1995–96 Derby County F.C. season

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Derby County
1995–96 season
Chairman England Lionel Pickering
Manager England Jim Smith
Stadium Baseball Ground
Football League First Division 2nd (promoted)
FA Cup Third round
Coca-Cola Cup Third round
Top goalscorer Sturridge (20)
Highest home attendance 17,460 vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (10 February 1996)
Lowest home attendance 9,242 vs. Southend United (13 September 1995)
Average home league attendance 14,327

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

Season summary[edit]

Jim Smith became new manager of Derby County in the summer replacing former boss Roy McFarland. Although the new season started slowly, the signing of sweeper Igor Štimac in the early autumn proved pivotal.[1] Throwing his brief of 'a top-half finish' out the window, Smith guided the Rams to a second-place finish and promotion to the Premier League.

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]

Derby County's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13 August 1995 Port Vale H 0–0 10,869
19 August 1995 Reading A 2–3 9,280 Preece, Sturridge
26 August 1995 Grimsby Town H 1–1 10,564 Sturridge
30 August 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–3 15,170
2 September 1995 Luton Town A 2–1 6,427 Sturridge (2)
10 September 1995 Leicester City H 0–1 11,767
13 September 1995 Southend United H 1–0 9,242 Sturridge
16 September 1995 Portsmouth A 2–2 14,434 Flynn, van der Lann
23 September 1995 Barnsley A 0–2 8,929
1 October 1995 Millwall H 2–2 9,590 Willems, van der Lann
7 October 1995 Sheffield United A 2–0 12,721 Gabbiadini, Willems
14 October 1995 Ipswich Town H 1–1 13,034 Gabbiadini
22 October 1995 Stoke City A 1–1 9,435 van der Lann
28 October 1995 Oldham Athletic H 2–1 11,545 van der Lann, Simpson
4 November 1995 Tranmere Rovers A 1–5 8,565 Štimac
11 November 1995 West Bromwich Albion H 3–0 13,765 Gabbiadini (2), Sturridge (pen)
18 November 1995 Charlton Athletic H 2–0 12,963 Willems, Gabbiadini
21 November 1995 Birmingham City A 4–1 19,417 Sturridge, Willems, D Powell, Gabbiadini
25 November 1995 Crystal Palace A 0–0 13,506
2 December 1995 Sheffield United H 4–2 13,841 Willems (2, 1 pen), Sturridge, Gabbiadini
9 December 1995 Barnsley H 4–1 14,415 Gabbiadini, Carsley, Sturridge, Willems (pen)
16 December 1995 Millwall A 1–0 7,694 Sturridge
23 December 1995 Sunderland H 3–1 16,882 Gabbiadini, Willems (pen), Sturridge
26 December 1995 Huddersfield Town A 1–0 17,878 Willems
1 January 1996 Norwich City H 2–1 16,714 Willems, Gabbiadini
13 January 1996 Reading H 3–0 15,123 Sturridge (2), Flynn
20 January 1996 Port Vale A 1–1 11,947 Sturridge
3 February 1996 Grimsby Town A 1–1 7,818 D Powell
10 February 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–0 17,460
17 February 1996 Southend United A 2–1 8,331 Simpson, Willems
21 February 1996 Luton Town H 1–1 14,825 D Powell
24 February 1996 Portsmouth H 3–2 16,120 Sturridge, Yates, Gabbiadini
28 February 1996 Leicester City A 0–0 20,911
2 March 1996 Huddersfield Town H 3–2 17,097 Simpson (2), van der Lann
5 March 1996 Watford A 0–0 8,306
9 March 1996 Sunderland A 0–3 21,644
16 March 1996 Watford H 1–1 15,939 Simpson (pen)
23 March 1996 Norwich City A 0–1 15,349
30 March 1996 Stoke City H 3–1 17,245 Sturridge (2), D Powell
2 April 1996 Ipswich Town A 0–1 16,210
6 April 1996 Oldham Athletic A 1–0 8,119 Simpson (pen)
8 April 1996 Tranmere Rovers H 6–2 16,723 Yates, Simpson (3), D Powell, Sturridge
14 April 1996 Charlton Athletic A 0–0 11,334
20 April 1996 Birmingham City H 1–1 16,757 Simpson
28 April 1996 Crystal Palace H 2–1 17,041 Sturridge, van der Lann
5 May 1996 West Bromwich Albion A 2–3 23,858 Ward, Sturridge

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995-96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 1996 Leeds United H 2–4 16,155 Simpson, Gabbiadini

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 19 September 1995 Shrewsbury Town A 3–1 3,170 Simpson, Gabbiadini, Stallard
R2 Second Leg 4 October 1995 Shrewsbury Town H 1–1 8,825 Willems
R3 25 October 1995 Leeds United H 0–1 16,030

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 Russell Hoult
England DF Gary Rowett
England DF Jason Kavanagh
Croatia DF Igor Štimac
England DF Shane Nicholson
England MF Darryl Powell[2]
England FW Marco Gabbiadini
England MF Paul Simpson
England FW Dean Sturridge
England MF Paul Trollope[3]
England DF Chris Powell
England MF Sean Flynn
England MF Lee Carsley[4]
England DF Matt Carbon
England GK Martin Taylor
England DF Darren Wassall
No. Position Player
England MF David Preece
England DF Chris Boden
Netherlands MF Robin van der Laan
Netherlands FW Ron Willems
England DF Dean Yates
England MF Kevin Cooper
England DF Simon Webster (on loan from West Ham United)
England FW Mark Stallard
England MF Glyn Hodges
England GK Steve Sutton
England FW Ashley Ward
England DF Robert Kozluk
England DF Wayne Sutton
England FW Nick Wright
England GK Andy Quy
England MF Darren Wrack

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derby sign up Croatian". The Independent. 12 October 1995. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Powell was born in Lambeth, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in 1998.
  3. ^ Trollope was born in Swindon, England, but qualified to represent Wales internationally and would make his international debut for Wales in May 1997.
  4. ^ Carsley was born in Birmingham, England, but qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his grandmother and would make his international debut for Ireland in 1997.