1995–96 Grimsby Town F.C. season

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Grimsby Town
1995–96 season
Chairman Bill Carr
Manager Brian Laws (player-manager)
Stadium Blundell Park
First Division 17th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer Groves/Livingstone (10)
Average home league attendance 5,865

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

Season summary[edit]

In the 1995–96 season, Grimsby had a disappointing campaign and Laws' initially successful managerial reign deteriorated after he clashed with Grimsby player Ivano Bonetti. Laws reportedly threw a plate of chicken wings at the Italian following a 3–2 defeat at Luton Town in February 1996 and caused the popular player to leave the club at the end of the season.[1] Grimsby finished the season in 17th place and were in the battle to avoid relegation right up to the penultimate game of the season.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Sunderland 46 13 8 2 32 10 9 9 5 27 23 59 33 +26 83
2 Derby County 46 14 8 1 48 22 7 8 8 23 29 71 51 +20 79
3 Crystal Palace 46 9 9 5 34 22 11 6 6 33 26 67 48 +19 75
4 Stoke City 46 13 6 4 32 15 7 7 9 28 34 60 49 +11 73
5 Leicester City 46 9 7 7 32 29 10 7 6 34 31 66 60 +6 71
6 Charlton Athletic 46 8 11 4 28 23 9 9 5 29 22 57 45 +12 71
7 Ipswich Town 46 13 5 5 45 30 6 7 10 34 39 79 69 +10 69
8 Huddersfield Town 46 14 4 5 42 23 3 8 12 19 35 61 58 +3 63
9 Sheffield United 46 9 7 7 29 25 7 7 9 28 29 57 54 +3 62
10 Barnsley 46 9 10 4 34 28 5 8 10 26 38 60 66 –6 60
11 West Bromwich Albion 46 11 5 7 34 29 5 7 11 26 39 60 68 –8 60
12 Port Vale 46 10 5 8 30 29 5 10 8 29 37 59 66 –7 60
13 Tranmere Rovers 46 9 9 5 42 29 5 8 10 22 31 64 60 +4 59
14 Southend United 46 11 8 4 30 22 4 6 13 22 39 52 61 –9 59
15 Birmingham City 46 11 7 5 37 23 4 6 13 24 41 61 64 –3 58
16 Norwich City 46 7 9 7 26 24 7 6 10 33 31 59 55 +4 57
17 Grimsby Town 46 8 10 5 27 25 6 4 13 28 44 55 69 –14 56
18 Oldham Athletic 46 10 7 6 33 20 4 7 12 21 30 54 50 +4 56
19 Reading 46 8 7 8 28 30 5 10 8 26 33 54 63 –7 56
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 8 9 6 34 28 5 7 11 22 34 56 62 –6 55
21 Portsmouth 46 8 6 9 34 32 5 7 11 27 37 61 69 –8 52
22 Millwall 46 7 6 10 23 28 6 7 10 20 35 43 63 –20 52
23 Watford 46 7 8 8 40 33 3 10 10 22 37 62 70 –8 48
24 Luton Town 46 7 6 10 30 34 4 6 13 10 30 40 64 –24 45
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Football League Champions, promoted to FA Premier League
Promoted to FA Premier League
Participated in play-offs
Promoted to Premier League through play-offs
Relegated

Results[edit]

