1995–96 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season

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Tottenham Hotspur
1995–96 season
Chairman England Alan Sugar
Manager England Gerry Francis
Stadium White Hart Lane
FA Premier League 8th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
Intertoto Cup Group stage
Top goalscorer League: Teddy Sheringham (16)
All: Teddy Sheringham (24)
Average home league attendance 30,510

During the 1995–96 season, Tottenham Hotspur participated in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

The sale of key players Jürgen Klinsmann, Gheorghe Popescu and Nick Barmby weakened Tottenham's resources for 1995-96, and manager Gerry Francis was faced with taunts of "what a waste of money" from shocked supporters when he paid a club record £4.5million for Crystal Palace striker Chris Armstrong.

But Armstrong quickly formed an effective strikerforce with Teddy Sheringham, and an eighth place finish in the final table was only one place lower than last season's final position - though it was once again not quite enough for a UEFA Cup place.

Perhaps the best moment of the season came on New Year's Day when Spurs triumphed 4-1 at home to Manchester United, dealing a serious blow to the visiting side's title hopes and boosting their own hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Cup as they muscled in on the top five. While Spurs failed to live up to the promise that the game delivered, the losing side lost only one more league game all season and won the league title which had looked an impossible job a few short months earlier.

Early in the season, Tottenham (and local rivals Wimbledon) were informed that they would be banned from European competition for the 1996-97 season for fielding weakened teams in the pre-season Inter-Toto Cup. The ban was lifted on appeal.

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]

Tottenham Hotspur's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1995 Manchester City A 1-1 30,827 Sheringham
23 August 1995 Aston Villa H 0-1 26,726
26 August 1995 Liverpool H 1-3 31,254 Calderwood
30 August 1995 West Ham United A 1-1 23,516 Rosenthal
9 September 1995 Leeds United H 2-1 30,034 Howells, Sheringham
16 September 1995 Sheffield Wednesday A 3-1 26,565 Sheringham (2, 1 pen), D Walker (own goal)
25 September 1995 Queens Park Rangers A 3-2 15,659 Sheringham (2, 1 pen), Dozzell
30 September 1995 Wimbledon H 3-1 25,321 Sheringham (2), Elkins (own goal)
14 October 1995 Nottingham Forest H 0-1 32,876
22 October 1995 Everton A 1-1 33,629 Armstrong
29 October 1995 Newcastle United H 1-1 32,279 Armstrong
4 November 1995 Coventry City A 3-2 17,545 Fox, Sheringham, Howells
18 November 1995 Arsenal H 2-1 32,894 Sheringham, Armstrong
21 November 1995 Middlesbrough A 1-0 29,487 Armstrong
25 November 1995 Chelsea A 0-0 31,059
2 December 1995 Everton H 0-0 32,894
9 December 1995 Queens Park Rangers H 1-0 28,851 Sheringham
16 December 1995 Wimbledon A 1-0 16,193 Fox
23 December 1995 Bolton Wanderers H 2-2 30,702 Sheringham, Armstrong
26 December 1995 Southampton A 0-0 15,238
30 December 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 1-2 30,004 Sheringham
1 January 1996 Manchester United H 4-1 32,852 Sheringham, Campbell, Armstrong (2)
13 January 1996 Manchester City H 1-0 31,438 Armstrong
21 January 1996 Aston Villa A 1-2 35,666 Fox
3 February 1996 Liverpool A 0-0 40,628
12 February 1996 West Ham United H 0-1 29,781
24 February 1996 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-0 32,047 Armstrong
2 March 1996 Southampton H 1-0 26,320 Dozzell
16 March 1996 Blackburn Rovers H 2-3 32,387 Sheringham, Armstrong
20 March 1996 Bolton Wanderers A 3-2 17,829 Howells, Fox, Armstrong
24 March 1996 Manchester United A 0-1 50,157
30 March 1996 Coventry City H 3-1 26,808 Sheringham, Fox (2)
6 April 1996 Nottingham Forest A 1-2 27,053 Armstrong
8 April 1996 Middlesbrough H 1-1 32,036 Armstrong
15 April 1996 Arsenal A 0-0 38,273
27 April 1996 Chelsea H 1-1 32,918 Armstrong
2 May 1996 Leeds United A 3-1 30,061 Armstrong, Anderton (2)
5 May 1996 Newcastle United A 1-1 36,589 Dozzell

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Hereford United A 1-1 8,806 Rosenthal
R3R 17 January 1996 Hereford United H 5-1 31,534 Sheringham (3), Armstrong (2)
R4 27 January 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-1 32,812 Wilson
R4R 7 February 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2-0 27,846 Rosenthal, Sheringham
R5 28 February 1996 Nottingham Forest A 2-2 18,600 Armstrong (2)
R5R 9 March 1996 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 (lost 1-3 on pens) 31,055 Sheringham

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 20 September 1995 Chester City H 4-0 17,645 Armstrong (2), Rosenthal, Sheringham
R2 Second Leg 4 October 1995 Chester City A 3-1 (won 7-1 on agg) 5,372 Sheringham (2), Howells
R3 25 October 1995 Coventry City A 2-3 18,227 Busst (own goal), Armstrong

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2][3]

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 Ian Walker
2 England DF Dean Austin
3 England DF Justin Edinburgh
4 England MF David Howells
5 Scotland DF Colin Calderwood
6 England DF Gary Mabbutt (captain)
7 Montserrat MF Ruel Fox
9 England MF Darren Anderton
10 England FW Teddy Sheringham
11 England FW Chris Armstrong
12 England MF Jason Dozzell
13 Norway GK Erik Thorstvedt
14 England MF Stuart Nethercott
15 England DF Clive Wilson
No. Position Player
16 Israel FW Ronny Rosenthal
17 England MF Andy Turner
18 Northern Ireland MF Gerry McMahon
19 England DF Kevin Scott
21 England MF Danny Hill
22 England DF David Kerslake
23 England DF Sol Campbell
24 England DF Jason Cundy
25 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Carr
26 England FW Paul Mahorn
27 England MF Andy Sinton
28 England MF Kevin Watson
29 England FW Steve Slade
30 England GK Chris Day

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
8 Romania FW Ilie Dumitrescu (to West Ham United)
No. Position Player
20 England MF Darren Caskey (to Reading)

Intertoto Cup squad[edit]

Tottenham used a squad of loan players and reserve team players while competing in the Intertoto Cup.[4][5][6]

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 Simon Brown
England GK Chris Day
England DF David Byrne (on loan from St. Mirren)
England DF Jamie Clapham
England DF Mark Newson (on loan from Barnet)
Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Carr
Republic of Ireland DF Owen Coll
England MF Alan Pardew (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
England MF Ian Sampson (on loan from Northampton Town)
No. Position Player
England MF Andy Turner
England MF Simon Wormull
England MF Kevin Watson
Northern Ireland MF Gerry McMahon
England FW Paul Mahorn
England FW Steve Slade
Scotland FW John Hendry
Simon Spencer
Robbie Simpson
Leon Townley

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
England MF Stephen Clemence
England MF Kevin Maher
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Garry Brady
England FW Neale Fenn

Top scorers[edit]

References[edit]