1995–96 Tranmere Rovers F.C. season

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Tranmere Rovers
1995–96 season
Chairman Frank Corfe
Manager John King (until 12 April)
John Aldridge (player-manager from 12 April)
Stadium Prenton Park
First Division 13th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Average home league attendance 7,862

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

Season summary[edit]

In the 1995–96 season, Tranmere made a great start, winning eight of their first 16 league games and by 22 November sat in 3rd place and four points of the top and automatic promotion seemed to be on course but afterwards Tranmere went on a horrendous run of form and on 12 April 1996 which saw Tranmere near the relegation zone after only four wins from 24 league games since 22 November, chairman Frank Corfe appointed John Aldridge as player-manager, and King was "moved upstairs" to become Director of football. They finished a disappointing campaign in 13th place.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Sunderland 46 13 8 2 32 10 9 9 5 27 23 59 33 +26 83
2 Derby County 46 14 8 1 48 22 7 8 8 23 29 71 51 +20 79
3 Crystal Palace 46 9 9 5 34 22 11 6 6 33 26 67 48 +19 75
4 Stoke City 46 13 6 4 32 15 7 7 9 28 34 60 49 +11 73
5 Leicester City 46 9 7 7 32 29 10 7 6 34 31 66 60 +6 71
6 Charlton Athletic 46 8 11 4 28 23 9 9 5 29 22 57 45 +12 71
7 Ipswich Town 46 13 5 5 45 30 6 7 10 34 39 79 69 +10 69
8 Huddersfield Town 46 14 4 5 42 23 3 8 12 19 35 61 58 +3 63
9 Sheffield United 46 9 7 7 29 25 7 7 9 28 29 57 54 +3 62
10 Barnsley 46 9 10 4 34 28 5 8 10 26 38 60 66 –6 60
11 West Bromwich Albion 46 11 5 7 34 29 5 7 11 26 39 60 68 –8 60
12 Port Vale 46 10 5 8 30 29 5 10 8 29 37 59 66 –7 60
13 Tranmere Rovers 46 9 9 5 42 29 5 8 10 22 31 64 60 +4 59
14 Southend United 46 11 8 4 30 22 4 6 13 22 39 52 61 –9 59
15 Birmingham City 46 11 7 5 37 23 4 6 13 24 41 61 64 –3 58
16 Norwich City 46 7 9 7 26 24 7 6 10 33 31 59 55 +4 57
17 Grimsby Town 46 8 10 5 27 25 6 4 13 28 44 55 69 –14 56
18 Oldham Athletic 46 10 7 6 33 20 4 7 12 21 30 54 50 +4 56
19 Reading 46 8 7 8 28 30 5 10 8 26 33 54 63 –7 56
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 8 9 6 34 28 5 7 11 22 34 56 62 –6 55
21 Portsmouth 46 8 6 9 34 32 5 7 11 27 37 61 69 –8 52
22 Millwall 46 7 6 10 23 28 6 7 10 20 35 43 63 –20 52
23 Watford 46 7 8 8 40 33 3 10 10 22 37 62 70 –8 48
24 Luton Town 46 7 6 10 30 34 4 6 13 10 30 40 64 –24 45
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Football League Champions, promoted to FA Premier League
Promoted to FA Premier League
Participated in play-offs
Promoted to Premier League through play-offs
Relegated

Results[edit]