Grimsby Town's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 August 1995 Millwall A 1–2 8,546 Livingstone
19 August 1995 Portsmouth H 2–1 4,515 Laws, Croft
26 August 1995 Derby County A 1–1 10,564 Shakespeare (pen)
29 August 1995 Luton Town H 0–0 4,289
2 September 1995 Watford H 0–0 3,993
9 September 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–4 23,656 Groves
12 September 1995 Reading A 2–0 7,283 Woods (2)
17 September 1995 Port Vale H 1–0 4,066 Livingstone
23 September 1995 Norwich City H 2–2 5,901 Childs, Southall
30 September 1995 Southend United A 0–1 4,979
7 October 1995 Charlton Athletic A 1–0 8,997 Jewell
14 October 1995 Oldham Athletic H 1–1 5,830
21 October 1995 Birmingham City A 1–3 16,455 Woods
28 October 1995 Stoke City H 1–0 5,683 Groves
4 November 1995 Ipswich Town A 2–2 10,250 Dobbin, Woods
11 November 1995 Barnsley H 3–1 6,166 Lever, Livingstone, de Zeeuw (own goal)
18 November 1995 West Bromwich Albion H 1–0 8,155 Bonetti
21 November 1995 Sheffield United A 2–1 9,884 Southall, Childs
25 November 1995 Tranmere Rovers A 1–0 7,500 Bonetti
2 December 1995 Charlton Athletic H 1–2 6,881 Groves
9 December 1995 Norwich City A 2–2 13,283 Groves, Livingstone
16 December 1995 Southend United H 1–1 5,269 Forrester
23 December 1995 Leicester City H 2–2 7,713 Dobbin, Walsh (own goal)
1 January 1996 Huddersfield Town H 1–1 7,524 Livingstone
13 January 1996 Portsmouth A 1–3 6,958 Groves
20 January 1996 Millwall H 1–2 5,218 Livingstone
24 January 1996 Sunderland A 0–1 14,517
3 February 1996 Derby County H 1–1 7,818 Bonetti
10 February 1996 Luton Town A 2–3 7,158 Forrester (2)
17 February 1996 Reading H 0–0 7,041
3 March 1996 Sunderland H 0–4 5,767
5 March 1996 Crystal Palace A 0–5 11,548
9 March 1996 Leicester City A 1–2 13,784 Livingstone
12 March 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3–0 5,565 Shakespeare, Livingstone, Forrester
16 March 1996 Crystal Palace H 0–2 5,059
24 March 1996 Huddersfield Town A 3–1 12,090
30 March 1996 Birmingham City H 2–1 5,475 Dobbin
2 April 1996 Oldham Athletic A 0–1 5,037
6 April 1996 Stoke City A 2–1 12,524 Groves, Gallimore
8 April 1996 Ipswich Town H 3–1 5,904 Mendonca (3)
13 April 1996 West Bromwich Albion A 1–3 16,116 Forrester
16 April 1996 Port Vale A 0–1 5,796
20 April 1996 Sheffield United H 0–2 7,685
23 April 1996 Watford A 3–6 8,909 Walker, Groves, Livingstone
27 April 1996 Tranmere Rovers H 1–1 5,408 Mendonca (pen)
4 May 1996 Barnsley A 1–1 6,108 McDermott

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995-96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Luton Town H 7–1 5,387 Forrester (2), Livingstone (2), Bonetti, Southall, Woods
R4 7 February 1996 West Ham United A 1–1 22,030 Laws
R4R 14 February 1996 West Ham United H 3–0 8,382 Childs, Forrester, Woods
R5 21 February 1996 Chelsea H 0–0 9,448
R5R 28 February 1996 Chelsea A 1–4 28,545 Groves

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 20 September 1995 Birmingham City A 1–3 7,446 Woods
R2 2nd Leg 3 October 1995 Birmingham City H 1–1 (lost 2-4 on agg) 3,280 Southall

Squad[edit]

[3] 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 Paul Crichton
England GK Andy Love
England GK Jason Pearcey
England DF Gary Croft
England DF Ashley Fickling
England DF Tony Gallimore
Italy DF Enzo Gambaro
Scotland DF Peter Handyside
England DF Kevin Jobling
England DF Brian Laws (player-manager)
England DF Mark Lever
England DF John McDermott
England DF Jim Neil
England DF Graham Rodger
England DF Richard Smith
England DF Vance Warner (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
England MF Peter Butler (on loan from Notts County)
No. Position Player
England MF Gary Childs
Scotland MF Jim Dobbin
England MF Mark Flatts (on loan from Arsenal)
England MF Paul Groves
Wales MF John Oster
England MF Craig Shakespeare
England MF Nicky Southall
Scotland MF Johnny Walker
England MF Tommy Watson
Republic of Ireland FW Daryl Clare
England FW Jamie Forrester
England FW Paul Jewell (on loan from Bradford City)
England FW Jack Lester
England FW Steve Livingstone
England FW Clive Mendonca
England FW Neil Woods

References[edit]