1995–96 Sunderland A.F.C. season

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Sunderland
1995–96 season
Chairman Bob Murray
Manager Peter Reid
Stadium Roker Park
First Division 1st
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Russell (13)
All: Russell (14)
Highest home attendance 22,027 vs. West Bromwich Albion (27 April 1996)
Lowest home attendance 12,282 vs. Portsmouth (12 September 1995)
Average home league attendance 17,482

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

Season summary[edit]

After saving Sunderland from relegation the season before, Peter Reid was appointed manager on a permanent basis. In his first full season as Sunderland manager, 1995–96, was successful as the club won the First Division title and gained promotion to the Premier League for the first time since the League restructuring which had taken effect in 1992–93.[1]

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]

Sunderland's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 August 1995 Leicester City H 1–2 18,593 Agnew
19 August 1995 Norwich City A 0–0 16,739
26 August 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–0 16,816 Melville, P Gray
30 August 1995 Port Vale A 1–1 7,693 P Gray
2 September 1995 Ipswich Town A 0–3 12,390
9 September 1995 Southend United H 1–0 13,805 Russell
12 September 1995 Portsmouth H 1–1 12,282 Melville
16 September 1995 Luton Town A 2–0 6,955 Mullin, P Gray
23 September 1995 Millwall A 2–1 8,691 Scott (pen), Smith
30 September 1995 Reading H 2–2 17,503 Kelly, Melville
7 October 1995 Crystal Palace A 1–0 13,754 Kelly
14 October 1995 Watford H 1–1 17,790 Scott
21 October 1995 Huddersfield Town A 1–1 16,054 P Gray
28 October 1995 Barnsley H 2–1 17,024 Russell, Howey
5 November 1995 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 11,626 M Gray
18 November 1995 Sheffield United H 2–0 16,640 P Gray (2)
22 November 1995 Stoke City A 0–1 11,754
25 November 1995 West Bromwich Albion A 1–0 15,931 Howey
3 December 1995 Crystal Palace H 1–0 12,777 Scott (pen)
9 December 1995 Millwall H 6–0 18,951 Russell (4), Scott (pen), P Gray
16 December 1995 Reading A 1–1 9,431 Smith
23 December 1995 Derby County A 1–3 16,882 M Gray
14 January 1996 Norwich City H 0–1 14,983
21 January 1996 Leicester City A 0–0 16,130
24 January 1996 Grimsby Town H 1–0 14,656 Ord
30 January 1996 Tranmere Rovers H 0–0 17,616
3 February 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–3 26,537
10 February 1996 Port Vale H 0–0 15,934
17 February 1996 Portsmouth A 2–2 12,241 Howey, Agnew
20 February 1996 Ipswich Town H 1–0 14,052 Russell
24 February 1996 Luton Town H 1–0 16,693 James (own goal)
27 February 1996 Southend United A 2–0 5,786 Scott (pen), Bridges
3 March 1996 Grimsby Town A 4–0 5,318 Ball, P Gray, Bridges, Russell
9 March 1996 Derby County H 3–0 21,644 Russell (2), Agnew
12 March 1996 Oldham Athletic A 2–1 7,149 Ball, M Gray
17 March 1996 Birmingham City A 2–0 23,251 Agnew, Melville
23 March 1996 Oldham Athletic H 1–0 20,631 Scott
30 March 1996 Huddersfield Town H 3–2 20,131 Bridges (2), Ball
2 April 1996 Watford A 3–3 11,195 Russell, Agnew, Ball
6 April 1996 Barnsley A 1–0 13,189 Russell
8 April 1996 Charlton Athletic H 0–0 20,914
13 April 1996 Sheffield United A 0–0 20,050
16 April 1996 Birmingham City H 3–0 19,831 M Gray, Stewart, Russell
21 April 1996 Stoke City H 0–0 21,276
27 April 1996 West Bromwich Albion H 0–0 22,027
5 May 1996 Tranmere Rovers A 0–2 16,193

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Manchester United A 2–2 41,563 Russell, Agnew
R3R 16 January 1996 Manchester United H 1–2 21,378 P Gray

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 15 August 1995 Preston North End A 1–1 6,323 Angell
R1 Second Leg 22 August 1995 Preston North End H 3–2 7,407 Howey (2), Ryan Kidd (own goal)
R2 First Leg 20 September 1995 Liverpool A 0–2 25,579
R2 Second Leg 4 October 1995 Liverpool H 0–1 20,560

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 Alec Chamberlain
- Poland DF Dariusz Kubicki
- Wales DF Gareth Hall
- England DF Lee Howey
- England DF Michael Gray
- England MF Steve Agnew
- England MF Martin Gray
- England FW Brett Angell
- Wales DF Andy Melville
- England MF Gordon Armstrong
- England DF Richard Ord
- England MF John Mullin
- Northern Ireland FW Phil Gray
- England DF Martin Scott
- England FW Paul Stewart
- Republic of Ireland GK Shay Given (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
No. Position Player
- England MF Kevin Ball
- England DF Gary Bennett
- England FW Michael Bridges
- England MF Brian Atkinson
- England FW Martin Smith
- England FW David Kelly
- England MF Terry Cooke (on loan from Manchester United)
- England MF Paul Bracewell
- England FW Craig Russell
- England DF Darren Holloway
- England GK David Preece
- England FW Steve Brodie
- England MF Sam Aiston
- Republic of Ireland FW Stephen Grant
- England DF Paul Heckingbottom

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dougray, John (17 April 1996). "Promotion in Sunderland sights". The Independent. Retrieved 19 September 2011.