1995–96 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

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Nottingham Forest
1995–96 season
Chairman Fred Reacher
Manager Frank Clark
Stadium City Ground
FA Premier League 9th
FA Cup Sixth round
League Cup Second round
UEFA Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer Lee/Roy/Woan (8)
Highest home attendance 29,263 (vs. Manchester United, 27 November)
Lowest home attendance 20,810 (vs. Wimbledon, 6 November)
Average home league attendance 25,916

During the 1995–96 English football season, Nottingham Forest competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Nottingham Forest were expected to struggle following the sale of star striker Stan Collymore to Liverpool, but they performed reasonably well throughout the season and there was never any question of them being relegated. They were unbeaten from their first 12 league games, although they drew too many games to be considered serious title challengers, before they ran into a 7-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, who had just signed Forest midfielder Lars Bohenien].

The biggest success of the season was Forest's UEFA Cup exploits. In arguably the worst season for English clubs in European competitions in the era of three European trophies, they were the only English side with European action to look forward to after Christmas, and in March their adventure resumed with the first leg of the quarter-final - against Bayern Munich at the Olympiastadion. Forest lost 2-1, and any remaining hopes of a semi-final place were crushed in the second leg when the Bavarians thrashed Frank Clark's men 5-1 at the City Ground.

A ninth place finish in the final table was not quite enough to secure another European campaign, and Clark's big summer signing, Dean Saunders, was captured in hope that he could be the man to score the goals which would bring more success to the club.

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]

Nottingham Forest's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Southampton A 4-3 15,164 Cooper (2), Roy (2)
23 August 1995 Chelsea H 0-0 27,007
26 August 1995 West Ham United H 1-1 26,645 Pearce (pen)
29 August 1995 Arsenal A 1-1 38,248 Campbell
9 September 1995 Coventry City A 1-1 17,219 Roy
17 September 1995 Everton H 3-2 24,786 Watson (own goal), Lee, Woan
23 September 1995 Aston Villa A 1-1 33,972 Lyttle
30 September 1995 Manchester City H 3-0 25,620 Lee (2), Stone
14 October 1995 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-0 32,876 Stone
21 October 1995 Bolton Wanderers H 3-2 25,426 Roy, Lee, Cooper
28 October 1995 Queens Park Rangers A 1-1 17,549 Lee
6 November 1995 Wimbledon H 4-1 20,810 Roy, Pearce, Lee, Gemmill
18 November 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 0-7 27,660
27 November 1995 Manchester United H 1-1 29,263 McGregor
2 December 1995 Bolton Wanderers A 1-1 17,342 Cooper
10 December 1995 Aston Villa H 1-1 25,790 Stone
18 December 1995 Manchester City A 1-1 25,660 Campbell
23 December 1995 Newcastle United A 1-3 36,531 Woan
26 December 1995 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-0 27,810 Lee
30 December 1995 Middlesbrough H 1-0 27,027 Pearce (pen)
1 January 1996 Liverpool A 2-4 39,206 Stone, Woan
13 January 1996 Southampton H 1-0 23,321 Cooper
20 January 1996 Chelsea A 0-1 24,482
31 January 1996 Leeds United H 2-1 24,465 Campbell, Roy (pen)
3 February 1996 West Ham United A 0-1 21,257
10 February 1996 Arsenal H 0-1 27,222
24 February 1996 Everton A 0-3 33,163
2 March 1996 Sheffield Wednesday A 3-1 21,930 Howe, McGregor, Roy
16 March 1996 Middlesbrough A 1-1 29,392 Allen
23 March 1996 Liverpool H 1-0 29,058 Stone
30 March 1996 Wimbledon A 0-1 9,807
6 April 1996 Tottenham Hotspur H 2-1 27,053 Stone, Woan
8 April 1996 Leeds United A 3-1 29,220 Cooper, Woan, Lee
13 April 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 1-5 25,273 Woan
17 April 1996 Coventry City H 0-0 24,629
28 April 1996 Manchester United A 0-5 53,926
2 May 1996 Newcastle United H 1-1 28,280 Woan
5 May 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 3-0 22,910 Stone, Roy, Howe

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Stoke City A 1-1 18,000 Pearce
R3R 17 January 1996 Stoke City H 2-0 17,372 Campbell, Pearce (pen)
R4 7 February 1996 Oxford United H 1-1 15,050 Campbell
R4R 13 February 1996 Oxford United A 3-0 8,022 Campbell, Woan (pen), Silenzi
R5 28 February 1996 Tottenham Hotspur H 2-2 18,600 Woan (2)
R5R 9 March 1996 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-1 (won 3-1 on pens) 31,055 Roy
QF 13 March 1996 Aston Villa H 0-1 21,067

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 19 September 1995 Bradford City A 2-3 9,288 Bohinen (2)
R2 Second Leg 4 October 1995 Bradford City H 2-2 (lost 4-5 on agg) 15,231 Pearce, Silenzi

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 UEFA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 12 September 1995 Sweden Malmö FF A 1-2 12,486 Woan
R1 Second Leg 26 September 1995 Sweden Malmö FF H 1-0 (won on away goals) 23,817 Roy
R2 First Leg 17 October 1995 France Auxerre A 1-0 20,000 Stone
R2 Second Leg 31 October 1995 France Auxerre H 0-0 (won 1-0 on agg) 28,064
R3 First Leg 21 November 1995 France Lyon H 1-0 22,141 McGregor
R3 Second Leg 5 December 1995 France Lyon A 0-0 (won 1-0 on agg) 35,000
QF First Leg 5 March 1996 Germany Bayern Munich A 1-2 38,000 Chettle
QF Second Leg 19 March 1996 Germany Bayern Munich H 1-5 (lost 2-7 on agg) 28,844 Stone

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 Wales GK Mark Crossley
2 England DF Des Lyttle
3 England DF Stuart Pearce (captain)
4 England DF Colin Cooper
5 England DF Steve Chettle
7 Wales MF David Phillips
8 Scotland MF Scot Gemmill
10 England FW Kevin Campbell
11 England MF Steve Stone
12 England FW Jason Lee
No. Position Player
14 England MF Ian Woan
15 Italy FW Andrea Silenzi
17 England MF Kingsley Black
18 Norway DF Alf-Inge Håland
19 England MF Bobby Howe
20 England FW Paul McGregor
21 England DF Chris Bart-Williams
22 Netherlands FW Bryan Roy
24 England FW Richard Irving
28 England FW Steve Guinan

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
6 England DF Carl Tiler (to Aston Villa)
9 Norway MF Lars Bohinen (to Blackburn Rovers)
No. Position Player
24 England GK Simon Tracey (on loan to Sheffield United)
27 England MF Chris Allen (on loan to Oxford United)

Reserve 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
13 England GK Malcolm Rigby (de-registered)
13 Northern Ireland GK Alan Fettis
16 England MF Neil Webb
23 Northern Ireland GK Tommy Wright
25 England DF Steve Blatherwick
No. Position Player
26 England DF Craig Armstrong
30 England GK Richard Clark
England DF Vance Warner
England MF Bobby Howe

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Only considering appearances in Premiership and League Cup[3]