1995–96 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1995–96 season
Chairman Martin George
Manager Scotland Mark McGhee (until December)
Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill (from December)
Stadium Filbert Street
Football League First Division 5th (promoted via playoffs)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Roberts (19)
All: Roberts (20)
Highest home attendance 20,911 vs. Derby County (28 February 1996)
Lowest home attendance 12,543 vs. Millwall (23 March 1996)
Average home league attendance 16,198

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

Season summary[edit]

Mark McGhee left the club unexpectedly in December 1995 whilst Leicester were top of Division One to take charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1] McGhee was replaced by Martin O'Neill.[2] Under O'Neill, Leicester qualified for the 1995–96 Division One promotion playoffs and beat Crystal Palace 2–1 with a last-gasp Steve Claridge goal securing an immediate return to the Premiership.

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]

Leicester City's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 August 1995 Sunderland A 2–1 18,593 Corica, Robins
19 August 1995 Stoke City H 2–3 17,719 Walsh, Parker (pen)
26 August 1995 Luton Town A 1–1 7,612 Parker
30 August 1995 Portsmouth H 4–2 15,170 Roberts (3), Parker
2 September 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–0 18,441 Whitlow
10 September 1995 Derby County A 1–0 11,767 Joachim
12 September 1995 Port Vale A 2–0 8,814 McMahon, Roberts
16 September 1995 Reading H 1–1 19,103 Roberts
23 September 1995 Southend United H 1–3 15,276 Lowe
30 September 1995 Norwich City A 1–0 18,435 Heskey
7 October 1995 Barnsley A 2–2 13,669 Robins, Walsh
14 October 1995 Charlton Athletic H 1–1 16,771 Lowe
21 October 1995 Sheffield United A 3–1 13,100 Roberts, Taylor, Lowe
28 October 1995 Crystal Palace H 2–3 18,376 Robins, Taylor
5 November 1995 West Bromwich Albion A 3–2 16,071 Taylor (2), Roberts
11 November 1995 Watford H 1–0 16,230 Roberts
19 November 1995 Tranmere Rovers H 0–1 13,125
21 November 1995 Huddersfield Town A 1–3 14,300 Robins
26 November 1995 Birmingham City A 2–2 17,350 Roberts, Grayson
2 December 1995 Barnsley H 2–2 15,125 Roberts, Grayson
9 December 1995 Southend United A 1–2 5,835 Roberts
17 December 1995 Norwich City H 3–2 14,251 Whitlow, Roberts, Heskey
23 December 1995 Grimsby Town A 2–2 7,713 Roberts, Walsh
1 January 1996 Millwall A 1–1 9,953 Corica
13 January 1996 Stoke City A 0–1 13,669
21 January 1996 Sunderland H 0–0 16,130
3 February 1996 Luton Town H 1–1 14,821 Roberts
10 February 1996 Portsmouth A 1–2 9,003 Roberts
17 February 1996 Port Vale H 1–1 13,758 Taylor
21 February 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3–2 27,381 Roberts, Heskey (2)
24 February 1996 Reading A 1–1 9,817 Lewis
28 February 1996 Derby County H 0–0 20,911
3 March 1996 Ipswich Town A 2–4 9,817 Roberts (2)
9 March 1996 Grimsby Town H 2–1 13,784 Heskey (2)
13 March 1996 Ipswich Town H 0–2 17,783
16 March 1996 Oldham Athletic A 1–3 5,582 Whitlow
23 March 1996 Millwall H 2–1 12,543 Carey, Taylor
30 March 1996 Sheffield United H 0–2 15,230
2 April 1996 Charlton Athletic A 1–0 11,287 Claridge
6 April 1996 Crystal Palace A 1–0 17,331 Roberts
9 April 1996 West Bromwich Albion H 1–2 17,889 Robins
13 April 1996 Tranmere Rovers A 1–1 8,882 Robins
17 April 1996 Oldham Athletic H 2–0 12,790 Claridge (2)
20 April 1996 Huddersfield Town H 2–1 17,619 Walsh, Claridge
27 April 1996 Birmingham City H 3–0 19,702 Claridge, Heskey, Lennon
5 May 1996 Watford A 1–0 20,089 Izzet

First Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
SF 1st Leg 12 May 1996 Stoke City H 0–0 20,323
SF 2nd Leg 15 May 1996 Stoke City A 1–0 (won 1–0 on agg) 21,037 Parker
F 27 May 1996 Crystal Palace N 2–1 (a.e.t.) 73,573 Parker (pen), Claridge

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995-96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Manchester City H 0–0 20,640
R3R 17 January 1996 Manchester City A 0–5 19,980

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 20 September 1995 Burnley H 2–0 11,142 Robins, Joachim
R2 Second Leg 3 October 1995 Burnley A 2–0 4,553 Robins (2)
R3 24 October 1995 Bolton Wanderers A 0–0 9,166
R3R 8 November 1995 Bolton Wanderers H 2–3 14,884 Robins, Roberts

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 Kevin Poole
Australia GK Željko Kalac
England DF Simon Grayson
England DF Colin Hill
England DF Neil Lewis
England DF Richard Smith
England DF Steve Walsh
England DF Julian Watts
England DF Mike Whitlow
England DF Jimmy Willis
Republic of Ireland DF Brian Carey
France DF Franck Rolling
Sweden DF Pontus Kåmark
Jamaica DF Jamie Lawrence
England MF Mark Blake
No. Position Player
England MF David Lowe
England MF Sam McMahon
England MF Garry Parker
England MF Lee Philpott
England MF Scott Taylor
Northern Ireland MF Neil Lennon
Turkey MF Muzzy Izzet
Australia MF Steve Corica
England FW Steve Claridge
England FW Phil Gee
England FW Emile Heskey
England FW Julian Joachim
England FW Mark Robins
Wales FW Iwan Roberts

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McGhee the new man at Molineux". The Independent (London). 14 December 1995. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "O'Neill set for Leicester". The Independent (London). 21 December 1995. Retrieved 14 September 2011.