Tranmere Rovers' score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 August 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–2 11,880 O'Brien, Aldridge
19 August 1995 Sheffield United A 2–0 11,247 Aldridge (2)
26 August 1995 Huddersfield Town H 3–1 9,072 O'Brien, Aldridge, Thomas-Moore
29 August 1995 Barnsley A 1–2 9,710 Aldridge
9 September 1995 Charlton Athletic H 0–0 7,402
12 September 1995 West Bromwich Albion H 2–2 7,196 Bennett, Aldridge
16 September 1995 Stoke City A 0–0 8,609
23 September 1995 Portsmouth A 2–0 11,127 Nevin, Bennett
30 September 1995 Watford H 2–3 7,041 Aldridge, Bennett
7 October 1995 Luton Town H 1–0 6,680 Aldridge
14 October 1995 Millwall A 2–2 9,293 Bennett, Thomas-Moore
21 October 1995 Southend United H 3–0 6,584 Thomas-Moore (2), Bennett
29 October 1995 Norwich City A 1–1 15,513 Thomas-Moore
4 November 1995 Derby County H 5–1 8,565 Thomas-Moore, Nevin, Aldridge (2), Bennett
19 November 1995 Leicester City A 1–0 13,125 Thomas-Moore
22 November 1995 Port Vale H 2–1 6,681 Aldridge (2)
25 November 1995 Grimsby Town H 0–1 7,500
2 December 1995 Luton Town A 2–3 6,025 G Jones, Bennett
9 December 1995 Portsmouth H 1–2 6,678 Thomas-Moore
16 December 1995 Watford A 0–3 7,257
23 December 1995 Birmingham City A 0–1 18,439
26 December 1995 Oldham Athletic H 2–0 9,783 Aldridge (2)
1 January 1996 Reading A 0–1 8,421
13 January 1996 Sheffield United H 1–1 7,321 Thomas-Moore
20 January 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–2 24,173 Aldridge
30 January 1996 Sunderland A 0–0 17,376
3 February 1996 Huddersfield Town A 0–1 12,041
10 February 1996 Barnsley H 1–3 6,376 Aldridge
17 February 1996 West Bromwich Albion A 1–1 15,014 Branch
20 February 1996 Crystal Palace H 2–3 5,253 Aldridge, Bennett
24 February 1996 Stoke City H 0–0 8,312
3 March 1996 Oldham Athletic A 2–1 4,225 Nevin, Aldridge
9 March 1996 Birmingham City H 2–2 8,696 Aldridge, Rogers
12 March 1996 Crystal Palace A 1–2 13,183 Branch
16 March 1996 Ipswich Town A 2–1 11,759 Aldridge, Bennett
23 March 1996 Reading H 2–1 6,249 Aldridge, Hopkins (own goal)
30 March 1996 Southend United A 0–2 4,741
2 April 1996 Millwall H 2–2 5,850 Rogers, Aldridge (pen)
6 April 1996 Norwich City H 1–1 6,618 Aldridge
8 April 1996 Derby County A 2–6 16,723 Aldridge (pen), Cook
13 April 1996 Leicester City H 1–1 8,882 Lennon (own goal)
17 April 1996 Ipswich Town H 5–2 6,008 Irons (2), O'Brien, Aldridge, Morgan
20 April 1996 Port Vale A 1–1 7,419 O'Brien
27 April 1996 Grimsby Town A 1–1 5,408 Aldridge
30 April 1996 Charlton Athletic A 0–0 11,053
5 May 1996 Sunderland H 2–0 16,188 Irons, Aldridge (pen)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995-96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Queens Park Rangers H 0–2 10,230

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 19 September 1995 Oldham Athletic H 1–0 8,264 Aldridge
R2 2nd Leg 4 October 1995 Oldham Athletic A 3–1 (won 4-1 on agg) 5,335 G Jones (2), Brannan
R3 24 October 1995 Birmingham City A 1–1 13,752 Thomas-Moore
R3R 8 November 1995 Birmingham City H 1–3 (a.e.t.) 9,151 Aldridge

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Wales GK Danny Coyne
England GK Eric Nixon
England DF Graham Branch
England DF Ged Brannan
England DF Dave Challinor
England DF Shaun Garnett
England DF Dave Higgins
England DF Paul Jones
England DF John McGreal
Scotland DF Steve Mungall
England DF Alan Rogers
England DF Gary Scott
England DF Gary Stevens
England DF Shaun Teale
England DF Tony Thomas
No. Position Player
England MF Paul Cook
England MF Kenny Irons
Wales MF Jon Kenworthy
Republic of Ireland MF Alan Mahon
Wales MF Alan Morgan
England MF John Morrissey
Scotland MF Pat Nevin
Republic of Ireland MF Liam O'Brien
Republic of Ireland FW John Aldridge (player-manager from 12 April)
England FW Gary Bennett
England FW Gregg Blundell
England FW Jamie Hughes
England FW Gary Jones
England FW Ian Thomas-Moore

References[edit]