1995–96 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
1995–96 season
Chairman Ron Noades
Manager Steve Coppell (until February)
Dave Bassett (from February)
Stadium Selhurst Park
First Division 3rd
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer Dougie Freedman (19)
Highest home attendance 19,354 (vs. Norwich City, 5 May 1996)
Lowest home attendance 11,548 vs. Grimsby Town, 5 March 1996)
Average home league attendance 15,248

During the 1995–96 English football season, Crystal Palace F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Alan Smith was sacked within days of relegation from the Premiership, and Steve Coppell returned to the manager's seat. Relegation also resulted in an exodus of players. The likes of Chris Coleman, Eric Young, Richard Shaw, Gareth Southgate, Iain Dowie, John Salako and Chris Armstrong were all sold to other clubs and Palace's line-up in the first game of the 1995-96 Division One campaign was barely recognisable. The campaign went poorly, and Coppell's second spell was brought to an end after only seven months, with relegation looking increasingly possible. Dave Bassett then joined the club for a second spell,[1] which proved to be far more productive than his first as the club embarked on a stunning run of form which took them to the play-offs. The Eagles beat Charlton Athletic in the semi-finals to take them to the final against Leicester City at Wembley Stadium, in which they narrowly lost to the Foxes by a long range Steve Claridge goal in the final minute of extra time.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Sunderland 46 22 17 7 59 33 83
2. Derby County 46 21 16 9 71 51 79
3. Crystal Palace 46 20 15 11 67 48 75
4. Stoke City 46 20 13 13 60 49 73
5. Leicester City 46 19 14 13 66 60 71
6. Charlton Athletic 46 17 20 9 57 45 71
7. Ipswich Town 46 19 12 15 79 69 69
8. Huddersfield Town 46 17 12 17 61 58 63
9. Sheffield United 46 16 14 16 57 54 62
10. Barnsley 46 14 18 14 60 66 60
11. West Bromwich Albion 46 16 12 18 60 68 60
12. Port Vale 46 15 15 16 59 66 60
13. Tranmere Rovers 46 14 17 15 64 60 59
14. Southend United 46 15 14 17 52 61 59
15. Birmingham City 46 15 13 18 61 64 58
16. Norwich City 46 14 15 17 59 55 57
17. Grimsby Town 46 14 14 18 55 69 56
18. Oldham Athletic 46 14 14 18 54 50 56
19. Reading 46 13 17 16 54 63 56
20. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 13 16 17 56 62 55
21. Portsmouth 46 13 13 20 61 69 52
22. Millwall 46 13 13 20 43 63 52
23. Watford 46 10 18 18 62 70 48
24. Luton Town 46 11 12 23 40 64 45
Key
Promoted to the Premiership
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division Two

NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

Results[edit]

