1995–96 West Bromwich Albion F.C. season

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West Bromwich Albion
1995–96 season
Chairman Tony Hale
Manager Alan Buckley
Stadium The Hawthorns
First Division 11th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Bob Taylor (18)
All:
Bob Taylor (21)
Average home league attendance 15,061

During the 1995–96 English football season, West Bromwich Albion competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

The 1995-96 season was a highly inconsistent one for the club. In October 1995, they were second and hopeful of automatic promotion, but then came a drastic loss of form which, in a fourteen match run, saw them lose 13 games, draw one and win none to secure only one point out of a possible 42. They looked set to be relegated to Division Two, but a marked improvement in form during the final four months of the season saw them climb to mid table. Later during the season, the club signed Richard Sneekes from Bolton Wanderers. He would prove an instant hit, scoring ten league goals in less than half a season, and a cult figure with the fans.[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]

West Bromwich Albion's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 August 1995 Charlton Athletic H 1–0 18,593 Gilbert
20 August 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–1 26,329 Taylor
26 August 1995 Ipswich Town H 0–0 14,470
30 August 1995 Southend United A 1–2 4,621 Raven
2 September 1995 Sheffield United H 3–1 14,377 Burgess, Hamilton, Hunt
9 September 1995 Oldham Athletic A 2–1 8,397 Taylor, Gilbert
12 September 1995 Tranmere Rovers A 2–2 7,196 Ashcroft (pen), Hunt
17 September 1995 Birmingham City H 1–0 ?? Hunt
24 September 1995 Stoke City A 2–1 9,612 Hunt
30 September 1995 Huddersfield Town H 1–2 15,945 Taylor
7 October 1995 Reading H 2–0 ?? Gilbert, Taylor
14 October 1995 Luton Town A 2–1 8,042 Ashcroft, Hunt
21 October 1995 Portsmouth H 2–1 16,257 Ashcroft, Hunt
28 October 1995 Millwall A 1–2 9,717 Hunt
5 November 1995 Leicester City H 2–3 16,071 Raven, Hamilton
11 November 1995 Derby County A 0–3 13,765
18 November 1995 Grimsby Town A 0–1 ??
21 November 1995 Norwich City H 1–4 13,680 Hunt
25 November 1995 Sunderland H 0–1 15,931
2 December 1995 Reading A 1–3 7,910 Ashcroft
9 December 1995 Stoke City H 0–1 14,819
16 December 1995 Huddersfield Town A 1–4 12,664 Hamilton
23 December 1995 Crystal Palace H 2–3 13,103 Darby, Hunt
26 December 1995 Port Vale A 1–3 10,807 Gilbert
13 January 1996 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–0 14,656
20 January 1996 Charlton Athletic A 1–4 11,864 Hunt
3 February 1996 Ipswich Town A 1–2 10,798 Taylor
10 February 1996 Southend United H 3–1 12,906 Hunt, Taylor (2)
17 February 1996 Tranmere Rovers H 1–1 15,014 Hunt
20 February 1996 Sheffield United A 2–1 10,944 Burgess, Hunt
27 February 1996 Oldham Athletic H 1–0 ?? Taylor
2 March 1996 Port Vale H 1–1 13,707 Taylor
9 March 1996 Crystal Palace A 0–1 18,336
12 March 1996 Watford H 4–4 11,836 Taylor (3), Sneekes
16 March 1996 Barnsley H 2–1 12,701 Raven, Sneekes
20 March 1996 Birmingham City A 1–1 19,147 Sneekes
23 March 1996 Watford A 1–1 10,334 Taylor
30 March 1996 Portsmouth A 2–0 8,126 Sneekes (2)
2 April 1996 Luton Town H 0–2 15,131
6 April 1996 Millwall H 1–0 13,793 Sneekes
9 April 1996 Leicester City A 2–1 17,889 Sneekes, Raven
13 April 1996 Grimsby Town H 3–1 16,116 Taylor (2), Sneekes
20 April 1996 Norwich City A 2–2 14,667 Sneekes, Taylor
27 April 1996 Sunderland H 0–0 22,027
30 April 1996 Barnsley A 1–1 6,981 Gilbert
5 May 1996 Derby County H 3–2 16,193 Sneekes, Hunt, Taylor

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995-96 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1996 Crewe Alexandra A 3–4 5,750 Coldicott, Hunt, Raven

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 15 August 1995 Northampton Town H 1–1 6,489 Taylor
R1 Second Leg 22 August 1995 Northampton Town A 4–2 7,083 Taylor (2), Hunt, Donovan
R2 First Leg 20 September 1995 Reading A 1–1 6,948 Burgess
R2 Second Leg 3 October 1995 Reading H 2–4 8,163 Donovan, Burgess

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 Stuart Naylor
England GK Paul Reece
England GK Nigel Spink
England DF Daryl Burgess
England DF Andy Comyn
England DF Paul Edwards
England DF Paul Mardon
England DF Shane Nicholson
England DF Paul Raven
Northern Ireland DF Paul Agnew
Republic of Ireland DF Tony Brien
England MF Shaun Cunnington
England MF Julian Darby
No. Position Player
England MF Kevin Donovan
England MF Stacy Coldicott
England MF Dave Gilbert
England MF Ian Hamilton
England MF Paul Holmes
England MF Mike Phelan
England MF David Smith
Netherlands MF Richard Sneekes
England FW Lee Ashcroft
England FW Chris Hargreaves
England FW Andy Hunt
England FW Tony Rees
England FW Bob Taylor

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
Northern Ireland GK Alan Fettis (on loan from Hull City)
England DF Phil King (on loan from Aston Villa)
No. Position Player
England MF Peter Butler (on loan from Notts County)
England FW Brett Angell (on loan from Sunderland)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Then & Now; Richard Sneekes Albion 1996-2001". Birmingham Mail. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 21 September 2011.