ally Pickering
18 England DF Marcus Hall
19 England FW Iyseden Christie
22 Republic of Ireland MF Willie Boland
23 Scotland GK Jonathan Gould
24 England DF Richard Shaw
26 Scotland MF Gordon Strachan (player-manager)
27 Ghana MF Nii Lamptey
28 England FW Darren Huckerby
30 Republic of Ireland DF Liam Daish

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
14 Wales MF Leigh Jenkinson (to St. Johnstone)
15 England MF Paul Cook (to Tranmere Rovers)
16 England MF Julian Darby (to West Bromwich Albion)
No. Position Player
28 England FW Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro (to Cambridge United)
30 England GK Peter Shilton (to West Ham United)
34 England DF Chris Whyte (on loan from Birmingham City)

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
20 England DF Steve Morgan
21 Angola MF Calita
25 Scotland DF Gary Gillespie
29 England GK Colin Hunwick
No. Position Player
31 Republic of Ireland DF Lorcan Costello
32 England FW Andy Ducros
33 England MF Sam Shilton
35 England DF Adam Willis

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