Crystal Palace's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 August 1995 Barnsley H 4–3 12,067 Houghton, Dowie (2), Gordon (pen)
19 August 1995 Ipswich Town A 0–1 12,681
26 August 1995 Charlton Athletic H 1–1 14,124 Dyer
29 August 1995 Sheffield United A 3–2 15,170 Dyer (2), Gordon
9 September 1995 Birmingham City A 0–0 19,403
12 September 1995 Watford A 0–0 8,780
16 September 1995 Huddersfield Town H 0–0 15,645
23 September 1995 Oldham Athletic A 1–3 14,434 Hopkin
30 September 1995 Stoke City H 1–1 14,613 Freedman
7 October 1995 Sunderland H 0–1 13,754
15 October 1995 Port Vale A 2–1 6,935 Freedman, Gordon
22 October 1995 Millwall H 1–2 14,338 Gordon
28 October 1995 Leicester City A 3–2 18,376 Dyer (2), Hopkin
4 November 1995 Reading H 0–2 16,058
11 November 1995 Norwich City A 0–1 14,156
19 November 1995 Southend United A 1–1 5,089 Lapper (own goal)
22 November 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3–2 12,571 Freedman (3)
25 November 1995 Derby County H 0–0 13,506
3 December 1995 Sunderland A 0–1 12,777
9 December 1995 Oldham Athletic H 2–2 12,709 Davies, Freedman
16 December 1995 Stoke City A 2–1 12,090 Freedman, Taylor
23 December 1995 West Bromwich Albion A 3–2 7,694 Gordon (3, 2 pens)
1 January 1996 Portsmouth A 3–2 12,296 Hopkin (2), Freedman
13 January 1996 Ipswich Town H 1–1 14,097 Davies
20 January 1996 Barnsley A 1–1 6,620 Gordon
4 February 1996 Charlton Athletic A 0–0 13,560
10 February 1996 Sheffield United H 0–0 15,883
17 February 1996 Watford H 4–0 13,325 Freedman (2), Dyer (2)
20 February 1996 Tranmere Rovers A 3–2 5,253 Freedman, Boere, Houghton
24 February 1996 Huddersfield Town A 0–3 13,041
27 February 1996 Birmingham City H 3–2 12,965 Dyer (3)
2 March 1996 Luton Town A 0–0 9,478
5 March 1996 Grimsby Town H 5–0 11,548 Freedman (3), Hopkin, Houghton
9 March 1996 West Bromwich Albion H 1–0 18,336 Freedman
12 March 1996 Tranmere Rovers H 2–1 13,183 Ndah, Hopkin
16 March 1996 Grimsby Town A 2–0 5,059 Ndah, Gordon
19 March 1996 Luton Town H 2–0 13,609 Dyer (2)
23 March 1996 Portsmouth H 0–0 17,039
30 March 1996 Millwall A 4–1 13,214 Hopkin, Brown, Ndah (2)
2 April 1996 Port Vale H 2–2 14,180 Freedman (2)
6 April 1996 Leicester City H 0–1 17,331
8 April 1996 Reading A 2–0 12,579 Freedman, Houghton
14 April 1996 Southend United H 2–0 15,672 Freedman (2)
20 April 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–0 24,350 Hopkin, Dyer
28 April 1996 Derby County A 1–2 17,041 Brown
5 May 1996 Norwich City H 0–1 19,354

First Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st Leg 12 May 1996 Charlton Athletic A 2–1 14,618 Brown, Veart
SF 2nd Leg 15 May 1996 Charlton Athletic H 1–0 22,880 Houghton
F 27 May 1996 Leicester City N 1–2 73,573 Roberts

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995-96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Port Vale H 0–0 10,456
R3R 16 January 1996 Port Vale A 3–4 6,754 Taylor, Cox, Dyer

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 19 September 1995 Southend United A 2–2 4,031 Hopkin (2)
R2 Second Leg 3 October 1995 Southend United H 2–0 6,588 Vincent, McKenzie
R3 25 October 1995 Middlesbrough H 2–2 11,873 Hopkin (2)
R3R 8 November 1995 Middlesbrough A 0–2 16,150

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
England GK Nigel Martyn
England DF Kenny Brown (on loan from West Ham United)
England DF Jason Cundy (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
England DF Tony Gale
England DF Dave Tuttle
England MF Andy Roberts
England MF Simon Rodger
Republic of Ireland MF Ray Houghton
Australia MF Carl Veart
England FW Bruce Dyer
Scotland FW Dougie Freedman
Netherlands FW Jeroen Boere
England DF Marc Edworthy
Scotland MF David Hopkin
Wales GK Rhys Wilmot
Nigeria FW George Ndah
England MF Darren Pitcher
England DF Ian Cox
No. Position Player
England FW Gareth Taylor
England MF Damian Matthew
England DF Dean Gordon
England FW Iain Dowie
Wales DF Gareth Davies
England DF Jamie Vincent
Republic of Ireland MF Brian Launders
England DF Danny Boxall
Scotland MF Steven Thomson
England DF Sagi Burton
England DF Paul Sparrow
Republic of Ireland MF Rob Quinn
Republic of Ireland MF Rory Ginty
England FW Leon McKenzie
Republic of Ireland MF Tony Scully
England MF Tony Folan
England FW Jason Harris
England DF Andy Cyrus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bassett poised to take over at Palace". The Independent. 8 February 1996. Retrieved 18 September 2011.