1995–96 Manchester City F.C. season

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Manchester City
1995–96 season
Chairman England David Bernstein
Manager England Alan Ball, Jr.
Stadium Maine Road
FA Premier League 18th (relegated)
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Uwe Rösler (9)
All:
Uwe Rösler (13)
Highest home attendance 31,436 (vs. Liverpool, 5 May)
Lowest home attendance 23,617 (vs. Wimbledon, 22 November)
Average home league attendance 27,869

During the 1995–96 English football season, Manchester City competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Team kit[edit]

The team kit was produced by Umbro and the shirt sponsor was Brother.

True products of the nineties, the two kits used in the 1995–96 season were over-designed, with the away kit in particular leaving a legacy as being one of the worst kits of Premier League history. The home kit, while on the face of it a classic plain blue shirt with white shorts, in fact had a pattern inlaid in such a way as was only visible when caught by the light, which contained an outer circle similar to the club badge at the time, with the word "City" in giant capital letters over the top. The away kit was intended as a tribute to the classic red and black stripes which City had worn as an away kit on a number of occasions previously, but for no apparent reason had two-tone grey shoulder stripes as well as an embossed shield which was more suited to the shape of the club's badge after its redesign in 1997 (by which point the shirt was no longer being worn) than the circular badge of the time.

Home
Away

Season summary[edit]

When Alan Ball was named as Manchester City manager at the start of the new season, he said that his job was "the envy of millions". But it quickly appeared to be a poisoned chalice, as a City side in the middle of a major transition (with many older players being transferred to make way for the club's promising set of youngsters) failed to win any of their first 11 Premiership games. Then game four wins from their next five games, which lifted City out of the relegation zone, regularly passing through the revolving door of third place from bottom.

A 2-2 home draw with third-placed Liverpool on the final day of the season looked to have secured their survival. But positive results and a greater goal difference for the two sides directly above them - Coventry City and Southampton - condemned the club to relegation after seven years in the top flight.

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]

Manchester City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 1-1 30,827 Rösler
23 August 1995 Coventry City A 1-2 15,957 Rösler
26 August 1995 Queens Park Rangers A 0-1 14,212
30 August 1995 Everton H 0-2 28,432
10 September 1995 Arsenal H 0-1 23,994
16 September 1995 Newcastle United A 1-3 36,501 Creaney
23 September 1995 Middlesbrough H 0-1 25,865
30 September 1995 Nottingham Forest A 0-3 25,620
14 October 1995 Manchester United A 0-1 35,707
21 October 1995 Leeds United H 0-0 26,390
28 October 1995 Liverpool A 0-6 39,267
4 November 1995 Bolton Wanderers H 1-0 28,397 Summerbee
18 November 1995 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-1 24,422 Lomas
22 November 1995 Wimbledon H 1-0 23,617 Quinn
25 November 1995 Aston Villa H 1-0 28,027 Kinkladze
2 December 1995 Leeds United A 1-0 33,249 Creaney
9 December 1995 Middlesbrough A 1-4 29,469 Kinkladze
18 December 1995 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 25,660 Rösler
23 December 1995 Chelsea H 0-1 28,668
26 December 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 0-2 28,915
1 January 1996 West Ham United H 2-1 26,024 Quinn (2)
13 January 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 0-1 31,438
20 January 1996 Coventry City H 1-1 25,710 Rösler
31 January 1996 Southampton A 1-1 15,172 Rösler
3 February 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 2-0 27,509 Clough, Symons
10 February 1996 Everton A 0-2 37,354
24 February 1996 Newcastle United H 3-3 31,115 Quinn (2), Rösler
2 March 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 1-1 29,078 Lomas
5 March 1996 Arsenal A 1-3 34,519 Creaney
12 March 1996 Chelsea A 1-1 17,078 Clough
16 March 1996 Southampton H 2-1 29,550 Kinkladze (2)
23 March 1996 West Ham United A 2-4 24,017 Quinn (2)
30 March 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 1-1 21,050 Quinn
6 April 1996 Manchester United H 2-3 29,688 Kavelashvili, Rösler
8 April 1996 Wimbledon A 0-3 11,844
13 April 1996 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-0 30,898 Rösler
27 April 1996 Aston Villa A 1-0 39,336 Lomas
5 May 1996 Liverpool H 2-2 31,436 Rösler (pen), Symons

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Leicester City A 0-0 20,640
R3R 17 January 1996 Leicester City H 5-0 19,980 Rösler, Kinkladze, Quinn, Lomas, Creaney
R4 7 February 1996 Coventry City A 2-2 18,709 Busst (own goal), Flitcroft
R4R 14 February 1996 Coventry City H 2-1 22,419 Clough, Symons
R5 18 February 1996 Manchester United A 1-2 42,692 Rösler

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 19 September 1995 Wycombe Wanderers A 0-0 7,443
R2 Second Leg 4 October 1995 Wycombe Wanderers H 4-0 11,474 Rösler (2), Quinn, Curle (pen)
R3 25 October 1995 Liverpool A 0-4 29,394

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 England DF Richard Edghill
3 Germany DF Michael Frontzeck
4 Northern Ireland MF Steve Lomas
5 England DF Keith Curle
6 Switzerland DF Giuseppe Mazzarelli (on loan from FC Zürich)
7 Georgia (country) MF Georgi Kinkladze
8 Scotland FW Gerry Creaney
9 Republic of Ireland FW Niall Quinn
11 England MF Peter Beagrie
12 England DF Ian Brightwell
13 Wales GK Martyn Margetson
14 Wales DF Kit Symons
15 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Kernaghan
16 England MF Nicky Summerbee
17 England MF Michael Brown
No. Position Player
18 England FW Nigel Clough
19 England MF Martin Phillips
20 England DF Lee Crooks
21 Germany GK Eike Immel
23 Scotland MF David Kerr
24 England DF Scott Hiley (on loan from Birmingham City)
25 Wales GK Andy Dibble
26 England MF Scott Thomas
27 England DF Rae Ingram
28 Germany FW Uwe Rösler
29 England DF John Foster
30 England DF Chris Beech
31 Wales MF Aled Rowlands
32 Georgia (country) FW Mikhail Kavelashvili

Sold 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
1 England GK Tony Coton (to Manchester United)
3 Republic of Ireland DF Terry Phelan (to Chelsea)
3 Denmark MF Ronnie Ekelund (on loan from Barcelona)
6 Netherlands DF Michel Vonk (to Sheffield United)
8 England FW Paul Walsh (to Portsmouth)
10 England MF Garry Flitcroft (to Blackburn Rovers)
No. Position Player
14 Wales FW Carl Griffiths (to Portsmouth)
18 England DF David Brightwell (to Bradford City)
19 Jamaica FW Fitzroy Simpson (to Portsmouth)
24 England FW Adie Mike (to Stockport County)
31 England MF Paul Lake (retired)
32 Albania DF Eduard Abazaj (on loan from Benfica)

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[2]