1995–96 Leeds United A.F.C. season

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Leeds United
1995–96 season
Chairman England Leslie Silver
(until 10 Apr 1996)
England Bill Fotherby
Manager England Howard Wilkinson
Stadium Elland Road
Premier League 13th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Runners–up
UEFA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Ghana Tony Yeboah (12)
All: Ghana Tony Yeboah (19)
Highest home attendance 39,801 vs Manchester United
(24 Dec 1995, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 12,384 vs Notts County
(19 Sep 1995, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 32,578

During the 1995–96 season, Leeds United A.F.C. competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Leeds began the season in good form, with a Tony Yeboah hat-trick giving them an away win over AS Monaco in their UEFA Cup opener. But their European campaign was short-lived, and with the league title soon looking like an unrealistic target, their best hope of success was in the Coca-Cola Cup. They reached the final to claim their first cup final appearance since the 1975 European Cup Final, only to fail miserably and lose 3-0 to Aston Villa.

The Wembley defeat triggered a six-match losing run in the Premier League, and drew 0-0 with Coventry on the final day of the season, avoiding matching their own club record run of league defeats and gifting survival to their opponents.

Howard Wilkinson then spent a substantial sum on new players in the summer, bringing in Nigel Martyn, Ian Rush and Lee Sharpe in hope of making Leeds contenders for the league title for the first time in five years.

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]

Leeds United's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 West Ham United A 2-1 22,901 Yeboah (2)
21 August 1995 Liverpool H 1-0 35,852 Yeboah
26 August 1995 Aston Villa H 2-0 35,086 Speed, White
30 August 1995 Southampton A 1-1 15,212 Dorigo
9 September 1995 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-2 30,034 Yeboah
16 September 1995 Queens Park Rangers H 1-3 31,504 Wetherall
23 September 1995 Wimbledon A 4-2 13,307 Palmer, Yeboah (3)
30 September 1995 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-0 29,462 Speed, Yeboah
14 October 1995 Arsenal H 0-3 38,552
21 October 1995 Manchester City A 0-0 26,390
28 October 1995 Coventry City H 3-1 30,161 McAllister (3)
4 November 1995 Middlesbrough A 1-1 29,467 Deane
18 November 1995 Chelsea H 1-0 36,209 Yeboah
25 November 1995 Newcastle United A 1-2 36,572 Deane
2 December 1995 Manchester City H 0-1 33,249
9 December 1995 Wimbledon H 1-1 27,984 Jobson
16 December 1995 Sheffield Wednesday A 2-6 24,573 Brolin, Wallace
24 December 1995 Manchester United H 3-1 39,801 Deane, Yeboah, McAllister (pen)
27 December 1995 Bolton Wanderers A 2-0 18,414 Brolin, Wetherall
30 December 1995 Everton A 0-2 40,009
1 January 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 0-0 31,285
13 January 1996 West Ham United H 2-0 30,658 Brolin (2)
20 January 1996 Liverpool A 0-5 40,254
31 January 1996 Nottingham Forest A 1-2 24,465 Palmer
3 February 1996 Aston Villa A 0-3 35,982
2 March 1996 Bolton Wanderers H 0-1 30,106
6 March 1996 Queens Park Rangers A 2-1 13,991 Yeboah (2)
13 March 1996 Blackburn Rovers A 0-1 23,358
17 March 1996 Everton H 2-2 29,421 Deane (2)
30 March 1996 Middlesbrough H 0-1 31,778
3 April 1996 Southampton H 1-0 26,077 Deane
6 April 1996 Arsenal A 1-2 37,619 Deane
8 April 1996 Nottingham Forest H 1-3 29,220 Wetherall
13 April 1996 Chelsea A 1-4 22,131 McAllister
17 April 1996 Manchester United A 0-1 48,382
29 April 1996 Newcastle United H 0-1 38,862
2 May 1996 Tottenham Hotspur H 1-3 30,061 Wetherall
5 May 1996 Coventry City A 0-0 22,769

Goalscorers[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 1996 Derby County A 4-2 16,155 Deane, Speed, Yeboah, McAllister
R4 14 February 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 1-0 16,694 Wallace
R5 21 February 1996 Port Vale H 0-0 18,607
R5R 27 February 1996 Port Vale A 2-1 14,023 McAllister (2)
QF 10 March 1996 Liverpool H 0-0 34,632
QFR 20 March 1996 Liverpool A 0-3 30,812

Goalscorers[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 19 September 1995 Notts County H 0-0 12,384
R2 Second Leg 3 October 1995 Notts County A 3-2 (won 3-2 on agg) 6,867 Speed, Couzens, McAllister
R3 25 October 1995 Derby County A 1-0 11,873 Speed
R4 29 November 1995 Blackburn Rovers H 2-1 26,006 Deane, Yeboah
R5 10 January 1996 Reading H 2-1 21,023 Speed, Masinga
SF First Leg 11 February 1996 Birmingham City A 2-1 24,781 Whyte (own goal), Yeboah
SF Second Leg 25 February 1996 Birmingham City H 3-0 (won 5-1 on agg) 35,435 Deane, Yeboah, Masinga
F 24 March 1996 Aston Villa N 0-3 77,065

Goalscorers[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 UEFA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 12 September 1995 AS Monaco A 3-0 14,000 Yeboah (3)
R1 Second Leg 26 September 1995 AS Monaco H 0-1 (won 3-1 on agg) 24,501
R2 First Leg 25 October 1995 PSV Eindhoven H 3-5 24,846 Speed, Palmer, McAllister
R2 Second Leg 29 November 1995 PSV Eindhoven A 0-3 25,750

Goalscorers[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

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 John Lukic
2 Republic of Ireland DF Gary Kelly
3 England DF Tony Dorigo
4 England MF Carlton Palmer
5 South Africa DF Lucas Radebe
6 England DF David Wetherall
7 South Africa FW Phil Masinga
8 England FW Rod Wallace
9 England FW Brian Deane
10 Scotland MF Gary McAllister (captain)
11 Wales MF Gary Speed
12 England DF John Pemberton
13 England GK Mark Beeney
15 Northern Ireland DF Nigel Worthington
No. Position Player
16 England DF Richard Jobson
17 England MF Mark Tinkler
18 Sweden FW Tomas Brolin
21 Ghana FW Tony Yeboah
22 England MF Mark Ford
23 England MF Andy Couzens
25 England DF Rob Bowman
26 England DF Paul Beesley
27 England FW Andy Gray[3]
29 Republic of Ireland DF Ian Harte
31 England DF Mark Jackson
32 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Maybury
33 Australia FW Harry Kewell
34 England MF Jason Blunt

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 England MF David White (to Sheffield United)
16 Republic of Ireland DF David O'Leary[4] (retired)
19 England FW Noel Whelan (to Coventry City)
No. Position Player
20 England DF Kevin Sharp[5] (to Wigan Athletic)
24 England FW Lee Chapman (on loan from Ipswich Town)
30 England GK Paul Pettinger (to Gillingham)

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[6]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Club record transfer fee at the time.

Out[edit]

Transfers in: Decrease £5,550,000
Transfers out: Increase £3,100,000
Total spending: Decrease £2,450,000

Loaned in[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/leeds-united/1995-1996
  2. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1995-1996/faprem/leeds.htm
  3. ^ Gray was born in Harrogate, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and would make his international debut for Scotland in April 2003.
  4. ^ O'Leary was born in Hackney, England, but was raised in the Republic of Ireland and made his international debut for Ireland in 1976.
  5. ^ Sharp was born in Sarnia, Canada, but represented England at U-18 level.
  6. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/leeds-united/tab/players/season/1996